Amanda Stephan has been busy on Novel Launch today celebrating the official release of her novel Lonely Hearts, published by TreasureLine Publishing.
See what people are saying about Lonely Hearts
I LOVED this story. From beginning to end it kept me totally enthralled and wondering how it would all work out. Loaded with zippy dialog and great characters made for a fun and very satisfying tale. I felt happy, sad, excited, angry, and frustrated. You know a story is good when it has that effect. The theme running though our story is 'things may not always be as they appear'. It's a great reminder that man looks on the outside but God looks on the heart. If you enjoy an easy-to-read, fun and entertaining story with a great message I highly recommend Lonely Hearts.
~ Sherry Kuhn ~ Avid reader and Reviewer
This book will capture your heart and like Becky’s kids, your heart will flip-flop as you embrace one bachelor then the other for Becky. Who will win Becky’s heart and how will the others handle her decision? This book is full of hope, anticipation, optimism, faith, and possibilities. If you have lost a love, this book will restore your faith that the possibility of true love has not withered as a flower in the hot summer sun. Amanda will capture your heart from the first page with this delightful story.
~ Theresa Franklin, author of Journey to Fulfillment
You’ll find yourself nodding with delight at Becky’s courageous reactions, cheering her on and sighing with her during her ups and downs of life. But even in the fresh humor that sprinkles through her experiences, you’ll admire her rare quality to uphold what’s important. Although romance wasn’t a priority, God’s ways usher Becky to unforeseen encounter with what often is inevitable when you trust in God’s lead, hold on to your convictions and are deliciously surprised in the end. ~ Janet Perez Eckles, author of Amazon #1 bestselling, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta, Judson Press, 2011
Read Amanda's interview below and find out why and how she wrote this beautiful Christian romance:
When did you want to become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I have always written. If I couldn’t find a book to read, I’d write my own and hide them away for later perusal. Writing is just something that I do because I love it and it’s therapeutic. J
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
My latest work of fiction, Lonely Hearts (which will be released in October of this year through TreasureLine Publishing) was inspired by my love for and the antics of my children, as well as my husband. I’m a huge family person and I often wonder how people can completely miss the point of being a parent and in love with their kids. I feel sorry for people like that!
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
I guess it would be more like half real, half imagination.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
Lonely Hearts is a sweet Christian romance, so I drew from people and situations that surrounded me. There are a lot of things that I write down in my books that are actual happenings and I just didn’t want to forget the memory because it was too funny or it was too sad.
Where do you go to do your research?
Oooh, I guess this is bad, but people watching can be an awesome resource for writing works of fiction! ;) There’s a wide variety to choose from!
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
After Lonely Hearts is released, I'm going to pick up my newest creation that my publisher just picked up ~ the Slade Series. Book one of the Slade series is Choosing to Love which is about a woman that is tricked into marrying the wrong man. Choosing to Love is followed by Intent to Harm and finally ends with Death by Obituary. I'm slowly making my way over to the Dark Side because I've heard they have more cookies. And I *love* cookies!
Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Get to know other authors out there. Make friends, leave comments on blogs, become acquainted with readers so when it’s your turn to be published, you already have people who know you. AND! Don’t be friends with someone because of something they can do for you. Nothing turns people off more than users. Do unto others what you would want done to you.
What is your favorite work of literary fiction and why? Do you have a favorite literary author?
I am torn between two. Pride & Prejudice (of course) because I’m a hopeless romantic) and Jane Eyre because Ms. Bronte’s characters were so strong, it’s difficult to leave them behind when you’ve finished reading their story.
You can purchase Lonely Hearts at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Lonely+Hearts+by+Amanda+Stephan&x=15&y=15