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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Indie Author Interview: Amanda Romine Lynch

Indie Author Interview with Amanda Romine Lynch - Author of the Coming-of-Age Novel Anabel Unraveled.

Amanda Romine Lynch, is a writer and a blogger who grew up in Florida.
She chronicles her exploits raising three boys in her blog, The Semi-Organic Mom (http://www.thesemiorganicmom.com/) and is busy working on the sequel to Anabel Unraveled.

Interview with Amanda Romine Lynch

Interview with Author Amanda Romine Lynch
Amanda Romine Lynch
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Amanda Romine Lynch: I majored in English at the University of Florida, and I have written for a bunch of websites: The Children's Book Review, Prime Parents Club, and I also have my own blog about parenting, The Semi-Organic Mom.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and I love Lauren Willig, Tracy Grant, and Tasha Alexander's books. In terms of influences, I always find myself drawn to loss of innocence stories, like THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS by John Connolly. However, the book that really inspired me to write was Avi's THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE. I have such affection for that book that I reread it every year.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
When I was a little girl I knew I wanted to write. By the time I was seven, I was writing really bad plays (most of them based on episodes of Ducktales and other Disney cartoons). When I hit middle school I started into short stories, which grew progressively longer. And then came Anabel, whose story I had been working on off and on for years before I finally pulled it into a book.

"I always write with the end in mind but I tend to jump around a lot [...]"

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?

I have three little boys aged three and under, so a routine is hard to come by, but I do most of my actual writing at night. I tend to find time during the day to play things out in my head (when I'm feeding the baby, for instance) so that when it comes time to actually sit down and write I usually have what I'm going to write in mind. I am a non-linear writer; I always write with the end in mind but I tend to jump around a lot in my writing before I get where I am going.

What do you find easiest about writing? What the hardest?
I love writing--it's my escape, my coping mechanism, and one of my greatest passions. So when I know what I want to write, it flows easily. I find it difficult to write when I am not sure how I want to get from Point A to Point B, but I know I need to get there. Also, having time to sit down and write is hard for me, because I do have three little ones.

Amanda, please tell us a little about your Book ‘Anabel Unraveled.’
Anabel Unraveled is set in Washington, DC, as well as a fictitious island in the South Pacific named Caereon. It begins with the aftermath of her father's murder--Anabel grew up on Caereon and now lives with her former politician brother and his wife, who despises her. While Anabel wants nothing more than to be left alone, she finds herself in the limelight during Congressional Hearings about Caereon and her father's murder--during which she has to confront Jared Sorensen, who she has a past with. Seeing Jared is hard for Anabel because she wants nothing more than for him to die.

Anabel Unraveled (Amanda Romine Lynch)
Click to Read an Excerpt

What inspired you to write the book?
I actually got the idea for the island of Caereon back when I was in high school. My History of the Americas teacher went on a tangent one day about Fort Knox conspiracy theories. An avid X-Files fan at the time, I loved the idea of a conspiracy about the gold there...so I created an island in the South Pacific where it was housed, and from there sprang Anabel and her father-and later, Jared.

Who do you see as your target audience and where can we buy the book?
You can buy it directly from my publisher, in ebook and print form (http://electiopublishing.com/index.php/bookstore#!/~/product/category=4758362&id=22625038), Barnes and Noble Online, and Apple iTunes.

How would you describe the success of your book so far?
Anabel currently has seven 5-star reviews on Amazon, one on iTunes, and two on Barnes and Noble. I hope to achieve many more of those in the weeks to come.

"From start to finish, it took three years [...]"

How long did it take it to write the book?
The first draft of Anabel came together in four months. However, it went through many, many revisions (and changes--I had to completely rewrite the ending because I wasn't happy with it). From start to finish, it took three years (and three pregnancies!) before it came out.

Please, tell us where you self-published the book.
I actually work with eLectio publishing, which isn't the same as working with a larger publisher. They are smaller and therefore I worked directly with them, doing revision after revision (every time I thought I was done there was more to do to meet their standards!). But it was nice because they were so involved in my story.

Did you hire an editor and/or Cover Designer for your book?
My publisher designed the cover, and I did hire my editor, Jennifer Harris Dault. She did a fantastic job and I highly recommend her. She can be contacted at doveintheattic@gmail.com.

"If you make writing a habit, you will do it [...]"

Can you give some tips for other Indie Authors regarding the writing and self-publishing process?
Again, I did work with a publisher, but in terms of writing, the best thing to do is focus on writing as much as you can, even if you wind up going back and changing everything that you wrote before. If you make writing a habit, you will do it...and the more you write, the better chances you have of getting your work out there.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
Yes! I am in the middle of Anabel's sequel. Right now, I have plans for this to be a trilogy. I have written the end to the final book and so I do write with that end in mind.

Are you planning to move forward as an Indie author or are you looking forward to have one of your next books to be traditionally published?
At the moment, I plan on staying with eLectio, but who knows what the future holds?

Where do you see the book market in 5 or 10 years? Will there be only eBooks and will book stores disappear like record stores disappeared?
It's hard to say. In spite of the flourishing eBook market, I know some great indie shops that are still doing well. I think it depends on the area. Where I live (the DC Metro Area) there is a fondness for print books and still a market for them. In other areas, I imagine they will fade. I think the closing of Borders Books is a definite sign that we are headed toward more digital literary consumption.
I have an e-reader, but there are some books that I do insist on buying in print form.

Do you write full-time or do you have a day job?
I am a stay-at-home mom--I have three little boys, a 3.5 year old, a 20 month old, and a 5 month old.

How can readers connect with you?
On Twitter: @thebookprincess
On FB: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaLynchWriter
And my website, amandarominelynch.com, should be up soon:)

Thank you very much for the Interview, Amanda.

About the Book Anabel Unraveled

Anabel Unraveled (Amanda Romine Lynch)
Click to Read an Excerpt
Anabel Martin’s world was destroyed the day her father was murdered.

After spending seventeen years of her life trapped on a Top Secret island in the South Pacific, she now finds herself in Washington, DC in the care of her former politician brother and his unwelcoming wife. While she wants nothing more than to be left alone, instead she is thrust into the limelight as a key witness in the Congressional hearings investigating the murder of her father and the very existence of her former home.

For Anabel, it’s hard to concentrate on these proceedings when the thing she wants most in the world is for Jared Sorensen to die.

What's even worse is that Jared is the only reason she’s still alive.

Links to the Book

Link to the Paperback Anabel Unraveled with Excerpt on Amazon

Link to the eBook Anabel Unraveled with Excerpt on Amazon

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