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Interview with Amanda Adams, Author of Don’t Hold Your Breath! A Protagonist’s Poetic Catharsis

Hello,

Today we have an interview with Amanda Adams, author of Don’t Hold Your Breath – A Protagonist’s Poetic Catharsis.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)? My pen name is Amanda Adams; I live in Illinois, far-western suburbs of Chicago.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?  Don’t Hold Your Breath: A Protagonist’s Poetic Catharsis, Genre – Poetry
3) What is the book about? It is about the four phases of relationships: longing, love, loss, and liberty. Each day, we wake up and perform on the stage of our lives. In doing so, we develop the need to express the feelings conceived in our minds about our relationships. This book gives the reader a unique opportunity to express themselves. It not only allows them to read poetry, but also to write their own thoughts, feelings and poetry about their relationships. I included thought questions and lines to write responses – (that was my brilliant daughter’s idea)!
4) Where did you come up with the idea? I used to give an annual “Don’t Hold Your Breath” party for my girlfriends when I lived in New York. It was a time for defining our troubles, expressing our fears, soothing our wounds and renewing our spirits. Although we were very different, we had a common link: we held our breath in hopes of Mr. Right. Some of us found Mr. Right and some of us found Mr. Right-now, however we continued to hold onto our truth, “Boyfriends, lovers and husbands come and go, but your girlfriends, they are forever!“ My poetry reflects the feelings I experienced in my relationships along life’s way.
5) How long did it take you to write it? I wrote the poetry over a 25 year period. It took me about 1 year to compile, edit, design, and publish the book.
6) Did you learn anything from the project? I learned that relationships usually fit into four phases; longing for love, feelings of love, loss of love, and the liberty of loving ourselves.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

No book video, but I do have a video of a TV interview I did about women working in technology and my books are also discussed.  They are posted on my LinkedIn page:

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? The best advice I can give authors is to write your hurt.  What I mean by that is, write about things that keep you up at night, things that have caused you pain in your life. Every book that I write is with the intent of inspiring women to look at where they are in life and if they don’t like what they see, to make a change. My goal is to be a catalyst of change for women, everywhere.
I worked with a great graphic artist, Kelly Webb (kawebb2@yahoo.com), for the cover of my first book, The Sangrita Club.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I like to read the short stories of J. California Cooper, the legal thrillers of John Grisham, the crime fiction of Sidney Sheldon, the poetry of Maya Angelou and many more. Yes, I am open to reading new authors and reviewing their work.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? Aside from the Bible that is so rich with poetry, history, and short stories, and my first book, The Sangrita Club, a novel, I would say “Homemade Love” by J. California Cooper is my favorite.  She inspired my writing style of examining deeply personal and taboo topics, but unexpectedly dropping in a comedic curve ball to throw the reader into a laughing fit.  I truly loved her work and her rich characters.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? Yes, my daughter has a bunny named Salted Caramel.  She is so sweet, but she also has a salty side!
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? If I need to read an ebook, I usually use my iPad or iPhone. My preference is to flip through the pages with my fingers and dog ear the corners.
Bonus: What’s next? I am in the process of writing three books, all of which are different genres.  My goal is to write a book in as many genres as I possibly can.  I am a multifaceted person with many interests, therefore I want to be a multifaceted author. My next book to be published is entitled: Rewriting Relationships: A Divas 52-week Devo.
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