About the Author
ECPA bestselling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story – a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes inspirational historical romance, penning stories that transport readers to a variety of locales – from the sweeping coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, to the rugged landscape of Central Texas. Her novella, The Truest Heart, was a finalist in the 2017 FHL Reader’s Choice Awards.
A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, who kindly put up with the invisible people she calls characters.
These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England.
1. What is your favorite dessert?
Anything with chocolate! LOL Peanut butter pie is amazing, as is cheesecake with chocolate sauce.
2. What is your favorite beverage?
I drink green tea several times a week, which is always lovely, especially if I use a favorite mug or teacup. For a treat, I love going to a coffee shop and getting a chai latte. They are amazing!
3. What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?
My current favorite TV shows are Victoria, Poldark, and the first three seasons of Call the Midwife. As you can see, I have very British taste. :-)
4. Where is your favorite place to go on holiday?
My favorite place is one I’ve not yet visited. It’s a lifelong dream of mine to go to England, and I seriously hope to make this happen within the next few years. Until then, part of my heart is already there. :-) I’d also love to fit in a trip to France, Austria, and Germany.
1. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming an author ever cross your mind?
When I was very young, I wanted to be everything but an author. Medical doctor, ballerina, and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz were all considered. :-) I started writing seriously in my midteens, and have pretty much continued to do so since. It took me many years before I actually signed my first contract. I love being able to explore a variety of characters and eras—in a way, I’m continuing my childhood fantasy of wanting to be many different people! :-)
2. What authors do you enjoy? Do these authors inspire your own writing?
My go-to authors are: (in no particular order) Laura Frantz, Cathy Gohlke, Becky Wade, Kate Breslin, Roseanna White, Joanne Bischof, Jocelyn Green, plus many, many more. I also love classic novelists like Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, and Edith Wharton. In a way, all of these authors have inspired my own writing. I love falling into a book so well-told and compellingly plotted that it makes me understand anew the beauty of story.
3. When you are not writing, what other "hats" do you wear?
I work at our local library, which is a great job and a lot of fun. As an author, I’m also a marketer, public speaker, and mini book warehouse. :-)
Book Related Questions
1. What inspired the idea for My Heart Belongs in Niagra Falls, NY?
We’d planned a family vacation to Niagara Falls. Before the trip, I was reading up on the history of the area, because that’s just what history nerds do. :-) I’d read quite a bit about the stunts and daredevils, and as I was walking along, looking at the Falls, the idea of a daredevil falling in love with a woman who feared risk, came to me. When Barbour put the word out that they were looking for authors to submit to a destination romance line, my sister suggested I do Niagara Falls and make the hero a tightrope walker. Sisters always know best! :-)
2. What do you want readers to take away from reading My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, NY?
The theme that came to me again and again while writing the novel is that doing things in our own strength, in our own way, only leads to stress and heartache. And that, ultimately, as we put our trust in God, He will direct our paths.
3. What is your current WIP? What can you share with us about this project?
Very little. :-) I can only say that the project I’m currently working on has stolen my heart. It’s made me smile and cry and delve into an area of history where light shines amid darkness. I’m absolutely in love with this story, and hope to have an announcement on it soon! When I do, I’ll be posting about it on Facebook, so be sure to follow me there.
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