HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Amanda Sablak

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1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
My favorite character is actually the villian of my novel-in-progress NIGHT LIGHT. His name is Edward and he controls a demon that he's murdered many people who originated from a magical town. He's my favorite because I enjoyed writing both his evil side as well as a certain side of him that shows remorse and love. I mostly enjoyed writing the evil side, probably because he's so different from myself or my other characters. I loved writing the scenes where he was angry or on the verge of losing his strength.

2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
The toughest scene I ever wrote was when Edward, my novel's villian, murdered his mother with the powers of Eptil. This was the most difficult because not long before writing this, my grandmother passed away. I used the feeling I had felt to show remorse in Edward for murdering his own mother. He feels hate for her because she turned her back on him, along with everyone else from the town, but as a son, he loves her and who she was to him before his life took a
loathsome turn.

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Mostly from my dreams. Night Light came from a dream I couldn't get out of my mind since early in my undergrad years. In the dream I was the main character and I felt like I was being chased by some strange being that wanted me more than anything in the world. When it caught me it was as though it was feeding on me from the tips of my toes up toward my head. I awoke feeling out of control and remembered the feeling of being devoured. The thought of the being in my dream stuck with me until I wrote a draft of the first chapter or two of my book. I then didn't really touch it until beginning the WPF program at Seton Hill.

Currently I'm working on a story that came from a day dream I had while driving in the car home from work. I suppose story ideas come out at me from the middle of nowhere while I'm doing the most mundane of things through my everyday life.

9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
It depends on my mood. If I'm looking to be melow and just relax than I'm usually listening to country music; mostly Rascal Flatts and Brookes and Dunn. But if I'm looking to get energized or pumped to work on something, it's usually something much, much heavier like Slipknot or Rob Zombie.

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I tried once to outline my novel, and though it helped me decide some important events for the story, it didn't seem right for me. I find I create action and suspense much better if I just go with the flow from the beginning of a scene until the end. Though outiline helps with my thought process a bit, I feel my writing has more strength and power if I let the story slowly take me through the twists and turns that come naturally from my finger tips onto the screen.

13. Celebrity crush.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
My biggest influences would have to be both Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I feel I mix my styles between the two of them because although I consider myself horror, my work is not as terrifying or perplexing as King and I had a smooth flow of suspense as does Koontz.

15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Amanda Sablak is a proofreader for a municipal codification company and writes horror in her spare time. She has her Associate’s Degree in liberal arts from Brookdale Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in English from William Paterson University, and a Master's Degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Currently, Amanda resides in Middletown, New Jersey, with her husband Steve, and surrounded by her loving parents and family. She hopes to pursue her horror writing career and to someday pass on her knowledge and interest in writing to students at her local community college.


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