Amanda Cabot: The Writer & her Book (with giveaway)

Amanda Cabot

Chatting with the lovely Amanda Cabot today about Scrabble, Christmas cookies, and the working title of her latest historical romance. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win a copy of A Stolen Heart.

The Writer

Please describe yourself in three words (ask your best friend or family if you are struggling!)

I’m so glad you suggested I ask friends, because as it turns out, their adjectives are different from what I might have answered. The answers they gave were organized, insightful, and loyal. I would have chosen “organized,” too, but the others surprised me.

What’s your favourite season, and why?

Without a doubt, it’s spring.  I love the flowers, the fresh green of the new leaves, and the sense of rebirth.

What is the best part of your day?

Evening. My husband and I relax over dinner, and once the dishes are done (yes, he helps), we play a game of Scrabble. Even though I’m the author in the family, he often makes better words than I do on the Scrabble board.

What do you miss most about your childhood?

Baking Christmas cookies with my sister. For weeks before the actual day, she and I would make close to a dozen different kinds of cookies, many of which we had only at that time of the year. They were all delicious, and – of course – we had to sample some while we were baking them.

Which TV talk show host would you like to be interviewed by? Why?

I’m afraid I can’t answer this question.  You see, I rarely watch TV – no time! – and when I do, it’s not talk shows, so I don’t know which host would be the best for an interview. Sorry … Maybe some of the people reading this blog can give me some suggestions.

You are at a fruit market – what do you reach for first?

Figs, if I can find them. That’s another childhood memory, this time from my very early childhood when I lived in Texas and a friend had a fig tree in her backyard. I remember sitting under the tree and reaching for the ripest figs we could find. A sweet memory!

What was the first Christian Fiction novel you read?

Christyby Catherine Marshall. At the time, I didn’t realize it was classified as Christian fiction. I simply knew it was a wonderful story.

What is one author and/or book you always recommend?

Irene Hannon. Whether she’s writing romantic suspense, women’s fiction, or romance, she never disappoints.

What book character has stuck in your mind from a book you have read this year?

Marie Carrington from The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson. Her plight hooked me from the first page, and I kept thinking about her, the decisions she’d made, and the future she might have long after I turned the last page.

The Book

A Stolen Heart

From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners–like her. Lydia won’t let that get her down, though. All will be well when she’s reunited with her fiancé. But when she discovers he has disappeared–and that he left behind a pregnant wife–Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites readers back into Texas’s storied past to experience love and adventure against a backdrop of tension and mystery in this first book in a brand-new series.

What was the working title?

Shattered Promises

Describe your book in 5 adjectives

Romantic (What else would you expect from a romance?), heartfelt, hopeful, intriguing, elegant. The last one is the way my publisher describes it, and I have to admit that I’m delighted with that assessment.

Which character took you by surprise?

Aunt Bertha.  I knew I’d like her, but she proved to be even more fun to bring to life than I’d expected.  Her long, rambling sentences made me smile when I was writing them.

What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Since I’m a morning person, I do most of my writing before noon, but when I find myself facing a plot problem, I pray about it before I go to sleep. That often results in my waking up in the middle of the night with the right answer, so it’s safe to say that the earliest I’ve worked on this book was 2 AM.

Which character’s name was the hardest to choose? Why?

I struggled with the hero’s name. He started being named “Aaron,” but while I like that name and the fact that it’s Biblical, somehow it didn’t feel right. Perhaps it was because when I checked the meaning in my baby name book, it turned out to be “lofty or exalted.” Though he’s the hero, he’s not lofty or exalted. I can’t recall when “Travis” popped into my mind, but I liked it the second it did. A quick look at the baby name book revealed that “Travis” means “from the crossroads.” Perfect! Travis is indeed at a crossroads in his life.  And so Travis Whitfield became the hero of A Stolen Heart.

What’s something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Because of the way I write (remember that description of me as “organized” from the first part of this interview), I rarely have deletions.  In the case of this book, though, one thing had to be added: an explanation of the title. Titling occurred after I’d submitted the manuscript to my editor, and the change from Shattered Promises to A Stolen Heart was a significant one, at least from my perspective. As a reader, I always want to see the connection between the title and the story, so as an author, I try to make sure that there’s no question in readers’ minds about why the book has that particular title.  I hope readers like the way I inserted an explanation into this story and that they agree with me that A Stolen Heart turned out to be the right title for this book.

Thanks Amanda!

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13 Responses to Amanda Cabot: The Writer & her Book (with giveaway)

  1. Amanda, I’m so excited for the new book! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  2. Title is important, but I usually pay more attention to the cover overall, both the picture and the story synopsis on the back. Amanda’s books are always good. Thanks for the interview and opportunity to participate.

  3. The title sometimes gives me a hint to what is in store. The covers make a big impact on me.

  4. Yes I pay attention to titles, I also read the burb on the back to see what the story line is.

  5. Rel — Thanks so much for inviting me to be part of your blog. I’ve enjoyed the chance to share a bit about the book and my life.

    Cathy and Lisa — I agree with you that covers are extremely important. That’s why Revell spends so much time (and money) creating just the right one for each book. For a look at how the cover for A Stolen Heart was developed, you might enjoy my blog post.

    Kim — Like you, unless the author is one of my “must read” authors, I read the blurbs to see if I think I’ll enjoy the story.

    Ashley — Thanks for sharing my excitement. I’m always excited by a new release, but this one is extra special to me.

  6. Brittany Keating

    I don’t pay much attention to the title by itself, but the overall cover is a big deal for me.

  7. I usually decided to read a book based on the author and book description, a cool title is always a plus.

  8. Yes, I look and the cover and title, the author, and the book description. If I’m familiar with the author and enjoy previous books, I’ll usually go for the book just from the author, but it’s usually a combination of the above.

  9. I do pay attention to the title of a book, but that is only one aspect. I like to read about the story line, characters and setting too. All of those together are a great combination for a great book to read.

  10. That is a great question. I have to admit that I don’t pay too much attention to the titles. Unless is it something really unusual. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.

  11. The most important thing for me in choosing a book is the author and recommendations. The cover is also important. I guess the title does not play a huge role in choosing a book but I do like it when the author somehow explains the title of a book if it is not obvious.

  12. I think a title and cover really helps sell a book. That’s what will make me pick up the book to read the description and helps me decide if I want to buy the book.

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