Interview and Excerpt with Amanda Nennig

When did you realize that
you wanted to become a writer? 

When
I began writing a scene that caused me to smile all the way through. It felt
amazing to be the cause of that happiness like so many other authors have been
for me with their stories.   


What was the very first
thing you ever wrote? 
If
I don’t include the awful song lyrics I tried writing as a kid, it is Never
Again. The first in the Book of Origins series, it’s my first true attempt at
writing and my first published novel. I had fun writing it and just want to
know if others enjoy my twist on an over-crowded genre.

What was the inspiration
for your book? 
After
reading so many stories that portray vampires as a whole as monsters I began
wondering what it would be like if they really weren’t. Then one night a
co-worker mentioned rewriting a story if you don’t like it and I just couldn’t
help myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the books I’ve read, but I needed
to know if making vampires victims would work. And it did. With help from my
medical background vampirism became a disease you can cure, so hunters no
longer have to kill the vampires infected. Instead they can save them.

How much of your
characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally? 
Most of them. To seem more
realistic I put in lots of my own likes and dislikes for the main character
Hannah. The other characters that share the names of people I know personally
have a little bit of them as well. The rest I just tried to make different to
add dimension to the story. And as for names, all derive from either people I
know or people from my family tree with the exception of Hannah. I just really
love the name and my husband didn’t for our daughters, so I found a different
way to use it.

Describe your main
character in six words.
 
Wow. Well, first, Hannah is
loyal, guarded
but passionate, and
a gifted fighter and leader. Second,
John is chivalrous, fiercely protective,
gorgeous,
and dangerous yet safe.

Describe the world you’ve
created in six words.
 
It parallels ours but has a hidden and misunderstood
past resulting in victimized vampires.

What are you working on
now? 
Family Again, volume
two in the Book of Origins series. A continuation of volume one, the characters
discover secrets that lead them to Central Europe and an encounter with the
first vampire. After given an ultimatum one character leaves with the first
vampire to save the others but whether it’s as a guest or prisoner, no one
knows.

Goals? Accomplishments? Improvements? 
Get volume two out before the end of 2018! At the
rate it’s going it feels like it will take forever. Too much life drama and
writer’s block has slowed my inspiration so if I can keep that deadline I’ll be
ecstatic.

Are there any authors or books you
recommend?
Well, as I like
a variety of genres, for authors my first thoughts are Steve Martini’s The
List, Nelson DeMille’s The Lion’s Game, Elizabeth Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries
and World series, and Roxie Rivera’s Russian Protector books. I have re-read
many of these books and still can’t get them out of my head.

What’s your favorite
thing to do when you’re not writing?
Reading
for sure, but if I’m too frustrated at life then it’s easier to binge watch TV
shows on Netflix than to pick my next book to read.

 NEVER AGAIN, BOOK OF ORIGINS VOLUME ONE EXCERPT
          Ringing….ringing….ringing….”Hi
John. Checking in are we?” asked Price.
          “Good morning to you too,
Price.” I answered halfheartedly.
          “Uh oh, you don’t sound too
enthused. Have you talked to Hannah yet like I advised?”
          “Yes, I did. We met for coffee
yesterday, but didn’t have the opportunity to buy any.”
          “What happened?” Price asked
with concern in his voice.
          “Well…we, ah, linked hands and
then something strange happened to both of us. I’d rather not get into detail
right now, but, needless to say, we spent the entire day and night together.
She only left a little while ago to get ready for work.”
          “And now you have to suffer with
a painful heart until you see her again, am I right?”
          “Completely, and I can’t take
anything to numb the pain because you know what happens.”
          “Yes. I remember you tried that
in the sixties and seventies. Not one medication or narcotic worked. Your blood
just diluted everything; same for the alcohol. You tried so hard to get drunk
during Woodstock but it barely affected you.” Price said, reminiscing to
when he was a child and my secret was under the care of his father before being
passed to him.
          “And some would say that is an
advantage, but not if you are drinking to numb the pain.” Sighing heavily,
we both let brief silence linger before I continued. “Have you found
anything in the books yet?”
          “I haven’t translated much else
but found a lead on another book. There’s just one problem. I called the
college library in Virginia I traced it to and they haven’t been able to locate
that book for over a decade. It was last checked out and returned by an Andrew
Jacobs but, since it was technically returned, they couldn’t say he still had
it. It was deemed lost in the system.”
          “Price, did I really hear you say
the words Virginia and Jacobs?” I asked skeptically.
          “Why? Is there something I should
know?” Price asked, sounding more hopeful than he did before.
          “Hannah is from Virginia and when
I researched her parents deaths the names that came up were….” I paused
for a second, almost not believing what I was about to say. “They were
Penelope and Andrew Jacobs.” And then dead silence ensued.
          “Do you think she knows – ?”
Price began.
          Quickly interrupting his train of
thought, I retorted “no….well, I don’t know. Maybe. She hasn’t given me
any reason to believe she would.”
          “Okay, let’s forget I asked. But
if these two Andrews are one and the same then let’s say for arguments sake
that somehow he still had the book. With him dead his belongings would resort
to Hannah. Is there any chance she would still have it in her possession?”
          Letting this hypothetical talk sink in
I closed my eyes and pinched the bridge of my nose. Knowing that this missing
book could hold the key to a future with Hannah I told Price where to
find
her.
          “Price, you will find Hannah at
the Jefferson Memorial Library this morning. I think she is done at noon but
you best leave now in case you do find it. Chances are she has the book or at
the least knows its whereabouts. She may have had a hard life with her father
but based on how she talked about him this morning she loved him and wouldn’t
just let everything go. I am positive she has kept some things to remember her
parents by.”
          Stunned Price said, “Now I think
I am hearing things, though it could be my getting older. Did you say Jefferson
Memorial Library?”
          “Yes. Why?”
          “I know you don’t believe in
coincidences but how about fate or destiny because I am already there,” he
answered.
          “You must be joking. Tell me you
are joking, Price.” I snapped at him.
          “Before you called I was already
coming up to the library entrance. There is a reference for a student’s paper I
need to crosscheck before entering a final grade. Like I said, maybe it’s fate
or destiny. Maybe we are meant to look inside that book. Otherwise why would
Hannah and I be in the same place at the same time?”
          “You are probably right, as
usual. Well, when you get inside look for a woman with deep chestnut hair, big
sea blue eyes, and a heart shaped face. She will be the most beautiful one
there,” I advised Price, smiling as I did so. Just the thought of her was
making my heart go wild but at least it didn’t hurt.
          “Alright, I will try to be
tactful but depending on how much she knows I can’t promise anything. You know,
if we are lucky she would have tucked the book away on a shelf that rarely sees
visitors. A library this size would be the perfect hiding place for a book you
don’t want found.”
          “Yes, I suppose it would. Well
you best get in there and be careful on approaching her. Her past is something
she doesn’t openly share with others.”
          “I see. But, ah, she did with
you?” Price softly asked, not sure if he should have in the first place.
          “Yes, she did. But I will give
you details after you get that book. I need to know what our options are,”
I replied.
          “Okay, I won’t press you further
but don’t sit by the phone waiting. I will call you after I’m done here. Bye
John.”
          “Good bye.” Ending the phone
call several emotions ran through me at once. I was elated at being so close to
this book Price says could be the key to everything, but was also
apprehensive
about what it will tell us. Most of all I feared that Hannah may know about the
world I was born into, making me wonder if she would accept me for who I am no
matter our
feelings for
each other. I suppose we shall find out soon enough.
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