Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Amanda Mariel: USA Today Bestselling author Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.
When and Why did you start to write?
I took a creative writing class in college during which I had to write a short story. The assignment called for a YA story and much to my surprise I really enjoyed it. After the class ended I decided that I wanted to try my hand at writing a full book. The assignment was for a very short 10k novella. I also wanted to write historical not YA. It took a few years before I actually wrote my first book, but once it was done, I was hooked. My first book, Scandalous Endeavors, was published December 21, 2015.
What authors do you always read or suggest to others?
My favorite must read author is Lisa Kleypas. I devour everything she puts out. I also love Johanna Lindsey, Tessa Dare, and Sarah McLean.
What is the most surprising thing you have found out with the writing process?
That I am my own worst critic. I think everything I write is the worst and will sink my career. I seriously get a stomach ache when I release a new book. Once reviews start rolling in, I feel better though and am always amazed, surprised, and grateful for the readers who love my books. On a side note, I have trained myself to ignore the inevitable bad reviews. I remind myself that not everyone will like every book/author and then put it out of my mind.
What are you working on now?
I have several books in the works: Scandalous Liaison which is the final book in my Ladies and Scoundrels series, More Than a Lady which is my first stab at medieval romance and great fun, and a group project that has me writing a novella about twins with a touch of special power set during the sixteen hundreds.
When writing are you a pantser or plotter?
I do both. It depends on the project and how alive it is in my head. Sometimes I have a full plot and develop it before writing. Other times I have a vague idea, maybe a chapter or two in my imagination and I write them then plot the rest. Once in a while I just write and see what happens.
What are your social links?
What are your buy links?
All of my books and buy links can be found on my website along with other cool things like giveaways and special announcements. Stop by http://www.amandamariel.com and check them out 🙂
Twinsie Angie’s Review of Scandalous Endeavors HERE
Twinsie Angie’s Review of How to Kiss a Rogue HERE