Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thoughts from Amanda Strong

When I decided to embark on this amazing journey of writing my first novel, I think I automatically knew there would be some funny stories or mishaps along the way.  With two small children, finding the time to write a novel was difficult.  I ended up carving out time after everyone, including my husband, was in bed. Writing a novel between 10 pm and 2am most nights, I found myself tired and half asleep.  A few times throughout the process, I'd review where I left off the night before and would end up reading things I didn't even remember writing.  Funny thing was, I think some of those chapters were the best-- maybe being tired and exhausted worked for me.  Following the idea of a mishap, I'd just received the final edit and emailed my contact the go-ahead to finalize the project--turning back from that point would've been a big deal. Right after, I went to a friend's house, and we were all talking about various topics.  One person asked me about the book, and I gave them a short synopsis.  One character lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, but instead of saying that, I said Greenwich Village.  I started panicking, because I knew I made the same mistake in the book.  Even with all the edits and proofreading, a small mistake like that slipped through the cracks.  I quickly went home and emailed my contact and crossed my fingers he hadn't sent the final project to print.  Thankfully, he received both my emails at the same time and there was time to fix the problem. If I hadn't been discussing the story that day, I would've had to endure a costly mistake which would've delayed the book.  These stories, along with many more, reaffirmed my belief that you're always learning and growing from your experiences.

Amanda Strong is the author of With Just One Click

After living in typical suburbia, Amanda realized sometimes the most captivating and intriguing stories are ones that are right under your nose. Mix in the recent phenomenon that is the brave new world of social networking, and Strong delivers a bright new voice in her debut novel, with just one click. Amanda Strong graduated from Ithaca College and resides outside the Boston area with her husband and two children.

You can find her on her blog

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