Amelia C. Adams
Author of Mail Order Molly
Please join me in welcoming historical romance author Amelia C. Adams to Books & Benches for a 5 Question Q&A.
“Amelia Adams has done it again. I absolutely loved Mail Order Molly and laughed and cheered my way through this wonderful book.” —Amazon Reviewer
How much research do you do?
Because I write historical fiction, I do quite a lot of research (thank you, Google!) but I’m pretty specific with it. For instance, when writing a book in my Nurses of New York series, I’ll look up what kind of anesthesia to use for a major surgery, but I won’t necessarily read an entire medical journal from that era. It’s fun because I’ve written in so many different eras that I’ve picked up quite a lot of great facts I can bore people with at parties.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I start out with a basic idea, and then I let the story take off from there. The characters dictate a lot of the direction of the book, as does my research—for instance, if I learn that the small town where I’ve set my story didn’t have a doctor of its own in the year I’ve chosen, I might write a scene about having to ride for a doctor in the next town. (That was totally hypothetical—don’t be all flipping through my books wondering where that scene is.) Most of the time, the things that pop up along the way are much more exciting than anything I could have outlined at the start.
What is your best trait and what is your worst trait?
I think these are the same trait, actually. I don’t give up. That’s good because it’s led me to a lot of success I wouldn’t have otherwise, but it’s bad because sometimes it’s time to move on and let something go, and I have a really hard time doing that. It’s all about balance, I guess, and that’s a lesson I’ve been working to learn most of my life.
What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?
To be honest, I wasn’t all that interested in writing Western romance when I first got started. I was happy writing in other genres under other pen names, and Westerns just hadn’t ever crossed my radar. Then I met Kirsten Osbourne, and she convinced me to give it a try. It’s a lot of fun to do something I’ve never tried before, and when I saw how friendly and loyal the fans of Western romances are, I was pretty much hooked.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I haven’t really thought about my books in terms of television or movies, but I will say that I totally had Blake Shelton in mind the whole time I was writing Whiskey and Women.
Amelia C. Adams has lived many lifetimes, and is currently enjoying this stretch as the author of sweet and clean Western romance. She is the author of the Kansas Crossroads series, the Nurses of New York series, the Hearts of Nashville series (if you can call it a series when it only has one book in it so far), and contributed two books to the American Mail-Order Brides series - with ideas for many more.
Molly Wainwright had never intended to become a mail-order bride, but when she picked up a copy of the Grooms' Gazette on a lark, something about one of the advertisements catches her eye. She decides to send away for more information, knowing her heart will never be at peace unless she gives this a chance.
Noel Williams has his hands full running the theater that was left to him by his grandmother. He doesn't have time for romance, and would rather do away with the whole process altogether.
In this humorous quick read set in Kirsten Osbourne's world of Beckham, can an adventurous girl and a distracted businessman find what they've been seeking in each other?
Print Length: 104 pages
Publication Date: May 19, 2016
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Mail Order Molly