June 17th, 2011

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Amanda Ashby!

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by Amanda Ashby

It’s going to be a fairy bad day.

First, my rightful designation of dragon slayer is STOLEN right out from under me by Curtis Green. Sure, he’s really cute, but that doesn’t give him an excuse.

On top of that, I am assigned to slay fairies. I know what you’re thinking—how hard could it be, right? Wrong! These menacing beasts with their tiny hipster clothes and mocking sarcasm love taunting me. And they won’t STOP!

But the thing that tops my list of stuff to ruin my day? That would be the GIANT KILLER FAIRY that I have to hunt down and slay because I am the only one who can see it. There is someone who can help me. Unfortunately…it’s Curtis.

Jenn: My July release, Love Story, is set in a creative-writing class. Did you ever take a class like that, and what was your experience?

Amanda: I went along to a couple of workshops when I very first started writing but honestly most people wrote poetry or were just doing it to fill some time, I don’t think anyone was seriously chasing publication. However, I clearly remember being on a few loops and getting totally intimidated when I heard people talking about character arcs and GMC, since at the time I just sat down and wrote. Of course now I throw words like that around all the time just to make myself feel clever (not really!!!)

Jenn: My heroine longs to be a novelist. Was your journey to publication filled with longing? Quick and easy? How did you make it?

Amanda: I definitely didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer, mainly because I had no idea at all that normal people could do that as a job and so it wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that it even occurred to me. Then once I sat down and wrote one book I was completely hooked. I wish I could say that I sold that book but it was a few more goes before I got it right (okay, it was twelve complete manuscripts but hey, in my defense, I’m a VERY slow learner!!!!!!). The one thing that totally got me through was the belief I had deep down in my gut that I would one day sell a book!!!

Jenn: In one of my creative-writing classes, I was taught never to write about writing. Oh well. Were you taught this too? Are there other writing rules you were taught that you still remember and either follow or throw out the window?

Amanda: I haven’t done a lot of writing classes and the main conferences I go to are romance ones, which are normally filled with very sensible information. Of course this is probably lucky because I’m very easily intimated and if I was taught a lot of crazy rules I would no doubt attempt to follow them all!!!!!

Jenn: What good books have you read lately?

Amanda: I’ve always got loads of books on the go but probably my favorite read of 2011 would have to be Eon by Alison Goodman. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get to this book, but I’m so happy that I finally picked it up. It’s an epic story about a girl disguised as a boy so that she can be a dragon warrior and it’s got a lot of Chinese and Japanese inspired mythology in it. Plus, the heroine totally kicks ass!!!!!

Jenn: When readers tell you they’ve read and loved all your books and they want recommendations for similar books to read now, what do you say?

Amanda: Do you know, I’ve never had anyone ask me that question but since I love recommending books I would suggest that they read Rachel Hawkins and Kierstin White who are both wonderful at writing light-hearted paranormals and do it so much better than I could ever dream of.

Jenn: What’s next for you?

Amanda: I’ve got a MG series that is starting next summer called Sophie’s Mixed-Up Magic about an eleven year old girl who accidentally gets turned into a djinn the day before she starts sixth grade. Let’s just say that chaos ensues!!

For the latest on Amanda's book, check her web site at amandaashby.com!
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