Amanda Wolfe is a woman of extraordinary strength and courage. Living and enduring a horrific childhood to a tormented and abusive adulthood. She has learned the secrets of her past had to be brought into the light and also the secrets in surviving these torments. Now at age 45 she has found her way through the darkness and hopes to share her stories of Beneath the Silver Lining Trilogy. Stories that define a life, and are important and worthy of telling. The people in her life, the evil that controlled and abused her and to the love that set her free. Starting in a small community in Ottawa,Ontario,Canada and taking her across the country and then across the border into the United States, where she now happily resides in Texas.
Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Amanda. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
A: This is my first time publishing.
Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?
A: The first book I wrote, was called the Haunted Houses We’ve Lived In. I didn’t published it. I never finished writing it because of circumstances that happened to me which prevented the completion. These circumstances are revealed in the third book, Learning To Fly, in the Trilogy
Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?
A: There were no rejections from publishers, I didn’t send it to any.
Q: How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?
A: The only rejections if you want to call them that, were from people in my past life,who tried to control and manipulate me by saying I was not good enough. I think that is the ultimate reason for me self publishing.
Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?
A:I had the book published by Xlibris Publishing. The reason was so I could be in control of it, the rights are still mine. I also really liked there marketing ideas.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
A: I really had mixed feelings about it. First, there I was in print for everyone to see, My deepest, ugly secrets in plain sight, it made me feel somewhat vulnerable again. On the other end it was very surreal and made me happy like I was somehow free of it at last.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
A:We did an email campaign along with news paper ads ie: New York Times and The New York Review of books. Then started using an additional marketing company called Pump Up Your Book.
Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?
A:No, I don’t think I would have.This has worked out well so far, it was not hugely overwhelming. I needed to go slowly to get my head around the fact that I was actually going to publish.Besides all of that I have nothing to compare it to as of yet.
Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?
A: No, as I am in the midst of completing my 2nd book and hope to be complete before the new year or shortly after . Yes I do think I’ve grown as an author.
Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up? What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?
A:Having no early days of attempting to be published, I would have to say I would have liked to have had the courage and the fabulous support system in my life to do this a lot sooner than now.
Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?
A: Becoming respected as an author, the people who have read the book have liked it. There is also the tremendous relief of having let it go.That is a huge accomplishment, one I never believed I could have.
Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?
A: I’ve always wanted to be a ranch owner, with lots of horses, cattle and chickens and any animal within my grasp that needed a great home, would have one at my ranch, even if it was a camel.
Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?
A:I am starting to combine them slowly but certainly. We now have some horses.
Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?
A: Sitting on our big old porch swing with the Great grandchildren on our laps watching the animals while the children and grandchildren cook for us.And writing more stories to share with the world. Maybe write a children’s story or two along the way.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
A: Never, ever, let someone else change who you are or what you have to say or the way you say it. Grammar is one thing, changing your thought process is another. Stick to your guns and if you feel like writing something whether you think you can or not just do it. You will amaze yourself.