Please give a warm welcome to Amanda Forester! She’s visiting the virtual offices to talk about her newest release, A Wedding in Springtime, which is taking the internet by storm! After the interview, enter for a chance to win a copy of A Wedding in Springtime.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Amanda Forester] I am a writer of my two favorite heroes: rugged medieval Highlanders and witty Regency gentlemen. A Wedding in Springtime is my new release!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Wedding in Springtime?
[Amanda Forester] Five minutes into Miss Eugenia Talbot’s presentation at court, notorious rogue Mr. William Grant makes her laugh before the queen, ruining her debut. To hush up the scandal, Genie needs to make a brilliant marriage, and fast. Genie’s aunt hires a matchmaker to find a suitor—anyone except the infamous William Grant—but amiable Genie shows a disturbing tendency to follow her heart. When a traitor creeps closer, threatening to ruin more than just her reputation, Genie and Grant are drawn into a dangerous world of deceit and intrigue, where losing their hearts could mean their ultimate undoing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Amanda Forester] This series is a little different because I first came up with the secondary characters and then the main heroes came into focus. We meet strong secondary characters through the first two books in the series, who finally have their own story in the third book in the Marriage Mart trilogy. Each book is stand alone though, and Wedding in Springtime has my absolute favorite hero – I adore Grant. He was so much fun to write and would whisper things in my ear that had me laughing out loud!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Eugenia?
[Amanda Forester] Humorous, Clever, Compassionate
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If William had a theme song, what would it be?
[Amanda Forester] Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding – at least until he met Eugenia Talbot, then it was I’m a Believer by Smash Mouth.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Eugenia is never without.
[Amanda Forester] Her good humor, and a guidebook of London
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in William’s bedroom?
[Amanda Forester] Flowers, Books, Anything resembling a hard day’s work
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Eugenia’s greatest regret?
[Amanda Forester] Eugenia is content to live in the present moment without a lot of regrets. However, she does regret laughing before the queen at her presentation.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Amanda Forester] My two greatest influences for writing Regencies are the two greats, Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. Their captivating plots and insightful wit have kept me entertained and inspired me to write something of the genre myself, only with Napoleonic spies. Not sure where the spies came from…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Amanda Forester] Time, quiet, ability to stay awake at the keyboard
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Amanda Forester] The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete. I’m in the process of trying to domesticate a crazy puppy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Amanda Forester] I’m not sure exactly which book, but I’m sure it was written by Dr. Seuss. I think it may have been the classic, HOP ON POP, or possibly my favorite GREEN EGGS AND HAM.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Amanda Forester] Sleep. No, really, sleeping sounds heavenly right now. When I’m not grabbing a nap I enjoy doing family activities, walking (running after my puppy while hollering her name) the dog, hiking, camping, scrapbooking, and working in the garden. Mostly if I have a free moment I write!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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