Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Feature-Amanda Barratt-Moments Both Holy and Harrowing


Today we welcome author:
Amanda Barratt

One commenter will win a copy of
Amanda's book:

 The Most Eligible Bachelor Series

Scroll down to see how.


Mary here. I'm so happy Amanda, a young author, is visiting with us this weekend. I met her three years ago at one of our local ACFW meetings. She helped the leader present "how to make a one sheet". My product is a result of their presentation. Everyone went home and tweaked, but the session proved very valuable. Amanda went on to...well, I won't spill the beans, she tells you in her post below. I asked Amanda to tell us how God led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said: 



Moments Both Holy and Harrowing

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Mary! It’s been a joy and privilege to get to know you!

My journey as a writer started – like many of our journeys do – in my early teen years. 

I had just watched a film adaptation of Jane Eyre, and wrote a similar story for an assignment in school. An underprivileged servant girl, a madwoman in an attic…you might say I was plagiarizing. But in reality, I was captured by the power of the story and wanted to put words on the page with as much beauty and talent as my favorite classic authors did. 

I continued writing, on and off, for several years, imitating authors like Dickens, Bronte, Austen, and Georgette Heyer, sharing these stories with my captive group of readers – my mom and younger sister.

Though I’d grown up in a strong Christian home, I hadn’t given my heart fully to the Lord. Other things took priority – including writing my historical romances. I honestly can’t remember the exact details of how God tugged my heart towards Him, but I began to add Christian authors to my reading repertoire – Francine Rivers, Julie Klassen, and Julie Lessman – to name a few. 

As I read the stories these authors told, gleaning from the characters’ journeys of faith, my own walk with God took on a whole new dimension and I began to fall in love with Jesus. Slowly, elements of my relationship with Him found their way into my stories, and after I attended an ACFW conference, my first novel gained representation with Books and Such Literary Agency.

Without a doubt, God brought me to the place I am today, and without His beautiful grace and mercy manifesting itself in my life, I would not be an author. He has led me, carried me through moments both holy and harrowing, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude. 

I look forward to growing in Him, delighting in Him, and letting Him use me to tell stories to draw others toward a relationship with him – just as Christian fiction did for me.

Soli Deo Gloria.
Glory to God alone

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Amanda Barratt is the ECPA bestselling author of two novellas published by Barbour Publishing. Her third story, The Price of Love, releases August 2016 as part of The California Gold Rush Bride Collection, also by Barbour. Amanda fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story - a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Since then, she's penned novels set in Regency and Victorian England, and the Gilded Age. 

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, who kindly put up with the invisible people she calls characters.

These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England
    

Amanda loves to connect with readers. You can find her at:
   Facebook|Twitter
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The Most Eligible Bachelor Romance Collection
Meet nine men from bygone days who have all the qualities of a true hero and who all the single ladies wish to court—though some are unassuming and overlooked until their worth is revealed. The socialite, the architect, the doctor, the masked vigilante, the missionary, the postmaster, archaeologist, the wealthy widower, and the heir can have their pick of brides, but which one will they choose?

The Convenient Bride Collection

Join nine brides of convenience on their adventures in a variety of times and settings gone by—from a ranch in California…to the rugged mountains of Colorado…to a steamship on the Mississippi…to the dangerous excitement of the Oregon Trail…into high society of New York City. No matter the time or place, the convenient brides proceed with what must be done, taking nuptials out of necessity. . .and never dreaming that God might take their feeble attempts to secure their futures and turn them into true love stories for His glory.


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Thank you, Amanda, for joining us this weekend!

We enjoy chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, or hey.


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24 comments:

  1. What a perfect beginning to learn to write in the genre God chose for you!

    I wish I had discovered the joy of reading Christian fiction sooner. These stories sound captivating.

    Blessings to you both for a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Janice jsmithg@hotmail.com

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    1. Good morning, Janice. The sun is shining and you came to visit with Amanda and me. Looks like a good day.
      I've been especially excited to host Amanda. Seeing a young writer following God's leading is exciting. I hope you get a chance to pick up one of her books.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you, also. :)

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    2. Thank you so much for stopping by, Janice! I hope you get a chance to read some of the novellas!

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  2. Amanda is a new author for me. Both the Eligible Bachelor Collection and the Convenient Bride Collection sound right up my alley! I love clean Christian fiction. l (dot) bergh (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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    1. Yep, Amanda is a totally new author...and young. So she has a great opportunity in front of her to to write many books. I'm excited!
      Loved chatting with you, Laurie!

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    2. I too love Christian fiction, Laurie! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  3. Love reading novella's. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. I do to, Kim. Sometimes I only have time for a short story. Novellas really meet this need. Sometimes I think it's the kid in me that just likes the shorter story, too. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!!

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    2. Glad you enjoy reading novellas. Kim! I enjoy writing them!! :)

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  4. Haven't read Amanda Barratt but I am looking forward to her books. Would love to win. spotts06(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Hi Stella!
      So nice to see you here this weekend. One component I'm looking forward to is Amanda's youthful approach to stories. Her voice is fresh yet she has already learned a lot about the craft. Her books are going to be fun to read.

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    2. As well as my story, there are eight other in the collection, Stella. So you're sure to enjoy one or two of them, and hopefully discover a few new favorite authors!

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  5. Another good interview, thank you. redeemed1ru at comcast dot com

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    1. Hi Ann!
      Just wanted to tell you about the first time I saw Amanda. She was at an ACFW conference and had to have her mom with her because she was too young. The conference requires attendees to be a certain age. I first thought, what an awesome Mom to give up her time to attend the conference so her daughter could. Second, I thought what a supportive family Amanda has. Third, I thought how invested in writing Amanda must to convince her parents of her career interests.

      Isn't that cool?

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    2. Thank you so much for stopping by, Ann! Here's to hoping for a win for you! :)

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  6. So neat to read about the power of Christian fiction in Amanda's life!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I know. Right? God's tailors everything He does for each individual. He loves us that much.

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    2. Yes, Christian fiction has impacted me greatly. I feel so blessed to be able to work alongside many authors whose books I've admired for a long time!

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  7. Thank you for sharing this interview with Amanda. I especially like her statement that "He has led me, carried me through moments both holy and harrowing, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude". I have been experiencing some of the latter and He is carrying me through it all!
    Blessings,
    Connie
    cps1950 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. God knows we need to share our experiences. Like you, we all benefit from knowing someone else has walked in similar difficult situations.
      I'm so glad you stopped by to chat with Amanda and me today, Connie. :)

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    2. So blessed to hear God has been working in your life, Connie, even through difficult times. He is always faithful!

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  8. Mary, thanks for hosting Amanda - I was touched by her faith journey, as well as her writing journey. I faced a similar faith journey years ago, it is such a blessing to now have the peace of His guidance in my life and the knowledge He has everything under control - including the serious health issues with which I've been confronted in the last 1 1/2 years. I'd love to become acquainted with your writing, Amanda!! Blessings!!

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    1. Good early morning to you, Bonnie. It's snowing here so I've heated up the virtual coffee and tea. Hmmm, maybe I'll add some hot cocoa, too. Come take a seat by the fireplace and get to know Amanda better. Sounds like the two of you have much to share. :)

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    2. Thank you so much for your honesty, Bonnie! I pray God touches your life in mighty ways in the days ahead!

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