Amanda Hamm

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Amanda Hamm has released about thirty books in various genres. She uses a pen name for some of her books. She has her reasons.

Most of the works under Amanda's real name - if that is her real name - are love stories featuring Christian characters. Andrew's Key received the CWG Seal of Approval in 2014 and They See a Family was named 2nd place among Catholic Novels of 2018 by the CPA.

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Amanda Hamm I’ll answer this one backwards. There is no description on the book page because it’s due to release in November. It is barely August. I’m still worki…moreI’ll answer this one backwards. There is no description on the book page because it’s due to release in November. It is barely August. I’m still working on it.

I took the picture when I was visiting family last Christmas. I grew up in that town and while I’m not going to tell you its current name, it was originally called Hartford. That’s where I got the name for the town in the books so it seemed appropriate to use it on the cover.

I appreciate the rare compliment on one of my covers. (see here for details) More often I end up with stories like this one:

After I put myself on the cover of The 4th Floor Lounge, I was afraid I’d be given a hard time for being vain enough to think I’d pass (even from the back) as the gorgeous college student described in the book. But I ended up zooming in more than I originally planned and a surprising number of people didn’t even notice there was a person on the cover. My husband showed it to a friend at work who happens to be a graphic artist. Just in case it wasn’t embarrassing enough to have my work in front of a professional, my husband told him that I was on the cover. Then the other guy actually said, “She’s a chair?” (less)
Amanda Hamm I’m not sure yet. I want to call it Sofie Waits. When I told my husband, however, we had a conversation that went something like this:

Him: She waits? …more
I’m not sure yet. I want to call it Sofie Waits. When I told my husband, however, we had a conversation that went something like this:

Him: She waits? She just waits? That makes it sound like nothing happens.
Me: You’ve read my books, right? It’s not a thriller.
Him: Yeah, but she waits? That’s not even an action word.
Me: Something happens when she waits. It makes sense when you read it.
Him: It doesn’t matter how clever it is if no one reads it.
Me: Do you know how long it took me to come up with that?
Him: Do you want people to read the book?
Me: Yes. And I like that title.
Him: That doesn’t make anyone want to read it.
Me: I would read a book called Sofie Waits. If it had an interesting description and a good cover and…

He was just shaking his head at me at this point so I gave up trying to convince him. Now I’m trying to decide if being stubborn about the title would be tenacious or just pig-headed.(less)
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The 4th Floor Lounge

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Weathering Evan

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Two of the Things I Cannot Do

I think I may have written myself into a corner. Not the way most people mean it though. The story is coming along fine. Fine, not amazing. Progress has been glacial because of the distractions and overall unsettled feelings of the last several months. I get discouraged for a while, then plunge in with a new wave of inspiration. The ending is in sight and while it does seem to be taking forever to Read more of this blog post »
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Excerpt #31: What Goes Around (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: True story. Mostly. I changed the teacher's name and a minor detail or two, but the story Ella tells here is something that really happened to me. I was kind of annoyed, too. That's why I remember it.
Excerpt #30: By Its Cover (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: I have mentioned before that I have difficulty naming my characters. Sometimes I try to have fun with that though. Sean was a very minor character who I decided didn't need a last name because I didn't want to think of one. This is why Julia kept "forgetting" to ask his full name.
Excerpt #29: Everything Old (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Here's a quick scene from Everything Old. I thought this would be easy to write. I wanted these two characters to have a little banter over the different shapes for the cookies, and I happen to have a cookie press. I spread all the plates in front of me for inspiration. Unfortunately, I thought all the plates were very clear. Everything was either a squiggle or not. I didn't see room for debate. It took some imagination to find any that I thought could be interpreted differently.
Excerpt #28: Into the Fire (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 14, 2019 08:10AM
Description: Many of the oldest buildings in the small town where I grew up were known by their original purpose, or at least what they housed for a long time. There was the old bakery, the old armory, the old apothecary and so on. In this very brief section from Chapter 3 of Into the Fire, Joseph’s family refers to a building downtown as the old apothecary, which I know is a really old word. It was an old word even when I was a kid. But I couldn’t resist slipping in this little nod to small town history.
Excerpt #27: Everything Old (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 22, 2019 11:19AM
Description: I wouldn’t say I dislike biographies, but they’re far enough down the list that I read very few. I didn’t know a lot about saints before I started this series. Every time the characters are discussing a saint or talking about which saint to discuss, it’s safe to assume I had a library book open next to me while I wrote that part. None of the books I checked out had discussion questions though. Those I made up.
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“Yes, his ear. I was attracted to his ear. While I was in church. I'm pretty sure that solidifies my position as the weirdest person on the planet.”
Amanda Hamm, The 4th Floor Lounge

“Angry people scared me. Angry people who thought I was in charge scared me even more.”
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“I did the only thing I could. I said the dumbest thing any man has ever said to a woman, “Yeah, it’s just me and my trash can here,” as I patted its lid and started pushing it up the driveway.”
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If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
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Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
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The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

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It was never between you and them anyway.”
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