Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’m a book-loving daydreamer. The person you see on the street watching some imaginary spot and smiling because she was just hit by “what if…” idea. You know, the one that needs “weirdo” pressed on her t-shirt. Besides that awkward detail, I occasionally sing in shopping malls, especially on the dairy product aisles, talk to the kitchen appliances if they refuse to collaborate, take long walks on the beach and often get lost, because of which I avoid doing the same thing in a forest, I can’t function before I have my coffee (seriously, I have to think really hard just to remember my name and sometimes manage to get it wrong), and I am a living proof that you CAN survive without eating broccoli.
My first work was published when I was 9 and I just assumed that everyone is doing it because back then it seemed so natural to do it. Luckily, I’ve kept that feeling even today. I write when I’m happy, when I’m upset, I write just for the sake of writing. Years back, I started blogging. At first for myself, but then I discovered that many people were amused by it, asking me to write more. Comedy is my favorite genre because I am really having fun with it and it makes me happy to see that other people are enjoying it too. And what’s more satisfying than to make other people smile?
Tell us about your books.
I like characters with flaws, it makes them alive. And often, life puts us in incredible situations which tend to be funny. Maybe not to us at the time, but others often find it hilarious. I enjoy comedy myself and really like to make other people happy. I tend to write respecting my characters, no matter in what funny situation I put them. After all, life itself is a funny thing.
How did you go about getting published?
I decided to avoid the whole send query-look for an agent-wait for a decline situation. Yes, I have sent a few for my first book but then I realized that many of my favorite writers actually started as indie. Or spent years querying. No matter how tough it may be to get recognized I am still choosing indie because it gives me the freedom to create and to share it. Right now, not in 5 years. That’s why I salute the whole idea and hoping those good writers will find a place in the reader’s heart.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I prefer to write in the morning. Of course, after I had my coffee. Must say that my favorite place to write is the couch. For some reason, I get stuck when I sit politely at the desk. It’s just not working for me. That’s why I surround myself with things I will need for the next couple of hours, like water, fruit, whatever, and fortify myself on my spot.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
We have a very stubborn cat with a rottweiler-ninja complex. Seriously, usually she is the sweetest thing, but if a dog finds himself to be so careless to just stick his nose into our yard – she transforms into an incredibly fast taekwondo master and the next thing you see is that poor thing running away like crazy. Besides that, I love to spend time with my best half, he is the one who is making me laugh and the only one who can still surprise me after all these years.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Look for new talented artists and gove them a shot.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
When I find one, I will let you know.
What’s your favorite book?
That’s easy – Pride and Prejudice.
What are you reading now?
What’s your next book project?
I am currently finishing another romantic comedy and having a ball with it.
Author Websites and Profiles
Amanda Lake – Amazon Profile