Interview & Giveaway: Wicked Stitch (An Embroidery Mystery #8) by Amanda Lee

Posted April 16, 2015 by Melissa in Author Interview, Giveaway | 30 Comments

Interview & Giveaway: Wicked Stitch (An Embroidery Mystery #8) by Amanda Lee

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 Stitch

Interview & Giveaway: Wicked Stitch (An Embroidery Mystery #8) by Amanda LeeTitle: 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....


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About Amanda Lee

Gayle Trent (writing as Amanda Lee) writes the embroidery mystery series. The series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. Marcy Singer left her home in San Francisco, along with the humiliation of being left at the altar, in order to move to Tallulah Falls and realize her dream of owning her own shop. She takes along her faithful companion, a one-year-old Irish wolfhound named Angus O’Ruff. She makes many new friends in Tallulah Falls, but she also makes a few enemies. Thankfully, her best friend Sadie MacKenzie and her husband Blake run the coffeehouse right down the street from Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch; and Detective Ted Nash always has her back. Gayle/Amanda lives in Virginia when she’s not inhabiting the fictional world of Tallulah Falls.

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30 responses to “Interview & Giveaway: Wicked Stitch (An Embroidery Mystery #8) by Amanda Lee

  1. Such a fun interview! I run blog tours in addition to the blog itself, and I can’t even tell you the number of times the “where do you get your ideas” question comes up in a submitted interview. Authors must have to answer that over and over and over again:) If I ever meet Amanda, I’ll be sure to ask her if she’s just that naturally beautiful 😉
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    • Thanks, Jenny! I’ll take whatever I can get. I’ve even changed my age on Facebook to 100. I figure at 100, ANYBODY looks good. And, besides, if anybody walks up to me at a conference and I’m stuffing a cookie in my face, they’ll be like, “Good for her! She’s a hundred. Let her enjoy that cookie!” LOL!
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  2. Anne

    I think your policy of not responding to bad reviews (unless it sounds like the reader hasn’t really read the book, and I have read some reviews that sound like it…not for your books) is a good one. I have had two authors contact me after bad reviews (I do try to write something positive as well). One asked me to remove my review (I didn’t) and one thanked me for my constructive criticism. I don’t agree with bloggers (and don’t trust their reviews) who don’t post anything but 4 or 5 star reviews.

  3. Debbie

    I love the interview, and always a fan of the this and that. I’ve started this series and am loving trying to catch up.

  4. Jeanie Dannheim

    Thank you for the fun interview – interesting questions! Would love to start reading this series!

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