Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Featured Author -- Amanda Steiger

Today we're featuring Amanda Steiger, author of the recently released Feet of Clay.

Tell us about Feet of Clay. What inspired you to write it? How long did it take?

The whole process took a few months, and the characters themselves inspired me to write it. Spike and Galvin were both fully realized in my mind before I even started the story, and I wanted to bring them together. They’re both very broken people, in their own ways, and I wanted to show that it’s possible to be deeply flawed and still find happiness and love.

Tell us one thing about yourself that your readers would be surprised to know.

Despite all the time I spend on my computer, I’m really bad with technology—almost as bad as Spike (though not quite).

What’s the best thing about writing? How about the worst thing?

It’s pure creation. The feeling of bringing people and whole worlds to life with words alone is very satisfying. It’s also very unnerving, because you reveal a lot about yourself with your stories, albeit indirectly…especially if you’re writing romance or erotica. There’s something very personal about it..

Character or plot, which comes first?

Character, always. The plot should arise naturally from the characters, from their desires and choices. If you try to do it the other way around, you have characters doing unbelievable and contrived things in the service of the plot.

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

Snuggled under the covers with my boyfriend.

What’s the best writing advice you ever received/found?

Write what you truly want to write. If it’s not meaningful to you, it can’t possibly be meaningful to readers.

I also like this C.S. Lewis quote a lot: “Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”

What are you working on now?

An urban fantasy novel. It’s set against the backdrop of a heated debate within the supernatural community: whether to reveal their existence to humankind.

There are books in which the existence of the supernatural world is kept secret from normal people and other books in which everybody knows about it, so I thought it might be interesting to write something during that in-between phase when paranormal beings are just starting to come out of the closet.

Bio: Amanda Steiger has lived in the Midwest her whole life, though she enjoys regular visits to other galaxies and dimensions in her mind. She enjoys cold weather, daydreaming, supernatural romance, and anime. She lives with her family and one very spoiled little dog. You can contact her at sekuiro@gmail.com

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