Like many writers, Amanda Weaver spent her childhood telling stories. College steered her in a different direction and into a successful career as a designer. Several years ago, she picked up writing again as a hobby, to blow off some creative steam. One thing led to another, National Novel Writing Month happened, and here we are.
Amanda Weaver grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve got stories unfolding in my head all the time. Sometimes it’s nothing more than some bits of dialogue or a really good scene. But some keep coming back, filling themselves in, and those are the ones I write down. Well, those are the ones I make notes about and PLAN to write down someday. The list is long.
Tell us about your writing process.
Once a story has rolled around in my head for a while, at some point, I will get hit with inspiration and a need to write. I do that, as much as feels right. Then I make myself stop, go back and properly outline the whole thing. Sometimes those initial inspirational bursts make it into the final story, sometimes they don’t, depending on how things develop.
I write in Scrivener, which has been a life saver. If I’m disciplined and fully outline the story there, then whenever I have a few minutes to write (and my life is very busy… minutes are hard to come by), then I’ve left myself a breadcrumb trail to follow. I don’t waste time trying to decide what to write next. I’ve already done that part.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They definitely talk to me, often long after the story is done. I’ll hear a song and think “Oh, that’s exactly how Dillon would think when he’s forty five”, even though Dillon wasn’t even 30 when the book I wrote about him finished. Their lives go on in my head, even if I’ve stopped writing about them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write! My favorite quote about writing comes from Jack London: “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club”. I’ve found that to be very true. Sure, get inspired, but then write, write, write, even when you’re not inspired, even when it’s hard.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve been writing for fun for many years and I was finally at a point where I wanted to share my work with the wider world. Although I write contemporary romance, my stories don’t always fit easily into their genre, so self-publishing seemed a better option for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s changing every day. People like to talk about the “rules” of publishing, but I think the rule is that there aren’t any rules anymore. What was impossible yesterday might be the norm in five years or even one.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance
What formats are your books in?
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