Today I’m interviewing Amanda Meuwissen, author of paranormal romance / urban fantasy “Sidhe”. Welcome!
Have you been writing for a long time?
I think since I was single digits. I’ve been actively writing for other’s enjoyment since middle school, and I don’t think I could ever stop. I’m happiest when writing a little each day.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
Fanfiction. When I was younger, I was debating between pursuing writing or acting, my two big loves, and it was after I worked on a particular Final Fantasy VIII fanfic dealing with depression and suicide (quite a young writer fanfic trope, I know) that I made my decision. It was after I received an anonymous review about how my writing had inspired them to seek help, have hope, and ultimately consider living rather than taking their own life that showed me how powerful writing can be.
Sidhe is the third book in a series. Was it harder to write this book than the previous books?
The first book was the hardest, because it sets the scene, and getting that initial world-building in was quite the challenge. I think this book was actually the easiest, because it has some of my favorite scenes, the sweet ones and the angst, the rare chance to see a little 3rd person POV from characters other than Nathan, and just the excitement of reaching the end.
Why did you choose paranormal romance as genre to write in?
It’s my groove. M/M romance is my genre of choice, but I’ve always had a deep love of fantasy and sci-fi, and something about paranormal, supernatural, modern fantasy settings always captivates me most because it can be so believable, that just out of view behind our normal, boring world might be something fantastical.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Never stop. Don’t think you need to sell a ton of books, get only good reviews, or become the next J.K. Rowling for writing to be worthwhile in your life. If you can make one person squee over your writing, well, I can tell you that that is far more rewarding than the paycheck I receive. Write, write, and write some more, no matter what anyone says.
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
I’ve been taking a break from my original work the past few weeks to decompress during the release of Sidhe…and write fanfiction. It’s a great stress reliever, where I don’t focus as strictly on perfect edits. But once I’m done with the work I’m in the midst of now, I will be returning to the YA vampire M/M romance story I have in the works that I am just in love with. Keeping the romance cleaner will be tough for me (not TOO clean, no worries) but it’s just an amazing story of unique characters and finding identity and love in an impossible situation.
About the Book
Author: Amanda Meuwissen
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Gay Romance
Nathan Grier returns from the Veil a changed man. The consequences of his time with Malak, the dark sidhe king, and the deal made to free him may be more than he can bear. The weakening of the Veil and new enemies foretell of a greater battle still ahead. With Nathan’s brother Jim now an Awakened changeling, and Nathan’s role in Malak’s plans finally revealed, Nathan’s love for fae hunter and incubus, Sasha Kelly, may not be enough to save him after all.
The Previous Books in the Series
Incubus (The Incubus Saga – Book 1)
Nathan Grier only ever wanted a normal life, but for him, life, family, and love are anything but normal. On the other side of the Veil, dark and light fae exist outside the knowledge of most humans. Nathan was born human, but his twin brother Jim is a changeling. On the run since they were children, time for both of them is running out. Turning to fae hunter Sasha Kelly for help, Nathan must soon face his growing feelings for the other man while trying to save himself and his brother from a fate worse than death.
Changeling (The Incubus Saga – Book 2)
Nathan Grier’s dark fae bounty looms overhead. As he faces the very real threat of becoming a slave to the bounty’s owner, his brother Jim uses his changeling abilities more and more trying to save him. Every changeling throughout history turns evil once their powers manifest, meaning time may be running out for both of them as Jim nears True Awakening. Fae hunter and incubus, Sasha Kelly, is prophesized to save Nathan, but while Nathan has embraced his feelings for the other man, he fears their time together will be cut short—either from his impending fate…or Jim’s.
Amanda Meuwissen is the author of The Incubus Saga and the novelette The Collector. She also serves as COO and Managing Editor for BigWorldNetwork.com. She oversees editing and series selection, and is featured as a narrator for several BWN audiobooks and series. 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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