Interview with Amanda McGauley

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have enjoyed writing since I can remember. Perhaps the greatest joy for me is that writing allows for me to have an outlet by which to release some pent up energy. On decent days, this usually happens in the form of exercise, but seems how as of this juncture I am sidelined with a possible gallbladder issue, exercise is out of the question.
What do your fans mean to you?
That they love the work I am doing!
What are you working on next?
I am actually thinking about writing a book that entails pictures of my cats and what they are doing at that moment in time. Whoever said cats have poker faces have never met mine.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ann Rule, John Grisham, Robin Cook (although his newer stuff is not as good as the books he published in the past)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am well, I usually try to spend time with my best friend. We do a lot of things together-vent, have dinner and take trips. Outside of that, there again when I am well, I exercise.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a huge Amazon.com fan. This is mostly where I purchase my books from. And it is nice now that I have an iPad with the kindle app so I dont have to worry about books taking up shelf space.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do actually. I think I was either in the third or fourth grade. One of our assignments was to write about a family member and what they like to collect. I of course chose my grandma (who is the central character of my current book). Yes I wrote a paper on her and her dust collecting.
What is your writing process?
I have to sit and physically write out what it is I am going to type. I never have been one to just sit at the computer and compose anything decent. I know its a waste of time writing it out then typing it but it seems to flow smoother to me when it gets put on the computer.
How do you approach cover design?
I always wanted to write a book called I Go Railfanning in my Pajamas so fittingly, it was appropriate to put me sitting in an engineer seat to be the cover. I am not in my pajamas, but it does have a train in it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This question is like asking who is your favorite pet or sibling :) In all seriousness though, I would have to say that my 5 fave books are:
A Painted House by John Grisham-Love the historical aspect of this
Any Ann Rule book-mostly because I like true crime and the abnormal psychology behind why people go on to do the things they do while others dont
A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean-well written memior and one excellent Tom Skerritt movie (I am a huge TS fan)
Nursing books-thats easy because I am a nurse
Stumped on the 5th one-I have read so many good books!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Despite my being dead set against it, I bought myself an ipad as part of my graduation from BSN program for myself last year. I figured I had worked hard so I deserved it. I mostly read, as I have stated earlier, using the Kindle app. Why it took me so long to make that transition I have no idea! But I love it!
Describe your desk
My desk is pretty much my davenport. That is why laptops are great.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Again, writing a book so some type has been on my radar for a while now. I figured if I dont do it now, I may never have that chance again. So I jumped at it
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly non-fiction/true crime books. Once in a while, depending on the author, I may stray and read some fiction but seems lately nothing has got my fancy in that department.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small Midwest town called Stockbridge, MI. Pretty much it is a dot on the state road map and if you blink you will miss it when you go through. I cannot really say growing up in a small town like this influenced my writing in anyway, if so it is very subtle and unconscious if it does.
Published 2013-10-17.
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Books by This Author

I Go Railfanning in My Pajamas
Price: Free! Words: 24,730. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
This book has little to nothing to do about railfanning or pajamas, but it does contain sayings and a story or two accumulated throughout my life as stated by my grandmother. Does contain some profanity, but do not let that turn you off.