Today on Rampant Readers we are excited to have Amanda Ashby as our Rockstar author! Amanda is a rockstar simply because she’s just that awesome. She’s super nice and thoughtful, and she writes some fantastic books! With unique plots that will pull you in from start to finish, how can’t she be considered a rockstar?
We’re honored to have Amanda answer some questions for us today! And because she’s such an amazing author, she’s hosting a giveaway for a copy of her newest YA book, Demonosity! You can also check out my review of A Fairy Bad Day HERE.
RR: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
AA: I am a very sensible mother of two who never embarrasses her children by discoing dancing in the house. Well, never on a Tuesday! But in all seriousness apart from embarrassing my children I’m pretty normal. I read a lot of books, watch a lot of television and eat a lot of chocolate! I also run a small vintage stall at our local markets, which I love (and it’s also the reason I made my current heroine Cassidy wear vintage clothing so that she could share my obsession!)
RR: Can you tell us a little about your upcoming novel(s)?
AA: Demonosity is the story of Cassidy Carter-Lewis who can’t make a decision to save her life. She can’t even decide what her favorite chocolate bar is but when she becomes the guardian to an ancient alchemist relic she ends up having to make a decision that could change the entire world. And apart from that it is also has sword-fighting, demon knights and very lovely best friend called Nash (who I might be more than a little in love with!)
RR: Warriors, ghosts, witches oh my! What made you want to write in the paranormal genre?
AA: I grew up reading fantasy novels but it never occurred to me write something like that. However, when I first watched Buffy I was instantly hooked on the idea of having a normal world with lots of strange things in it!
RR: If you could have any of your characters as a best friend, which one would you pick and why?
AA: Nash, Nash, Nash! Because not only is he a genius with great taste in music and clothing but he is just always there for Cassidy, no matter what. We could all use a Nash in our lives!
RR: What do you love most about writing?
AA: For me writing is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Blindfolded. While standing in a bush of prickles. So most of the time I am struggling to find out how it all fits together but then there will be a moment when it all makes perfect sense. I live for those moments. And for the rest of the time I rely on chocolate!
RR: Who are your author inspirations?
AA: Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer are two authors who really changed my life and created books that I just wanted to walk into and set up house. They were also both brilliantly funny!
RR: What are your top three favorite books?
AA: Gah. I hate this game and remember how I said that my heroine Cassidy couldn’t make decisions? Yeah, well guess where she got it from! My top three always changes but here is what I’m thinking today! The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula LeGuin, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and then a toss up between The Grand Sophie by Georgette Heyer and Magician by Raymond E Feist.
RR: Describe your writing process.
AA: Hideous! I find that the more I write the harder it gets. I actually sent my agent an email today about some new books and it was virtually like a Choose Your Own Adventure! I seriously had about five different versions of the same story. However, I just have to remind myself that this is my process and that eventually it will make sense!
RR: Do you have any strange writing rituals?
AA: Not really. I mean I fluff around as much as possible before I sit down and then of course check the Internet far too much in case it is missing me, but once I start all I tend to need is some music, my laptop and a notepad.
RR: What do you do when you are not writing?
AA: Torment my children, hunt down vintage treasures and try and explain to my husband why it’s okay for a grown woman to watch The Gilmore Girls all night.
RR: Have you ever experienced writer’s block?
AA: Yes, all the time and what I hate is when people try and suggest I do strange writing exercises to make it go away. Because to me it’s not that I can’t write it’s just that I haven’t figured out what the real story is that I’m trying to write so my only way to get through it is to sulk, mutter, complain and moan until I drive everyone around me crazy. Then, once I have their attention it gets a bit boring and I will eventually go back to the computer and figure it out. Btw, I am an absolutely joy to live with!!
RR: How do you choose your character names?
AA: Oh, naming characters is my favorite sport! I spend loads of time on www.behindthename.com and will take my time making lists of all the possible names I like. Then I just play around with them until they sound right!
RR: What was your most rewarding experience as a writer?
AA: Because I live in Australia and my books mainly come out in the US I don’t get to meet too many readers first hand but I’ve done a couple of conferences over here where kids have come up to say that they’ve read my books and it is still a very surreal experience!
RR: If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
AA: David Boreanaz from Buffy/Angel fame. Because he’s so pretty (don’t worry my husband is well used to my ridiculous obsessions!)
RR: If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
AA: Librarian, chocolate taster or ninja. Or, a ninja, chocolate-eating librarian!
RR: If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
RR: If you could live in a book, what book would it be?
AA: Any of Georgette Heyer’s regency novels (though only if I was part of the ton!)
RR: Favorite song?
AA: Oh dear. This interview was going so well and you probably thought I was wildly amusing and funny and now you’ll judge me and roll your eyes, but I can’t lie, my all time favorite song is Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice.
RR: Favorite book?
AA: The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula LeGuin
RR: Favorite quote?
AA: My favorite quote is actually from my favorite book (and it probably explains why I love the book so much!)
“Only in silence the word,
Only in dark the light,
Only in dying life:Bright the hawk’s flight
On the empty sky.”
RR: Favorite Color?
AA: Bright green
RR: Favorite Candy?
AA: No. I refuse to answer this question because then all the other candies would get jealous and think that I don’t love them, which is clearly untrue! However, I am prepared to narrow it down to a top five: Skittles, Snickers, Jelly Beans, Whittaker’s Dark Chocolate (this is from New Zealand), M&M’s
RR: Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
RR: Favorite Animal?
RR: Favorite Restaurant?
AA: Any good Indian restaurant will make me happy!
RR: Coke or Pepsi?
RR: Chocolate or Vanilla?
RR: Day or Night?
RR: Iphone or Android?
RR: eBooks or paperbacks?
RR: Facebook or Twitter?
RR: Skittles or M&Ms?
AA: See above!!!
One copy of Demonosity by Amanda Ashby (INTERNATIONAL)