Amanda Taylor

I am an author who has been writing since age 16. I published my first book in 2009, but redid it in 2010. I also draw my characters and design my illustrations and covers. I also enjoy the outdoors, beekeeping, science, and animals


Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?


I have been making stories even before I knew how to write because I have always had a vivid imagination. I wrote poems and short stories in elementary school. At age 16 I decided to see if I could go to the next level and write a book as an experiment and as means of escape from the miseries of High School life. I had no teachers to ask how to write books, so I taught myself how by using basic knowledge and from reading books as a kid. This book that I wrote at 16 is Neiko's Five Land Adventure, but as it was being created, a saga was born. It wasn't perfect then, but as I grew as a writer I went back and made changes. I'm still writing in this saga today, and I have written 14 books in the saga along with five short stories and a few poems. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in biology, and I enjoy the outdoors, science, beekeeping, camping, and tons of other activites. I am also a big animal lover, and I have a soft spot for reptiles, but I still love all animals even those that scare some people.


Describe your book ‘Neiko's Five Land Adventure’ in 30 words or less.


In the war torn land of Hawote Neiko and the Indians fight against the evil Crackedskulls for freedom. Neiko is confronted by a legendary evil she thought was only imaginary...


What was the hardest part of writing your book?


Since I was so young when I began this monumental task, getting started was the hardest part. Once I started though, it was easier than I thought, and I just let my imagination go like never before.


What books have had the greatest influence on you?


I didn't really have any major books that influenced me on my writing since I basically had my own story as a very young child from my own imaginary adventures, and I have always loved adventure and excitement. I did enjoy the Redwall books, Nancy Drew mysteries, the Hardy Boys, and the Shannara books. It was from these and others I didn't like as much that I learned how to write books and where I figured out what I did and didn't like in a book.


Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?


 I do a variety of things to market my book, and I do it on and off the Internet. I use social media, author groups, my blog, book signings, my website, interviews, blog tours, and some services that my publisher has available to me. I create and find new ways to market my book all the time. Of course, I also use Bookbuzzr.


How do you spend your time when you are not writing?


When I am not writing I am usually in the woods or outside doing something, working with my dad in beekeeping activities, brainstorming,  playing a video game, watching an exciting movie. I also have to do unfun things like housekeeping; I guess life can't always be fun and adventures.


What are you working on next?


I have a lot of things I am working on at the moment. I am working on getting my second book Escape from Ancient Egypt republished because I wasn't too happy about the outcome of the first publication, and I am hoping to do it by next year. I am working on two works in progress within the saga: Book #4Ramses Vs. Hawote and Book #15 Residing Evil. Book #15 has been kind of pushed to the side since I skipped around a bit during my writing career. I have also been recruited by fellow indie author Mark Levine the author of The Fine Print of Self Publishing to work with him in a project and I am also writing articles for him for one of his websites that is being refurbished called Also by working with him I wrote a small ebook Self Promoting and Survival Tips for Newbie Authors that I am waiting for to be released. Needless to say, I'm busy.

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