How long have you been writing?
Almost 20 years, but only the last five as a published author.
What was the most challenging part about writing LIFE AS A TEENAGE VAMPIRE?
Fitting in all of the ideas I had for it. Since it brings together alot of inspirations and several real life stories from my teenage years, and some from friends of mine as well, working things into the story organically, and knowing when to ‘kill my darlings’ as they say, was a challenge at times, but I love how it all turned out.
What do you enjoy the most about being an author?
Conversing with fans. There is nothing quite like seeing the response a reader has, knowing how scenes or characters or the story overall affected them and that it’s something they’ll cherish and remember. That I could bring that sort of happiness to someone is the best feeling in the world.
Is this book part of a series?
Not this one, but the next book I’m working on likely will be again, like my previous trilogy, The Incubus Saga.
Do you have any works in progress?
That new trilogy I’m working on, Lovesick Gods, is a superhero story with a very personal depiction of depression and overcoming that, believing in oneself and accepting who we are even when we think we’ve fallen too far. The hero is actually the more villainous one at first, and instigates a plot to sleep with his villain to get him to fall in love with him just so he can break his heart. But all does not go according to plan.
About the Book
Title: Life as a Teenage Vampire
Author: Amanda Meuwissen
Genre: YA M/M Paranormal Romance
The last thing Emery expected at the end of his senior year of high school was to become a vampire and fall in love with his best friend… Emery Mavus just wants to survive his senior year of high school. Becoming a vampire complicates things. So does a bizarre mentor, a group of vampire hunters, and an unexpected, new attraction for his openly gay best friend, Connor. An occasional uncontrollable hunger for blood might be the least of his worries.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts in a personally designed major from St. Olaf College in Creative Writing, and has been posting content online for many years, including maintaining the blog for the digital marketing company Outsell. She spent a summer writing screenplay script coverages for a company in L.A., and is an avid consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games. Amanda lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband, John, and their cats, Helga and Sasha (no connection to the incubus of the same name).
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