Thank you Amanda for taking this interview, please tell us a little about you?
Hi, I am Amanda Steel and was born in Bradford (UK) in 1979. I always enjoyed writing as a child. One teacher even told My parents that English was the only subject I was good at.
I now enjoy writing online articles, short fiction, poetry and more recently longer works such as my novel 'While I was gone' which can be found on Amazon as well as some of my individual short stories.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I would love to have a full time career as a writer. I also plan on doing my Masters in creative writing next year; to help improve and expand my writing and genres.
Which writers inspire you?
Horror is one of my favorite genres, so I would say Stephen King. I hope to be able to scare people half as much as he does with his writing.
So, what have you written?
I've written and published various short stories, when I was trying out what is was like to be published on Amazon. I then went onto write a fantasy series of three short novels (Hope and Magic series) and a two part women's fiction/drama (Lost and found series) about a woman who is kidnapped as a child, sold to a childless couple, then reunited with her real family as an adult. I've also written a short novel called “After the zombies” and a full length novel called “Not Human” which expands on that story.
Where can we buy or see them?
Free short stories on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/74155614-the-forbidden-girl
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The main character in my most recent book (Not Human) is called Grace. She was homeless before the first zombie outbreak in Manchester. So she's had to be tough, which partly prepared her surviving the zombies, as much you anyone can be prepared for that kind of situation. She discovers she carries the cure, which brings with it a whole new set of struggles for her.
What are you working on at the minute?
I've just started writing the first book is YA series.
What’s it about?
I can't say too much as the moment, but one of the characters in descended from mermaids, while the other is descended from shapeshifters.
What genre are your books?
Some are women's fiction/drama and others are fantasy or horror.
What draws you to this genre?
Out of the genres I write; horror is the one I prefer and I'm drawn to it because I like to try to come up with ways to scare people. I also find it therapeutic to write dark fiction and I think it helps me to deals with problems and be a happy and normal(ish) person the rest of the time.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I would like Saoirse Ronan to play Grace and Ryan Gosling to play Luke (the two main characters in After the zombies and Not Human)
When did you decide to become a writer?
I've always written since I was a child, but only decided it was what I wanted to do a few years ago; after completing two creative writing course with The Open University.
Why do you write?
I have so many ideas and I feel like I have no choice but to write them, otherwise they will be wasted.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I usually try to aim for 500 worlds a day on each project I'm working on. I often work on two or three different projects as once. I find the world count adds up quickly.
Where do the your ideas come from?
My ideas come from a mixture of weird dreams, random thoughts and characters who seem to materialize in my mind and won't go away until I've written them.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
I think it often makes sense to write a series if the characters have taken on a life o their own by the end of the first book. For the Hope and Magic series I had three story ideas which I felt worked best as three books, which will hopefully make sense to readers when they've read them.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.
I've recently started a podcast where I recommend books I've read. I tend to accept a lot of free books, which I read and review, before deciding which to feature on the podcast. Unfortunately this means that I haven't had time to read many of the books on my wish list.
Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
The cover for Not Human was the first I've had designed by someone else. Amazon actually refused to let me pay to advertise it on Amazon, because the blood on my zombies face violated their advertising rules.
Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
I've been interviewed about my books on a few local radio stations. I found it fun and felt that it help my confidence to grow.
How do you relax?
I spend a lot of my free time the cinema or when I'm at home I listen to music or watch my favorite TV shows.
What is your favorite film and why?
The Lost boys. It was the film which started my love of vampires.
Thank you Amanda, wish you all the best with your books!
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