Friday, April 12, 2013

Please Welcome Amanda Deed to the BookLoft

Hi Amanda. It's great to have you here with us at the Barn Door Book Loft Bookshelf. Is there a story behind your book Henry’s Run?

Henry’s Run is the third and final novel in my Jacksons Creek series, so it flows on from the first two (but can be read as a stand alone). In the first two books, the villain type character has been up to a lot of mischief and I wondered what it would be like to try and redeem him in the last. And so, Henry’s Run was born, set against the backdrop of the 1850s gold rush in Victoria, Australia.

Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?

I really loved getting inside Rupert Foxworth’s head. He was my villain from the first two novels and I knew it would be a challenge to turn readers from hating him, to caring for him, so I had to go deep into his motivations and what made him do the things he’d done. And though he wanted to change, things got a whole lot worse for him before they got better.

Question: What is your strangest habit?

In summer, I just cannot go to bed without washing my feet. I love walking around in bare feet when the weather is warm, but I can’t stand that dusty feeling on my feet when I slide between the sheets. Call me anal, call it OCD, I don’t know. I just do it. LOL.

Question: What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Ridiculous conversations about feather wielding pirates and things that hide upside down in cups of hot chocolate and – yeah, you have to be there to get it!

Question: What is your favorite season of the year? 

Summer! Never lasts long enough though.

Question: What is a favorite memory from your childhood?

Spending three months with my family, travelling all over this wonderful country of Australia. I have the best memories of that time.

Question: Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

Since I have traveled extensively in Australia, there are several places that stir the creative juices in me. Outback plains, rain forest,  pristine beaches, rugged mountains – I want to set stories in all of it. J
Question: Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  

God has revealed to me His love and grace in powerful ways over the years, and so I love to write about those things, especially in the area of self-worth. Too many people think they go through life with no value, but that’s just not how God sees them.

Question: When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I am working on an Australian Historical Cinderella story at the moment, tentatively called Plain Jane. Who could love a poor country girl whose best friend is a sulpher crested cockatoo? As yet, I don’t have a release date for this one, but I am having a ball writing it.

Amanda Deed is giving away a copy of Henry’s Run. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. 

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nylnestill said...

I will be reading Henry's Run to see how the author works out redeeming the villan.

Amanda Deed said...

Hi nylnestill. It was a challenge to write, I can tell you that much, but I think the result was worth it. Blessings. :)

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Would love to win this book!
atouchofheaven2010 [at] gmail [dot] com

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Would I love to win!

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Lynne Stringer said...

I really enjoyed reading Henry's Run. I've bought a copy of it and Black Forest Redemption for my mother for her birthday and mother's day. She already had Ellenvale Gold and loved it, so I thought I'd better buy her the set!

Rose Milligan said...

I really like the cover of the book. And there's nothing wrong with washing your feet before going to bed. I hate for my feet to even feel dirty so you will rarely see me without shoes unless I absolutely have to be barefoot. Haha.
Thanks for having the giveaway.


carol crawford said...

I enjoyed this interview so much and would appreciate winning a copy of this book. Thank you

Anonymous said...

Hello Amanda. Welcome here so we can meet you. I think Australia would be a good place to visit, tho it will never happen for me. I got a laugh about washing your feet. We lived out in the country most of my growing up years. I had 7 siblings. We were taught to go wash our feet before going to bed. And, I'm sure we all needed to. I would like a chance to win your book. Sounds interesting. Thanks Sharon for having the interview.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Amanda Deed said...

Hi again Mary. Thanks for your interest. :)

Amanda Deed said...

Hi again Doreen. Thanks for dropping by. Blessings. :)

Amanda Deed said...

Hi Lynne. Glad you enjoyed Henry's Run and I hope your mum loves the rest of the series. Blessings. :)

Amanda Deed said...

Hi Rose. Yes, I love the cover too. I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels the need for clean feet at night. LOL :)

Amanda Deed said...

Hi Carol. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Hope you get the chance to read Henry's Run. :)

Amanda Deed said...

Hi Maxie. If you can't make to Australia, what better way to visit than through reading one of our books. :) Phew! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has to wash their feet before bed. LOL

Amanda Deed said...

Hi Sharon. Thank you so much for having me on The Book Loft this week. It is much appreciated. Blessings.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel...great cover, too :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Boos Mum said...

Hi. I will now have to check out your first two books. Summer is also my favorite season. Your next book about a Cinderella character in Australia sounds good. I love fairytale retellings. Thanks for a chance to win.

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