Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Author Interview: Amanda Shalaby

It's time for another chance to get to know an author a little better.  Today we have author, Amanda Shalaby with us to tell us a little bit about herself and her book, Rhianna.  First, here's a bit about the book.

Upon the unexpected death of her parents, Rhianna Braden finds the enigmatic Lord Guilford Kingsley on her doorstep. He escorts her to Kingsley Manor, where family secrets and scandals begin to unfold.

Her uncommon beauty captures the attention of the dashing Lord Thayne Brighton of Ravensleigh, but Rhianna is certain, despite their mutual attraction, that he would never choose her over his wealthy intended. Meanwhile, Lady Lydia Kingsley suspects her husband’s attention to Rhianna has led to an affair between them. Events turn deadly when the truth of their relationship is discovered.

Eventually, Rhianna is forced to make a life-altering decision—while discovering that some secrets are not meant to be kept.

Now on to the interview!

Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.

My hero is of the tall, dark and handsome variety. He is the kind of man a heroine can dislike at first, but then fall head-over-heels in love with. My heroine is a curious one, and rightly so. She is surrounded by questions which no one wants to answer.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must
read" list?

For a very long time, I wanted to read Gone With The Wind. It was definitely on my "must read" list, but I can't say it's on my nightstand because I picked it up on audio! So I have 41 CDs of Gone With The Wind playing in my car right now. I love listening to audio books in my car. It makes me feel like I can be productive while traveling!

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2012?

One of the characters from Rhianna, Miss Audra Kingsley, decided she wanted to tell me her own story. I'm
currently following her through her Presentation Day at St. James in London 1836. She has plans of leaving the city the moment she is a full-fledged member of society to marry her childhood sweetheart back home, but it seems that there are gentlemen who have other plans for the heiress.

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?

One of the very first romance novels I ever read was a book by Teresa Grant (author of Imperial Scandal),
also known as Tracy Grant. My favorite comment so far is one from her. She has described Rhianna as: “An
evocative, lyrical story of romance, intrigue, and a young woman’s coming of age.” That one definitely made my day!

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

I think a lot of what my characters say and do must come from my own personality, since I'm writing their actions based on what I think they would or should do. As for life experiences, I have always enjoyed writing for the purpose of enjoying things I would not otherwise be able to experience. For instance, it is only through writing and research that I am able to experience the joys of a post-Regency, English country ball!

Please share about your book

Rhianna is something of a rags-to-riches story of a girl who despite a loveless childhood finds her way to true
love through family, friends and a particular, dark-haired gentleman. But Rhianna is really more than a love
story. There is a strong mystery surrounding her early years, the secrets of which, as the back cover will tell you, were just not meant to be kept.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Rhianna means a lot to me for many reasons, but its existence is owed entirely to my grandmother who inspired me to write it. So I hope you would read it for her, and for special grandmother's everywhere!


  1. Thank you for a great interview, ladies! I agree with you, Amanda; as an author, we get to experience interesting things through our characters. An English country ball sound very nice to me right now! :)

  2. Thank you, Deborah! And I agree - an English country ball, and a dark-haired gentleman sounds pretty good!



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