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Amanda Ashley – Interview & Giveaway


   

Sidhe Vicious welcomes Paranormal Romance author Amanda Ashley! We’re looking forward to getting to know you and all about your latest novel Everlasting Kiss. I personally am really excited because I consider you to be one of the true pioneers of the Paranormal Romance genre! 🙂

Sidhe Your Paranormal Romance novel, Everlasting Kiss will be released on January 26th, 2010 by Kensington. Can you tell us about it and a bit about the main characters Daisy & Eric?

Amanda – Well, Erik is a 325 year old vampire. Daisy is just your average young woman who belongs to a family of vampire hunters and blood thieves. Vampire blood is quite the rage among humans these days and that’s how Daisy makes her living, stealing blood from vampires while they’re at rest. Of course, it’s inevitable that Daisy and Erik meet, neither knowing what the other is or does.

Sidhe – What about vampires inspired you to write about them?

Amanda – They’re just such fascinating creatures. I mean, except for the blood part, who wouldn’t want to be a vampire? They never get sick, they’re really strong, and they never grow older. Sounds good to me! 

Sidhe  Me too! Will we be seeing more vampires in your books in the future? Are you working on anything new?

Amanda – Oh, yes! I’m just winding up my current work-in-progress. And the sequel to Everlasting Kiss, Everlasting Desire, will be out in October. I loved the bad boy, Rhys, in Everlasting Kiss so much; I decided he needed a story of his own.

Sidhe –  I agree! Rhys definitely deserves his own book. How did you get your start in writing? What, if anything, lit the “spark” to get you started and keep you motivated?

Amanda – I started writing because I was bored. My husband worked nights and after my kids went to bed, there was nothing to do but watch TV. I’d been reading a lot of historical romances at the time and one night I sat down and started writing Comanche Flame. I’ve been writing ever since.

Sidhe – What was the path to publication on your first PR novel like? Highlights? Pitfalls?

Amanda – It was a much smoother path than the historical one. It took me six years and 31 rejections to find a publisher for my first historical. The opportunity to write my first PR was offered to me by my agent, who asked if I’d be interested in writing a paranormal short story for Topaz. I wrote about a vampire, of course, and liked it so much, I’ve been writing them ever since.

Sidhe – Who or what was your inspiration for the characters of Daisy & Eric, if any?

Amanda – Hmmm. None that I can think of. The idea just came to me. Most of my books begin with a single line that comes to me out of nowhere. I follow the line and hope it turns into a book. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.

Sidhe – Do you find it harder or easier to write PR novels now that the genre has exploded, than it was to write them back in the beginning?

Amanda – For me, it hasn’t changed. Of course, there’s a lot more competition now. It seems everyone is writing about the Undead!

Sidhe – For which I am eternally grateful, though my pocketbook isn’t. Do you have any funny writing quirks or habits that you do when you’re in the “zone” writing?

Amanda – LOL. None that I can think of. I usually have my TV on. Not sure why, except I like noise in the background for some reason. When I’m in the “zone” I can write anywhere. Years ago, I bowled on a league with my best friend. If I was struck with inspiration, I wrote between frames.

Sidhe – Have you ever met a vampire, werewolf, demon, fae?

Amanda – Well, when writing, I am all of the above. Sometimes I think my husband is a demon, but I think most women feel that way from time to time <G>

Sidhe – What supernatural power or creature would you most like to have or be?

Amanda – I’d love to have a fairy godmother who would make me young and thin and make chocolate good for me!

Sidhe – Me too! There is NOTHING that chocolate doesn’t make better. Who is your favourite paranormal or urban fantasy fictional character and why? (Not counting your own of courseJ)

Amanda – Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher). Harry is a fascinating character with a wry sense of humour and his world is filled with all kinds of paranormal creatures and monsters as well as angels.

Sidhe – Who’s your favourite author? TV show? Movie?

Amanda – Gosh, it’s hard to pick one author. Kay Hooper is right up there at the top.

TV show? That’s easy. The Vampire Diaries. I love Damon! Movie? Right now, it’s New Moon.

Sidhe – If you could choose one fictional character to bring into real life, who would you choose?

Amanda – Jacob Black! Be still my heart, that boy is gorgeous.

Sidhe – Tell me about it! I should probably be in jail for some of the thoughts that have crossed my mind while looking at that young man, lol. But I’m still team Edward. How have the books you’ve read influenced the books you write?

Amanda – I think Interview With a Vampire probably influenced me the most. I wasn’t writing Vampires when I read it, but I loved Lestat. He was so at home in his own skin.

Sidhe – What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever gotten inspiration from?

Amanda Hmm, I can’t think of anything strange, but it was my oldest son who prompted me to write my first time travel book.

Sidhe – What do you do when you’re having writer’s block to “shake” it off?

Amanda – I go to the movies or shopping or take a walk. If my Muse takes a hike, there’s no point in sitting in front of the computer waiting for her to come back. Better to take a break and go have some fun.

Sidhe – What can a new reader expect from your books?

Amanda – Hopefully a good story with interesting characters that will leave them wanting more.

Sidhe – You seem to prefer writing about Vampires, (Whom we all love *G*). Do you do a lot of research or do you prefer to take what you already know and use your imagination for the rest?

Amanda – Both. I have a lot of books about vampires in my personal library and, of course, there are tons of vamp sites on the Web.

Sidhe – Are any of your characters particularly fun or easy for you to write? Any that are more difficult?

Amanda – I loved writing about Rhys in Everlasting Desire. He’s one of my favourite characters.  Writing about Ronan in Dead Sexy was fun, because he was a romance writer and some of things that happened to him, happened to me.

At the moment, I’m having trouble deciding how to knock off the bad buy in my work-in-progress. I know what I want to do. I just can’t figure out how to get there. It’s very frustrating.

Sidhe – Do you have any tips for aspiring speculative fiction writers?

Amanda – Just to write what they love to read and not to be discouraged by rejection. Remember, when an editor rejects your work, it’s just one person’s opinion, so don’t give up. Enter contests. It’s a good way to get feedback on your work.

Sidhe – Is there anything else you’d like to share with us at Sidhe Vicious Reviews and with your readers? 

Amanda – I’d like to thank all those who take the time to write and tell me how much they enjoy my books. Most of the reviews I get on Amazon are negative. Some are downright nasty, so much so that for a while there, I thought I’d just stop writing, so positive email is very rewarding.

And thank you, Sidhe, for your wonderful reviews and for having me here.           

Sidhe Vicious Reviews would like to thank you for taking the time to come by and give us this great inside look into your world and your writing! It’s been a true pleasure. 🙂 And might I add that I, for one, am truly grateful that you didn’t give up on the writing! I love that there are so many different authors and styles of writing or it would get old quick.

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Giveaway Details:

Amanda Ashley is graciously offering up a signed copy of Everlasting Kiss OR one of Amanda’s backlist of previously published books  to one randomly picked commenter. Giveaway is open to those in the USA & Canada.

What type of vampire is your favourite? Do you like them rash, wild and dangerous like Lestat? Quiet, tortured and contemplative like Louis? Sparkly, gorgeous and fangless like Edward? Or exciting, sinfully sexy and unpredictable like Eric Northman? What is it about vampires that revs your motor? 😀 

Amanda may also be popping by for the next day or two to reply to comments, so if you have any burning questions for her, feel free to ask away.

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question. (+1 entry)

For  extra entries: 

– Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)

– If  you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive an extra entry, but be sure to let me know in the comments. (+2 entries)

– Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. (+? entries, insert however many links you’ve done)

Contest is open to USA & Canada only and will run through January 31st until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on Feb 1st. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! 🙂

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January 20, 2010 - Posted by | Interview, New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Upcoming Releases | , , , ,

46 Comments »

  1. […] Ashley, author of over 20 Paranormal Romances and the upcoming Everlasting Kiss is here for an interview & giveaway on January […]

    Pingback by Welcome To My Book Addiction « Sidhe Vicious Reviews | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. +1 I must say that the biting is what gets me going with vampires. The neck is an e-zone for me, so any man with a fetish for my neck is high on my list!

    +2 I’m already a subscriber

    +2 I’m adding your contest to my Wicked Wednesday blog post and my side bar (1/31 • Sidhe Vicious Reviews)

    Thanks! Miranda
    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com
    Sweet Vernal Zephyr .blogspot

    Comment by Miranda | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. Sexy and exciting.

    I’m already a subscriber via Google reader.

    Comment by Carol | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. Sinful sexy and exciting!

    Comment by Penny Dyal | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  5. Can’t enter because I am in Australia but I have to say that my favorite vamp is Raphael Cordova!!! Amanda I love your stories and I dream of my Rafe everyday. Thanks for sharing your comments.

    Comment by Lynne Aylward | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  6. dear amanda i love them sexy but a bit shy. i love all the vampires. one that sticks out is rane. once i start your books idont put it down untill iam done.

    Comment by sue webber | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  7. I’m torn between Eric Northman and Lestat. If we could combine those two, that would be nice! And the whole biting the neck thing is just sexy.

    Comment by Roxy | January 20, 2010 | Reply

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  9. Great interview! As for the question, I’m going to say all of the above. Just being a vampire is enough for me *grin*

    Comment by Chelsea B. | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  10. Hi Amanda! I like my vampires tall dark and handsome and I love it when they have the bad boy image and are slightly unpredictable ( until they meet the right woman that is! )** Grin ** Sidhe, I am currently a subscriber. Have a great day ladies!

    Comment by Barb P | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  11. Amanda Ashley is a new author to me,I’m looking forward to reading some of her books.

    +1 I like them sinfully sexy and unpredictable

    +2 already subscribe by email

    tweeted http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/8007630400

    Comment by elaing8 | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  12. +1 I like them wild and dangerous like Lestat (but still sexy).

    +2 I am already an email subscriber.

    icewoman96 at gmail dot com

    Comment by Stephanie N | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  13. Like my Vampires quiet, tortured and comtemplative like Louis because it brings out my protective instincts which for some reason “does it for me”!! This was a nice interview for me as am such a long time fan of Mandy!
    Thanks Judi and Amanda for the interview and the giveaway, would have to pick a back list book as have already ordered Everlasting Kiss.
    I am an email subscriber, subscriber on the RSS feed and Blog Site Follower already. Google friend connect (jacabur1)
    I posted a Tweet at: http://twitter.com/jacabur1
    Posted to Profile at: http://www.myspace.com/texasgirljackieb
    Posted to Profile at: http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/JackieBurris

    jackie b central texas

    Comment by Jackie B. | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  14. +2 already subscribed

    Mick St. John from Moonlight is cool.

    Comment by Marie | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  15. I like them exciting, sinfully sexy and unpredictable like Eric Northman?

    +2 Already a subscriber

    Love the covers. You are a new author to me. Your books sound wonderful.

    Comment by Sue Brandes | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  16. +1 posted link on goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3108048
    +1 tweeted- http://twitter.com/bookluver09
    +1 posted link on bookblogs- http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/KaylaJohnson
    +1 follower

    This sounds like a really great book 🙂

    Comment by Kayla | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  17. whoops! totally forgot to tell you that I like ’em sinfully bad like ‘ol Eric 😉

    Comment by Kayla | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  18. **Waves** Hey Ms. Amanda!! How have you been?
    You know I absolutely love your vampire books!!!
    I love all of Ms. A’s vampires in her books! They are dark, devoted and extremely sexy!!! Please count me in!! Thanks a bunch!

    I am a new follower now!

    Comment by Cecile | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  19. Great interview!
    +1 I kind of like a combination of Lestat and Eric. Wild and dangerous and sinful and unpredictable. Yum!
    +2 already subscribe via email
    +2 posted in my sidebar on my blog
    http://not-really-southernvampchick.blogspot.com/

    Comment by Amanda Leigh | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  20. I love my vampires gorgeous, charming, sexy and mysterious like Edward.

    Comment by Stacie | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  21. I’m going to answer several comments in one reply because it’s easier. Hope that’s okay!

    LYNN ~ I’m happy that you love Raphael. I don’t think anyone has ever said that they dream about any of my vampire heroes. I think that’s so cool!!!!!

    SUE ~ I love it when readers say they can’t put my books down. I think Rane is my favorite Cordova vampire.

    ROXY ~ I don’t watch True Blood, but I love the Eric in the Sookie books, and Lestat, too, even though he was blond

    BARB ~ That’s how I like my vamps, too, tall, dark, and handsome…and a little bit bad!

    ELAING8 ~ I hope you’ll enjoy my books. I love writing them!

    JACKIE ~ Louis was soooo sexy. I love Brad Pitt. But I remember, the first time I saw the movie, and Antonio made an appearance, I said, “Now, THAT’S a vampire!”

    MARIE ~ Mick is marvelous!

    SUE ~ I’ve been blessed with some wonderful covers. I think my first vampi cover, EMBRACE THE NIGHT, is still my favorite. Hope you enjoy any of my books you might read.

    CECILE ~ Hey! Good to see you here. Long time no talk 🙂 Good luck!

    Comment by Amanda | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  22. +1 I love vampires that are exciting and sinfully sexy! I think the mystique of vampires draws me in and their fangs too!

    +2 I’m already a subscriber!

    Comment by Jeanette Juan | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  23. I like vampires who are tortured and bitter but end up being a good guy at the end.

    I am an old subscriber

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

    Comment by Tracey D | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  24. Thanks, Amanda and Judi, for an excellent interview!

    I prefer a tall, strong, handsome warrior vampire who thinks of me as his soulmate.

    Comment by Patricia | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  25. What a great interview…I enjoy getting to know the authors that I absolutely love!!! My collection of Amanda’s books has grown by leaps and bounds.

    I love the tortured, bad boy vampire who finds love and redeems himself in the end!! And as someone else commented…the biting neck thing is absolutely sexy!!

    I follow through Google Reader!!!

    Comment by Kara T | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  26. Hi, Amanda! I love your books!

    Comment by Sharon Shearouse | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  27. Vampires are my favorite reads, I enjoy them all! I’m always looking for new authors and series to read! One of my favorites was Spike, miss the Buffy series!

    Comment by Teresa W. | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  28. PATRICIA AND KARA ~ I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. Judi asked some fun questions!

    SHARON ~ I’m happy to know you enjoy my books.I hope to write many more!

    Hope you’re all having a wonderful day. It’s been raining like crazy here in Southern California. Perfect weather for writing, since shopping is out of the question! Have almost finished my current work-in-progress.

    Comment by Amanda | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  29. I love a quiet, tortured and contemplative vampire. It shows that their humanity is still alive in them even if they are no longer human.

    I’m already a subscriber

    Comment by Sue A. | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  30. Oohhh! Most definitely Eric Northman! Sexy, Dangerous, Sensual, Dangerous, Gorgeous, Dangerous, Erotic, Dangerour! Oh! Did I say dangerous! Ohhhh. Get my motor “revving every time! lol. Thanks for sharing!

    Already a subscribers +2
    Link Shared on:
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    http://www.myspace.com/yzabella_erotica
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    Comment by Kate L | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  31. opps, forgot email add….mleger @ rogers (dot) com

    Comment by Kate L | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  32. Amanda Ashley is a great author if this is an indication of her writing.
    +1 I believe I would prefer my vampire to be exciting, sinfully sexy and unpredictable like Eric Northman. What is it about vampires that revs your motor? The unpredictable actions keep you guessing, will he bite me or not? This revs my motor.LOL

    +2 I am already subscribed

    Comment by Brendab | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  33. justpeachy36@yahoo.com

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    I like a dark brooding vampire, who doesn’t really want to be a vampire, but understands it and accepts it.

    Comment by Debbie Lester | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  34. Hi 🙂
    Thank you for the great interview with Amanda Ashley and thank you to Madeline Baker for sharing here today. I love the conversational tone of the interview. It was fun and informative. I posted about this on my blog for Fri 5am EST.
    🙂
    All the best,
    RKCharron

    Comment by RKCharron | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  35. Love the interview!

    I’m really into the smoldering vampires with a conscience, like Angel from Buffy. Maybe I’d like Edward more if he didn’t sparkle. That’s just weird.

    Comment by Amy | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  36. Awesome comments ladies! Kate L, you made me giggle because I know exactly what you mean. 😉 Amy, I hear you on the sparkling being weird, but I still love me some Edward.

    I’m greedy because I pretty much fall for them all. Yup. Give me Angel, Spike, Edward, Eric, Bones, Louis, any of the Black Dagger Brothers, Vincent Cordova, Raphael Cordova, Adam Walker and I could go on forever. (Goes off to find some kleenex for the drool…)

    Comment by sidhevicious | January 22, 2010 | Reply

  37. I would take any/all of them any way I could get them.
    LOL
    Great interview Mandy.

    Comment by Earlene | January 22, 2010 | Reply

  38. Rash, wild and dangerous like Lestat! =)

    Kate
    coconutbananabliss @ gmail.com

    Comment by Kate | January 22, 2010 | Reply

  39. RK ~ so glad you enjoyed the interview. It was really fun to do. Thanks for posting it on your blog.

    AMY ~ your comment about Edward sparkling made me laugh.

    EARLENE ~ You are most welcome 🙂

    SIDHE ~ Glad to see Vincent and Rafael in there with Angel, Edward, Eric and Louis 🙂

    Comment by Amanda Ashley | January 23, 2010 | Reply

  40. Oh gosh! I would have to say I like my Vamps like the very sexy Eric Northman it’s just something about being so dangerous that I really get me going with Vamps!

    Comment by Stephanie Grant | January 23, 2010 | Reply

  41. I subscribe via e-mail

    Comment by Stephanie Grant | January 23, 2010 | Reply

  42. Tweet:

    Comment by Stephanie Grant | January 23, 2010 | Reply

  43. I blogged:
    http://thegrantsgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/01/sidhe-vicious-amanda-ashley-giveaway.html

    Comment by Stephanie Grant | January 23, 2010 | Reply

  44. Just stopping in to say hi. Hope you’re all having a blessed Sabbath. It finally stopped raining! Hallelujah!

    Comment by Amanda Ashley | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  45. hi amanda! love your books

    Comment by tami | January 31, 2010 | Reply

  46. Thanks, Tami! I love writing them.

    Comment by Amanda Ashley | January 31, 2010 | Reply


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