LET US GET TO KNOW YOU! AUTHOR INTERVIEW
€ Today It is my absolute pleasure to be interviewing Amanda Lee author of The Deranged Series or CEO of Vicious Ink Publications:
€ Hello! And thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little more about yourself and your background.
Amanda Lee: I was born and raised in Forest, Mississippi, but now reside in Atlanta, Georgia. I burst onto the literary scene in 2009. In September 2012, after departure from a non-trade book publisher, I decided to self-publish under my own publishing house, Vicious Ink Publications. I write in the thriller, horror, women’s fiction, urban and erotic genre. I served two years in corrections and twelve years in law enforcement. I have penned 11 novels, 5 short stories and 1 anthology under my belt and working towards 13 more projects, including film production of my novels and the creation of my own clothing line, Sporty Egghead Apparel.
€ What is the very first book you wrote?
AL: The first book I wrote was Scandalous in 2009.
€ What is your favorite genre to read? Write?
AL: My favorite genre to read is thriller and, the genre I love to write in is Horror.
€ Is there a book that you can remember that made you cry?
AL: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Oh my God, I couldn’t stop crying.
€ Were you good in English?
AL: Not really, a few B’s and C’s LOL.
€ So, what have you written?
AL: I have written The Deranged Series (thriller), Heartless Bastard (women’s fiction), My Master’s Bed (erotic), Deadly Vows (urban) and many short stories from the thriller, women’s fiction, and erotic genre.
€ Where can we see or buy them?
AL: You can buy my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Millions and readers can buy the paperback from me as well.
€ What are you working on at this moment?
AL: Two novels: Mutilated: Mississippi’s Most Hated Cannibal, Death of a Pink Butterfly and 1 short story: Committed to Situations, Sin & Satan.
€ How many Work in progress projects do you have at this time?
AL: I have three.
€ Is there a particular character in any of your books that you relate to the most?
AL: Aliyyah in Heartless Bastard. I was kind of a situation like that with my ex-husband, without the violence.
€ Who inspired you to write?
AL: Zane was definitely my inspiration with erotica. Stephen King with horror. Nicholas Sparks too.
€ What’s the best way to market your writing?
AL: The best way to market my writings is social media, blogs, radio interviews, book signings, events, word of mouth and etc.…
€ What’s your biggest platform as an author?
AL: Publishing and distributing quality work in outlets I want to be identified with and that my target audience reads. AND, finding meaningful ways to engage with and develop my target audience, whether through content, events, online marketing/promotion, etc.
€ What has been your biggest challenge as a writer?
AL: My biggest challenge is writing and still working a full time job. Like on my off days I can stay up all night long writing and now worrying about rushing for next the day.
€ Do you google yourself?
AL: Of course, but all these other Amanda Lee’s come up, so I just put in the African American writer Amanda Lee LOL.
€ How can we follow you and your work?
AL: My website and social media.
Amazon Author Page: https://goo.gl/sx6fG1
Book Links: https://goo.gl/sx6fG1
Goodreads: Amanda Lee
€ What do you think about “trailers” for books?
AL: I like them. I don’t like just pictures and music.
€ Give us some sneak previews on your main characters.
AL: In Committed to Situations, Sin & Satan, my leading character Julie is a mother first. She is put into situations where she sins, then satan takes over acting out violently and killing just to bring her husband back home to her and her kids.
In Mutilated, Reagus Dune is a psychotic killer who loves eating the human flesh. He does violent kills to get what he wants.
€ Any other comments?
AL: None at this moment.