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Author Interview with Amanda Clay

Updated on June 7, 2015

As a self-published author, I know how hard and time consuming the marketing and promotions process can be. It takes away from actual writing and editing time and produces very little results. Even after having self-published three books, the entire process baffles me. With everyone trying to get exposure for their books and with the ease of the initial self-publishing step, promotions have become a very important step in the publishing process.

I am always looking for new places and methods to gain exposure for my books. One promotional method I seek out when promoting my books is author interviews. I have participated in a handful of author interviews which are then posted on blogs, websites, and social media sites. As a result,I decided that building relationships with other writers might help us all out. I could help them promote their books and gain new social media followers who would help me gain exposure for my own work.

So, every week, I interview a fellow self-published author and post it to my website and social media accounts. I send them 10 questions to answer about their writing process, experience, and types of books themselves. Then, I post them on each of my different sites along with pictures of their head shots, book covers, or even illustrations as well as links to their websites and social media accounts. I mostly focus on children's, middle grades, and YA authors (ages 0-18), but I have made exceptions for authors of adult fiction and other genres. I spread the word about this free service on my social media accounts as well as author websites like Goodreads, creating a slow, steady stream of interested authors.

While it's a competitive industry, I don't feel that authors are competitive with each other. This is probably because there is enough business to go around, and everyone's stories are so unique and personal that we are not looking for a prize at the end of the tunnel. Self-published authors especially are plugging away day after day on one step or another of the process. We utilize our connections with other authors, share tips, and basically work as a community to keep reading interesting, desired, and relevant to our audience.

Below is my latest author interview with writer, Amanda Clay along with a link to check out her book.

Cover of Clay's book, "Rebel Song."
Cover of Clay's book, "Rebel Song." | Source

1. How many books have you written and where can you buy them?

I have one book currently available to purchase. It’s available on Amazon for now. After June 12 it will be available through Barns and Noble, iTunes, Smashwords and Kobo, as well as my website.

2. What famous books can you compare to your own?

That’s such a tough question. I’ve never read a book with quite the same plot line, but there are certainly books that have influenced my writing style. A lot of times when people ask me, well, what’s it like? I’ll say, it’s kind of for people who like Hunger Games—simply because even non-readers know about Hunger Games! I have a hard time comparing it to such a beautiful masterpiece such as that, but I did take the HG series as a strong influence. I was also influenced by Laini Taylor’s writing style in her Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

3. Why do you write for this particular age group?

I think we can really learn a lot about life and humanity from teens. They are so raw and real in everything that they feel and they are experiencing so many things for the first time. As adults we can become so jaded about the world and we forget to sometimes just feel things. There are also some universal experiences everyone goes through at this age—coming of age, finding a place in the world, having to make hard decisions for the first time, experience love and loss. Whether the setting is fictional Arlanda, modern day L.A. or Medieval England, everyone has to grow up and face the truth and reality of life at some point.

4. How autobiographical are your books?

Well, I’ve never been a princess fighting off a revolution so Rebel Song isn’t quite autobiographical, haha. But all my characters do embody some traits of either myself or people I’ve met along this journey. I might base a character’s physical traits on an old friend or maybe the way someone I know talks comes through in a character. There may even be an experience I had as a young person that I’ve incorporated into a new time and place. For example, some of the things said between Rogan and Elyra during an argument were pulled from a real-life squabble with my high school boyfriend. Another real-life splice is that I grew up in a little vineyard town in Northern California. Rogan Elwood comes from a family of wine makers.

5. What’s the best compliment that you’ve ever received about your writing?

Someone told me recently that Rebel Song inspired them to return to their own creative endeavors. Being someone’s creative inspiration is a tremendous compliment to me.

6. What has been your greatest moment as a writer so far?

Honestly I think it was seeing my book for sale for the very first time. I had this overwhelming feeling of accomplishment. After years of jotting down ideas on Post-its, I’d finally fulfilled a lifelong dream—a hard feeling to describe.

7. Where do you get your covers?

Peter O’Connor from Bespoke Book Designs. He and his wife, Caroline, are the BEST. So talented, so easy to work with and just a generally an awesome experience. And they’re British—I am a serious Anglophile!

8. What is a subject/character/setting you would like to tackle?

Hmm…I’d like to try my hand at fantasy one day. I’m a huge fan of the genre and I deeply admire writers who can build such believable complex worlds.

9. What is next for you?

I’m working on finishing up Book 2. I also have a New Adult series in the works.

10. End with a quote (from one of your books, a favorite quote by someone else, or one that has been on your mind recently).

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables. Something we all need to remind ourselves of from time to time.


If you are a writer who would like to take part in my author interview, feel free to contact me. I post one interview every Monday on my Facebook pages, Twitter account, LinkedIn, author website, and now, on HubPages.


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      Bruce Deitrick Price 2 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va.

      Laura Smith, is this the proper way to get in touch with you? I've had books published the regular way. But now the e-book gives me an incentive to bring along projects that I had set aside the last many years. I think I would be a good interview because I've got a lot of time in the trenches. I'm a poet and a painter and one of the country's main education writers (that's what I put on hubpages). Now I just published my first e-book on Kobo, "The man who falls in love with his wife," a romantic drama. And in a few weeks I will have two separate detective novels published. The last year or so, I have been doing final edits, pitching, querying, learning what an e-book is, and jumping in. Last week I just finished a new book that got interrupted several times. My lit site is / Bruce Price

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      What a great endeavor, and thoughtful too, to highlight another author. This interview is good, and I look forward to others. Thanks!

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Very interesting and helpful to hear. I'm currently working on my first ebook, so it's nice to get a fresh perspective on the matter including the author being interviewed.