(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
I really feel like this January has been the best January of my blogging life. Based on the author interviews alone, it’s been so great! I can’t thank all of these wonderful people enough :). And today, the radness continues with Amanda Flower on the blog!
As I mentioned in my review of the fabulous Andi Unexpected, there was nothing I enjoyed more than playing detective and figuring out the crimes (usually consisted of my older brother “kidnapping” my stuffed animals). That’s one of the reasons I enjoyed her latest young children’s detective series. I know I would have devoured them even as a kid! I haven’t read any of her other books yet, but I if they’re anything like this one, I promise you should pick up a copy. I’m excited to have her join the blog and 4 Questions!
Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
Five years ago, I had just signed my first book contract for my debut novel, Maid of Murder. At that time, all I wanted was to have one mystery published. I never dreamed of the eight I have today, nor that I would have pen name (Isabella Alan).
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would allow myself and those around me to enjoy what I have achieved instead of worrying about what comes next. I’m still working on that.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
My new challenge for myself is to find joy in small moments. I had a moment of joy last weekend while running in the snow with my four-year-old niece and talking with her about heaven.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
You can’t know all the challenges the people around you, both friends and strangers, are facing, nor can they know yours. Please be kind.
Thank you so much Amanda for joining in! Be sure to connect with her all over the world wide web!