I am super excited to have Amanda Havard by the blog today for an interview, as a part of her blog tour for her upcoming release, Point of Origin. Make sure to follow the rest of the blog tour as well – find the full schedule and all the details here. Be sure to check out my review of Point Of Origin too.
Amanda Havard is the author of The Survivors and Point of Origin. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Vanderbilt University. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her baby grand piano and more story ideas than she could tell in one lifetime. You can find Amanda on the web at her website, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.
Who has been your favorite character to write in The Survivor series?
Mark is by far my favorite. There’s just something about him…
Your books have so many “extras” following them, such as the maps, the original music, the character fashion guides – what has been your favorite to put together?
Music is my greatest passion other than writing, so I’ve loved both making the original music and putting soundtracks together to put into the app. Music is such an influential piece of how I write, so it’s been great to be so involved with it. Plus, the first time we went into the studio for the awesome Chris Mann to sing a song I’d written? That was one of the best days of my life.
I also love making Polyvore looks, and I wish this could count as a totally useful way to spend my time. I’ll spend hours on them to get them just right, but it never gets any less fun!
If you had to pick one designer to make a line of Survivors style fashion, who would it be?
This answer changes a lot, and it’s NEARLY impossible to pick only one, but in the end I’d probably go with Rebecca Minkoff. She’s somehow simultaneously super stylish, polished, practical, and classic. Sadie is all of these things.
Where is one place you would love to travel to?
I’m currently obsessed with the idea of going to China for research. But honestly? I just love going anywhere. I can make an adventure out of a small town off the interstate, a getaway to Paris, or a place I’ve never been.
What has been one of your favorite author moments since The Survivors has been released?
I’ve had so many! All of my signings have been so super, so much fun, especially the ones at the conferences since I get to meet so many bloggers and internet-friends, not just the awesome fans. But I also have loved the story being on Wattpad with pushing 3 million reads on it! It’s the ultimate ego boost, but it’s also made me value my readers so highly. Everyone on there is so thoughtful, leaves messages, and I get this candid play-by-play on so many of their thoughts as they read. It’s invaluable!
What is next for you?
I’ve got three more books in The Survivors Series, and I’ve got plenty of ideas for where to head next. I’m also heavily pursuing the interactive book world by teaming with my publisher to build more apps. Next up is an Immersedition format of Romeo & Juliet. And, of course, there will always be more shopping.
Thank you so much Amanda for stopping by!
Here’s a bit about The Survivors, book 1: In 1692, when witch trials gripped the community of Salem, Massachusetts, twenty-six children were accused as witches, exiled, and left for dead. Fourteen of them survived.
The Survivors is the first installment of the tantalizing tales of the fourteen ill-fated Survivors and their descendants, who have been content in hiding for over three centuries. Isolated on a Montana mountainside, only Sadie, the rogue daughter, dares to abandon the family’s sacred hiding place. But no matter how far Sadie runs, something always pulls her back.
On a muggy summer night in Tennessee, she witnesses a shocking scene that will change her life forever. It is the first in a sequence of events that will drag her from the human world she’s sought to belong to for over a century and send her back to her Puritanical family and into an uncertain future filled with cunning witches, mysterious nosferatu shape-shifters, dangerous eretica and vieczy vampires, millennia-old mythology, and the search for her own mortality. After all…
HOW DO YOU KILL A SURVIVOR?
The Survivors will steal your heart and invade your mind. Fall into the pages of Sadie’s life, a world so frighteningly similar to your own, you’ll find yourself wanting to go to the Montana mountains to find the Survivors for yourself.
And it is only the beginning.
One year ago, Sadie Matthau was living among humans, existing as one of them. But now she wakes each morning in a house in the Survivors’ City, listening to the invocations and insults of her family members as they cope with their new future. A war. Rogue abandoners turned monsters. Sadie and the icy Winters living in their midst, bringing the outside world in.
The Survivors: Point of Origin is Sadie’s quest to save her family. But can she find what she is looking for when she can barely stomach the Winters’ wintry demeanor and finds herself distracted by Cole Hardwick’s warm heart? Will she be able to uncover her family’s history even as the elders’ grip tightens around her throat? In an action packed ride full of magic and misery, terror and triumph, Sadie Matthau seeks the Survivors’ beginning just in time to face her end.
Now, I have a super cool giveaway of both The Survivors and Point Of Origin and also a signed still photo of Sadie and Cole dancing together (which I think is the coolest thing ever as I am still officially Team Cole all the way!) Feel free to check out my review of The Survivors, book 1, as well!
Fill out the rafflecopter to enter! US/Canada only and ends June 14.