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Family Sins by Amanda Summerbell - Book Tour

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You wouldn’t think a kid who was kidnapped and sold for drug money could have her life turned around when she tried to steal a can of survival supper from a convenience store, but this one did.
Sixteen-year-old Kat Menninger’s mother died when she was seven, leaving her in the care of an abusive, drunk father in a shack in Longview, West Virginia.  When Kat is busted shoplifting dinner at a convenience store, local cop Ed Stein gives her a choice: do time, or enter a program for troubled youth, assisting the elderly.  She chooses the latter, and is paired up with Delilah Grand, a former Vegas showgirl with crippling arthritis.
Kat begins to feel safe in Delilah’s home. She changes her dark, grunge look back to the original bright, blond girl she was, and stops skipping school.  She also lands a part-time job at a local bookstore and befriends a co-worker who eventually asks her out. Her newfound confidence is lost, though, when a routine locker search at school yields a copious amount of marijuana. Will running away land her in more trouble than Delilah or even Ed can help get her out of this time?

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Author Interview

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?
Definitely would have to be The Yearling.
  1. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
I’ve had great luck writing books in 30 days, during Nanowrite.  I think the pressure drives me.  But my other novels have taken at least 6 months.
  1. How do you select the names of your characters?
I usually pick names first and craft the character around the name, which is probably the opposite of what most people do.  I have my husband’s name and my children’s names in a couple of my books as well.
  1. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
I’d have to say a panther, because it is the symbol of the mother, which I am first and foremost.  It is also protective.  I am very protective of my family.
  1. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
Too many to choose from but I’d have to say Rebecca, The Shawshank Redemption, Casino, Goodfellas, and Gone with the Wind.
  1. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
I hope I never have to figure that out LOL.
  1. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
As a kid, I wanted to be friends with Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird.  And I thought it would be awesome to hang out with Nancy Drew and solve mysteries.  
  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write for the love of writing and do not get caught in what you will do with the story when it’s done.  I have done that time after time and it never yields good results.  It takes away from the story.
  1. What book do you wish you had written?
Probably Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, because it is such a well-crafted, creepy story with amazing imagery.  I would love to write like her.
  1. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! :)
1.       I have 4 awesome kids, all girls.
2.       I love food, and can eat a huge amount of it.
3.       I am a huge germophobe.
4.       I love old movies.
5.       Dean Martin is my favorite old singer.
6.       I love dogs.
7.       I want to live by the beach if I ever retire.
8.       I was a big tomboy as a kid.
9.       I’m extremely short.
10.   I am a coffee snob.



About the Author

Amanda Summerbell is a native Northern Virginian (Fairfax). She received a Smith Corona for her ninth birthday, and would write stories to sell to her neighbors.  At the age of 10, she got her first rejection from Bantam Doubleday.
She now has a BA from George Mason University, is a West Virginia wife and mother of four daughters. Amanda enjoys gardening, and she’s a total foodie, so if you have a favorite recipe, she’s sure to want it.
Music and old movies are something she enjoys (Dean Martin is her favorite!) and if there’s a crime show on, she wants to watch it. Both interests help her with her writing, which is still what she loves doing most. She primarily writes thriller, suspense, and paranormal stories. Her favorite writers are Daphne Du Maurier, Mary Higgins Clark, and Heather Graham.
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