I'm participating in a blog hop and I think it's going to be really fun for all of you and me to discover some writers that we've never known before.  I know a lot of you come here to read about Fibromyalgia and you may wonder why this Fibro and Fabulous gal is participating, well, I'm currently working on a memoir that is-- you guessed it!-- about Fibromyalgia!  So without further ado, here's all the details about the great author that invited me to the hop AND about my current work in progress!
What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them.  I hope you'll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy.  On this stop on the blog hop, you'll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to three other authors you can explore!

My gratitude to fellow author Rissa Watkins for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following link to learn more about her work.  Website:

In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in--progress (giving you a sneak peek).  We've also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write--the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!
Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!
1: What is the working title of your book? Down by the Willow Tree

2: Where did the idea come from for the book? I was rocking my youngest daughter to sleep in her room and became fixated on this gorgeous willow tree that was outside her window.  This tree gave me solace and peace when it came to my thoughts on my disease, Fibromyalgia.  Through this beauty, I realized that I would have never been able to enjoy my daughters' growing years if I continued to have my old life.  I would have been too bogged down with work to be able to appreciate anything.  This tree that stood tall and constant showed me with no words how to release all of the pent up anger I had about loosing my old life before my diagnoses
3. What genre does your book come under? Memoir
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Well I'd have to go with Johnny Depp for Ryder, the husband because I have a thing for him.  As for the main character, Kelly, hands down I'd go with Janeane Garofalo because she has Fibromyalgia and it wouldn't be a stretch for her to play the role.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency? It will be self-published under the author name Amanda Kimberley, my fiction pen name.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? It took about a month for the first draft but it's taking forever for the second because Kelly, the main character is taking the book into a newer direction.  And I REALLY like the direction it's going into.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  Hmm, maybe Stealing Buddha's Dinner in the sense that it's first person.  But as far as the actual story, I'm drawing a bit of a blank, there aren't many writers writing memories about Fibromyalgia.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book? My passionate need to help inspire people with this disease to NEVER, not EVER give up.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Though it will be primarily a memoir, there will be some romance going on.  You can't have a normal life without that.  Yes, there will be smut LOL!
Who’s next on the NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP?
So glad you asked! Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on Works in Progress and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading! Michelle (Michy) Devon Amanda Dollak, Melanie Edmonds      

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