Who’s Who In African American Literature Interviews: Author Amanda Lee

Who’s Who In African American Literature shares their exclusive print interview with Bestselling Author Amanda Lee.   She is a married mother of 4 and the founder of Vicious Ink Publications. Amanda is rising star in the Literary world and we want you to get familiar with this talented writer and her books in the “Deranged” Series on Viscuois Ink Publications.12025481_1668033960078725_706463122_n
  1. Where are you from? I am from a small town called Forest, Mississippi.
  1. Tell us your latest news? My latest news is I have a book on Slavery in Mississippi coming October, “My Name is Banjo”
  1. When and why did you begin writing?I started writing in high school, but stopped because I didn’t know exactly how to get published or what direction to go in.
  1. When did you first consider yourself a writer? I considered myself a writer after my 4th book was published. I felt accomplished.
  1. What inspired you to write your first book? The authors, Zane and Eric Jerome Dickey inspired me to write my first book. After reading a couple of their books, that when I knew what I wanted to do long term.
  1. Do you have a specific writing style? I prefer the writing styles such as thrillers, horror, and science fiction genre. I love the adreline, the excitement, the blood, and the in depth killings.
  1. How did you come up with the title? I came up with my first title, DERANGED, because that’s how I felt at that time.
  1. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? In my novel, HEARTLESS BASTARD, my message is to be careful whom you love. Just because a man gives you attention and love doesn’t necessary mean he will accept your kids. If a man doesn’t accept your kids, then he is definitely not the one.
  1. How much of the book is realistic? All of my books are fiction. There is a small part in my book; A FAMILY DIVIDED BY COLOR is true.amanda lee profile
  1. What books have most influenced your life most? Books by Dr. Farrah Gray.
  1. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I would consider Zane as a mentor.
  1. What book are you reading now? I am reading a book called, “How to Write a Dirty Story” by Susie Bright.
  • Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?This author, Blaque Angel from G Street Chronicles. Other than that, no.
  1. What are your current projects? My current projects are “My Name is Banjo: Slavery in Mississippi,” “Penetrate Me Softly,” “My Master’s Bed,” and “Psychosis.’
  1. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?The Book Clubs on the east coast are a major entity that supported me.12023042_1668034366745351_1809233699_n
  1. Do you see writing as a career? Of course I see writing as a career.
  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Not in my latest book, but my first book, DERANGED. I did get the opportunity to change some of the language, now that the book is under my own label, Vicious Ink Publications.
  1. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Yes I do. When I was in high school, one of my classmates had a book by Nora Roberts, Vengeance in Death. She let me read it and right then, I knew I wanted to write stories just as great.
  • Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? In my writing I find not writing about killing and blood is challenging. Seems like when I write something normal (lol), my mind leads back to adding a killing scene or something of the sort.
  1. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? My favorite author would be T. Styles. Her writing style interest me so much because it’s dark and twisted.
  1. Do you travel much promoting your book (s)? I use to travel, but since I have moved to Atlanta, it’s been kind of difficult. I will start back traveling once I get settled.
  1. Who designed the covers? There were several people that designed my covers such as Author Rukyyah, Brand Concepts Southeast, and Multi-Diva Marketing.
  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part was staying focused on one project. As I write one book, my mind is all over the place headed to the next project.12030744_1668034426745345_1796232220_n


  1. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes I did. After the editor and proofreaders finished, read back over my work. I experienced too many errors in my books.
  1. Do you have any advice for other writers? Write! Write! Write! Never stop writing. Even if it’s a sentence or paragraph a day. Write!
  1. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? If you understand that writing is a gift, and the way words coming together will entertain you; then you’ll understand that books by Amanda Lee are strangely unique. Each story you read will amuse you. The way the plots and characters twist and turn, your mind will become infatuated with wanting to read more. My writings are UNIQUE!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Follow Author Amanda Lee on Facebook, Twitter & Insragram                 *All books are available at Amazon.Com