This week, I’m excited to introduce you to author Amanda C. Stone
Who is the favorite character you’ve ever written? Why?
I’m a new author so I’ve only got two stories out so far. I’d say of the characters that are published, Cole is my favorite. He’s a little insecure, but he loves deeply. He’s also willing to do just about anything to stay with Perry.
Does your protagonist tend to be a person or a belief or something different? Why do you prefer that form?
All three go into creating a good hero. The hero needs to have beliefs, and the beliefs need to have a person, or people. They both need some kind of action, or inaction, to overcome the problems that face them. It can be as easy, or as complex, as that.
Do you write in one or many genres? Which one(s)?
The genre I write in is driven by the characters that are in the book. There’s always romance in my stories, whether it’s the main focus or not. So far all of my stories that are published, and that I’m currently writing, are gay romance and contemporary. I’ve got plans to write paranormal, and I’m slowly building a high fantasy world. Though that one is going to take tons of time to fully create because it’s literally going to be creating everything from scratch; people, governments, lands, and all of that. It’s fun, but wow I never thought of the time commitment for it when I started that.
If you were a superhero (or supervillain), what would your special power be? (And in the case of a supervillain, in how much excess would you use it?)
I’d definitely be a superhero. I want to use my powers for good. My super power would be invisibility. Hiding away and sneaking up on the bad guys. Or maybe I’ll turn to the dark side and sneak into private places and see private things. Hmm, both sound appealing!
What’s your next (or most recent) book?
I’m almost finished writing a novella about a dad and a teacher meeting and falling in love. I originally wrote it as a short story for an anthology and it wasn’t great. No surprise why it wasn’t picked up. So two years later I finally picked it up again, took out the parts that weren’t good, add some new stuff. I’m hoping by the end people will like it. We’ll see though.
If you feel comfortable giving us an excerpt of your most recent – or upcoming – book, that would be fantastic:)
I can definitely share an excerpt from the story I’m almost finished with. It’s unedited so all typos, bad grammar and awkwardness will hopefully be fixed by the time my editor gets through with it! This is the scene where Jake, high school math teacher, meets Tony, parent of one of his students, meets for the first time.
Jake watched another parent leave, and slumped into his chair. He’d been meeting parents for an hour and was almost done. Only thirty more minutes, then he could go home and relax for the evening. Voices outside his door had him standing up from his chair again.
Two men and a woman came in together, already in the middle of a conversation. It was apparent the blond haired man and the woman were together, judging by the way he had his arm around her. But Jake was unsure how the dark haired man fit into the relationship. He could tell the three of them were more than casual acquaintances.
“So then Kris says to me, ‘As long as you promise to get dinner soon I’ll leave now’.” Dark Haired laughed at his impression of whoever Kris was. The other two laughed along with him.
The woman got herself under control and asked, “So what did you tell her?”
Dark Haired snorted before saying, “What do you think I said? I told her I would and that she should go love on her grandbabies.” The three laughed out loud at that. Jake wasn’t sure how that was funny, but he smiled all the same. Their laughter was infectious.
Jake flicked a glance from Dark Haired’s feet back up to his face, liking what he saw immensely. Dark Haired was very attractive. He seemed to be an inch, maybe two taller than his 5’11”. It was obvious he’d been wearing a suit earlier in the day, but this late in the evening his tie had been loosened, his jacket long gone, and his shirtsleeves rolled up. His arms were muscular, with a dusting of the same dark hair as on top of his head. The dress shirt stretched across the muscular chest beneath it. He wasn’t built like a body builder, but his muscles were enticing.
Jake watched them approach, keeping his eyes on Dark Haired. It had been a while since he was so attracted to someone from the first moment. It took more effort than he thought to tear his eyes away as the three of them came up to where Jake stood. The woman introduced herself first. “Cyndi Cooper, and this is my husband Bobby Cooper.“ Jake shook her hand followed by Bobby’s.
“Jake Mitchell. I teach math and I’m also the track coach.”
Both Dark Haired and Cyndi’s eyes lit up. Guess they liked math. Or running. Or both.
Dark Haired extended his hand. Jake took his hand to shake and noticed that he had a good solid grip. His hands weren’t soft but not callused from manual labor. He also held Jake’s hand a moment longer than was strictly polite. Interesting.
“Looks like we saved the best for last then. Tony White. Our son is Alex White.”
Our? All three of them? Interesting. Jake wasn’t sure how to ask how their family dynamic worked without sounding nosey.
Some of his confusion must have shown on his face because the three of them laughed together. Bobby recovered first. “Oh man, your face was priceless.”
Cyndi just smiled and looked to Tony. He recovered with a cough. “Sorry. We get that often. Alex is biologically my and Cyndi’s son. We share custody of him. Cyndi and Bobby married 3 years ago.”
“Oh, well that’s wonderful that you two can get along after a divorce. I bet it’s…” Jake’s voice trailed off as Cyndi snorted. Jake was confused, again.
“Cyndi,” Tony warned. Whatever Cyndi intended to say, Tony kept her from letting it be public knowledge.
“Oh Tony! You didn’t hear what Alex said when he came home yesterday. This is going to be fun!” Cyndi beamed at both Tony and Jake.
Armed with her Batman notebook, fourth grade Amanda C. Stone was ready to start writing stories about unicorns, family members, and her imaginary friends Pink Amanda and Blue Amanda. Today, Amanda is armed with a new notebook, along with a laptop, and a never ending supply of caffeine. Her stories are about all kinds of things, but the most important aspect is people falling in love.
It all started when Cole met Perry in a bar. Over three years they had some exciting adventures, and misadventures. The six stories included in this book are all about their journey from bar to wedding.
Another cancellation of plans by his boyfriend forces Cole out to the neighborhood bar. Not long after arriving he meets Perry. Even as exciting as Perry is, he’s unsure how the night will end.
Cole and Perry are struggling to make time for each other and constantly at each other’s throats. A fight to the death will decide who is right or wrong in their arguments. But Cole really doesn’t want to shoot Perry.
Deciding they want to spice up things in the bedroom, Perry wants to have a one-time threesome. Cole’s nervous and doesn’t want to ask any of their friends to join them. Perry finds the perfect solution.
After two and a half years together, Cole and Perry want to buy a house. Once they find the perfect house, they get to spend their first morning together in their new space. Perry will have to help Cole decide which room is his favorite.
Both Cole and Perry are exhausted. Taking care of a three month old is hard when she’s up all night and is always hungry. If only they could find where they put the bottle warmer.
Cole is ready to make his commitment to Perry life-long. After careful planning, they created the perfect event. What could possibly go wrong? If only Cole didn’t ask the same question.
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