About the Author
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
1. What inspired the idea for the Tales of Faith Series?
At first, it was just going to be a short story from a one-question idea: “What if the beast was Belle’s father?” That, of course, turned into a novella, and then people started asking me if I’d do other retellings. So, I guess you could say it was inspired by one question and morphed into something much bigger!
2. What did you as an author take away from writing each book in the series?
This series has been a huge growing point for me as an author. From “Befriending the Beast,” I learned not to cut myself short but to actually let the idea come to full fruition. “The Secret Slipper” taught me a lot about adding angst and tension to my story. And in “Protecting the Poor” my lesson has been more that God’s in control of my schedule, as I had hoped to publish it a year ago. As authors we get so trapped into our agenda and preferences we forget to seek God not only on the messages of our stories, but also the timing of when to publish and release them. Or at least, I can say such for myself.
3. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about it?
This one is exciting! I am working with three other super sweet ladies to compile a four-novella collection: “Librarians of Willow Hollow.” Each of our stories can be read stand-alone, but they feature the same fictional Appalachian town and several townspeople. Our projected publication date is late 2020, Lord willing.
4. What top 5 books are currently on your TBR pile?
This is an excellent question, because (at the time of replying to this), I’m preparing for a 3-week vacation/road trip. I definitely have five books that I’m hoping to read!
1) Code of Valor by Lynette Eason
2) A-Spying We Will Go by Perry Kirkpatrick
Here I’ll have to diverge and just finish with the authors I’m hoping to try for the first time; I haven’t quite decided which of their books to try:
3) Dani Pettrey
4) Kate Breslin
5) Siri Mitchell
5. What are some of your favorite summer activities?
My summer highlights are always two things: church camps (with several local churches) and my church’s revival service (which is Sunday-Friday, morning and evening!). After spending two semesters in college, these times have been especially refreshing. In addition to those, this summer in particular, my favorite activity has been writing. I had to put aside writing while I focused on college work (my major is piano performance) so I really missed it and have jumped in with both feet on the weeks I’m actually home.
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