Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with Amanda Lyons. For those of you unacquainted with Amanda, let’s take a moment to get to know her…
A longtime fan of horror and fantasy Ms. Lyons writes character driven novels that while influenced by her darker interests, can also be heavily laced with fantasy, romance, history and magic. Amanda M. Lyons has lived her whole life in rural Ohio where she lives with her fiance and two children. Eyes Like Blue Fire is her first novel.Wendy Won’t Go, a novelette was released from J. Ellington Ashton Press in December and she’s currently at work on Apocrypha a short horror collection with Robert Edward Lyons II.
Amanda is also an editor with J Ellington Ashton Press.
Welcome Amanda! Now let’s get to the questions…. Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.
Emotional character driven literary horror with edges of the fantastic.
What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
Hmm I’m not sure I would use a song for it, the opening is very quiet.
Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
Darren Aronovsky, he’s very good with the subtle and dramatic. He also utilizes the fantastic in a way that doesn’t interfere with the story. I doubt if there are any actresses that are anything quite like me, it’d probably have to be an unknown.
What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
I’m almost always a pantser with at most some notes or ideas to work with. I used to hand write everything and type it up later I’ve switched since I sorted out my handwriting is terrible and sometimes illegible even to me…besides I got tired of forcing myself to write all of that up with the first few edits of Eyes Like Blue Fire.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
All of that work was worth it, it just took a lot more time than we thought, be patient.
What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
Matilda by Roald Dahl, Grimms Fairy Tales, The Stand by Stephen King
And now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Both, mostly tea
- Cats or dogs? Cats
- Snow or sun? Neither fall
- Print books or eReader? Print
- Nachos or potato chips? Ick neither
- Baked or fried? Baked
- Candy or chocolate? Generally mint candy
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Sci-fi
- Classics or Modern? Depends
- Old World or New World? Depends
- Sweet or spicy? Sweet
- Comfort or Speed? Comfort
Thank you Amanda for taking the time to answer my questions!
Now let’s take a quick look at Wendy Won’t Go… Don’t forget to click on the cover to be taken to Amazon!
Billy and Sara are living a life of fear. Every day and every night since Sara was small they have been haunted by a terrible apparition. She is cold and she is cruel, strange and frightening. Her name is Wendy, and no matter where they go and no matter what they do, Wendy Won’t Go.