We’re talking about candy, editors Cheeps and Tummy, the place of many books and of course her new Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series. If you haven’t read Assaulted Caramel yet, you have time before the next book, Lethal Licorice releases on February 22nd.
Two Girls: Amanda, please tell us about your new Amish Candy Shop Mystery series.
Amanda: The Amish Candy Shop Mysteries began with Assaulted Caramel. The series is about a NYC chocolatier who goes to Amish Country to care for her aging Amish grandparents only to get tangled up in a murder or two or three. The second book in the series is called Lethal Licorice and comes out in February 2018. And I’m writing the third book now.
Two Girls: What was your inspiration?
Amanda: My inspiration for this series was all the fun candies that I have seen and sampled on my many trips to Amish Country. I only live an hour from Holmes County, Ohio and go there often. Since I have a terrible sweet tooth, I never leave without a little bit of candy…. Okay… I never leave without a lot of candy.
Two Girls: How many books are in the series?
Amanda: I was contracted for three books. It could go on longer if sales are good. That’s always the hope!
Two Girls: What can your readers expect the next book?
Amanda: In the second book, Lethal Licorice, Jethro the pig has a much bigger part, and it’s a fun read with more hijinks.
Two Girls: Will any of the animals in Assaulted Caramel appear in other books in the series?
Amanda: Definitely, the kitten Nutmeg will be back, and of course, Jethro the black and white polka dotted pig. The pig is a scene stealer.
Two Girls: Did your research for this book require gorging on mass quantities of chocolate?
Amanda: Well, I think in order to write authentically, I needed to sample Amish candy. It seemed only right.
Two Girls: What is Dead Fred up to nowadays?
Amanda: Dead Fred sits on my bookshelf in my bedroom waiting for his next adventure. In all likelihood, we will be going to India in 2018, so that will be quite a trip!
Two Girls: . Does he have any news to announce?
Amanda : The Magical Bookshop Mysteries will return in 2019 with a mystery centered around the novel Little Women. I can’t wait to start writing it. Also, my Forgotten Garden Mysteries set in Scotland will begin in May 2018 with Death at Duncreigan.
Two Girls: Do you have any upcoming book signings, or appearances that you can announce?
Amanda: I’ll be at the Buckeye Book Fair on November 5th in Wooster, Ohio. It’s my favorite book event every year.
Two Girls: How are, Cheeps and Tummy?
Amanda: Cheeps and Tummy are doing great. They are diligent editors who always keep me on task. I couldn’t do any of this without them and the readers, of course!
Two Girls: Our cats, Rascal, Trixie and Kylie are a tiny bit jealous of their lifestyle. With editing, checking out the perimeters of their home and being chased by tiny humans, they think their lives (all 9 of them) are pretty boring, compared to theirs.
They would like to know about, “the place of many books”, and if the editors have ever been there.
Amanda: They haven’t been to the place of many books. I think Tummy might like it, but Cheeps would be overwhelmed by the size of the place! He would, however, like seeing the many books that he’s edited on the library’s shelves.
Thank you so much for answering our questions, Amanda and we look forward to more of your work.
You can read our reviews Assaulted Caramel: