Interview with Amanda L. Webster

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a collection of essays that I edited titled, "As Good as a Feast: Essays on Enough." When I was a kid, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie Series so many times, I practically had it memorized. In these books, Ma Ingalls had a saying that has always stuck with me. Whenever the family was going through hard times, they would sit down to a meal of "just enough," and she would tell them, "Enough is as good as a feast." I wanted to explore this topic through the eyes of people with a variety of viewpoints. I enjoyed collecting these essays and look forward to editing and publishing my next collection.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a total control freak. I want to be in charge of everything. The idea of the hoops that you have to jump through to even begin to publish anything in the traditional world was almost enough to make me want to give up. I don't want to spend too much time writing query letters and waiting for agents and publishers to get back to me when I could be writing, publishing, editing other people's work, and truly "doing" my art. I'm not too concerned with getting rich doing this. I just want to do what I love, and I want to do it my way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first time using Smashwords, so we'll have to see how things work out before I can say that it has contributed to my success!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That moment when you stop thinking about what might happen "IF you finish this novel" and starting thinking what what will happen next "WHEN" you finish this novel.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not sure I really have any yet, but it would mean the world to me to gain followers who will hang on my every word. I'll try not to disappoint them too much.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I am working on a three-part serial titled, "Valley of the Bees" that will be released first on ebook, and then in print as one, large omnibus edition. This futuristic dystopian rural fantasy takes place in a not-too-distant future in a world that has been ravaged by widespread honey bee colony collapse. It is the story of a sixteen-year-old girl who finds out that her uncle wants her to marry the son of a powerful man in another town in order to secure an alliance with the town. Part one is very close to completion. I have written a first draft of part two. And I am still trying to decide how to proceed with part three.

Needless to say, this project will keep me busy when it's done. However, I do have my next project in mind and can't wait to finish this one up so I can get to it!
Who are your favorite authors?
Mark Twain is my celebrity crush.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock. The promise of a cup of coffee. Kids that need to be awakened, fed, and sent off to school. A full-time job that needs me to show up on time and unlock the office so everyone else can get in. Basically, I get out of bed each day because i have to. But once I'm up, I try to make it worthwhile by squeezing in as much writing and reading as I can throughout the day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My day job, parenting, reading, crocheting, hiking, cat snuggling.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Maybe I shouldn't admit this on Smashwords, but I don't really read eBooks much. I spend so much time staring at a computer screen at work and when I'm writing, when I have time to read, I like to give my eyes a break and read a good, old-fashioned print book. I often find out about books that I want to read through the blogs that I follow. I'm also part of a book club at my local library, and I hear about books through the members.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I really don't. I'm sure it was probably something I wrote for school, but nothing pops to mind. I wrote a lot of stories in elementary school as part of the gifted writing program, and I actually still have a lot of them in a box somewhere. But I don't remember which story might have been the first.
Published 2016-03-28.
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Books by This Author

F-ing Freddy Fisher
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,220. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Coming of age
No one likes F-ing Freddy Fisher. Not even his teachers. Only his next-door neighbor Olivia seems to notice there’s anything wrong with him as he drags himself through one very tough day at school. Does Freddy deserve to be punished for his terrible behavior? Or does he just need someone to reach out and help him?
Valley of the Bees
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 159,550. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
In a world where honeybees are all but extinct, Valley has spent her entire life in the tranquil river bottoms where her family camps out every summer and grows more food than most folks can dream of. But, that’s all about to change on her sixteenth birthday when her Uncle Jacob informs her that she will be marrying the son of the powerful mayor of a nearby town. ‚Äč(Omnibus edition)
Keeper of the Bees: Valley of the Bees #3
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,310. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In the third and final book of Valley of the Bees, Valley’s whole existence is in turmoil as all of her friends decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives. It seems like everyone except Valley is finding his or her own way in this fast-changing future world that has been struck so hard by the honeybee famines.
The Telling of the Bees: Valley of the Bees #2
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,730. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Book #2, Valley of the Bees serial: When Valley realizes her Uncle Jacob has stolen something very precious from her family, she knows it is up to her to return to Tellarton to retrieve it. The existence of her family’s precious beehive hangs in the balance, along with the future of her family and the farm that has now expanded to make room for Reyna, Junior, Liam, and their families.
With Envy Stung: Valley of the Bees #1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,230. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In With Envy Stung, Book One of the Valley of the Bees trilogy, sixteen-year-old Valley finds out her Uncle Jacob has plans to marry her off to the son of a rich and powerful mayor. Valley must fight for the right to make her own life choices in a not-so-distant future world without bees.
Her Name was Amber
Price: Free! Words: 8,400. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Amber is finally forced to deal with her dysfunctional marriage while mourning the death of her teenage daughter. Meanwhile, an even bigger disaster looms near as the outside world struggles with its own uncertain fate. In this prequel to her upcoming novel, "Valley of the Bees," the author introduces you to the matriarch of what is destined to become a powerful family in a world without bees.
Rain at Three
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,110. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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Can you ever really know the man you're marrying until you've really gotten to know him? Vicki is beginning to learn just what kind of man she has married. Is the honeymoon over so quickly? It may be 73 degrees and sunny in Hawaii, but it always rains at 3:00. This is a short story of about 6,800 words.
Four Fast Steps to Making Money with your Blog
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,350. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business writing, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Blogging
Everyone wants to make money blogging, but few people understand how to do it on purpose. While becoming an overnight blogging sensation does take a certain amount of luck, it is possible to learn how to purposely generate extra income with your blog, with no luck required.
Loosely Collected: A Book of Poems
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
I call this collection, “Loosely Collected,” as I am unsure that it really has an overall theme like most poetry collections usually do. These poems range from some that are childlike in nature and suited for a young audience to those that are more suited for an adult audience. I have arranged them so that the most childlike poems come first, with the rest of the collection “maturing” as you read.
As Good as a Feast: Essays on Enough
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,710. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Essay » Author profile
The authors whose essays appear in this anthology explore the concept of “enough” from a variety of perspectives. One author explores psychological theories, while another draws her inspiration from the Bible. One thread that runs through all of these essays is that of the compelling personal stories that have led the writers to learn that “enough” really is as good as a feast.