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Author Interview with Amanda Meuwissen

Author Interview with Amanda Meuwissen

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I’m interviewing Amanda Meuwissen, author of gay romance “Changeling”, on my blog today. Welcome, Amanda, and thanks for answering my questions.

Author Interview

When did you know you wanted to become an author?

I’ve written since I was very young, but the deciding factor for me was when I was about 16 and was first writing fanfiction, and I had someone comment anonymously about how much a story I wrote affected them and changed their life for the better. I strive to get that feeling back whenever I can. 

Where did you get the inspiration for Changeling?

Changeling is the sequel to Incubus, the second book in the trilogy The Incubus Saga, which was inspired by my love of fae lore and Arthurian Legend, the TV show Supernatural, and a web comic I once read about a teenage boy with an imaginary incubus for a friend. It has clearly come a long way from those areas of influence, but they all play their part. I also think the world needs a few more bisexual heroes.



What is your editing process like?

I publish through BigWorldNetwork.com, which first serializes my work online, chapter by chapter. I vigorously edit each chapter before I pass it along to my Associate Editor and good friend Meagan Hedin, who then passes it back to me for review. I often make a few more edits before it goes up on the BWN site. Then, when a book is ready to be compiled, I put all of those chapters together and read through it all again, taking very detailed notes about important plot points, logistics of weapons, things I can’t forget to mention, possible plot holes – the works! And check things off as I read, making sure everything is addressed. It’s a process, all right!

What was the most challenging part about writing this book?

It’s the longest of the trilogy for one, and I wanted to be sure there weren’t any areas that dragged, as I know that can happen quite easily with very long books. Being brutal with what could be cut is always difficult, but is also the most important step in making a book flow. I cut quite a few babies from this one!

What are your writing goals for 2014?

I’d like to have at least half of Book 3 in The Incubus Saga: Sidhe done before 2015, as it has a planned date of release next July or August. I’d also like to start laying the ground work for my story after The Incubus Saga, a YA GLBT vampire novel. I also plan to stick to my goal of writing a little every day.

Are you working on something right now? If so, can you tell us about it?

Changeling ends on quite a cliffhanger, and I’m already a good fourth of the way through Sidhe, which brings what starts off as a more localized story to world scale, setting Nathan and the others up to save Earth and the fae realm from coming war and disaster. My vampire story, still with a working title, has me very excited. It’ll be about two friends, both 18 and enjoying their senior year of high school, and one of them becomes a vampire. This will be another budding love story, as the human friend has been in love with the other for years, and the newly created vampire soon starts to realize he feels the same way. Add in devious hunters, a few good hunters, other vampires, and high school drama, and I think I’ll have something pretty wonderful.

 

About Changeling

Changling_cover_frontTitle: Changeling

Author:  Amanda Meuwissen

Genre: Gay Paranormal Romance

Nathan Grier’s dark fae bounty looms overhead. As he faces the very real threat of becoming a slave to the bounty’s owner, his brother Jim uses his changeling abilities more and more trying to save him. Every changeling throughout history turns evil once their powers manifest, meaning time may be running out for both of them as Jim nears True Awakening.

Fae hunter and incubus, Sasha Kelly, is prophesized to save Nathan, but while Nathan has embraced his feelings for the other man, he fears their time together will be cut short—either from his impending fate…or Jim’s.

Info about Incubus (first book)

Incubus_cover_FRONTNathan only ever wanted a normal life, but for him, life, family, and love are anything but normal.

On the other side of the Veil, dark and light fae exist outside the knowledge of most humans. Nathan Grier was born human, but his twin brother Jim is a changeling. On the run since they were children, time for both of them is running out. Turning to fae hunter Sasha Kelly for help, Nathan must soon face his growing feelings for the other man while trying to save himself and his brother from a fate worse than death.

 

Author Bio

AmandaMeuwissen_AuthorPhotoAmanda Meuwissen is the author of The Incubus Saga (Book 1: Incubus, Book 2: Changeling, Book 3: COMING SUMMER 2015) and the novelette The Collector. She has a Bachelor of Arts in a personally designed major from St. Olaf College in Creative Writing, and has been writing and posting online for many years, including maintaining the blog for the customer engagement company Outsell. She spent a summer writing screenplay script coverages for a company in L.A., and is an avid writer and consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games.

Amanda also serves as COO and Managing Editor for BigWorldNetwork.com, the world’s premiere episodic literary network. She oversees editing and series selection, as well as being involved in marketing and promotion, and is featured as a narrator for several BWN series.

Amanda lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband, John, and their cats, Helga and Sasha (no connection to the incubus of the same name).

Links

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6831429.Amanda_Meuwissen
https://www.facebook.com/TheIncubusSaga
https://twitter.com/MissSuperCube
http://bigworldnetwork.com/site/series/incubus/enter

Buy Incubus at BigWorldNetwork.com: https://bigworldnetwork.com/site/store/incubus/

Buy Incubus at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Incubus-The-Saga-Volume/dp/0615828604

Buy Changeling at BigWorldNetwork.com: https://bigworldnetwork.com/site/store/changeling/

Buy Changeling at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Changeling-The-Incubus-Saga-Volume/dp/0692227814

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