It truly is a joy to welcome Amanda Cabot to the blog once again. She is an incredibly prolific writer with 34 titles to her credit.
Here is a review of her new book from Publisher's Weekly; "Readers will enjoy the surprising ending as well as the romance always found in Cabot's books...a promising start to the series."
Welcome to An Indie Adventure, Amanda. Congrats on a great review from PW. Tell us, what inspired you to write your book A Stolen Heart?
I’ve always been intrigued by the secrets we hold and the effect they can have not only on ourselves but also – depending on their magnitude – on future generations. Add to that the conflict inherent in a Northerner coming to a small town in Texas in the aftermath of the War Between the States and Reconstruction, and I had both the overarching theme of the entire Cimarron Creek trilogy and the primary conflict in A Stolen Heart.
If you were not a writer, what vocation would you pursue?
A skydiver, a rock climber, a race car driver? No! I’m definitely not that brave. But, if I couldn’t be a writer, I’d love to be a concert pianist. Why? Music touches me in many of the same ways that a well-written book does. Unfortunately, my musical skills do not qualify me for Carnegie Hall.
Do you prefer to read in the same genre you write in, or do you avoid reading that genre? Why?
I’m a fairly eclectic reader and read in a number of different genres. No horror and limited sci fi, but I enjoy mysteries, the occasional thriller, mainstream and women’s fiction in addition to romance. Within the romance genre, I read many but not all subgenres.
How is your main character completely different than you?
Lydia is a successful candy maker, whereas I … Let’s just say that no one’s lining up to buy (or even eat) my homemade candies.
If you could live during any era of history, which one would you choose?
Even before Downton Abbey captivated the world, I thought it would be wonderful to live in early twentieth century England, provided – of course – that I was among the wealthy. That way I’d have servants, so the absence of modern conveniences like microwave ovens and food processors wouldn’t be my problem, but I’d have what appears, at least on the surface, to be an elegant and enjoyable lifestyle.
From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners—like her. Lydia won’t let that get her down, though. All will be well when she’s reunited with her fiancé.
But when she discovers he has disappeared—and that he left behind a pregnant wife—Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?
A former director of Information Technology, she has written everything from technical books and articles for IT professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for all ages. Amanda is delighted to now be a full-time writer of Christian romances, living happily ever after with her husband in Wyoming.