Today at Chicks Rogues and Scandals, I have a Christmas special of “A Chat With…” the very lovely, Best Selling Author Amanda Mccabe chatting with me, so sit back and let’s get to know a little a bit more about Amanda.
Reading Chick : Hi Amanda, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Amanda : —Thank you so much for the welcome to your blog!! hmm, five words? – I would say bookish, stylish, shy, artistic and – well, my husband says I have to add “stubbord”!
Reading Chick : Lovely! If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Amanda : If I could take things like medications and modern shampoo with me (ha!) I would have to say I love 16th Centuary England, it would be such an exciting time of change and adventure (and possibly get to meet Shakespear!). But if we are going fashion, I would say Regency England. I think those gowns musy have been much more comfortable that Elizabethan farthingales and ruffs!
Reading Chick : I have to agree with you on all point’s, I do love the Elizabeth era, but their clothing looked very uncomfortable. Who was your childhood hero?
Amanda : When I was in the 3rd grade, I found an old book in the school library that was a novel about a young Abigail Adams. I fell in love with her, and had to read everything I could find about her life! I am still a big Abigail fan (my poodle is even named after her)
Reading Chick : How what a really lovely answer, What is your favorite time of the year?
Amanda : Autumn! I love the colors of the trees, the snap in the air, apple cider. But I hate winter.
Reading Chick : Ditto! I am a bit Autumn fan too, time for a toughie. Out of all your work, who is your favorite character and why?
Amanda : As Amanda Carmack, I write The Elizabethan Mysteries which features a fictional musician at the court of Elizabeth I, Kate Haywood. I love Kate, maybe because I’ve seen her grow through 5 books, mending her way through a perilous world and becoming stronger. I also like living vicraiously through her music (I’ve always loved music, but have no talent at it myself!). I liked Alys in my newest release, “The Queen’s Christmas Summons,” as well, because she is an Irish lass….
Reading Chick : Very interesting, Your book’s are incredible, where doe’s your inspiration for them come from?
Amanda : People ask this a lot, and I always have to say—I’m not sure!! I love music, movies, and visual art, so I find a lot of inspiration there. (What would it be like to live in a certain painting, or what emotions does a symphony make me feel?). Sometimes I just like a dress or hat, and build a character around it!
Reading Chick : I find that so interesting that you create theses wonderful stories and charecter’s from something so ordinary, Thank you Amanda! What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Amanda : Persistence! And more persistence! Writing and more writing is the only way to get better at writing, and the only way to have finished stories to putout there. This is not easy sometimes. I would also say keep going to classes and read all you can, learn to hear your own voice
Reading Chick : Thank you, what brilliant tip’s, if you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, dead or alive)
Amanda : Jane Austen (of course!), Tolstoy, and maybe my grandmother, because she always knew how to host a fun party (and would cook the appetizers, LOL)
Reading Chick : Ha! I love that. Thank you again, Amanda for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favorite naughty but nice food?
Amanda : Chocolate lava cake!!! Well, anything chocolate, really, but I love the way the dark chocolate oozes out of the cake. 🙂
Reading Chick : Oh yummm! Sound’s good :-), Thank you Amanda.
If you want to learn more about Amanda and her work then why don’t you check out the link’s below, Amanda loves hearing from her readers.