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.

She is also working on a children's fantasy series, three Wisherton books so far. These are released without creating another pen name because Amanda's own children are very proud of their influence, particularly the fact that the books contain "absolutely no mushy stuff."

Unfortunately for them, romance remains her primary focus, including her latest book, They See a Family, and a new series planned for 2019.

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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…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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Said and Unsaid (Coffee and...

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Meet Cute: 5 Romantic Short...

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Weathering Evan

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I know what you’re thinking. Not how is writing like Four Square but why is that even the topic? It’s the topic because, as usual, I ran out of ideas.

I asked my kids what I should put in a blog post this month. The one who is never out of ideas immediately said I could write about how writing a book is like Four Square. Her analogy was that the squares represent the stages. The dungeon is when... Read more of this blog post »
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Andrew's Key Jealousy & Yams Collecting Zebras The Christmas Project
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Said and Unsaid Sofie Waits A Perfectly Good Man Not Complicated
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Waiting For the Bus Pizza Heaven The Slow Lane Now is Good My Brother the Match-Maker
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Excerpt #26 - They See a Family (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 11, 2018 08:15AM
Description: I used to be able to say I never based a character on a real person. When I was writing this book, however, I wanted to give William and Annie a brother who was mentally disabled. In trying to decide which direction to go with that, I was nervous that I might accidentally veer into stereotypes. I decided that the best way to avoid that would be to loosely model the character, Michael, on my uncle. I intended to change his big interest from cowboys to trains as one of the ways to fictionalize him. Sadly, just before I wrote this first scene with Michael in it, my uncle passed away. It suddenly felt wrong to have Michael obsessed with trains. I just really wanted to put him in a cowboy hat, to remember my uncle that way. I hope I managed to write this character in a way that honors his memory.
Excerpt #25: They See a Family (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 09, 2018 03:57PM
Description: This excerpt is roughly the first two pages of They See a Family. I do not generally enjoy sad books myself. Though this book begins with tragedy, it is not intended to be a complete tear-jerker. The main character, Kay, is fairly inexperienced with babies. I tried to use that to set the mood as more overwhelming than sad. The tone gradually lifts, if I did it right, and is primarily a love story. But it isn’t just the story of Kay and William. It is about the two of them falling for the babies, too.
Excerpt #24: A Perfectly Good Man (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Oct 24, 2017 10:28AM
Description: This brief scene contains the first time "perfectly good" is used in this book. While she certainly didn't coin the phrase, I thought of my mom whenever I wrote it. I grew up with a toaster that only toasted one side of the bread (that shows up later in the book) and an ice cream scoop that spun on the handle when you tried to scoop and many other things where you had to know the trick to use it. For a few years, all our VHS tapes played with a rolling band of static no matter where you set the tracking knob. Mom answered every complaint with, "That's a perfectly good _____."
Excerpt #23: Back to Wisherton (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated May 26, 2017 09:19AM
Description: Yavic has a gift, too. My son, who gave Yavic his name, also told me what his gift should be. There are a few subtle hints in the first book, but this scene from chapter 4 of Back to Wisherton is, I think, the first place where readers might start to guess the gift.
Excerpt #22: Beyond Wisherton (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 08, 2017 10:09AM
Description: I have four kids. I also grew up in a family with four kids. It was pretty easy to imagine the dynamics between these sibling characters in the Wisherton books. I wanted them to be similar to my own experiences in that they generally got along well and could work together. But there were still moments of friction, moments when they got annoyed with each other. Those were fun to write.
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I read this one with my kids. Overall, the writing was pretty good. There are a variety of action scenes that my kids really enjoyed, though I thought one or two dragged. Dean Seaborne is a character who is trying hard to do the best he can with the ...more
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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.”
Amanda Hamm, The 4th Floor Lounge

“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.”
Amanda Hamm, Meet Cute: 5 Romantic Short Stories

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“On the one hand, we all want to be happy. On the other hand, we all know the things that make us happy. But we don’t do those things. Why? Simple. We are too busy. Too busy doing what? Too busy trying to be happy.”
Matthew Kelly, The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM

“Why was it that thoughts and plans always made more sense when confined to one's mind than when they exited one's mouth?”
Karen Witemeyer, Stealing the Preacher

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
C.S. Lewis

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
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.
Be happy anyway.

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.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.”
Mother Theresa

“The trouble with anger is, it gets hold of you. And then you aren't the master of yourself anymore. Anger is. And when anger is the boss, you get unintended consequences.”
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