INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA BERRY
Your upcoming release looks and sounds great! Can you please tell us about the book?
It’s set in the world of Hollywood. Actor/Producer Chase Booker is the hero. Who wouldn’t want a hunky sexiest-man-alive’s attention? Natalie Collins, a shy accountant at his production company, couldn’t believe when he turned his attention on her, but the problem with a guy like Chase is it isn’t just his attention focused on you. Natalie prefers the quiet life and the fishbowl life of Hollywood can be overwhelming even to those that live in it by choice.
What inspired the story?
When thinking about a rich man for a series romance, a lot of authors turn to sheiks or CEOs or foreign royalty, Which are all great choices, by the way. But I want to be different. America’s royalty has been our movie stars. These people deal with the press digging in their lives and airing their dirty laundry all the time. From that train of thought, Chase was born. Who better to pair him with than a shy woman who prefers staying in instead of going out?
What is your favorite part of being a writer?
Research. I can watch the E! Channel and call it research. I can read a book and call it research. I can take a class on fencing and call it research (I haven’t yet, but I’m going to). I get stories from everywhere books, movies, life.
My least favorite part of the writing process is revisions (my own, not editor’s). To get a manuscript into shape is hard work. But I’m doing what I love, so I can’t complain too much.
Who has inspired you as a writer?
Okay this is going to sound really odd. My next door neighbor when I was growing up was an etiquette author. I was best friends with her granddaughter and spent tons of time over at her house. She was an eccentric woman who I adored, who lived in an amazing house and who taught me good table manners. But I wasn’t much of a reader when I was young and I had made up my mind that I wouldn’t write those type of novels my mom always read, you know, romance. Then in Jr. High, I read one, then another, then another. Romance is there anything better. Falling in love over and over. I was hooked.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Trust yourself, but only after you know what you are doing. :) I like what Stephen King says in On Writing. I’m paraphrasing so bear with me...
Write with the door closed, revise with the door open.
Your first draft has to be you creating a story. If you get feedback too soon, you might get stuck in the revision loop. Even if it doesn’t turn out all that good, you’ve accomplished something. The biggest breakthrough I made was finishing a book. Dragon’s Heart, coming to a storage bin under my bed near you. And the thing is that’s okay. I finished a book and then another and then another. I gave them to my critique partners when I was finished and without them, L.A. Cinderella might have ended up under that bed too. I wrote with the door closed and then set it aside before rereading and giving it to others to read. Another thing to remember is to take in everything, but only use what you need.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Contradiction in the making....sorry that’s 4, but that’s what you get. A lot of times I don’t make sense to anyone but me and that’s fine. Drives my hubby batty, but I’m okay with that too.
If you could save one book from destruction, what would it be?
There are very few books that I reread. I used to be big into historicals and lately I’ve been into paranormal series. But I guess if I had to pick a book to save, I’d have to pick Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. What? I’m a romance reader and it’s a classic no matter what.
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what
would you put in it?
A copy of my book. :) I’m not sure what else. 50 years is a long time. Any technology I love would be obsolete. Everything I use is on my laptop, iPod, or mobile phone. Everything that’s important to me I’ll give to my kids.
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
So... did you like my book? :)
Complete the Sentences
I am: tired, oh, wait, you mean something else. Hmmm. I am hungry.
I love: my friends and family.
I dream: in movie style. Sometimes I’m not even in the dream, it’s like a book in my head.
I wish: upon a star.
I pretend: to like answering interview questions.
I appreciate: the people around me. From my family to my friends, they all inspire and help me on this journey. Especially my husband who is letting me live my dream.
I read: romance, ravenously.
I want: to
live a full life surrounded by the people I love.
I cannot live without: my laptop. I think I’d go into withdrawal without it.
I would like to meet: okay, there are way too many ways to go with this one. I could go with the relatives that have passed away who I never knew but am intensely interested in their lives. Or I could go with the hunky man candy that takes up some of my research time and make guest appearances in my dreams. Or I could go with a favorite author and because I’m in the RWA I get to meet lots of amazing authors.
I am annoyed by: very little. I’m a pretty easy-going person.