Monday, March 21, 2011

Interview with author Amanda E. Alvarez

Please welcome Amanda Alvarez author of Hunting Human!

Amanda would you please tell us a little about yourself?
Amanda: I'd say I'm pretty average.  I'm 29, I live in Dallas, TX with my two (extremely spoiled) cats.  I work as a lawyer during the day and sometimes, when I'm really lucky, I have the time and energy to write at night and on the weekends.

Laurie-What inspired you to write?
 Amanda:  I'm not sure inspired is necessarily the right word.  Writing wasn't a childhood ambition for me and while I always enjoyed writing in school I never seriously considered it as a potential career choice.  I can say that I have always loved reading - particularly during times of high stress.  Books provide such a wonderful escape.  I suppose it was only a matter of time before I asked one 'what if' question too many and started creating stories of my own.  From there I considered it a challenge to see if I actually could write a book.

Laurie-Out of all the books you wrote, do you have a few that holds a special place in your heart. How about your heroes and heroines, do you have a favorite among them?
 Amanda:  Hunting Human is the the first book I ever wrote.  It was the first plot that came to mind and Beth was the first heroine I envisioned, so naturally that book will always hold a special place in my heart.  I learned a lot writing (and rewriting!) Hunting Human and I suspect those lessons and discoveries will be with me for every future book I write.  But when it comes to character?  I'll say that Chase is the one that fascinates me the most.

Laurie-What are some of your favorite authors and some of your favorite books you’ve read?
 Amanda:  My reading habits have been all over the place over the years but there are a select few books that I find myself going back to time after time.  Lightning by Dean Koontz is a favorite. (romance, time travel and a strong heroine, what's not to love?)  Harry Potter captivated me from the very beginning and I always discover something new to love when I read the series again. 

Laurie-What was your favorite part of writing Hunting Human?
 Amanda:  Finishing it?  It sounds funny but it's the truth.  The best part about writing that book was discovering that I could do it in the first place.  But the scenes I enjoyed writing the most were the scenes between the Edwards siblings, they always surprised me.

Laurie-Are you going to write more about the rest of the Edwards characters and make this a series? I know I would love for you to.
Amanda:  Yes!  I absolutely intend the continue the series with Caleb, Lucy and Chase.

Laurie-Do you have a reason you picked Portland as a setting?
Amanda:  I did a lot of research on cities along the upper west coast and Portland just had the right feel for what I was looking for.

Laurie-Do you have a favorite quote in Hunting Human? If so what?
Amanda:  Not off the top of my head, though I really enjoyed writing Lucy and Chase's banter.

Laurie-About how long did it take you from witting to having Hunting Human published?
Amanda:  I finished the book in March of 2010 and I sold it to my publisher, Carina Press, in August of the same year, but writing the book took quite a bit longer.  I got the first vague idea for the book in 2006.  I let it rattle around for about two years before I wrote anything down.  I wrote the first couple of chapters in the fall of 2008, took a lot of writing courses, learned a lot, and plotted the idea fully in early 2009.  But the vast majority of the book I wrote in July and August of 2009.  I let it sit for a while in the fall of '09 then spent most of the winter putting myself through the editorial process.  So from first vague idea to the acquisition call I guess it took about four years.  :)

Laurie-Would you tell us a little of what you’re working on next?
Amanda:  My current work in progress is a romantic suspense with strong paranormal elements.

Fun questions
What your favorite color?
A:  Green, to me it's a happy, energetic color.

Do you have any pets?
A:  I have one regular sized cat with stripes and one jumbo sized cat with spots.  They own me and they know it.

What your favorite movie and TV show?
A:  Tough questions!  I could never pick a favorite movie because I love movies for so many different reasons.  Some are beautiful to watch, some make you think, some have excellent writing - picking a favorite would be like picking a favorite sort of chocolate.  I've got room on my plate to savor them all!  As far as TV goes I don't have as much time to watch as I might like, but there are a few shows I really enjoy.  I watch Supernatural with a really good friend of mine - burgers, beers and boys are always a good way to end the week!  I've also recently discovered Criminal Minds and I find the show fascinating.

Do you have a favorite food or place to eat?
A: Not especially, I like most types of food and just enjoy going out with friends in general.  I will say that I have a sweet tooth so a restaurant with a good dessert (chocolate!) is always a winner with me.  

Places to find Amanda


  1. I love it when the pets question gets asked, so thank you! I've two cats as well, one underweight and one mammoth sized. Both are male orange tabbies.
    Great interview!

  2. Great interview, Hello fellow Texan, Your book Hunting Human sounds wonderful and I love the book cover. I would love to read this so I am putting it on my TBR list.

    Have a great day!

  3. Great Interview I really enjoy Criminal Minds too - I love profile aspect we get to see what exactly makes a criminal do what they do.

  4. I love that she picks here restaurant based on the deserts the have. Love it!!

  5. Kaity - the pet question was fun and something people ask me all the time. I love my cats but sometimes I wish I had a really cool answer like kangaroo or tiger or something. :)

    Queentutt - Hi fellow Texan! Hope you are enjoying our (brief) spring. I hope you enjoy the book.

    BLHmistress - I agree, the profile aspect is very fascinating and why I enjoy the show. I do wish they'd have more revolving character based story lines. (I loved the Prentiss backstory.)

    Danielle - If there is a better way to choose a restaraunt I haven't found it yet. :)

  6. I can't wait for the next book Amanda. I forgot to ask, do you know when you next book will be out? And do you have an idea who? Caleb, Lucy or Chase?

  7. Great interview. Green is one of my favorite colors too but more so because it's earthy.

    Also, it's interesting to learn of the writing process it took to write Hunting Human. Carina Press has quickly become one of my favorite publishers.

    Aloha Laurie and I wish you continued success.

  8. Hi Laurie,

    I don't have a release date for the next book as it's still in production so to speak. I can tell you that it will be Caleb's book. :)

    LovLivLife Reviews - I'm glad you found my process interesting. I find that it's continually evolving but that shouldn't be a surprise since Hunting Human was my first book, I imagine my process will take several books before I feel comfortable with it.

  9. First off thanks to Laurie and Amanda for the fun interview, it is always nice to find out where, when and how a book came to fruition! Second it is also interesting how many authors am finding live here in the big old state of Texas and more importantly not that far from me!

    Thanks for answering all the interview questions Amanda and here is another question for you, what are your cats names?

  10. Great interview! I see youre in Dallas, are you planning on attending Readers N Ritas in November?

  11. Jackie - glad you enjoyed the interview, it was fun answering the questions and stopping in today. My cats names are Orion (big and spotted) and Chrome (small and striped).

    TheJeepDiva - I was not familiar with Readers N Ritas, but now I'll definitely have to look into it!

  12. Amanda- You should look into it! Also Boas and Tiaras which is coming up in June :) (I live in Dallas too)!

    Great Interview Laurie! You rocked the casbah!

  13. ♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫- Thanks and I wish you the same.
    Felicia- Thanks!

    Amanda- Thanks for letting me know and I look forward to reading you next book.


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