Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Amanda Barratt

May 15, 2017 Amanda Barratt, Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, romance 93

I am delighted to have the chance to chat with Amanda Barratt today! She and I met in person in Nashville last year and she’s such a sweetheart!

ECPA bestselling author Amanda Barratt, fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story – a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes inspirational historical romance, penning stories that transport readers to a variety of locales – from the sweeping coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, to the rugged landscape of Central Texas.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, who kindly put up with the invisible people she calls characters.

These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England.

You can connect with Amanda Barratt on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Her newest novella “The Cost of a Heart” appears in The Secret Admirer Romance Collection!

Declaring one’s love can be hard—even risky—especially when faced with some of life’s greatest challenges.

Separated by class, time, distance, and more, some loves must remain secret until the time is right. Instead, notes of affection, acts of kindness, gifts of admiration, and lots of prayer are circulated.

From New England mansions to homestead hovels, love is quietly being nourished and waiting for the right time to be revealed. But when love can finally be boldly expressed, will it be received by love in return?

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Hi Amanda! Welcome to the blog! I’m so honored to have you here!

Amanda: Thank you so much, Carrie. I’m so thrilled to be joining y’all!

I start all of my guests out with a fast four –

apples or oranges

Amanda: Apples, hands down. I eat at least one apple a day, because I like the taste, and because of all the super-good nutrients contained in the skin.

Carrie: Apples are just the best, aren’t they?

winter or summer

Amanda: “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy” Okay, enough Ella Fitzgerald. LOL. I love the ability to go to the beach, take long, contemplative walks, and sit in front of a crackling campfire. All things snowy Northern MI winters don’t permit.

Carrie: Ok… but … for the record – I’m completely jealous of your snowy winters.

dogs or cats

Amanda: Kittens. They’re so small and cuddly…need I say more. 🙂

Carrie: Yes… you need to say ‘puppies’ too 😉

coffee or tea

Amanda: I’m going to be oh-so-British and go with tea. Caffeine tends to keep me awake. And I love green tea, especially when sipped from a fancy china cup.

Carrie: I don’t care for tea normally (or coffee, for that matter) but I had THE BEST tea this weekend – in a fancy china cup. It’s called “chocolate strawberry sundae” tea and oh my word! The chocolate masks the tea flavor that I don’t like and it’s just yumminess in a fancy china cup!

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Amanda:  Being able to travel back in time and spend weeks living in the English countryside as a Regency lady (married to Mr. Darcy, of course!) And then beam myself back to 21st century America whenever something went wrong medically!

And you are definitely a Reading (and blogging) Superwoman! I love your insightful book reviews!

Carrie: You’re so sweet – thank you!! And I love your time travel idea, the best of both worlds quite literally!

Tell me some good books you’ve read recently

Amanda: How long can this answer be? LOL. I recently read The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof, which I simply adored!! Joanne’s prose is beautiful and I wanted to savor and linger over each line. I also just finished The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which was incredibly thought-provoking and spiritually challenging. And I spent last Sunday afternoon reading The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy, a delightfully daring tale and soo sigh-worthy. Sir Percy Blakeney has become one of my favorite heroes in classic literature!

Carrie: The Lady & The Lionheart is one of my top ten fave books ever!

If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?

Amanda: That I’m an organization freak who likes Jane Austen planners, notepads full of scribbled plot ideas, an avid reader who always has a book (or two) handy, and am a great person to have around when a headache strikes, as I always carry ibuprofen!

Carrie: I think you’re the first author who has said I would find a book in your purse! I love that!! <<glances at the two books and kindle in my own purse>>

Your newest novella is part of The Secret Admirer Romance Collection. Who do you secretly (or not so secretly) admire?

Amanda: My amazing mom and sister would definitely make the top of the list! They are both wise women who serve and love the Lord—and adore BBC dramas, which makes our evening movie viewing very fun indeed.

Also, I’m a huge fan of the band For King and Country. Their message about the value of a woman’s worth is so timely in a culture that often speaks the opposite. And their new film Priceless is a must-see!

Carrie: You are the second person to mention Priceless to me in as many days. I definitely need to watch this!

In your novella “The Cost of a Heart”, your hero and heroine are from very different backgrounds. Describe the main characters for us and tell us which one you related to the most.

Amanda: Nathan Evans is a farm boy who found work as a servant in the homes of the Gilded Age elite to help make ends meet for his family. He’s fiercely loyal to his employer, Lily Montgomery, due to the abuse she received at the hands of her late husband. And he might find himself thinking a wee bit too much about her sweet smiles and beautiful eyes. (wink.)

Due to her husband’s treatment of her, Lily has a hard time accepting her own worth. She’s not as model-gorgeous as some women she knows, and feels insecure about herself as a person. I can relate to her in that respect, and the Lord used some of the truths Lily learns in the novella to work through issues in my own heart.

Carrie: This sounds delightfully romantic and full of great truth!

What do you most want readers to take away from The Cost of a Heart?

Amanda:  That they are more than the lies others and the world have told them. That God cherishes them just the way they are, and lavishes them with a love beyond what anyone else can offer. And hopefully, they’ll enjoy the Downton-esque upstairs/downstairs romance element!

Carrie: Yes!!

Amanda, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Amanda: In November, First Comes Marriage releases as part of The Regency Brides Collection. I’m so excited to share my very first British-set novella with everyone, and am looking forward to introducing you all to my Lydia-Bennet-turned-good-heroine, and my brooding sea captain hero. And the story is set in Cornwall, one of the most beautiful counties in England!

My first full-length novel “My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York”, releases in January 2018. (Insert excited squeals and happy dancing here. 🙂 ) The novel features an English heroine who travels to America in search of a wealthy husband to save her family estate from bankruptcy, but ends up finding herself altogether too attracted to a handsome daredevil preparing to cross Niagara Falls by tightrope.

To learn more about these releases, I’d love for you to follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amandabarrattauthor. I’ll be running lots of giveaways and contests, plus sharing quotes from the stories, character pictures, and historical tidbits. Also, on my website www.amandabarratt.net, you can sign up for my newsletter, where I share recipes related to my books, sneak previews, and much more!

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Carrie! It’s been such a delight!

 


Amanda Barrett is giving away a copy of The Secret Admirer Romance Collection and an elegant Victorian bookmark! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? If you could travel back in time (but still get back home quickly) where would you want to go?

Carrie

93 Responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Amanda Barratt”

  1. Amanda Barratt

    Thank you SO much for hosting me today, Carrie!! And yes, puppies are totally adorable too! 🙂 And you should definitely check out Priceless. You would love it!!

  2. Kailey Bechtel

    If I could travel back in time, I would go back to the colonial time period or around the time of the civil war. I’ve always loved reading about these times.

    • Amanda Barratt

      The Colonial era is one of my absolute favorites! I would love to visit Colonial Williamsburg someday.

  3. Debbie Clatterbuck

    I would like to travel back in time to the Civil War era and talk to President Lincoln. I believe he was right in freeing the slaves. Slavery in an abomination and is called human-trafficking today. We need him today. Maybe he could come up with the correct action to take to stop this present day issue.

    • Amanda Barratt

      Hi Debbie! Lincoln was an incredible leader, and did much to free slaves. William Wilberforce did the same for England in the late 1700s. I believe God can raise up someone for our time to do the same!

  4. April Sutton

    I would love to travel just to the 1950s/60s. I want to see my mom as a kid and what her life was like.

    • Amanda Barratt

      Courtesy of my addiction to I Love Lucy, I absolutely LOVE the 50’s. The dresses were so gorgeous and feminine, I wish I could wear them today!

  5. Kay Garrett

    I would love to go back to my great – great – great grandparents time to meet them and see how their lives were. My interest in this time frame and meeting these folks in particular is a newspaper article I found recently while getting read to move. It seems that the place we bought our property – complete other end of our state – was where my ancestors were from only about 5 miles away. I never knew we every had relatives living in this part of the state. Like I told my husband, I’m going back to my roots. 🙂 As relatives passed on and I inherited a lot of stuff, it had just gotten pushed back with one of those need to go through that one of these days. Moving and downsizing forced me to do it now. How surprised I was to find out these details. We have a lot of history on the property we purchased and build our home. Now I wonder if the folks that had that piece of property might have known my relatives way back when. Won’t it be fun to go back and meet them and find out?

    • Amanda Barratt

      That’s such an incredible story, Kay. My relatives emmigrated from England in the early 1900’s, and I wish I could know more about them and what their lives were like. Best of luck on learning more about your ancestry.

  6. Kim

    Loved this interview Carrie! You know that purse question always gets me!

    I’m not super adventurous so as far as traveling back in time, I’d only go with your caveat of getting back fast…but I’d still like working restrooms and A/C…so that leaves me with back when Elvis was alive (which I was already young -very young- when he was alive!). But wow that makes me super unadventurous huh? So, I guess if I take away all my concerns, I’d say medieval times. Specifically in Tamara Leigh’s medieval time period with Garr from The Unveiling!

    • Amanda Barratt

      I’ve never read a Tamara Leigh book, but have heard fabulous things about her, so will have to check some out. The medieval era is fascinating, but I’m not sure how long I’d like to live there. 🙂

      • Carrie

        i think i could tolerate medieval for about a day… if that LOL

        • Kim

          Well, I did say that I would need that getting back quickly part of the deal! I was thinking hours maybe!

          • Carrie

            Yeah… that’s probably closer to it lol!

      • Kim

        Oh you should! Medieval is not my favorite time period but she is so awesome. I love her books. The Unveiling is a great place to start. You will be hooked.

  7. emilee douglas

    Time travel would be cool if we could get back to the future QUICKLY! Western expansion really interest me. The times must have been terribly difficult. The wagon Trains are fascinating but I can’t imagine how frightening it would be to leave all your family and friends and all the comforts of home for the unknown. I would like to visit small towns that started up throughout the country during that time and the settlers and how they just started out with so little. Where would we be today without those brave pioneers.

    • Amanda Barratt

      Western expansion is incredibly interesting and reading the Little House books growing up gave me a deep appreciation for all our forefathers went through.

  8. Connie Scruggs

    I would go back to Regency England. I’m obsessed with the culture of that time period.

    • Amanda Barratt

      You’re a gal after my own heart, Connie. The Regency Era is one of my all-time favorites!

  9. DeAnna Dodson

    Ooooh, all of Amanda’s stories sound fabulous. I must have the Secret Admirer and the Regency Brides collections. (A “Lydia-Bennett-turned-good story sounds fascinating.)

    I have a TON of places I’d love to actually see for myself (as long as I could get back home whenever I want . . . including when things got scary or hot — I don’t do hot).

    I’d love to visit:

    Ancient Egypt
    Ancient Israel (especially in the time of Jesus)
    Medieval England
    Shakespeare England
    Civil War England
    Regency England
    Colonial America
    Revolutionary America
    Revolutionary France (if I was sure I was safe)
    Regency England
    Victorian England
    Civil War America
    Western Expansion America
    WW I America and England
    Jazz Age America
    1930s and ’40s Hollywood
    WW II America and England

    Maybe more, but those are the big ones. 😀
    Western Expansion America

    • Amanda Barratt

      I hope you have a chance to check out the Regency Brides Collection, DeAnna! My heroine definitely goes through quite the transformation. My list of eras I’d like to time travel to is pretty much identical to yours. But probably if I had to pick one, Regency and Victorian England would be at the top of my list. Probably because Jane Austen paints such a beautiful picture, and doesn’t really address the overwhelming poverty most people lived in. 🙂

  10. Patty

    Kittens Vs. puppies, that’s a hard one. Both totally cute.

    As far as going back in time, I might not go back too far. One event that crosses my mind is to go back to the early 1900s with the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk. To discover that man could fly, wouldn’t that be an amazing thing to see?

    • Amanda Barratt

      My dad is a big fan of the Wright brothers, Patty. In Michigan, where I live, there is a historical village called Greenfield Village that has their original bicycle shop and family home. We love visiting there! 🙂

  11. Winnie Thomas

    Fun interview! I’d love to go back to England during the Regency period–just for a quick visit, of course. I do love my creature comforts too much to want to stay permanently.

    Carrie, I would like the chocolate strawberry sundae tea–but without the tea.

    Amanda, your novella sounds so intriguing. I’m adding this to my TBR pile.

    • Amanda Barratt

      I have to admit loving my creature comforts a great deal also. The movies don’t begin to describe life without indoor plumbing and hot water. I hope you have a chance to enjoy my novella. I love writing stories set in the elegant Gilded Age! 🙂

  12. Anne

    Travelling back to the 1930’s and 1940’s England & Italy interests me greatly.

    • Amanda Barratt

      1940’s England is incredibly interesting. I love reading about Queen Elizabeth II’s life during WWII. The Royal Familiy definitely lived through some un-royal circumstances when all that was going on!

  13. Dianne Casey

    I would like to travel back in time to the Antebellum South.

    • Amanda Barratt

      I love visiting plantations from that era. So fascinating! 🙂

  14. Paula S.

    Victorian or Regency period for me . That’s my go to genre!
    Great interview!

    • Amanda Barratt

      Likewise, Paula! I’m so happy England is becoming more popular in Christian Fiction. 🙂

  15. Andrea Stephens

    I would love to go back to 1900 to see my grandfather as a little boy then 1910 to see my grandmother as a little girl. I’d like to see the puppy I heard so many stories about. I would love to meet my great grandparents and great aunts and uncles too. I’ve heard some of them were a hoot!

    • Amanda Barratt

      The early 1900’s was a great time period. I love reading books set in that era.

  16. carylkane

    I’d love to go back to the beginning in the Garden of Eden. To be in His Presence before the Fall would be an incredible experience!

    I enjoyed the wonderful interview with Amanda. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Amanda Barratt

      It most definitely would, Caryl. I’m looking forward to Heaven! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview.

    • Carrie

      oh Caryl, wouldn’t that be fabulous?!?! One day we’ll get to be in His Presence face to face like it was supposed to be!

  17. Arletta

    Today would have been my grandfather’s birthday (May 15). He died in 1996 at the age of 107. I’d love to be able to go back in time, even 60 years so I could ask him questions about his teen years and all the changes he saw in society. From his parents immigrating, plowing fields by horse, the coming of electricity (and subsequent threat of bann from the church if they used it) to him flying to Hawaii for his honeymoon at the age of 89 (second wife). There are so many things I’d like to know that I didn’t care about when I was a kid.

    • Amanda Barratt

      The last 100 years have brought huge changes. One of our friends is a 98 year old lady who lived in our town her entire life. She has such great stories. 🙂

  18. Martha T.

    I would like to time travel back to 1968 when my family took a trip to Europe! I would like to do it again.

  19. JJ

    If I could go back in time, I would want to go back to meet my great grandfather at the time he came to TX to homestead on our family ranch. I would like to see what this land looked like as it was just beginning to be developed. And see the trains of that era.

    • Amanda Barratt

      Having written two novellas set in Texas, I totally agree with you, JJ. Though I’m not sure if I could live there year-round, due to the heat! 🙂

  20. Betty R.

    I would love to go to England or Scotland in the 17th or 18th centuries, but I am sure I would be right back!

  21. Trixi

    I’d love to go back to the time people were traveling out West to homestead! Those are the kind of books I like to read 🙂

    Thanks for the fun author interview & giveaway chance!

    • Amanda Barratt

      Since the first Christian fiction book I ever read was Love Comes Softly, I completely agree. There are so many stories available set in that era.

  22. Jeanna Massman

    I love historical romance so I would love to visit Regency England.

    • Amanda Barratt

      I’m so glad so many of you love Regency England! I’d love to write more books set in that era.

  23. Wilma Bates

    I would like to go back in time when my mother and father were children and see how they lived.

  24. Sabrina Templin

    I’d go to Italy where my great grandparents were or England where my great great grandparents were from.

    • Amanda Barratt

      London, particularly, would be fun to travel back to. It’s changed alot after the WWII bombings.

  25. Lori Smanski

    i think i would want to go back to the civil war era out west. growing up on a farm i love that environment and all things animals. i love the west and would hope that my faith could make a difference in others lives.

    • Carrie

      ooo the west during the civil war would be fascinating to visit, i think!

    • Amanda Barratt

      The Civil War era is so intriguing. I love history books and biographies about the people who lived then!

    • Amanda Barratt

      I loved watching the mini-series about John Adams. It gave me a deep appreciation for all the sacrifice that went into making American a nation.

    • Carrie

      well at least you could come back home … which means you could probably go somewhere else too 😛

    • Amanda Barratt

      I’m with you, Annie. There are too many eras to choose from! 🙂

    • Carrie

      so much was changing during that time period – it would be fascinating to visit!

  26. Jennifer Hibdon

    I would travel back to 1870’s Prussia and get to know my great grandmother’s family and friends. We know so little about them and are trying to learn more.

    • Amanda Barratt

      What a fascinating heritage! Best wishes on your search!

  27. Sharon Extine

    I would love to visit the Colonial Era or the Civil War Era.

    • Amanda Barratt

      As long as I don’t have to witness any amputations, I’d be cool with visiting the Civil War era! 🙂 I’d love to meet Stonewall Jackson and General Grant!

  28. Rebecca Maney

    I would love to go back “briefly” and witness the inauguration of our first president, George Washington and attend the prayer service afterwards . . .. then time hop back to 2017, since that lovely chapel is on the corner of the 9/11 property.

  29. shirley

    I would love to go back to 1888 America, I could meet so many members of my family.

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