Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Author Interview - Amanda Tero

I was supposed to post this this morning. I completely forgot to schedule it last night, and then today was spent Christmas shopping, then I got home to find that my computer refused to turn on. So I had to wait until my mom went to bed so that I could borrow her computer.


What is it with my devices dying in December? I'd really like to know.

I need to get myself a new job, but I don't want one. Can everyone just go and buy my books instead? Pretty please?

Anywho, I'm interviewing Amanda Tero, a historical fiction author. I've not read any of her books, but she seems like a sweet girl, and I do have today's featured book waiting for me on my kindle.

1. Can you tell me a bit about your book, Journey to Love, and why people need to read it?
Journey to Love is about orphan, Marie, who is sent out west on the orphan train (true historical event). Because of the circumstances in her life, her heart has become hardened so that she doesn't accept that God is love. However, the love of those she meets in her new life cracks the shell of her heart.
One of the main lessons that Marie learns is how a relationship with Christ is different than just following all of the rules of religion. This, to me, is something very important I'd love for readers to learn from reading the book. 

2. JtL is set at the turn of the century. What led you to write about this era?
Well, when I get a story idea, I always try to pin-point an idea. Seeing that the Orphan Train was an organism from 1854-1929, I had my timeline limited a little. And, in thinking of Marie's story, it just fit turn-of-the-century. :)

3. What are some of your other favorite historical eras?
Ah! I would have to say that the medieval era currently has me enthralled. But then, as I've been researching the American Civil War, that, too, is gripping me. ;) It's almost safe to say that I love a variety of historical eras. The 1800's may come close to my long-standing favorite.

4. Do you have any advice for anyone interested in writing historical fiction?
Be sure you know your facts! Don't assume, researching. And yes, researching is tough, but it pays off. I like to use the college-standard in that you have to information from at least two different sources before you can trust it. Some of the best books I've found for general historical research is The Writers' Digest books, "Everyday Life in..." These do have all details, though, and are not conservative, so I'd caution younger readers in just grabbing one and flipping through it (some of them have no questionable content -- like the Civil War one -- while others -- like, "Everyday Life in the 1800's" -- has some things that probably shouldn't be read by children under 16). 

5. Do you know your MBTI personality type? If so, how would you say it affects your writing?
Well, considering I'm not familiar with MBTI, I just took a test and apparently I'm something like an ISTJ. 

I can answer this question based on my personality how I know it, not necessarily related to MBTI. For example, I'm more of a deep-thinker, insensitive, critical, logical, type of person. I'm not a big dreamer. That being said, my writing tends to focus more on the internal character rather than description. Though some people have told me that Journey to Love made them cry, I don't usually get emotionally involved with my characters. When I see a bad review on something I've written, I actually enjoy reading what the reader had to say; sometimes, it shows me my weaknesses in writing, where I can improve. Because I'm not a dreamer, I have to work a little harder on coming up with bizarre and amazing plots. ;) And, also in the mix, when it comes to describing things, I have found that I do best when I look at a picture then word-paint what I see. So, my personality definitely has its strengths and weaknesses that it lends to writing, but as I write, I'm learning and figuring out how to balance it. :)

About the Author
Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

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