Friday, November 25, 2011

with Amanda Deed

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Amanda!
Is there a story behind this book?

I began to write Ellenvale Gold back in 2000. I had become frustrated with the lack of Australian Historical Romances available on the market and it struck me that perhaps I should write one. It didn’t take long for the ideas to begin to flow.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Historical Romance has always been my favourite genre. I have especially enjoyed Linda Chaikin’s novels over the years. I think her Heart of India series helped me fall in love with the genre in the first place.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Classical – that reveals the old-fashioned part of me, or Blues – that is more the expressive, emotional side.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
When I was a teenager, my dad told me I could decorate my bedroom how I liked. I chose to have one wall painted a peachy-pink colour, the curtains were purple, my wardrobe was white, and the other wall I decided to paint bright red – scarlet – with a stenciled “Jesus” and musical notes painted in white over it. Sounds freaky, but actually looked ok. I always remember my aunt telling me how it looked ‘tomatoey’ (she knew I hated tomatoes). LOL

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Things to do with unfamiliar people, such as meeting them, making phone calls to them, even emailing them. Marketing my novels is hard stomach-knot-making work, but I’m getting better at it with the Lord’s help.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Roast lamb with roast veggies and gravy. And for dessert, apple pie and custard. Yum.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
The whole of Psalm 139 has always been special. I struggled with self-esteem for a long time in my childhood and teen years, but God has shown me how deep and perfect His love is and how intimately He wants to know me.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Ellenvale Gold was released on the 1st of November. It is an historical romance set in the Victorian gold rush times of Australia. I wanted to honour our Aussie pioneers by highlighting their lifestyle through a romance novel. But I also wanted to weave a message of hope and grace in the pages.

You can purchase Ellenvale Gold from Amazon.

Amanda is giving away a copy of Ellenvale Gold. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

I read mostly Historical books, with Historical Romance being a great favorite.

I look forward to reading ELLENVALE GOLD.


Jo said...

I am looking forward to reading this book. Sounds so good.


nylnestill said...

Thanks for supplying the giveaway!

Marianne said...

i love to learn about Australia's rich {or is that poor} history! please enter me


Rev. Kim Justice said...

Again, Thanks for the opportunity for this give away... would love to receive it, read it, and review it..

PriviesAndPrims said...

Please enter me. Would love to win!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

ann said...

I enjoy reading how they did things in the older days and how life was back then. Enter me please

amhengst at verizon dot net

apple blossom said...

love the chance to win thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

wfnren said...

Would really love to have this book.


Suzanne said...

I love historical fiction, especially when it takes place in an setting that I don't know much about. I'd love to add this book to my collection.
Suzanne :O

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