About Amanda Feyerbend:
Amanda Feyerbend [Fire-bend] is a Georgia native who grew up and still lives just outside of Atlanta with her husband and pets. She earned a BA is biology, a minor in film studies and took quite a few criminal justice classes.
What inspires you to write?
Years of story ideas running through my head is what initially inspired me to start writing. People and events that I see around me also inspire me to write. I can see the oddest of things and my mind twists it around into potential plots.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am on my third novel now and have started to go from more ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ to a bit more ‘structured and outlined’. I still find myself jumping ahead to write a big scene from time to time, and I have notes written everywhere. I have a spiral notebook for each book and I write notes, outlines, and ideas in them. I also have a notepad app on my phone that is loaded with ideas and concerns that come to me as I’m going about my daily life.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time! I try to get into their heads to see who they really are, what motivates them. Each of my characters has a trait of mine, so sometimes an event in my real life will work its way into the novel that helps show this trait. My notes are full of questions posed towards a character. Sometimes the answer is immediate and sometimes it takes a while to find out.
What advice would you give other writers?
Go for it! I am a new author and waited until I was 30 to start writing. It’s an uphill battle and you’re not going to become a sensation overnight, but I have so much pride at what I have accomplished. People tell me how much they enjoyed my books and it amazes me every time. If I never went down this path then they wouldn’t be out there for people to enjoy!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wasn’t confident enough to contact a publisher so I decided to go the self-published route. I did a lot of online research first to see where all I could publish and which were the best for new authors.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s going to change a lot! More and more people are going to digital and it’s opening the door for more and more authors to get their work out there. I am sad to see the decline of printed word. So many bookstores are going out of business, but I am grateful for the opportunity it has given me.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Mystery
What formats are your books in?: eBook