Interview with Amanda Dawson

What do you read for pleasure?
Historical fiction, satire, comedy, adventure, science fiction, fantasy
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kobo mini
Describe your desk
I work at the dining room table. I had a desk passed down from my dad, but I had to leave it with my brother to save space in my current apartment. My roommate and I primarily eat in front of the TV. We're adults, I swear.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a town with two grocery stores, one public school, and no street lights. I could either play outside in the same places every day, or explore infinite worlds of my own creation. I did a bit of both - I liked playing in the mud as a kid too.

My settings tend to be restricted to inner cities - dystopian urban areas, places festering with crime, drugs, murder and bitter sentiments toward governments, rulers, and the powers that be. I don't think I've ever written about a rural area.
When did you first start writing?
Professionally? I'm just stepping into that world now. When did I first pick up a pen and build my own world and characters? At least seven, most likely younger - not counting school assignments, of course. I always loved writing and drawing, it's a wonder I didn't dive into it professionally sooner. The first story I remember vividly was about a time-travelling dragon and his amoeba friend. The amoeba was huge, too. I had just read about them in a school text book and I guess I didn't care about proportion. I just thought they were cool-looking.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I haven't published anything yet. Right now I'm working on a sci-fi idea, and it's really just a skeleton of an idea at this point. Still deciding where, when, and most importantly, why the story is. I'm writing some flash fiction and short stories too, which I'll hopefully have published here in a month or two.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The freedom and the relative simplicity. All I have to do is write, which as far as I'm concerned is more play than work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to know a world I created, whether it's a realistic reflection of our planet and our universe or it's an entirely made-up, fantastical world with new races and cultures. In exploring a created world, I explore this world, I explore humanity, and I explore my own mind. I grow and change and sometimes I become a little uncomfortable with what I thought I'd known.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. And the curiosity of new things to be discovered, drawn, and written.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My roommate started marathoning Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel, and I've taken to joining him in this endeavor. I also draw (still life, portraits, attempts at comics, and I occasionally paint), play video games, run, hang out in coffee shops, and dream about going sky diving someday.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through this website, honestly, as well as friend's recommendations, browsing bookstores, book lists, etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown. I read that story with my mom every night for years. I imagine it had an impact on me artistically and definitely encouraged a sense of adventure while at the same time instilling a deep trust in my own mother.
Who are your favorite authors?
Douglas Adams, Tom Robbins, George Orwell, Nikolai Gogol, Michael Ondaatje
Published 2014-09-11.
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