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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Interview with Author Amy Sandas and Giveaway

Meet Amy Sandas author of Luck is No Lady.

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.

Did you always want to be a writer?
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.

What kind of writer are you? Panser or Plotter?
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.

Where do your ideas come from?
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.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
The year is 1817 and three sisters are about to experience the London Season in three very different ways.

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
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.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
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.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write? Why?
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.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
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.)

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
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?

“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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  1. Hello! Thanks for the great interview. It's always fun to talk romance!

  2. It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Her books have great humor with the romance, plus this series is about football!

  3. That's a hard question! Too many good ones to choose from!!!!

  4. I'd pick something fun and contemporary to test the waters. Either Jennifer Crusie or Tawna Fenske :) thanks for sharing!

  5. Since my husband loves history and all things Scottish, I'd start him with Outlander (which I do have him watching!).

  6. Choose one that has something that interests you:)

  7. Unfortunately I can't answer that question I have lots and lots of Book loves it's hard to choose just one

  8. I love this exccerpt.Amy is a new Author for me and I'm happy to meet her here. Thanks for the giveaway chance. It's hard to pick one but I'll choose Outlander because it's got it all. Love, romance, history time travel etc.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  9. I love this exccerpt.Amy is a new Author for me and I'm happy to meet her here. Thanks for the giveaway chance. It's hard to pick one but I'll choose Outlander because it's got it all. Love, romance, history time travel etc.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  10. Oh I would probably say Outlander by Diana Gabaldon would be a good one to start with!

  11. I would recommend Julie James for contemporary and Sherry Thomas for historical.

  12. Some great suggestions! It looks like Outlander is a popular choice for an intro to romance.

  13. Hi Amy! Wow, there is definitely a huge Outlander Fan base here. LOL
    But I'm not sure which book to recommend. I think something on a smaller and shorter scale, not to overwhelm them, you know. Lisa Klepas maybe?

  14. Geesh, I've got no idea what one would get him interested.... Something with lots of action and suspense - there are a lot to choose from.

  15. probably a contemporary romantic suspense like Against the Wind

  16. I don't have a significant other but I convinced my brother to read Pride and Prejudice and told him to focus on the socioeconomic aspects of the story and disparities of the times. He loved it (or so he said LOL ) and then I got him hooked on all things Austen and period dramas on TV like North and South and Downton Abbey hehe

  17. I would probably try Christine Feehan Ghostwalker Series because my hubby is really into action.