Interview with Christine Amsden, author of Madison’s Song






Title: Madison’s Song

Author: Christine Amsden

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Pages: 275

Genre: Paranormal Fiction

Format: Kindle

Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black…Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison’s nightmares are not.Despite her fears, when Madison’s brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.

Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton’s home only to discover that he’s vanished! Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she’s not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott’s are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.

Praise for Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective

“In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. …Readers will enjoy Cassie’s fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado.” ~ Publishers Weekly

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Thank you for your time in answering our questions  Let’s begin by having you explain to us why you decided to write a book?

I don’t think I ever decided to write a book. It more like a sick compulsion!

Is this your first book?

No, it’s my seventh!

Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?

I’ve had all of my books published through Twilight Times Books, a small but respected press that has been instrumental in my success. Not every book is an instant hit; my first two titles (Touch of Fate and The Immortality Virus) sold marginally well. Then, when my publisher read Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective she sent me a contract within a few days. I felt good about the manuscript, but as my own worst critic it felt amazing to have her vote of confidence – and she was right! The Cassie Scot series has been immensely popular and finally brought me that sense of connection with the audience that I was always hoping for.

What lessons do you feel you learned about the publishing industry?

Understand what success is – and what it isn’t. I love writing, and I always plan to do it, but I’m also an editor now because I can’t put out enough books each year to make a living off of writing alone. For a while, that made me feel terrible – but why? Editing is something I enjoy, it’s supporting my writing habit, and I still get to do what I love! I always tell beginning writers to write because they love it. I’m finally taking my own advice.

If you had the chance to change something regarding how you got published, what would you change?

To tell you the truth, I wish I had waited before getting my first book published. It’s good – it even got an honorable mention in the Eric Hoffer awards – but each book I’ve written has been so much better than the one before that I wish I had just waited a bit. Not been so anxious. I see a lot of that in new writers today – especially in the self-publishing world (but not just there). I’ve chatted with other authors who have published multiple books and many of us wish we’d waited to publish our second books!

Did you credit any person or organization with helping you get published?

Lida Quillen at Twilight Times Books.

What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?

Write because you love it!

Darn, I already said that. Maybe I should come up with something else. Let’s try …

Do not underestimate the importance of quality editing!

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work. Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

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