January 13, 2023

Interview with Amanda McDowell, author of 'Forever, It's We'

Hi friends! I am so excited to welcome Amanda McDowell to my blog today! Her debut children's book, Forever, It's We, is available now! Check out my post and get to know the author a bit. 

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Amanda!

About the Book





Forever, It's We explores the relationship between a son and mother. Encouraging self expression, healthy emotional development, and imagination play through daily activities like dancing, cooking, and much more.

Get your copy of the book via these links!

Q&A with the Author

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
Steve Irwin. Yes, I know that's weird. He was my idol as a child and made me dream of working as a marine biologist. I was devastated when he passed. After that I wanted to be a photojournalist for National Geographic.
What do you hope readers will take away from your book? 
I hope they feel the love I poured into this. It's about my son and I. These are the activities we did every day for months and months. Perhaps they will reflect and remember a childhood memory of their own.

What was your favorite part of the book to write? 
Actually, my favorite part was illustrating the dinosaur games illustration. My son and I both actually have dino onesies, so it made my heart full. 

What came first for you when writing the book - the storyline or the characters?
The characters. Since the book is about my son and I - I knew who the book was about and really, what I was going to write before the pen hit the page.

What is your favorite under-appreciated book you think everyone should know about? 
'The Highly Sensitive Person' by Elaine Aron. 

What tips do you have for any aspiring authors out there?
Keep writing. You'll like the stories more than anyone else ever will. Also, there's a ton of directions you can go for publishing. I hope to be traditionally published one day - however, I am happy with my decision on self publishing, 'Forever, It's We'.

If readers love your book, what other books do you recommend they check out? 
My inspiration for the theme/color scheme/illustration style came from 'The World Needs Who You Were Made To Be' and 'The Wonderful Things You Will Be'. They're children's books as well, and all three books (including mine) would look great together on a shelf.
Aside from writing, what is one thing you do for fun?
Photography - I love going on hikes and taking photos of nature. Coffee shops - I love going to local niche coffee shops or bookstores.

Can you tell readers something about what you're working on next?
I'm working on another children's picture book, and a self help book for women, mothers, and other HSP's.

About the Author

Amanda McDowell was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She is an HSP, a single mother to a little boy, and a coffee connoisseur. Relocating mid pandemic, they now call Nashville, Tennessee home. Having been homeschooled K-12 herself, she is a huge supporter of alternative schooling choices and Montessori learning styles. Channeling these styles of growth and mindset into her writing and her son's childhood.

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