Why I Write Romance: Amanda Berry
My sale came through a contest win, which resulted in a request for the full manuscript. When my editor, Patience Smith, called me, I was on top of the world with joy. Working with Patience to make my debut novel the best it could possibly be was amazing and exciting. Seeing L.A. Cinderella in print… well, I may be a writer, but it’s hard to write down in a few words what it all meant. Years of perfecting my craft, thousands of ideas passing through my head, falling in love with my hero and heroine, dealing with rejections and failures and celebrating the contest finals. All those moments led to one phone call on a Friday afternoon that fulfilled every dream I’d had growing up. Such a simple thing really, but it meant so much. Even with the book in my hand, it feels a little surreal. Perseverance, education, hope: these are the key ingredients to my success.
Amanda Berry returned to writing when her husband swept the family off to England to live for a year. Now she’s hooked, and since returning to the states spends her writing days concocting spicy contemporary romances while her cats try in vain to pry her hands off the keyboard.