Join Amanda Young, author of the nonfiction autobiography SILENT PRISONER (BookSurge, Nov. ’07), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in January on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotions!
Amanda is a Registered Nurse with a degree in Homeopathy from the British Institute of Homeopathy. She won the Award of Excellence for nursing assessement from St. Joseph and St. Jude Home Health.
SILENT PRISONER SYNOPSIS:It is my desire that my story will inspire those that live and exist in a sad and lonely place and to let them know that there is help for all of us. I believe that this help that can transform our lives comes from a place that is more wonderful and greater than can be imagined. And in this place God and the angels I believe exist.
Evil would wish us not to believe that this powerful force exists and it is my goal to be a part of the message that says God and the angels do truly exist and are waiting to help us. I so sometimes struggle with my faith and there are days when I think “maybe I am wrong to think such thoughts” and that is when I begin to fail at everything. That is when I am challenged I believe by something that is not good and wants me to stop helping others and at those times when I doubt is when evil has won. It is at those times when I have to work hard to find the right path again. The path that will lead me back home to myself.
Hi Amanda. Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Thank you it is nice to be here.
Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
Silent Prisoner is a true story. It is my life story. It began with a journal in 2000. My first real draft was of a decision to journal my life, in hopes of understanding my life and to change a path that I had been following that had not been a good one. After the first draft, I did a second draft because I had left things out that were too painful to write of then. Each draft had more things put in as I was able to write about them. I handed the third draft to a female friend of mine. She read it and with tears in her eyes said, “Please put this in a book. I know exactly what you have been through.” So began the seven year, love hate relationship between me and Silent Prisoner.
Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
That maybe it was meant to be my journey in this lifetime to be born to two alcoholic parents, go through abuse as a child and further abuse in relationships in my adult years and more. To have survived my ordeals and only on faith. And then write about it. I have begun to believe it was meant to be my journey. I am still working on acceptance of that but think of that idea a lot lately.
How did you come up with the title?
The only way I thought that I could survive or make the others happy was to be Silent. I realized after (I think draft number 15) that I had become a prisoner to others because of that silence. Hence, I came up with the title Silent Prisoner as it fits so many others lives too. There are so many silent prisoners out there. All over the world.
How did you find an agent and publisher?
I chose Booksurge.com to publish my book. I had sent the manuscript out to publishers with the usual letters coming back. Sorry, we get so many and you need an agent. I did not have and agent because I was unknown. So, I used Booksurge.com, which I have been very pleased with. I wanted to get my words out there because there are so many like me and hopefully this will help people understand childhood abuse and domestic violence victims.
Who reads your work in progress?
My son has read more than one draft which was important as he is in so often. I have given it to a doctor, physiologist and an attorney as they are unfortunately familiar with and see so much of abuse of children and adults. My son is very proud of me for writing this story, he is Joseph in the book.
Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
God. My faith in God. I always prayed for the right words and guidance that I would put in the right words in the book and in the right way. And I asked that my guardian angels would help guide me to the right people to help get the book out there. Pump Up Your Book Promotion is great and I believe they were sent. Thank you Cheryl.
How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
Between throwing it down on the floor and taking time outs to cry and picking it up sometimes a few days later. I would say about three weeks.
How long did it take from start to publication?
Oct. 2000 I began. November 2007 went into print.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Follow your dreams and stay with it. Your words may be the words I need to read. And good luck.
Thank you, Amanda for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.