Emilia Ward is being watched.
And it isn’t just by her mother’s creep of a boyfriend or one of her many employers. Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else. However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner.
After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain. Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend.
Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher and interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all.
A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.
When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.
What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
A combination of The Phantom of the Opera and Aqualung’s I’ll Put a Spell on You.
Who is your favorite character in the book?
Kasper definitely. I can relate to his obsessive behavior and love for snarky humor.
Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel…Endangered Hearts came during the second draft.
What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I’m pretty happy with the scene when Emilia first demonstrates her affection for Kasper by kissing him on the cheek. I really enjoyed writing about Kasper’s wonder for such a simple thing, and trying to get myself inside of his head.
Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
To accept rejection (or at least become indifferent to it). Some people; agents, publishers, and readers will not like your work. The sooner you get used to that, the easier it gets.
What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Um…everything? Haha. I suppose I really love the use of shadows and the blue tint of the cover itself. It’s a color scheme I think goes really well with the feel of the book.
What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2014?
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
What was your favorite book in 2013?
I loved Chuck Palahniuk’s Damned.
What’s up next for you?
The next addition in the Endangered Hearts series!