hl_blue: :_unlooks_ It is all of us that are interviewing her together. You cannot keep Amanda all to yourself Naaki. Even if you are the king and she is the Queen she belongs to everybody and she belongs to nobody
amanda: lol! Children. Don’t fight. Stay on the queue.
naaki: Is it not Uncle Efe that wants to jump the queue?
amanda: Best part of editing : Reading a story that gives you all the feels and even if it’s riddled with typos, you just KNOW that you have a gem on your hands.
Worst part of editing has to be when people send in pieces with zero respect for punctuation or the verb-noun agreement. Literary cancer.
hl_blue: It’s weird how your worst and best parts are actually close. Thin line between love and hate. You have it, or you don’t. Whatever Amanda says “it” is.
naaki: You forgot to mention the cankerworm that is the will-would disconnect.
hl_blue: Naaki has come with her OCD again. Allow these will-would children to flourish and reproduce.
hl_blue: No no no!!! Let’s end the interview now! Ha. All of us? And none of us? Is that how it is for you and your authors and books? Surely you have a favorite author or book.
amanda: Hahaha! That’s different, now. You guys are like the cast of Friends. All equally awesome except for Chandler who’s more awesome than the others. (I’m Chandler, of course. I mean, could I BE any more like Chandler?)
hl_blue: Tell us your authors of love please, Amanda. Naaki accept your grief in the corner. I am dealing myself.
amanda:Okay. Jane Austen, who penned my favorite book of all time (Pride and Prejudice). Marian Keyes. Sefi Atta. Oscar Wilde. P. G. Wodehouse. Chuma Nwokolo. Ted Dekker. Chinua Achebe (staple on everyone’s list). C. S. Lewis.
amanda: What feels right. I like to get the feel of sentences and how they fit into the piece as a whole, the tone they produce and the effect they create for the rest of the story. There’s a science to these things. I think.
amanda:Lol! Animals don’t like me, as a rule. Piglets, I like.
hl_blue: But Amanda, you said there was this cat on your street that liked you a lot. And this piglet thing is very disturbing if you also like bacon.
amanda:Unrequited love, with the cat. Because, you know, I’m a heartbreaker and all.
edgothboy: Hahaha. We know from your twitter that your love for literature is strongly intertwined with your love for music. So give us your pick for the five most beautiful songs ever written. Emphasis on lyrics.
amanda: Gosh. This is so hard. Let me amend your question a bit. These are not necessarily the most beautiful songs of all time, but they’re the ones I can think of now. In no particular order:
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – The Hollies
Dreaming With A Broken Heart – John Mayer Every track by Otis Redding A Case of You – Joni Mitchell Drops of Jupiter – Train Stubborn Love – The Lumineers Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
Ugh. It’s like Sophie’s Choice. I feel broken.
edgothboy: Switch Maroon 5 for something from Regina Spektor and that’s a pretty spot on list.
hl_blue: Sorry dear Amanda. Come for healing here hugs
Let’s take you back to the beginning of your interview. You said you love words. Tell us how early you started reading, writing, editing… Tell us about some of your own work that’s close to your heart. Any landmark posts you wrote you really liked?
amanda: My parents swear that I was reading before I was one, but they may have had a bottle of Guinness each before that conversation, so. But I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have my nose in a book. I remember getting a carton of books for my 4th birthday – Lantern books, Heinmann books, fluffy stuff like that.
As for writing, my sister and I used to do this thing in primary school where we would write novels in 80 leaves notebooks. They weren’t very good, but it was a hobby of ours.
When I was in primary six, I had a couple of stories published in an anthology-type children’s book. That was nice.
Editing – I can’t even say when. I think it’s something I grew up with while reading books – things would jar me in the story and I would write footnotes about how that element could be better/different. I’m a dork. I know.
Landmark posts – I don’t think I’ve ever written anything that’s purely fiction. Everything I write is a retelling of events in my life or that of someone close to me. But the piece I do remember liking is one I wrote for the Hobbing Post called The Office of The President. (Read that here CLICK)
hl_blue: Really adorable. Those glasses. Sighs. Amanda, do we have a dashing young man in the shadows jealously watching over his pretty flower as she gives her interview on this site? This is my last question I promise.
amanda: Haha! No, that mythical creature does not exist.
hl_blue: We will ask you that question again next year but for now, it’s time for your Russian roulette post challenge. Pick any theme from the following: war, loss, romance, and serendipity.
amanda: Ah. Uncle Efe, do you know something I don’t know?
So your Russian roulette challenge is to write a 5 line (maximum) story on the spot (by on the spot we mean, put down that cup of tea and face this) involving serendipity but without mentioning the word. Your time starts now.
amanda: I didn’t want to say ‘romance’ because I was trying to fight the power.
hl_blue: All this your dancing back and forth is to buy time abi?
You cannot change your answer from serendipity after serendipitously finding out why your answer was needed
amanda:She was waiting for the bus when her phone buzzed and she pulled it out to find that it was a spam email. She looked up just as the bus flew past, and she instinctively dashed after it. She wasn’t looking, so she slammed into something solid and would’ve fallen if not for the strong arm that caught her. She looked up and met his eyes. He looked back into her eyes and smiled.
Lol! It’s still a romance story. I must have my way.
hl_blue: Lovely story Amanda, at least for those of us who are buff and muscle tight. The rest of you lean guys can literally fall back and fall to the pavement and remain there if Amanda jams you with her lorries of blessing.
Thank you very much for your time with us here Amanda. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you!
hl_blue: LOL. Wait! I didn’t even see what I did there!
I plead the 5th. OK Bye
Phew! Congratulations on making it to the end of this long interview! As usual if there are any additional questions you have for Amanda (notice how many times we called her name in the interview? We love her name) please make yourselves comfortable in the comments section and she will reply as best as she can.
Naaki will be pusblished next here on Wednesday and we hope you are back here to read. See you then!