This summer, I’m happy to have Amanda Tero over 3 times in celebration of 3 books from her Tales of Faith series.
Today, I’m interviewing her about Befriending the Beast.
When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?
I have loved writing since I was at least eight years old. As a preteen, I definitely had those daydreams about becoming a published author. I didn’t do much writing in my upper teens, and in my early twenties, it was almost like I “accidentally” fell into publishing (God totally dropped it in my lap). I had written a few short stories for my sisters for Christmas (“Letters from a Scatter-Brained Sister,” “Maggie’s Hope Chest” and “Noelle’s Gift”). I was actually setting up for my music at a homeschoolconvention and Mom suggested I print off some copies to try to sell there. From then, I looked in Amazon Kindle publishing, and “the rest is history.”
What is Befriending the Beast about?
“Befriending the Beast” is about a girl whose father turned bitter and harsh after his wife passed away. She has recently come to know Jesus Christ as her Savior and God has been working in her heart to feel compassion and love toward her estranged father. The book starts when she has decided to return to her father without his knowledge. Here is the official blurb:
What inspired Befriending the Beast?
It was actually just a simple question: “What if the Beast was Belle’s father?” I wrote a full post about it on my blog.
Who is the book for?
The book is suitable for all readers, but especially appeals to preteen and tween girls.
. What do you want readers to gain from your book?
The message of the book is follow God despite the circumstances and to be patient for Him to work. I definitely want readers to come away with renewed trust in God and His timing.
Have you written any other books and where can we get them?
I have written several short stories and three novellas. They are all available on Amazon.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading nonfictional inspirational and historical books and fictional inspirational books (my preference is historical fiction, but I have been enjoying some contemporary fiction works lately).
What Christian contemporary books would you recommend to new contemporary writers?
As for books on writing, I like books by K.M. Weiland and then The Art and Craft of Christian Fiction Writing by Jeff Gerke.
As for contemporary authors I like and recommend for pleasure reading, Roseanna White is one of my favorites. I have also been enjoying books by Dee Henderson and Carrie Turanskyrecently. It is really, really difficult for me to pick just a few. You can see more of what I like on Goodreads.
Where can we connect with you?
I am on several social media platforms, or you can just email me!
What tips you have for young aspiring writers
Keep Christ first. You have to be sure that He’s leading you to write and that this is the message He wants you to write. If you know you’re following God, then when things get tough (because they do in writing!), it will help you press forward. Apart from that, be sure to read—read with the intent of learning how other authors work out their plots and characters, how they include real historical elements, etc. And don’t shy away from reading nonfiction. You want to be well-balanced. Never stop learning. Take criticism with humility and see everyone’s pointers as something that will make you a better writer.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog!
Thank you so much for being here, Amanda, and I can’t wait to celebrate the rest of the blog tour this summer!
If you want to know about the blog tour and about Amanda, keep reading 😊
In anticipation of the release of “Protecting the Poor” (book three in the Tales of Faith series), Amanda is guest posting or being featured on over a dozen blogs each month. Each post is unique to the blog—an inspirational post, an article on the writing craft, an excerpt from one of the Tales of Faith books… you’ll just have to visit each blog to see what comes up. 😉 Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.