Amanda Dykes is a drinker of tea, dweller of redemption, and spinner of hope-filled tales. She spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family, who love a good blanket fort and a stack of read-alouds. Give her a rainy day, a candle to read by, an obscure corner of history to dig in, and she’ll be happy for hours.
Currently working on a new novel for Bethany House Publishers, she is also the author of the critically acclaimed Bespoke: a Tiny Christmas Tale, a contributing author to The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection, and enjoys connecting with her readers at her website, as well as on Facebook and Instagram.
Welcome to the blog, Amanda. I’m so happy to have you join us. Congratulations on your upcoming release with Bethany House Publishers. I’m so excited to read it!
Thank you for having me, Savanna! I loved getting to meet you last fall, and it’s an honor and joy to spend this time with you.
I loved meeting you too! 🙂 So thrilled to welcome you here today.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
In second grade, my teacher took stories that we had all written, and using her sewing machine, bound them each into individual volumes so that we would have our own “published work”. I have always loved to write, but that’s the first vivid memory I have of experiencing the thrill of a bound book in my hands that I’d scribbled some words in… and wondering if maybe someday, I might be able to keep doing that. Teachers are incredible inspiration and influences in fostering hope and dreams– so thank you, to all the teachers out there!
What a special gift and beautiful memory. Sounds like she was an unforgettable teacher.
What is your upcoming book about?
I love every part of your description. Can. Not. Wait.
Which heroine from any story would you like to be? Why?
What do you love most about the state you live in?
That’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing that perspective.
What’s one of your favorite books on the writing craft?
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
One thing I haven’t shared online yet is that this upcoming novel release with Bethany House– it will actually have a prequel novella coming out just ahead of it, to invite folks in to the fabric of the life in and around the coastal town that I can’t wait to introduce you to. Look for it in Spring of 2019– I can’t wait for readers to come populate this village! That’s a ways off though, so if anyone would like updates along the way, please feel free to come join the merry band of newsletter subscribers (here: http://amandadykes.com/
That’s all so exciting, Amanda. I’m looking forward to following your stories as God continues to lead you. Hugs!!