Author Interview: Amanda Flower
We are happy to have Amanda Flower with us today, author of A Plain Death and one of five authors shortlisted in the Mystery/Thriller genre.
Summary from Goodreads
While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology services at a nearby college. Her first acquaintance is Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking for a new home.
While driving Chloe’s car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an Amish elder. But what looks like an accident is soon labeled murder when police discover the car’s cut brake line.
Now, Chloe must take on the role of amateur sleuth to discover who the real intended victim was before the murderer makes a second attempt. Becky’s handsome Amish-turned-Mennonite brother, Timothy, a local carpenter, comes in handy along the way. With God’s help, they’ll solve the mystery that’s rocking this small community.
What led you to writing?
I have always loved to tell stories, but I knew I wanted to be a writer, the moment I read a humorous story to my sixth grade classmates and they laughed. At the moment, I knew I wanted to makes people laugh with my words.
What are the challenges/benefits of incorporating faith into your story?
The challenge is to keep my faith from overpowering the story. I write mysteries and the murder plot must drive the story not the faith journey of the characters. However, the benefits are I can write with more emotion when I incorporate my faith. I also write mysteries for the ABA market and they don’t get to that deep level even though they are great fun to write.
Tell us about a book that epitomizes quality [Christian] faith-driven literature.
I read the Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn as a teen, and the series has stuck with me as an adult. That’s really what led me to read more Christian fiction and now write it. What sticks with me is the fact it took most of the series for Christy’s aunt to come to faith. As a teen, that seemed more real to me, and it still does as an adult. Faith can be, but more likely is not, an overnight conversion. It’s a slow chip, chip of God working on a person’s heart.
Favorite book? Favorite movie? Favorite TV show?
Book: Charlotte’s Web
Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird
TV show: The Amazing Race
What do you hope readers take away from A Plain Death?
I hope they are entertained by the mystery, I hope the characters antics make them laugh, and I hope they learn something new about both the Amish faith and their own.
Amanda Flower is an Agatha-nominated mystery author and an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan. To connect with Amanda Flower please visit:Website Twitter Facebook