JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Amanda Lee, author of Deranged
(5 Star Publications)
Hello bent on upping her body count, Nikki takes Nicole on a psychotic rampage against her will. After a life full of devastation, crazy thoughts invade Nicole’s head.
She can no longer save Jeremy or herself from what she’s about to endure. Burning flesh, cracking skulls, and the smell of Jeremy’s cum are the only things that excite her.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Deranged?
Amanda Lee: I was inspired to write Deranged because of past experiences. In my last relationship, I was very angry and decided to put my anger out on paper. My imagination was a little wild, but that’s how I felt at that moment.
JP: What sets Deranged apart from other books in the same genre?
AL: In Deranged, the character is real fast-paced and frequent action in which conflict between the main characters is mental, emotional and physical. The crimes committed in the book is of serial murders. The jeopardy and violent confrontations are the main plots of the story. I feel that separates my book from many others.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Deranged getting out to the public?
AL: I just transcribed my thoughts. I wrote intuitively. I embrace the creative process. I’m always challenging myself to make something that is new and different from anything else that I’ve read or written. The keys to my success was being very consistent. I pushed myself to write every single day.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Deranged?
AL: My writing process is easy. I would isolate myself in a private place and write. Usually for hours at a time, take a break, then at it again. It took me 3 days to write Deranged. I was very angry and didn’t want to stop until it was completed.
JP: What’s next for Amanda Lee?
AL: To continue my writing career. I want to continue to get better and to have my work considered as notable. I want to be mentioned in the same conversations with those authors that I respect for their writing abilities. Mostly, to have my work produced on the big screen. That’s my dream: to see my books produced into movies.
Advice I want to offer to future authors: First and mostly, to never give up! Always know that someone will enjoy your hard work. Read as many books on the lit business as possible. Write from the heart because there is an audience for everyone. If you feel one way, there are millions of people who feel the same.
Definitely, I will have to say to look out for yourself and know that you are signing before you sign your name on the dotted line. One man’s ignorance is the next man’s gain, so don’t sell yourself and talent short for what looks like a pot of gold today when in the long run you can obtain pots of gold.