Amanda Alvarez Interview

This morning I have the privilege of speaking to Amanda Alvarez. Hello Amanda and welcome to Fallen Angel Reviews. Please come in and grab a cozy chair, and share some conversation with us.
Thanks for having me! And, OH! Cozy chair… I will do my best not to drift off. : )

Amanda, what a very interesting website, I have yet to see one where you enter in that fashion. Hunting Human has a nice cover to it. Why not tell us something about Beth Williams and her past that continues to cling to her heart and mind?
Thank you! I'm glad you liked the website, the door knob and door plate are antiques I had lying about my apartment; I thought they'd make a cool entry to the website.

I think the part of Beth that really clung to me was her total ignorance of the paranormal world. For me, I could really relate to her because I could always ask, "What would I do?" What would any of us do if we were confronted with a werewolf, bitten, turned and then left to deal with the aftermath alone and with no resources or support system? I found that question endlessly fascinating and it was the cornerstone of Beth's story. So many urban fantasies and PNRs deal with magical worlds and characters that are already entrenched in them… I really wanted to explore a story from the point of view of some one completely and totally rooted in our everyday world.

Did it take you long to write the story?
Four long years. I began the story without really knowing anything about writing in general, so a lot of those years were spent learning about the craft, learning how to plot, how to build characters, how to create a story, etc. The bulk of the book was written over a single summer.

What would you say is your biggest challenge as a writer?
Finding time and motivation. I work full time in a day job and writing, for me at least, is not relaxing. It takes a lot of time and a lot of effort, much like going to the gym. I love the end result but often find the work it takes exhausting.

Can you describe your workstation for us?
Starbucks. Panera. A local coffee shop or an all-night diner. I almost never work from home.

On the flipside, what is the one thing that gets you most excited as a writer?
Hmmm. I love the editing process. The tweaking that you get to do when there's a full draft with which to work.

What can we look forward to reading from you in the future?
I'm working on a romantic suspense novel with paranormal elements right now. Then I'll be working on the books that follow Hunting Human.

Do you work on a time limit when composing, or just go with the flow?
When the plot becomes fully fleshed out I usually try to binge write and get the bulk of it done in a few weeks. This usually means I work my day job then go to a coffee shop or somewhere I can get dinner (and an outlet for my laptop) and write until I drop. This doesn't always work but it is my preference.

What do you find most fascinating about writing? Most absorbing about reading a book?
I think the creative process is endlessly fascinating. The who and the why. Who characters are, what drives them, what is important, scary or exhilarating always leads me to the why. Why they go left instead of right, why they succeed or fail. That's always an interesting process. I think taking a vicarious adventure is the most absorbing thing in reading a book. I love books that connect me to the hero or heroine and really get me to buy into their problems and adventures. Pure escapism. I love it.

You have decided to open up your bakery and make some killer cupcakes or other sinfully delicious items. What would you name your bakery? And what name would you give to your luscious dessert?
Sinful Selections. And I'd start with lascivious lemon bars and build the bakery out from there. :)

If you could have a superpower, for 24 hours, what would it be and would you use it for good or evil?
I would love to fly. And if I only had twenty four hours to do it? I'd probably spend them testing the boundaries, doing loops, breaking the sound barrier and seeing the sights from a totally different angle.

When you were growing up at the age of 7? 15? 20? Even Now? What had you considered to be or do?
A lot of things actually. I don't really remember what I wanted at seven. At fifteen I considered marine biology. At eighteen I wanted to be a physical therapist. At twenty a lawyer. At thirty… I think a writer. It makes me wonder how my dreams will continue to change.

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to play you? Would you consider your TV movie to be more of a comedy or a tragedy?
Comedy, definitely. And I don't know about an actress. Jennifer Garner, maybe? She seems pretty happy and down to earth.

Can you share your website and any other links to your books you would like to share?
Sure! You can find me: On the Web, On Facebook, On Twitter. And you can buy my book: On Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Carina Press

Okay, I'm sending you on a date with the hero character from ANY romantic entertainment - book, movie, TV show. Who would you want to go on the date with and what would you do?
OMG! Just one? I can pick just one? I'm going to go with Harry Potter (the book version, not the movie version since we're the same age.) And I just want to wander around the Ministry and Hogwarts and Hogsmead and Diagon Alley - just soak up everything magical and fantastic.

Interviewed by: Linda L.

Linda L.