Interview with Amanda Lee
1. If you could live a day in the life of a fictional character, who would it be?
It would have to be Marcy, I think. She has such a cool life. She has that charming shop, the adorable dog, the gorgeous boyfriend, and the mom who is a Hollywood costumer!
2. What is your all time favorite book? And what books are currently on your nightstand?
I don’t think I can choose an all-time favorite book. There are so many I’ve loved: Watchers by Dean Koontz; Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier; A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux; The Coffin Dancer by Jeffrey Deaver. Currently on my nightstand are Saint Odd by Dean Koontz and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont. Plus, my Kindle is on my nightstand with many other books I’m in the midst of reading!
3. If you weren’t an author, what would your dream job be?
Sometimes I think I’d like to be an investigator, but I believe I would prefer the fictional investigations to a real one. I find the forensic techniques and detective work fascinating, but I don’t think I’d want to be responsible for bringing an actual killer to justice or finding someone before time ran out. It does make me better appreciate those who fill those tough roles.
4. Do you read and/or comment on reviews?
I usually do read them, but I try not to because reviews can be scary things. If they’re bad reviews, I don’t comment; but if they’re good reviews, I’ll sometimes give the reviewer a shout-out on Facebook or something just to show my appreciation.
5. What is one question that you hear too many times during interviews? And a question that you wish someone would ask?
I’m not sure I hear this question so much in interviews as from readers at book signings, but it’s, “Where do you get your ideas?” Who knows where we get our ideas? If there’s a particular story associated with a book, I’ll try to tell that story to the reader in an author’s note or something. But sometimes you just like something. For example, with Wicked Stitch, I decided to set the story at a Renaissance Faire because I’ve attended one RenFaire and was thinking I’d like to go again. It was fun. So I thought Marcy and the Tallulah Falls gang might enjoy it too.
Hmm…a question I wish someone would ask…. Got it. “Are you naturally that beautiful or have you had work done?” LOL! Kidding! Although, I can’t say I wouldn’t be delighted if anyone ever asked such a thing. I guess a SERIOUS question I wish someone would ask is, “How do you manage to be so prolific?” To which I could say, “A chapter at a time.” Maybe it would encourage busy people to realize that a person doesn’t need to have X amount of hours a day to write. I wrote my first novel on my lunch hours. You can do it a little at a time.
This or That?
1. Fiction or Non-Fiction? Both. Although I do read more fiction than non-fiction, I enjoy both.
2. Novella or Tome? Novella.
3. Cover or Synopsis? Cover.
4. Bookstore or Library? Bookstore.
5. Pen or Pencil? Pen.
6. Hardcover or Paperback? Both, but I do love hardcovers.
7. E-book or Audiobook? Again both. I enjoy e-books, but love audiobooks on trips.
8. Science Fiction or Paranormal? Paranormal.
9. Stand Alone or Series? Both.
10. Bookmarks or Dog Ears? Bookmarks.
About Wicked StitchTitle: Wicked Stitch
Series: An Embroidery Mystery #8
Author: Amanda Lee
Publisher: NAL, Penguin
Publication date: April 7th 2015
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Length: 336 pages
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
When murder strikes the small town of Tallulah Falls, embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer isn’t afraid of getting down to the knitty-gritty to clear her name.... For most small-business owners in Tallulah Falls, the upcoming Renaissance Faire is a wonderful way to promote their specialty shops.
For Marcy’s nemesis, Nellie, and her sister, Clara, it’s an opportunity to finally put Marcy and her shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, out of business. Apparently the sisters like to make grudges a family affair and have set up competing booths right next to Marcy’s at the Ren Faire.
When Clara is discovered dead in her own booth—strangled by the scarf she had almost finished knitting—Marcy becomes the prime suspect. Now she has to do whatever it takes to keep her reputation from unraveling—and get to the bottom of a most deadly yarn....