Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Interview with author Amanda Alvarez of Hunting Human

I recently had the opportunity to interview author Amanda Alvarez! I recently reviewed her book, Hunting Human and gave it rave reviews!

Q: What inspired you to write Hunting Human?

A: Inspiration came from a lot of places and at a lot of different times. The initial idea was born of boredom in the back of my constitutional law class. The idea just kept unfolding over the years and when I finally sat down to write it I knew what I wanted the book to be. But the journey had a lot of ah-hah moments throughout the course of writing, editing and publishing.

Q. Are your characters based on anyone you know?

A: No. I find it difficult to write that way. If I base a character on someone I know then it’s hard for me to separate what they might do or think from what the character might do or think. There was one tiny exception – Angie, the owner of the coffee shop in my book was named after my paternal grandmother. But none of the characters are based on anyone I’ve ever met.
Q. If you could see Hunting Human on the big screen, who do you envision playing Beth, Braden and Marco?

A: Awesome question! And I have no idea. To be honest I think I’d be so incredibly overwhelmed to see the story on the big screen I just wouldn’t care. I will say that when I’m crafting characters I very rarely give much thought to how they look – I’m too consumed with who they are and how they act. I usually have to go back and add in physical details when critique partners point out that though they feel like they know the characters, they can’t “see” them.

Q. Is there anything about your characters that only you know? (Not depicted in the book)

A: Oh, geez. I’m sure there is. But not much comes to mind, especially regarding Braden and Beth. I tried to give readers a really good idea of who they were throughout the book. I do of course know a lot of things about the secondary characters… like what huge secret Chase is harboring, how and when Braden’s father told his mother he was a werewolf, and who Lucy is in love with… but I can’t share any of those!

Q: Are you working on another novel? If so, can you tell us anything about it?

A: Yep. I’m currently working on a romantic suspense novel that’s got strong paranormal elements. (I just love characters with abilities!) And I’m working on the next book in the Edwards Family Saga.

Thank you so much Amanda for dropping by today!!

About the Book:

For two years, Beth Williams has run from the past, and the beast that dwells inside her. She is haunted by memories of being kidnapped and the savage attack that killed her best friend. Now Beth finally thinks she's ready to move on...with Braden Edwards, a charming, irresistibly sexy man who tempts Beth to embrace the present.

But the past lurks closer than Beth realizes. Markko Bolvek, one of the werewolves who kidnapped her, has tracked her to Portland, Oregon, his pursuit fueled by a hunger for vengeance. Only Braden, a werewolf himself, senses the danger shadowing her steps. The Edwards and Bolveks have been enemies for centuries—and despite the instant connection he feels with Beth, Braden isn't sure which side of the war she's on.

With suspicion at odds with their attraction, Beth and Braden must learn to trust one another to stop Markko for good. Can Beth accept the wolf within—and love a man who embodies everything she fears?

About the Author:

Amanda was born and raised in Texas - and due to an unfortunate three year stint in Michigan - doesn't plan to ever live anywhere where flip-flops and sweatshirts don't constitute winter attire. Often audacious and adventurous, she tends to find herself in a slew of dangerous (and hilarious!) predicaments (law school and fighting raccoons in dumpsters) and thankfully has many friends ready to lend aid (while they laugh.)  When not lawyering, writing, or thinking about going to the gym Amanda is often caught sampling local cupcake offerings and planning to someday co-open an evil bakery and sell dastardly desserts. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas with one regular-sized cat and one jumbo-sized cat, and can be seen writing in public places frequented by hot guys (strictly for research purposes, of course!) with her friends and fellow writers Killer Cupcake and Pantherista(names omitted to protect the not-so-innocent).

You can find her on: Facebook

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