Just For Using My Imagination

By January 31, 2013

Blur Collage4_ppSo this is pretty cool.  I was interviewed today by the Houston Press for their “100 Creatives” feature, which they describe as 100 of the most creative people in Houston.  Not gonna lie, I’m totally stoked.  How fun to be recognized just for using my imagination.

Some of the questions got me thinking back over my twenty-five year career path and I had an epiphany of sorts.  I’ve come full circle.  I’m now writing exactly what I set out to write lo those many years ago—a Gothic romance.

Like my protagonist, Amelia, I’ve always loved Gothic novels, starting with the classics that I read back in high school and continuing on with contemporary authors like Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney and my beloved Mary Stewart.

Those are the kinds of stories I had in mind to write back in the eighties when I first started in this business but naively failed to take into account the changing times.  Publishing houses were looking for something edgier and sexier while I was still stubbornly trying to rewrite Nine Coaches Waiting.  I even had an editor ask me once why I wrote with a British accent.  lolol

So I adapted.  And I wrote fifty-something romantic suspense novels and a few thrillers along the way, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. But with the Graveyard Queen series, I’ve finally been able to revisit my first love, the Gothic.

What genre or even a specific book made you fall in love with reading/writing?

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  • Kasey V says:

    Congratulations! 😀 That is awesome! I hope us readers can eventually get a look see at the interview!

    I have always loved reading. Mainly fantasy novels when I was a kid. Would even try to write my own stories. As I have grown that love of fantasy hasn’t really changed. Growing towards paranormal romances and a little science fiction. Thrillers, Horrors, and Crime novels are also loves. And of course Gothic Romance which I have to say is one of my favorites. Especially when there is a southern flair. Each story makes me fall in love with reading all over again. As well as inspiring me to write my own story.

    I am so glad that you are able to write exactly what you want to write. Because the Graveyard Queen series is one of my favorite series. 😀 And I can’t wait to see what happens next in your stories! Love your imagination!

    • Amanda says:

      Wow, Kasey, thank you! What an awesome post! My reading tastes seem to go in spurts. I went through a fantasy phase where I devoured everything I could get my hands on by Michael Moorcock. Then I moved on to horror with Stephen King and Dean Koontz. For a while in the 80s, I read lots and lots of spy novels–Robert Ludlum and John LeCarre. I remember reading The Bourne Identity when it first came out. Dating myself, lol. Then it was thrillers and romantic suspense. Nowadays, I’m reading lots of YA. But like you, I never get tired of Gothics and paranormal. I love a book with atmosphere!

  • Ann says:

    Congratulations! I’ve long said that my reading tastes were developed by some books given to me when I was 8 or 9 years old: a few Nancy Drews and a double book containing THE WIZARD OF OZ/LAND OF OZ. That was back in the early 1960s.

    Mom loved Victorian authoresses, mysteries, and romantic suspense. Dad loved science fiction and thrillers. They usually gave me their paperbacks after they read them.

    The very first books I checked out when I finally was old enough for an adult library card were COLUMBELLA by Phyllis A. Whitney (I’d already read her juveniles), and MONK’S COURT by Katherine Wigmore Eyre. Mom introduced me to Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart.

    I’ve enjoyed your Graveyard Queen books (although I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t catch the significance of “Asher House” until very late in THE KINGDOM).

    I’m glad you got to write what you wanted to write. Thank you for the pleasure those three books gave me.

    • Amanda says:

      What a great post! Even as we speak, I’m ordering a new copy of Columbella from Amazon. I haven’t read that book in years, but even the title is so romantic and mysterious. Many, many, many years ago I named a fictitious Caribbean island in one of my books Columbé. Not hard to figure out where that inspiration came from. 😉

      I also love your email name. 🙂

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