Ask the Author: Amanda Linton
What would you like readers to know about you?
I have a passion for writing. I love what I do! I will be querying my second book very soon and am manifesting my literary agent. I have her picked out already! By day, I’m a 9th and 10th grade English teacher but I’m hoping to “retire” from that career soon to be a full-time author.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
THE SUMMER BETWEEN is a story about the love between best friends – not your everyday friendship, but that magic connection that only comes around every so often. It’s about growing up, loss, and a love that transcends death.
What has been your inspiration for writing your book?
My inspiration came from my own best friend. We had about five years together before she passed away. Her friendship was the type that even when she moved away, we would get back together and it would seem as if we’d spent no time apart at all. I wrote this book because it’s the one I needed to read when I lost her. I needed to know that I would be okay one day.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
My favorite scenes to write were the ones that came to me like a movie in a dream. There’s one scene where the girls are in a field, watching the stars, and talking about big life questions. It’s such a tender and peaceful moment between them. I woke up with it in my mind and wrote it immediately. For the longest time, its title was THE CHAPTER THAT DOES NOT HAVE A HOME. I knew it belonged in the book, but it took me a long while to sort out exactly where it belonged.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
The first book I remember thinking was magic was Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. After I read that as a young teen, I couldn’t keep my hands off books. I fell in love with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series when I was 15. I’ve read those books through so many times! The passion for storytelling these two authors have inspired me to hone my own craft. They’re just people, after all – if Gabaldon and Marillier can make it in this industry, I can too.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
My advice for aspiring authors is to take yourself seriously. Schedule time in your day – actually write down what blocks of time you’ll spend writing. Treat what you’re doing like a business and crank those words out. Get out of your head and just throw yourself into the work. The world needs your stories!