Blog Tour: Yesterday & The Locket by Amanda Tru – Interview & Giveaway

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Yesterday

Her yesterday was five years ago. What will her tomorrow bring?

When HANNAH KRAEGER saves a family injured in a car accident, she has no idea she has changed events in the past. Waking the next morning, Hannah discovers her yesterday was really five years ago.

Each trip Hannah takes through time changes the timeline and her own life. With help from DR. SETH MCALLISTER, Hannah must unravel the mystery of why she time travels and who she actually is before the strange ability costs her future, the man she loves, and even her life.

YESTERDAY is a thrilling Christian Romantic Suspense filled with unexpected twists, mystery, and romance.

 

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The Locket

Hannah suddenly finds that she has time travelled once again, but this time is different. After helping save a woman’s life, Hannah discovers that she has completely altered the timeline and thrown her very existence into jeopardy.

Facing life-threatening effects upon returning to her own time, Hannah is then given a death sentence: if she time travels again, she will die. Now, Hannah must solve the clues to her own identity and find a way to save her own life before she is once again sent spiraling through time.

Will her mother’s locket hold the key to both her past and her future? Has she just found the love of her life only to lose him? Could God have a plan for Hannah amidst the chaos?

 

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amanda tAuthor Amanda Tru

Although I loved my job as an elementary school teacher, I am now very blessed to be mommy to three adorable little boys and living my dream of being an author.
I have a vivid imagination and have always been easily entertained by the stories in my head. Fortunately, I also love to paint those pictures with words. I like writing a wide variety of genres, and my current book list includes everything from a Christian time travel / romance series, to an action-packed suspense, to a romance involving a woman who likes to anonymously play matchmaker.

Although I enjoy historical, Christian, paranormal, suspense, and everything in between, my books all have one thing in common–I love to surprise my readers with the unexpected. I currently have 7 books available for kindle, nook, and paperback.

My family and I live in a small Idaho town where the number of cows outnumbers the number of people.

 

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Interview

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

I’d definitely prefer the past to the future.  I love history.  It would be incredible to actually see and experience some of the events that have so shaped our world today.  It would definitely need to be a roundtrip though.  I’m too attached to modern conveniences to want to stay in the past.  Visiting the future doesn’t really appeal to me.  Too scary. 🙂

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I have a long list of books to be written.  Sometimes it’s almost overwhelming to think of all the goals I have.  I have at least two different series to add books to and a few other stand-alone novels to write.  I just published a romantic suspense novella called, The Assumption of Guilt, and I am currently working on Book 4 in the Yesterday series.  It’s called, The Choice.  However, the book I’m most looking forward to finishing writing is a historical romance set during the Great Depression.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?

I can’t remember when I first knew I wanted to be a writer.  It’s always just been a part of who I am, but actually achieving it often seemed an impossible dream.  I was extremely shy growing up and have always had the ability to entertain myself with my imagination.  Making up stories in my head was, and still is, one of my favorite past-times. Now I just get to write down the stories to share.  Though I had started and stopped many novels, I was inspired by my sister to actually finish one.  My first completed novel started as a birthday gift for her.

 

 

If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be? Without a doubt, the world I’d like to live in most would be Narnia.  I remember my parents reading aloud the Chronicles of Narnia when I was a child.  I’ve reread them as an adult, and my imagination is still captivated by the world C.S. Lewis created.

 

What is your dream cast for your book?

While writing this series, I’ve always pictured Matthew Mcconaughey in the role of Seth McAllister.  For the role of Seth’s best friend, Wayne Hawkins, I think either Bradley Cooper or Channing Tatum would be good candidates. Katherine Heigl would make a good Katherine Colson.  Finally, I think the main character, Hannah Kraeger, should be played by a red-haired Anne Hathaway.

 

 

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

None of the characters I’ve written so far are exactly like me.  However, I do tend to use some of my own experiences, traits, and quirks in my fictional heroines.  For instance, in some ways, Hannah is an exaggeration of me.  We share a love of art, and she has my habit of doodling.  All of my college notebooks are filled with doodles in the margins. Hannah has a fear of driving, specifically of having other people drive.  Though I’m not nearly as extreme as Hannah, I do have a very healthy fear of someone else in the driver’s seat.  Our house is at the end of a windy road up a steep hill (with no guardrail).  When my husband drives down the hill, sometimes I have to close my eyes.  I guess if we are going to go over the cliff, I’d rather not see it!

 

 

Where do you write?
I have a very nice desk that I don’t use.  I do most of my writing in bed!  As a stay-at-home mommy to three little boys, I don’t get time to write during the day.  After my kiddos are in bed, I like to put my comfy clothes on and sit on my bed with a pile of pillows at my back.  I put my computer on my lap and type out all the ideas that had been crowding my mind all day.

 

Do you have any weird or interesting rituals you do to get into writing mode or while you’re writing?
Sometimes if I’m having trouble getting focused or can’t figure out exactly how to word something, I’ll take a shower. That’s where I always get my best ideas.  But I do limit myself to one shower a day, even though some days I feel like I could definitely use the ideas generated from about ten showers!  😉

 

 

What words or expression do you overuse?

With my first book, it was absolutely incredible how many times I used the word ‘incredible!’  Fortunately, I caught it before it really saw the light of day, and I was able to go back and fix it.  Since then, I’m a little gun-shy of using that particular word and rarely use it.  Mental alarms go off whenever I even think about using it.  So if you ever see the word ‘incredible’ in one of my books, know that I took incredible care in choosing that particular ‘incredible’ 😉

 

 

 

What drew you to writing this genre?

I like to write outside the box.  Even when I was in school, I would take a writing assignment and twist it in some way to make it unique.  Normal is boring.  But if I could take a simple idea, and twist it in some way that isn’t typical, that would be fun.  My books are all Christian romances, but they’re not necessarily your average; whether with the characters, the plot, or both, my stories are hopefully fresh and unique.  And what could be more unusual that a Christian time travel series?  Christian romance and time travel aren’t usually married, and I thought it would be a fun challenge to do it well.  I write what I like to read, and I’m a very picky reader.  An exciting, unique book with a strong, but not perfect, female character, some unexpected twists, and an ending that leaves me with the conflicted sense of satisfaction and sadness that it’s over.—that’s the kind of book I like.

 

 

What is your favorite scene in the book?

There are a lot of scenes I really like, but my absolute favorite is probably the one in the parking garage toward the end of The Locket.  That one took a lot to work out, but I was pleased with the excitement, strength of character, and touch of humor in the dangerous situation.  Besides, I tend to like the exciting, dramatic parts best, and there are a lot of them in this series!

 

 

Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?

The beginning was by far the most difficult.  I lost track of how many times I rewrote the first chapter.  In my opinion, the two most important parts of a book are the beginning and the end.  I wanted the beginning to really grab the readers’ attention, but since it was such a dramatic scene, I needed to immediately develop Hannah’s character and make her emotions seem very real.  It’s very fast paced, so I needed to have enough detail for the scene to be pictured in the mind, but not too much that it would be cumbersome.  If you don’t have a great beginning, someone won’t want to keep reading.  If you don’t have a great ending, the reader won’t be satisfied enough to remember your book well.  It took a lot of effort to make the beginning of Yesterday great.

 

 

 

Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?

I actually do both.  I have every event of the book planned, and I usually write an outline / synopsis of sorts before I start writing.  Then I rarely look at that outline again.  If you were to look at the finished product compared to my original notes, it would be barely recognizable.  Often when I’m writing, I discover new, even better ideas than I had initially intended.  The actually writing is where my good idea acquires its magic.

 

 

This or That?

Night owl, or early bird?   Night Owl
Print or Ebook?   Both. Print for the books I love.
Regular or Diet?   Regular (anything Diet is yucky)
Horror or Romance?  Romance
Action or Drama?  Action
Skittles or M&Ms?   Skittles (though I would love to answer M&Ms.  I have a severe milk allergy.  I don’t even know for sure what an M&M tastes like!)
City or Country?   Country
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?  I’m a planner, but the grass sure looks green on the spontaneous side of the fence.
Beach or Pool?   Beach
Shoes or Sandals?   Sandals
Introvert or Extrovert?   Introvert (though my husband calls me a shy extrovert.)

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