I met Mandy on Facebook through a mutual friend. I hadn’t gotten the chance to know her very well, so when I had more author interview space, I was eager to schedule her!
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I was born and raised in Houma, Louisiana. I am an oilfield wife and momma to three beautifully amazing kids. I love to read and have been reading as long as I can remember. Books have always been my escape.
2. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I want to be able to write and share the stories in my head to readers everywhere. I love creating characters and bringing them to life. I just want to write.
3. When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?
I started my first book in sixth grade. Writing was always a hobby. I picked up and put down so many different stories without sticking one out. I would just write what was in my head and didn’t get beyond that. About two years ago, I decided to stick it out. I was working in medical billing and knew I wanted to achieve something more, something I loved. My first published book, Need, was born and completed.
4.Do you have any writing quirks?
I need to have background noise while I’m writing. Usually, I have the TV on mute and music playing. I also write better with pen and paper instead of directly on my computer. I write scenes as they play in my mind on paper before transferring to my computer and developing the whole story.
5. What have you written and where can we buy or see them?
6. What are you working on at the minute?
I am working on Give The Landrys Book Three. This book is Rylan and Jordan’s story. I am also part of an upcoming anthology.
7. What genre are your books and what draws you to that genre?
I write contemporary romance. I love the initial meeting of a couple and the adventure they go through to get their happy ever after.
8. Why do you write?
I write because I have a whole other world in my head that needs a place to go. I envision characters and their stories and bring them to life. I love talking books with authors and readers alike. The book community is where I feel I actually fit in and am meant to be.
9. Where do your ideas come from?
I’m not really sure where they come from. I just think of different scenarios that could happen in life and spin it into a pretty cool story.
10. Do you work from an outline or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I prefer just to see where an idea takes me. I tried an outline and realized rather quickly that wasn’t the way to go for me. I like to jump from chapter to chapter, add and delete along the way before the whole book comes together.
11. What is the hardest thing about writing?
The details. It’s easy to come up with a general idea for a book. It’s easy to write part of chapters describing certain scenes, but the little details that go into each chapter is where the mind has to work the hardest.
12. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I can read a book a day. I’m an addict to books. I love Lani Lynn Vale. I think she is amazing. Esther E. Schmidt is absolutely awesome. She is a beast with words. Lila Rose is amazing.
Need is my first ever published book!
The things I’ve seen, the things I’ve lived through, left me with scars, both physical and mental. I was closed off to people, not wanting to make attachments that I knew would break. I had friends and someone I considered family, but I didn’t let myself need anyone. Then, there he was. I felt high when I was with him and like nothing could touch me. It was a crazy, insane, have me committed type of situation.
Growing up with five siblings and awesome parents, I knew what love and support was. I was surrounded in it. I listened to my mom explain to us that we would find the one, and I believed her. I believed in love. I just didn’t realize it would happen so soon. Then, there she was. I knew right away she was my one. I needed her, but would she let herself need me?