Friday, 2 September 2011

Amanda Strong Interview

                                         We have the lovely Amanda Strong over to talk with us today.


Your book With Just One Click has a slight edge to it as I have never read a book based on social networking sites. What made you decide to write a book based on this topic?
Over the past few years, I heard stories about Facebook from friends or friends of friends; the stories never changed just the people. The universal situations of love, friendship, and betrayal on Facebook were fascinating to me. I wanted to further explore those relationships and expose the good, the bad, and ugly of social networking in a novel without naming any names. 

Are you a Facebook addict?
No, I’m far from being a Facebook addict. When I first began writing this book, I think I was the total opposite. To be totally honest, in the beginning, I sometimes would half kiddingly say, “Facebook ruins lives.” After writing the book, I actually changed my opinion, because I realized social networking gives you a tool to communicate with other people, but the user themselves have to be responsible for their own actions. When you see close friends being affected by the temptation of any social networking site, I think it’s natural to have some negative thoughts. I don’t think a Facebook addict could have written this book, because they would be too close to the situation. 

I have found as a book reviewer that social networking sites are a great way to advertise my blog and books which I enjoy. Have you found that social networking sites have helped to publicise your books in any way? 
Most definitely, I think social networking is a great tool to publicize the book by introducing yourself to an audience that you otherwise would’ve never met. Before I had a personal account on Facebook and never really posted. Now that I have written a novel, I have a Facebook page for myself as an author, and I post updates and news. This type of communication and exposure is priceless, pretty ironic when you think about the stories in, with just one click.

Are you currently working on your next novel or do you have any ideas for your next novel you can share with us? 
I’m still focused on this novel, because I don’t want to leave these characters just yet. I also want to know I gave it my all publicizing this book before venturing onto another project. I actually have a couple ideas floating around in my head but can’t go into more detail just yet.
What was the last book you finished reading and would you recommend it? 
I just finished Elin Hilderbrand’s, Silver Girl. I would definitely recommend this book…classic chick lit with a very timely story set in beautiful Nantucket. I enjoyed the emotional roller coaster of each character, and won’t give away anything else but to say it was a touching novel with an ending that struck a cord with me on a personal level.

If you were stuck on a desert Island what would be your 3 key items you couldn’t live without?
A stockpile of paper and pens, and my mascara (if I got rescued, I’d like to look my best :-) .)

So Followers you have read the review on this unique book, you have learned a little more about the author so surely there is only one more thing to do.... go and buy the book!!
ALTHOUGH

AMANDA STRONG HAS KINDLY AGREED TO A GIVE AWAY ON OUR BLOG SO FOR ONE LUCKY WINNER THIS BOOK COULD BE ON IT'S WAY TO YOU!!! HEAD OVER TO THE GIVE AWAY TAB ABOVE AND FILL OUT THE FORM TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN!!

8 comments:

  1. I'm so excited about the giveaway! I'll keep my fingers crossed!

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  2. I would Bring a ereader with alot of books on them on how to survive on an Island. Second fresh water,last some junk food. haha You diddent say how many of those 3 things if they come in a bindle lol. I can't wait I hope i win. Joannie jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com

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  3. The Facebook/Twitter conundrum. I think promotion of books work even better on Twitter because there's so many book bloggers and book lovers on Twitter.

    Amanda's book sounds really original. I mean, has anyone written a book about how Facebook/Twitter affects our relationships?

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  4. I have to say Zoe this is a first for me when it comes to the whole twitter/facebook thing and I do think it worked pretty well.

    Joannie like the way your stretching the rules there hun!!

    Good Luck Margaret !!!
    xxx

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  5. I'm more tempted now to read this book, and not just because of the giveaway. Amanda sounds like an amazing woman and writer.

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  6. She is very friendly and a very talented lady Marlena Good luck in the give away xx

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  7. luving the concept of this book! i have had a life changing experience via social networking, so do value what i avlbl. and as a writer i know this is a much promoted platform... would luv the book! thanks for a grt interview and the generous gvwy '')
    following on twitter @_eHope
    on goodreads 'writer....'

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  8. from one agatha fan to another '') !!
    HapPy Reading!

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