Author: Amanda Shofner

More Scarlet Tales (and #FitReaders)

Posted January 10, 2017 by Amanda Shofner in Dogs are magical
More Scarlet Tales (and #FitReaders)

By now, it’s no secret: I’m rather fond of Scarlet, my dog. What you may not know (unless maybe you follow my occasional Instagram stories or Scarlet’s account) is that we frequently go on walks. But Mom, I want to sniff THIS TREE. We’re out every day as long as the weather permits. We can tackle just […]

Amanda’s plans for 2017

Posted January 3, 2017 by Amanda Shofner in Amanda's words, Goal Tracking
Amanda’s plans for 2017

I started 2016 full of intentions and plans for publishing. I’d finished the first draft of Redemption in November 2015, and figured I could push it out into the world at some point in 2016. That didn’t happen. But other, amazing things happened. We adopted Scarlet. I traveled to Alaska and nurtured my love for […]

My word for 2017: upcycle

Posted January 1, 2017 by Amanda Shofner in Unapologetically Amanda
My word for 2017: upcycle

I hadn’t intended to choose a word for 2017… and then I made breakfast. It started with Tater tots, as most good things do. I put my last food of 2016 (loaded Tater tots) into a frying pan, added a couple eggs, and made myself a breakfast burrito. It was delicious, and the perfect start […]

Historical Fiction — The Mystery Edition

Posted December 29, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in My bookish life
Historical Fiction — The Mystery Edition

Now that I’m no longer posting on my book blog, one of my goals has been to share what I’m reading, especially when it involves books I’ve checked out from the library. If I don’t buy a book, I want to support the author by talking about the book. (Psst. This is something I encourage […]

A case for reading the genre you write

Posted December 20, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Book Marketing, Writing
A case for reading the genre you write

Especially if it’s romance. (Seriously. Romance is one of the most misunderstood genres out there.) So here’s the thing about genre: It’s a framework. Within each genre are conventions that readers expect (and want) to see. We seek our favorite genres for the predictability of the plot, and we admire writers who twist conventions to create […]