The idea of a pie packer turned paranormal horror writer conjures up all types of images of bloody factory scenes. If this is your type of reading experience then you’ll be pleased to meet today’s indie author, Amanda Steel. Amanda’s ‘just do it’ attitude to indie publishing has seen her put up numerous works that you can find on Smashwords and Amazon. She has a definite love of zombies and sounds very much like the perfect side kick for Stephen King. He’s my 5 minute interview with her.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I love anything strange or paranormal, especially zombies and fairytale adaptations. I also like to exercise, but only so that I can eat cake afterwards. It’s good preparation for any forthcoming zombie outbreak too. I often imagine I’m being chased my zombies when I run.
Who are the literary heroes that inspire your writing?
Other than the obvious, Stephen King, who I could never write as well as, I often feel inspired by less well known authors. Recently I read a book by Jake Bible, after I had already written a short zombie novel and it made me want to write more in this genre.
Why did you decide to become an indie author?
I had a few rejections. People tried to be encouraging by telling me how many rejections famous authors had, before they finally got published. I decided that as I could get hit by a bus (or any other vehicle) tomorrow, I would want my writing to be out there for people
to read, if that happened.
What were you before you were a writer?
I’ve done a lot of different jobs including, cleaning, warehouse worker or my personal favourite, packing pies, because I used to get discounted pies and who doesn’t like discounted pies? They taste so much better than full priced pies.
If you could give one piece of advice to new indie authors what would it be?
Be prepared to spend a lot of time marketing yourself and your books and not as much time as you would like actually writing.
What’s your number one cure for writer’s block?
Leave it, work on something else and come back to it later.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
Completing a marathon. I won’t share my appalling time, but at least I finished alive.
Look out the closest window. What’s the first thing you see?
Lots of rain falling out of the night sky.
Name one thing in your refrigerator that probably shouldn’t be there.
What do you least like about writing ?
That I don’t get to spend as much time writing as I’d like to.
Finish this paragraph: “Helena shook the flashlight, hard. She …”
cursed herself for forgetting the batteries as the horde of zombies approached. Not that it mattered whether she could see them clearly or not. They were going to eat her either way.
Latest Book: After the Zombies
A short novel: Following a two year long zombie outbreak in Manchester, the handful of survivors attempt to get with on their lives, but can they forget all the horrible things they have been through and everything they had to do to survive and are the zombies really gone?
Get it here.