Alexandra Amor is the award-wining author of a memoir about ten years she spent in a cult in the 1990s, four adventure novels for middle grade readers, and two mystery series for adults - one historical, and one contemporary. She lives in beautiful Vancouver, BC.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Many things influenced me to become an indie author. I love that as an indie author I have control over the types of stories I write and the way the books are presented (design of the covers, etc.). I love that writing has become like painting or dancing in that the artist can present her work to the world without gatekeepers who might reject it. I have a strong entrepreneurial streak, so I love it that my art and my business are one and the same - I get to think of new marketing ideas and make my website as effective as it can be etc. I love that, succeed or fail, it is all up to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
So much joy!! I love the writing itself, when I am in the zone and my fingers are flying and the story is pouring out. I love when I make myself laugh or cry with my writing. I feel a tremendous amount of joy when I give a story to a reader and they say that they enjoyed it and connected with the characters. I feel lots of joy when a project is completed, but I also feel joy when I'm beginning a new project. There is joy-potential in a story that is just beginning and I love that.
In late 19th century British Columbia, Julia Thom finds herself on the wrong side of gender inequality when she dares suggest she wants to study law. Dreams crushed she ends up in a small town called Horse where the local police constable has got his hands full when Julia's justice seeking mind refuses to turn away from the crimes in the area.
If you like mysteries with a strong female lead, that put you on the edge of your seat, and focus on the relationships as much as the plot, then you’ll love Alexandra Amor’s heartfelt examination of life in frontier British Columbia.
Best friends, Sugar (a medium sized dog with caramel coloured curls) and Clive (a blue and orange barn swallow) and all their animal friends are never out of trouble long in the Dogwood Island Animal Adventure books. Suitable for ages 9+
4 character-driven short mysteries set in frontier Canada and steeped in whimsy, from award-winning author Alexandra Amor.
Over 350 pages of quirky charm and old-fashioned values, with some modern themes for good measure, the Town Called Horse short mystery collection is the love child of Miss Marple and Little House on the Prairie.
There are the families we’re born into. And the families we create. Both contain secrets and lies.
November 1890. A young woman in a questionable profession has been attacked, but she has no recollection of the events leading up to the attack. Julia Thom risks her job and her personal reputation to help Constable Jack Merrick find the culprit.
Arson or accident?
The Town Called Horse is reeling when its connection to the outside world is cut off. Arthur ‘Sully’ Sullivan’s passenger and freight ship has burned in the night. There are no witnesses, no clues, and any evidence that might have existed has been swallowed by the lake.
June 1889. When Pastor Thoreson’s sister-in-law arrives in the town called Horse she immediately becomes the victim of a crime. With Constable Jack Merrick deep in the early stages of grief over losing his wife, his good friend Walt is pressed into service to try to solve the mystery.
When a toddler goes missing, Constable Jack Merrick answers the call for help. Tagging along Julia Thom, schoolteacher and part-time sleuth finds herself pressed into service to help solve the mystery of the missing boy.
Would you risk your life simply to be yourself? When reclusive watchmaker James Hunter is beaten, but has no memory of the event, schoolteacher Julia Thom vows to find the culprits. Even if Hunter hadn’t saved Julia herself from being assaulted, she would still be on the case; meddling helps keep her focus off her own complicated life.
Born and raised on Juliet Island, Maggie Archer’s whole life is dedicated to the rustic inn her parents built. When a guest is found dead, the inn’s already precarious financial situation teeters on the brink. Maggie begins to wonder if the growing number of accidents at the inn are really just that, or if something more sinister is at play.
When Sugar, a medium-sized dog with a large-sized heart, is offered role in a film, she and her best friend Clive the barn swallow, discover that acting is much harder than it seems. And while they soon make fast friends with Willa, the canine star, not everything is as perfect as it looks on the movie set.
When Larry the seagull, the world’s craftiest flying garbage disposal, spots the towering perfection of a gorgeously decorated wedding cake through a kitchen window, he knows that he and that cake are a perfect match. They are meant to be together forever. Or at the very least, until Larry can devour the dee-lish-ous confection. Preferably in one giant bite.
The Dogwood Island bank has been robbed and it looks like an inside job! Once again, Sugar – a medium-sized dog with a large-sized heart – and her best friend, Clive the barn swallow, find themselves embroiled in an adventure that may have disastrous consequences. An ideal middle grade read, and a book for parents (and grandparents) and children to enjoy together. (Rated G. Age 9+)
Best friends Sugar (a medium sized dog with a big heart) and Clive (a barn swallow as kind as he is dignified) are in a race against time to save Sebastian the circus bear. From award-winning author Alexandra Amor comes a story that animal lovers of all ages will adore, about friendship, courage and what it means to be free. An ideal middle grade read. (Rated G. Age 9+)
Cult, A Love Story is an award-winning memoir, which intimately and powerfully chronicles one woman’s journey from falling under the spell of a manipulative spiritual guru to the hard-won and triumphant break with, and recovery from, thought reform.