For What It's Worth

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day 4: The Crossroads Blog Tour & Kindle Giveaway! Amanda Ashby

I’m welcoming author Amanda Ashby to the blog today as part of The Crossroads Blog Tour!

Be sure to enter for a chance to win a KINDLE – preloaded with books from all the Crossroads Tour authors! (Details at the end of this post)



Karen: Hi Amanda! I read that it took you a while to discover that you wanted to be a writer and several false starts before you were published. What keeps you going during the rejections?

Fairy-Bad-Day-cover-final1Amanda: This sounds new-agey but at the time I really did believe I would sell a book one day (despite all the evidence to the contrary). And so there was a feeling in the pit of my stomach that forced me to keep going. Plus, I’ve always been a pretty simple person and it doesn’t take much to make me happy, so within the rejections I would always look for the positive. Like when you move from getting form rejections to personal rejections or when you get a request from a manuscript (even if it then led to a rejection), I would take each of these things and use them as a step to help me get to the next place. See, I told you it sounded very new-agey, but it really did work for me!

Karen: You write about a variety of paranormal, magical creatures & situations, which are your favorites and is there something you haven't written about yet that you would like to?

Amanda: I had such a laugh writing Zombie Queen that it definitely holds a place as one of my favorites, just because zombies lend themselves to humor so much! As for something I haven’t written about yet, I’ve always been a bit obsessed with beserkers and for years I’ve been trying to secretly sneak one into a book. It hasn’t happened yet, but I will get there one day and I imagine that the results will be pretty messy!!!

Karen: Odd random fact about you that I read on your website. You HATE bananas. Like really hate them lol Why?

Amanda: I hate bananas because they are truly evil. I hate the smell of them and I totally hate the sensation of them when they run slide down your teeth. I also can’t bear sitting near anyone that is eating a raw banana. Oh, and don’t even get me started on what they look like when they are in a fruit salad. Though, because life is ironic, my daughter LOVES bananas and insists on eating squished banana on toast. All. The. Time. It is wrong. Very, very wrong!

ZombieQueenSALESmech.inddKaren:  I LOVED Zombie Queen of Newbury High! (I'm always holding out hope for a sequel *sigh*) How do you think you would fare during a Zombie Apocalypse?

Amanda: Oh, thank you! I’m so pleased you liked Zombie Queen. Once upon a time I had planned a sequel involving Candice and Mia going undercover into a zombie lair. I might even have a first chapter written down somewhere – I must go looking for it!

Anyway, I would be terrible in a zombie apocalypse because I wouldn’t take it nearly seriously enough. My friends Caleb and Maryanne who used to work with me in the library, would always get very upset when I would laugh at their own preparations, which were very detailed and included sensible things like weapons, water, food and vehicles. Whereas my plans involve comfortable shoes, M&M’s and a companion who looks tastier than I do!!!!

Karen: I think that sounds like a very sensible plan! lol

Author links: Webiste | Blog | Twitter | Books


Grand Prize and How the Crossroads Tour works:

Each day of The Crossroads Blog Tour, a new research question will be revealed on The Crossroad Blog Tour main page and each day the answer to that question will be found within one of the different blog posts by Crossroads Tour authors. Your job is to get the question, read the blog posts, and collect all answers by the end of the tour.

Answers are to be emailed to tour host, Judith Graves by October 28th at MIDNIGHT. Winner of the grand prize will be announced on OCTOBER 31st – HALLOWEEN.

The GRAND PRIZE you’re vying for? A brand new KINDLE, preloaded with a title from each of the participating Crossroads Blog Tour Authors. That’s right folks, a free KINDLE preloaded with 13 free titles from the participating authors!

Crossroads Blog tour: Main page | Twitter
Twitter chat hosted by Mundie Moms on Monday 1/29 from 8-9 CST/ 9-10 EST

Participating bloggers:
Late Bloomer Online
A Simple Love of Reading
Scribing Shadows
For What It's Worth
Confessions of a Bookaholic
Mundie Moms Book Reviews
Most-Wanted Monsters
A Life Bound by Books


  1. The fairy and zombie book sounds so fun :D

  2. What a fun interview! And I'm wondering what "berserkers" means. ;-)
    I have Fairy Bad Day and Zombie Queen. I really need to read those soon!