Amanda Cerreto

Biography

Amanda Cerreto grew up with a love of books and an appreciation for anything that could lead to a story. After reading Harriet the Spy, she camped out in various parts of her neighborhood, writing down minute details about her neighbors' activities. She often brewed up several short stories based on their mundane activities, like going to the post office. In college, she majored in literature and took a creative writing course as an elective. It was here that her love for writing was reborn, and when she began to seriously think of writing a novel. After college, she went on to earn her MA in English with an emphasis on creative writing.

Cerreto has written and published several non-fiction pieces, including an article for the VA about her father's military service. Fall From Grace will be her first published novel, though countless others are unpublished - because, as she put it, "They are far too self indulgent to be taken seriously. This is one of the first books without my own agenda behind it."

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
My writing process varies depending on my location, but there are several constants: I always have music on, and it must always play through headphones. I also find that I write better when I'm alone in the house - even if someone is in a different room, I'm not able to focus as clearly as I would like.
In terms of the way I write, I try not to write in sequential order. I write scenes that pop into my head, whether they make sense to the plot or not, and then re-arrange as necessary. If I feel blocked, I begin editing my piece and something will usually jump out at me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I first read this book in fourth grade and I barely understood it. However, there was something about it that demanded I keep coming back to it, and as I grew older it became my favorite.
2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: The entire series, but particularly the first book, is really special to me. It was the first time I felt connected with a main character, or as Anne would call it, a "kindred spirit."
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: I think this book is an incredibly important read for anyone, but I stumbled across is just as I was beginning to learn what it means to be a woman.
4. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: Sure, it's a bit cliche to list this is a favorite, but I was one of the lucky ones who got to grow up with Harry. I was about the same age as Harry in book one when the series was published, so I was able to enjoy the series all through college. I actually have both the British and the American series on my shelves!
5. Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell: This is a little out of place in my lineup of favorites, and edged out Jane Austen for spot 5. I grew up in a military family, and reading this incredibly powerful and moving story forever changed my perspective on what these men, women, and family members go through in times of war.
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Where to find Amanda Cerreto online

Twitter: @acerreto
Facebook: Facebook profile

Where to buy in print


Books

Fall From Grace
Price: Free! Words: 62,910. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Grace Branford discovers what happens when fate is interrupted.

Amanda Cerreto's tag cloud

paranormal    romance    young adult