Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Amanda Arista, author of The Truth About Night

The Truth About Night 
by Amanda Arista 
Genre: Paranormal Mystery 

As an investigative journalist, Merci Lanard has an uncanny knack for getting the truth out of people, a talent she uses to expose the real story behind her city’s most gruesome crimes. 

Until one night, when her partner, Ethan, is killed. 

Reeling from shock and grief, Merci vows to track down his murderer. As she starts digging, she meets Ethan’s estranged brother, Rafe, who agrees to work with Merci to find his brother’s killer. She soon discovers Ethan had been hiding things from her, mainly that he was a Shifter and had a whole life in a supernatural world she knew nothing about. 

A Shifter himself, Rafe introduces Merci to magic she never knew existed. As they work together to uncover hidden connections between Ethan's murder and a series of strange dead bodies, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a turf war for the soul of the city. 

If Merci is to have any hope of saving her city, she will have to face the truth about this war, the truth about this new magical world, and the truth about who she truly is. 

Favorite thing about being an author? Thing that surprised you the most about being published? What is hardest part of being a writer?
My favorite part of being a writer is using as it an excuse to ask people the most random questions. Recently I went to my eye doctor and asked about retina burning and he looked at me with the strangest of expressions. Until I told him I was a writer. Then he proceeded to tell me everything I needed to know. Its like having some sort of special issued pass that means you are just curious, not homicidal. 

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

I write out a few scenes with the characters to see who they are and then I try to outline, but sometimes I just write what the characters are telling me and piece everything together later.

What fuels you as an author to continue to write?
Coffee and Junior Mints? But seriously, the more I writer, the more curious I become. The more questions I ask myself, my characters and I explore my answers to those in new story ideas.

If you could write in any other genre what would it be, and why?

I’d really love to write a non-fiction about something cool and go explore it. Mary Roach is one of my favorite writers and I love the humor she brings to the big life questions. And honestly, it would probably be about identity and adoption. 
I’ve had this Sc-fi book brewing in the back of my head, but I have this notion that I have to understand time travel to write about it and I’m just not that smart. 

Where can we find out more about you and your work?
I’m trying to get my website up and running with new content. I’m on Twitter a lot as Pantherista. 

Can you tell us a bit about what book(s) you have coming out next and what you’re working on now?
I’m currently working on the next two Merci Lanard books and will have a whole bunch of other THOSE WHO WANDER projects out later this year.

Amanda was born in Illinois, raised in Corpus Christi, lives in Dallas but her heart lies in London. Good thing she loves to travel. 

During the summer after second grade, she read every book in the young adult section of the library, much to the surprise of the local librarian. So she started making up her own stories and hasn’t stopped. 

She has a husband who fights crime, one dog who thinks he’s a real boy, and another who might be a fruit bat in disguise. She recently added a tiny human to the mix who is following in her mother’s footsteps of storytelling. 

Along with her BA in English & Psychology and her MA in Education, Amanda is a graduate of the SMU Creative Writing Program and now teaches other aspiring authors. She has delivered lectures at several writer conferences and loves discussing craft, character, and structure. Her current favorite: Stirring up Trouble with Romantic Subplots. 

She is represented by Kimberly Brower, of Brower Literary & Management. 

Random Facts: 

Amanda is adopted and loves to share that story with others to promote adoption. 

Amanda has a collection of turtle figurines that collects on her travels. 

Amanda has a strange love of cheesy horror movies. She prefers demons and witchcraft to slasher films. 

Amanda is a really good bowler and completely rocks at croquet. 

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