Writing Romance: Amanda E. Alvarez (Interview & Giveaway)

Secrets of a Book Lover

I'm so happy to introduce my next guest for our series, Writing Romance, Amanda E. Alvarez!  Amanda is the author of a new novel, Hunting Human.  It was the first shifter novel I ever read and I have to say, I loved it!  You can see my review of Hunting Human here.

Hi Amanda!  Thank you so much for joining me on Secrets of a Book Lover!

*Thanks again for having me!

Hunting Human is your first novel. Did you have the entire story planned from beginning to end or did it develop as you were writing it?

*It developed as I was learning about the writing process. I started with the idea of my heroine, Beth, running through the woods and began to spiral out from there. As I learned more and more about plot, structure and characterization, the novel became clearer to me. I did have the majority of it planned prior to writing the bulk of it.

The characters in Hunting Human are well developed and believable. I especially loved the relationships within Braden's family. Did those relationships stem from relationships within your own family?

*Not really. I love my family and am very close to them but all of the relationships and characters in Hunting Human are based totally in my imagination. But I loved, loved, LOVED writing the Edwards clan and I look forward to playing within that dynamic again.

Beth and Braden's relationship is complicated and takes time to develop which is different than many romance novels. How did you decide how their relationship would progress?

*I determined how the relationship would progress based on Beth’s experiences and needs. Beth has had a horribly traumatic few years and she’s struggling. Much as she liked Braden, much as she wanted to be with him, give him the benefit of the doubt, she couldn’t just snap her fingers and make everything disappear. She had two fights to confront. One against the villain of the book and the other within herself.

Will we be seeing more of Beth and Braden in future novels?

*I have books planned for each Edwards sibling, so yes! I expect we will see more of Beth in Braden.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an author?

*Finding the time and motivation to write. I work full time in a day job so writing time can be scarce… and when I do have the time, I’m not always in the mood so I find that I’ve got to build a schedule and stick to it… just like in any other job.

If you had one piece of advice to give to an aspiring writer, what would it be?

*Don’t talk about writing. Do it. And then when you’re done, learn, really learn how to edit. How to take feedback and criticism and force yourself to get better.

Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us! It was an honor to have you!

*I was so honored you asked! Thanks for having me!

Amanda has been so kind as to offer an eBook copy of her novel, Hunting Human, to one lucky reader! All you have to do to enter is be a follower (GFC, RSS or email subscriber) and answer the following question in a comment, then fill out the form below:

What is the best shifter/werewolf novel you have read?  If you haven't read one, just tell me which one you want to read first.

Please note that a comment with your answer is required to enter but your entry will not count unless you fill out the form.

Good luck and happy reading!

*Giveaway is open to US residents only and will run until 11:59 pm EST on July 15, 2011. Winner will be drawn using random.org and will be announced on July 18, 2011. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply at which time the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn.


  1. I love shifters! I'm a huge fan of Patricia Briggs, both her Mercy Thompson series and even more, her Alpha & Omega series, which is probably my favorite right now. I also recently read Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison and adored it.

    I've been wanting to try Hunting Human. Best wishes on the release.

    jen at delux dot com

  2. I can't really think of any titles of any shifter werewolves books I read lately. I like Shiver, Linger and can't wait to read Forever. But I would be willing to read any type of shifter novels. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  3. The best werewolf/shifter novel I have read would be any of Christine Feehan's Carpathian or Jaguar novels-she makes the characters appear so human yet sexily animalistic at the same time. Thank you for this giveaway, this novel looks like a great read! GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18 AT gmail DOT com

  4. Great interview! I'm so excited to hear Amanda will be doing more with these characters. I really enjoyed Hunting Human!

    Jen at Red Hot Books

  5. LorettaLynn/TemepranceJune 30, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Hmm as of right now im going to say Mercy Thompson
    Thoses are really great!! Thank you for the giveaway!!!!

  6. I can't pick a favorite because I love so many. I will say that Blood and Chocolate was the first one that I read and fell in love with. It's still one of my favoriet books.


  7. Favorite shifter series would have to be the Anita Blake Series. There are some really HOT men in that series, but I like some of the female shifters too (Cherry). Shifters are definitely my favorite being in the paranormal realm.

  8. My favorite shifter series is Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs. Its a must buy for me. Other favvorites are Riley Jensen by Keri Arthur (she does some wonderful shifter series). thank you for the interview and giveaway. Would love a chance to read Amanda's work.

  9. Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, its got shifters and vamps and fey oh my!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Blood and Chocolate
    and the Mercy Thompson Series

    Awesome giveaway!

  11. What is the best shifter/werewolf novel you have read?

    Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

  12. I have Moon Called on my to be read shelf. I've heard nothing but good things about it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  13. That's a really hard question. I love the lycans in Cole's IAD series, in Kenyon's Dark-hunter series, and the changelings in Singh Psy/Changeling series to name an few.

  14. I haven't read any, I need some suggestions!

    kpuleski at gmail dot com

  15. Wow I dont know who is my favorite. Patricia Briggs, or Kenyon. Both are great!

  16. Ugh.. this is hard :/ But im going with intertwined by Gena Showalter :))

  17. My favorite would have to be Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne

  18. Fav. Shifter book?
    Wallflower, by Dana Marie Bell

    Thank you for the giveaway!


    GFC Follower-AimeeKay

  19. Anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Angela Knight. I love their shifter books. I also really enjoyed Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear.


    GFC Follower-lindsaywolford


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