by Amanda Usen Writing endings is my least favorite part of writing a book. By the end of the book, the hero and heroine have usually exhausted themselves and me by alternately fighting and making up until they are forced to come to a grand epiphany that will allow them to acknowledge their oh-tragic flaws… Read More
Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one gerbil, four fish, a Russian tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.
Brazen authors Gina Gordon and Amanda Usen talk seduction…as in how they seduce their stories out of their heads and hearts! Amanda: Oh, the headache and the heartbreak of the writing process! I’m one of those seat-of-the-pants writers. Every time I try to plot out a book ahead of time, it veers off in another… Read More
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It’s Historical Mystery Award Season!
Spring seems to be the season for historical fiction and mystery writing awards: the Lefty (awarded at Left Coast Crime), the Agatha (Malice Domestic), the Edgar (Mystery Writers of America), and my new favorite, the Benjamin Franklin (Independent Book Publishers Association, aka IBPA). I’m excited to share the news that FANNY NEWCOMB AND THE IRISH… Read More