Sunday, February 28, 2010

Amanda Cabot's "Scattered Petals"

We're happy to have Amanda Cabot with us today talking about her book, "Scattered Petals."

To learn more about Amanda's book, click on the cover to the left. To learn more about Amanda, please read on.

1) How did this story come to you?
I knew I wanted Zach, who was introduced in Paper Roses, to have his own story, so I asked myself who would be the perfect woman for him. The answer came as a bit of a surprise. Who would have thought that a quintessential Texas cowboy like Zach would need a sophisticated East Coast lady? And who would have thought that Priscilla’s craving for adventure would bring her first tragedy, then healing and happiness?

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Since this book was part of a three-book deal, the real story relates to the first book in the series, Paper Roses. Although I had been writing for the secular market for many years, I had never seriously considered writing for the CBA market. All that changed the year that a dear friend entered the final stages of leukemia. Sharing her final months and watching her journey toward the Light changed my life and the direction of my writing. Although it took longer than my agent and I expected to sell Paper Roses, God’s timing was perfect, because Revell has proven to be the perfect publisher for me.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) When I studied in France, my French mother served me what appeared to be hamburgers but was actually ground horsemeat. (We won’t talk about my reaction when I learned what it was.)
2) My sisters call me the queen of small kitchen appliances, because I have (and use) a soymilk maker and yogurt maker in addition to the usual suspects (food processor, stand mixer, breadmaker, etc.).
3) I’m considering writing a cookbook entitled “I Can’t Believe This is Low Fat.”

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Tomorrow’s Garden, the third of the Texas Dreams books, which is due out next March, is currently in the production process (final editing, designing the cover, etc.), so my involvement in that is minimal right now, but that doesn’t mean I’m not writing. I’m hard at work on the first of my Wyoming Winds trilogy and am having a great time introducing readers to my new home.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks so much for inviting me to be part of your blog. I enjoyed our conversation.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I invite them to visit my web site, I also welcome email from readers and try to respond within a couple days.


  1. What a wonderful testimony and am glad you are writing Christian novels!! Please enter me for your book. Thanks.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for the chance to win the book!


  3. Loved the interview and learning about your books. They sound great and would love to read them. Please enter me in the drawing.


  4. Would love to read this book!!

  5. Great interview. Scattered Petals sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  6. I have just read the excerpts to both books. Amanda Cabot's writing shows that she has done research and develops her characters quickly, while still providing suspense in the action.

  7. I'm not sure how I would have reacted to Amanda's special French burgers, oh my! Please include me for the drawing for Scattered Petals. Thanks!


  8. Sounds great!

    writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

  9. Oh, I love the cover. Thanks. Love to win the book.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  10. I would love to read this book, as the first one was a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win!


  11. What a fun interview, I would love to read this book. Thank you for offering it.

    bookworm1414 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  12. This book sounds fun! Thanks for the giveaway.

    estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

  13. Looks like a good book.

  14. Please enter me for the drawing! Love to read and excited to get a book whenever I can!

  15. please count me in....thanks


  16. Would love to win a copy of Scattered Petals.
    The cover is lovely.

    May God bless your writing,

    A J Hawke

  17. Sounds like a great book. Would also love to read a cookbook by Amanda Cabot. Please enter me.


  18. An enjoyable interview. Loved Paper Roses & look forward to Scattered Petals. Amanda, thank you for nurturing other writers!
    (please enter my name)
    Congrats & TKS!

  19. Beautiful book cover...I want to read this book so bad. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you! Enjoyed the interview and enjoy finding new Christian fiction authors to read.



  20. What fun I've had, reading all your comments! For those of you who were wondering, the horse burger tasted strange, a much stronger flavor than beef, but I thought it was the spices my French mother had used. I'd already learned that many things tasted different -- including ice cream, since French cows ate cabbage -- so I wasn't surprised by the unusual flavor. However, once I learned what it was, I couldn't take another bite. I'll try almost anything, but horse was outside the realm of what I called food.

  21. I already have Paper Roses and can't wait to read Amanda's next book. Scattered Petals has a beautiful cover and I appreciate the chance to win a copy.

    I can't imagine learning that I had just eaten ground horsemeat. That's definitely one for the memory book! And we're very conscious of eating low-fat foods, so I hope Amanda works on that cookbook!

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  22. Enjoyed the interview. Horsemeat! Could not imagine it. Your appliance collection sounds like mine. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!


  23. Thanks for the interview. I'm always looking for a new read and can't wait to check out Amanda's book.
    Please enter me in the drawing.

  24. I would love to read this book!

    4mypersonalreview at gmail dot com

  25. I really enjoyed your book Paper Roses. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  26. I enjoyed the interview. Please enter me to win your book, it sounds like a good one.


  27. Please sign me up for this book where country boy meets city lady. Sounds very interesting.
    Deborah M.

  28. Thank you all for entering the contest. It ended yesterday and the winner is -- drum roll, please -- Julia.