Hello readers! It is that time again. So please grab your favorite cup of coffee, sit down, and relax as we chat it up with author Amanda Young about love, life, and some very sexy men!
Amanda, thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me. Today we are going to be talking about your recently released paperback novel Furtive Ache. Why don’t you start off by telling the readers a little about this anthology?
Thanks for having me. I’m thrilled to be here and be able to share a bit about my latest paperback. Furtive Ache is a compilation of two of my bestselling novellas with Amber Allure, Furtive Liaison and Precious Ache. While the characters are very different, each story is essential about man’s struggle to find love. I’m particularly excited about this paperback because although I’ve written many, many gay romance novels (as well as other things), this is the first time one has gone to print under my name alone. The only other gay romance I have in print is Taboo Desires, which is a short novella in the Temperature’s Rising anthology.
I have to say that the model on the cover of this paperback is yummy! Do you have a say in who poses for your covers?
I agree. The gentleman on the cover of Furtive Ache is beautiful. I wish I could say I handpicked him, but I had little to do with the artwork. Trace Edward Zaber created the cover. All I did was drool a little bit and heartily approve it.
In Precious Ache, one of the characters is Dave. Now he is very tall and finds himself being pointed at and examined. How did you come up with Dave?
Dave’s character stemmed from my own insecurities. Granted, I’m not seven feet tall, but I think everyone at some point in their life has something they feel sticks out about them, whether it’s acne as a teen, or a little extra padding on their rump later on in life. Rather than having those insecurities festering on the inside, I threw Dave’s out into the open and explored what would happen when someone couldn’t hide their differences behind makeup or clothing. At its heart, Precious Ache really is a story about coming to terms with your differences and loving who you are.
Micah is the jock; the man everyone wants as their friend. He is definitely a very outgoing person, the opposite of Dave. Why did you make him so general, I guess that is the terminology I want, when you made Dave so unique?
My main goal was to show that no matter who you are or what your appearance, there’s someone out there who will love just as you are. That probably sounds a little cheesy, but I like to believe it’s true. I wanted the man I paired Dave with to be down to earth and kind, your typical boy next door type of man.
For this story, part of the synopsis is love from afar and without realization from the other party. When you started this story, were you expecting the storyline to be like this?
Actually, Precious Ache was one of those stories that popped into my head and practically wrote itself. Dave’s character was so vivid I stopped what I was working on at the time and dove into the story with no idea of where it was going. That doesn’t happen very often, but I certainly love it when everything clicks right into place.
In Furtive Liaison we get to meet two other very different characters. Starting with Shawn, I love how open he is about being gay. How did you come about having him be a businessman and have him proud of who he is?
Although Furtive Liaison is told from Shawn’s point of view, most of the novella is really about Marc and his issues. Because of that, I felt Shawn should be a strong, confident man. He needed to be secure with himself, both professionally and personally.
Marc is not who someone would expect to be the lover of a businessman. Why make him have a Goth look? Did you expect him to end up looking like this?
Because the story deals with a character who’s essentially leading a double life, I felt it was important to distinguish several differences between how Marc acted while in one life verses the other. Since he was pressured into fitting a mold that wasn’t who he was at heart, I thought he might go a little wild with his appearance while away from home. Goth-like attire felt like a good contrast when compared to preppy attire.
Within Furtive Liaison I found that Shawn came across as paranoid when it came to Marc. He had this obsessive nature in finding deep dark secrets that may or may not be there. Was this a deliberate way to make the tension higher within the book?
Not necessarily. I admit to feeding Shawn’s curiosity within the book, but I’d like to think Shawn’s behavior wasn’t the product of paranoia. I mean how many of us wouldn’t ask questions and do a little snooping around if we discovered something odd or out of place within our lover’s luggage?
I love the picture at the top of your webpage. In your bio it states you write about flawed characters. Can you tell the readers why you make your characters unique?
I like writing about imperfect people. Even if the exterior appears to be some golden god, there’s always something brewing under the surface that tarnishes a character’s happiness. Things would be pretty boring if all my characters were perfect.
Speaking of your website, I see you have a yahoo group for announcements. Do you have any other websites that you would like to share?
I can be found all over the web. However, the best places to catch me are as follows:
You have many different genres that you have written. Do you have a favorite genre? One that you have not written yet but would like to? How about a genre that you would not want to even try writing?
No, I wouldn’t say I have a favorite subgenre of romance. I tend to write whatever pops into my head. Sometimes that’s contemporary and other times it’s paranormal. I go through phases as to which I want write about. As far as what I’d like to try in the future, I’ve always wanted to write horror. I may get to it one of these days. However, I’m having too much fun penning romance tales to bother with it right now. On the flip side of that coin, I couldn’t see myself ever writing young adult stories. It just doesn’t appeal to me.
Like I stated above you have an eclectic assortment of stories. How did you get started writing? How long have you been doing it? Who are some of your favorite authors?
I’ve been writing forever, or at least it seems like it. Mind you, I didn’t start writing with the goal of submitting to a publisher until 2006. I’m not entirely sure I would have ever submitted anything then if not for the support of a wonderful couple of ladies I met through a critique group.
As far as favorite authors, I could fill a library with the writer’s I love. A few of my current favorites are Bentley Little, Chris Owens, Jourdan Lane, and Tamara Thorne.
Now I am going to ask a couple of fun questions. If you were to pick just one of your novels to be a movie, which one would it be and why? Who would you choose to portray the main characters and why?
Wow. That’s a tough one. Hmm… If I could only pick one, I would have to go with Pyromancer because it’s one of my favorite paranormal storylines. I could totally see Hugh Jackman playing Christian, the brooding firestarter, while Jenson Ackles portrayed Tanner, the naïve but experienced hustler. That would make a fantastic movie.
One last question. In keeping with the Coffee Time Romance theme, if you as a person were described as a cup of coffee, what flavor would you be and why?
I would be strong, sugary French vanilla coffee, if for no other reason than because I love it. I’m a little addicted to the stuff.
Thank you Amanda for answering all of my questions. I hope you enjoyed yourself.
Thanks so much for having me on Coffee Time Romance. I had a blast talking with you.