Author Interview Questions
1: Hi, and thanks for joining today. In your own words tell us about yourself, not you the author, but just you!
A: My name is Amanda Fasciano and I am a happily married mother of 2, and we are a house of geeks and gamers. Currently I’m working full time for the local school district here, and I am in college full time as well as I am finally getting back to pursuing a Creative Writing Degree.
2: Why did you decide to become an author and what’s the best part? Yeah, it’s a double-whammy of a question. So unexpected!
A: I have wanted to be an author since I was about 14 or so. Although I have at times despaired that it was a pipe dream, that I would never get there, never be good enough, I kept at it (sometimes under pressure of my husband, who believed in me and didn’t want me to quit). Finally this year I published my first book. The best part is simply getting to put the stories down on “paper” and seeing people actually enjoy them. The highlight so far was when a friend drove me home from work and I found out he had read the book because he was using the drive home to pump me for information about things from the book, whether his hunches on what was coming in the series were right or not, etc.
3: So, tell us about your work. Sell us on it! Why should we read it and why it will capture us?
A:I m telling a ghost story from a very unique perspective. Not only am I telling it from the view of the ghost, it is a ghost whose job it is to keep other ghosts in line and keep them from giving too much away to ghost hunters. There is also an over-arching plot throughout that threatens both the living and spirit world alike. I have done my best to make my characters as real as possible, and keep the reader guessing as to some characters true motivations.
4: Why did you choose the genre you write in over others to start your publishing career? Did others appeal to you more and you chose this? Was there a bit of choice weighing or was it rather simple?
A: This was a rather simple choice for me. I could have gone fantasy and I might at some future point. My love for horror and the supernatural has been a strong defining characteristic in me since I was a child (5 or so) when I lived in a haunted house. So I decided I should start writing the kind of ghost stories that interested me, the kind that I would like to read.
5: So far, what would you say has been the hardest part of being an author?
A: The hardest part for me has been self-promotion. While I will talk up the projects my friends are working on and be loud and loyal advocates for them, I truly do lack in the skill of being able to talk up my own works.
6: Now for the ever-so-shocking follow-up question. What’s the best/easiest part, if there is one?
A: The easiest part is writing. Probably not the most shocking answer, I know, but it is the truth. I love giving voice and color and form to the characters and situations that roll around in my head.
7: Tell us about what your experiences in the author life have been like. I don’t mean the writing aspects. I mean the daily human life. Tell us what it’s like to live the day life you do and be an author at the same time. What’s it like when people in your life and, the people you come across, find out you’re an author?
A: So far people have been very supportive. Family, friends, and co-workers, even college professors, have been very supportive and encouraging. Some people are very impressed when they find out. That’s been a ton of fun.
8: Writing is a hard craft and a harder career. What are the things that keep you going, both in improving the craft and enduring the downs/lows of the career?
A: In pursuing my Creative Writing degree I have been able to take a great many courses to work on and improve my craft. Otherwise my family and friends keep me going. They believe in me, even when I think they may be crazy to, and they don’t let me give up on myself.
9: What do you love about the genre you write and what others appeal to you?
A:As I said before, I have had a really strong interest in the paranormal for a very long time. So I obviously love that, and that I get to mix it with horror and urban fantasy in creating my own “After Life” world. Straight fantasy has also always appealed to me, as I have loved reading that since my teen years, and I do still toy with stories in that genre as well.
10: What can we expect from you next? Tell us about the plans for your series and body of work.
A: The first draft of book 2 in my “Life After” series is done and going through edits/rewrites before I submit it to my editor for polishing. The draft of book 3 is in the works as well, and a couple of short stories have been written through my Creative Writing class this past semester that have promise.
11: The writing and publishing world has changed a lot. Self-publishing, small to medium presses popping up, and things like becoming a hybrid between indie pubbing and traditional. What are your thoughts on that? Any predictions on what the future might hold? What would you like to see, both as an author yourself, and, as a consumer/reader?
A: I think Indie and self publishing is opening up the doors for a lot of people who might otherwise have been passed over or taken much much longer to be discovered by the traditional publishing industry. Now granted, some of those people give indie published folks a bad name because they do not polish the book, go through a professional editor, etc. I don’t think the trad publishers will die out by any means. I think eventually an equilibrium will be found between the two, just as has happened in film. As an author who is self published, I would like to see the stigma of “self-published” go away. As a reader, I would love to see self published authors go to the trouble of being edited by a professional before going to press. Yes it costs money, but so does everything else associated with self publishing, and you need to know that going in.
12: The always done and asked question. Who are your favorite authors? What are you favorite books? What are you reading now? Tell us. Tell us!
A: I love Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Kat Richardson, Barbara Hambly, Guy Gavriel Kay, and of course, R.R. Virdi.
13: I’ve got to know…what’s your favorite word to use. Every author has one. What’s the word you catch yourself using a lot? We’ve all got those as well. What’s your favorite word just to say? Something where you like the way it sounds. What’s your favorite curse worse, if you’ve got one and or use them?
A: I think my favorite word is seriously. I tend to use it all the time. That may be a side effect of having teenagers though. It’s a statement, a question, an exclamation, it’s just so versatile! F*** tends to be my most used cuss word. I also use fuzznuggets when around my nieces, who are under 5.
14: Tell about your latest release!?
A: Detective Cadence Riley never believed in ghosts, until she became one. Killed in the line of duty, she finds herself recruited into a group that monitors haunted sites, making sure that the spirits don’t give too much away to the living. All seems to be going well until a group of cultists unleash a chaos demon in a haunted asylum. Now Cadence and her new partner find themselves in a race against time. They have to find a way to stop the demon before it devours both the spirits and the living, and they may just have to break a few rules to do it.
15: Lastly, where can we find you? Facebook? Twitter? Website? Links to your material. Go on, don’t be shy. Share!
A: On Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AmandaFascianoAuthor/ . Working on a website.