Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Interview with author Amanda Lance

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A Dark Road by Amanda Lance
January 12-16, 2015
Not every friendship is as harmless as it seems. Loner James McKay wants nothing to do with Hadley Grayson. After all, the last thing a drug dealer needs is the pretty, new girl trying to be friends. Walking distractions like her lead to trouble, the kind that can get you 10 to 15 behind bars. Likewise, fencing champion Hadley Grayson isn’t thrilled about her family uprooting her during her senior year of high school. At least there’s James McKay, the quiet, mad scientist who is as adorable as he is mysterious. Though McKay may reject the idea of friendship, he gets one whether he wants it or not. But once the lies are told and the rumors spread, the dangers of meth making and dealing are impossible to avoid. Between secrets and overdosing classmates, McKay and Hadley will learn that loneliness can be a two-way street, changing both of their lives forever.

Author Interview

1. Would you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I am an (almost) 26 year old who has her MA in Liberal Arts and wishes she would have gotten a degree in something relevant to today’s economy. Haha. I do, however, love anything related to literature, dogs, and wine.  
2. Which project are you currently promoting?
Body of Law (Vol. 2).
3. Can you tell us what the book is about?
The story of Violet Donovan and Sebastian Scott continues in this novella series about a lawyer and the intern who stole his heart.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
I was having a lot of daydreams about a very sensual office romance. The more I thought about it, the more the characters came to life.
5. What made you decide to become a writer?
Honestly, it wasn’t anything I really decided. I know that sounds lame, but I’ve daydreamed about being a writer since I was in kindergarten. I’ve been writing here and there since then, but it wasn’t until I was in my college’s lit. magazine that I thought I could actually do it.
6. What genre do you generally write?
I enjoy writing a little bit of everything, but my favorite genres are romance, young adult, and new adult.
7. What character out of your most recent work do you admire the most and why?
Sebastian Scott—he is a hard-shelled lawyer with a soft side. Though he is a criminal defense attorney for the wealthy, he has a lot of potential to be a genuinely decent guy.
8. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to the culmination?
Generally, it takes about two months.
9. How do you deal with negative reviews?
I shrug them off. Everyone has the right to their own opinion.
10. What other projects are you currently working on?
I have several things in the works, including Body of Law (Vol. 3) and the 2nd addition to the Crash into Me Series.
11.  When you begin a new MS, does it start with an idea, concept, or both?
Definitely a little bit of both. Most of the time, however, the characters rule from the first page to the last.
12.  Was the road to publication a long one for you?
Haha. Yes—long doesn’t even really begin to describe it. I knew nothing about the publishing business when I first started, so needless to say I had to learn the hard way.
13.  Do you use a pen name? If so, why?
Nope. I doubt I ever will. I’m a big supporter of owning everything you write.
14.  Where can the readers find more information about you?
Readers can come check me out at my website or find me on twitter, instagram, and facebook.

A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. She currently resides in Easton Pennsylvania with her boyfriend and their spoiled hound dog. She is a cliché booknerd who is terrible at math, clinically obsessive, and prone to addictive behavior. She may or may not be a recluse.