I have the good fortune and pleasure to interview Jane McBride Choate, a long-time (and very prolific) Avalon writer. A Man for Amanda is her 28th Avalon book. She is also ... well, it's best if I let Jane tell you about herself in her own words.
So ... Jane, what prompted you to become a writer?
I have always made up stories in my head. Even when I was a little girl, I'd entertain my friends at the school cafeteria with stories about them. Eventually the stories just had to be written down.
Obviously, you're a born storyteller. You must have been the most popular kid in the lunchroom. I guess it was inevitable that these stories would evolve into full-length novels. When did you start your first novel and how long did it take you to become published?
I started writing my first book in 1984. I wasn't published until 1989 (with Avalon). That book was the third book I'd written.
It sounds like persistence is a large part of your success story. What part of writing do you find most satisfying?
Drawing characters and writing dialogue are definitely the most satisfying part of writing for me. Characters talk to me and I HAVE to write down what they say.
What part do you find most difficult?