Amy Sandas's love of romance began one summer when she stumbled across one of her mother's Barbara Cartland books. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children near Milwaukee.
First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
Sure, I’d love to. I currently live in Wisconsin, though during the winter months I often wonder why. I have three amazing kids who keep me very busy, a former bad-boy husband who keeps me inspired, and lots of coffee stocked in my pantry for my early morning writing routine.
I started writing as a pre-teen creating really awful poetry, but it didn’t occur to me to consider trying to write as a career until I was in college.
Definitely more of a plotter than a panster. I do not have elaborate outlines or anything, but I tend to come up with most of the plot and several detailed scenes that I store in my head before I start writing. Once I start, however, anything can happen.
For some reason, my ideas often come from song lyrics. One cool line from a song can inspire a character, a scene, or just a feeling that I start to build around. Other than that, just about anything can spark an idea.
The year is 1817 and three sisters are about to experience the London Season in three very different ways.
Romance, of course! But more specifically, I love character driven stories with a little angst and a touch of humor, and I’ll admit I’m a total sucker for bad-boy heroes.
I’ve always loved Jane Eyre, but it has been a long time now since I last read it. I may have to remedy that and see if it still touches me the way it always used to.
The end. Mainly because I really want that final resolution to be a satisfying culmination of everything the hero and heroine have gone through to get to that point. My goal is always to leave the reader with an uplifting feeling of hope and excitement.
Johanna Lindsey, because she was my first and forever favorite romance author who inspired my love of this genre.
Sarah MacLean, because I just LOVE her books and I imagine she would be a ton of fun to hang out with.
Maya Rodale, because her essays on the romance genre are insightful and wonderful and I’d love get her talking.
(There’s a lot of love in those choices. LOL.)
I am currently working on an idea set in the American West in the 1880s about a young woman from the east who is not what she appears and a gunslinger set on revenge.
Let’s assume your significant other (like mine!) does not read Romance. What book would you have them read as an introduction?
Up For Grabs:“You should not have kissed me,” she replied breathlessly.
“I do a lot of things I shouldn’t. It does not mean I won’t do them again.”Gently bred Emma Chadwick always assumed she’d live and die the daughter of a gentleman. But when her father’s death reveals a world of staggering debt and dangerous moneylenders, she must risk her good name and put her talent for mathematics to use, taking a position as bookkeeper at London’s most notorious gambling hell. Surrounded by vice and corruption on all sides, it is imperative no one discovers Emma’s shameful secret or her reputation—and her life—will be ruined.But Roderick Bentley, the hell’s sinfully wealthy owner, awakens a hunger Emma cannot deny. Drawn deep into an underworld of high stakes gambling and reckless overindulgence, she soon discovers that in order to win the love of a ruthless scoundrel, she will have to play the game...and give in to the pleasure of falling from grace.
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