Read on to find out more about Amanda's debut book, Emerald Butterfly.
Title: Emerald Butterfly
Author: Amanda Nuri
Length: 278 pages
Published: July 2012
Samantha Clearwater is just fitting into her new life in Del Mar, California. After the numerous times she’d moved in the past, all she wants is a normal senior year…until she meets Nathan West. Samantha can’t help but fall for him the moment she lays her eyes on his. But Nathan isn’t everything he seems. When unexplainable incidents creep into Samantha’s life, nearly taking it, Nathan admits the scary truth. Samantha is a Universal, someone with incredibly amazing, supernatural powers. As she discovers and learns to control them, Samantha becomes aware of two opposing forces, the Dark and the Light. They each want her on their side, and they’ll do whatever it takes for her to join. When she refuses, she’s kidnapped, tortured, and brain washed until she’s forced to take sides. Now, Samantha must fight to save herself and humanity.
Emerald Butterfly is a gripping tale where romance meets the supernatural, leaving readers of all ages falling in love with the Universal world and its passionate characters.
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How old were you when you began writing? What inspired you?
I started writing when I was 9 years old; so writing has been a passionate part of my life for a good 7 years now. As for my inspirations, there is no doubt that it all comes from God.
Is there someone in your life who inspired you to write? Was there another author or a teacher who encouraged you?
My 3rd grade teacher inspired me to write and in turn I dedicated my book to her! She just had this love for reading that she shared and a way of narrating books aloud to us that has stuck with me over all these years. She read books like Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and the Overlander Chronicles by Suzanne Collins, one of many authors who have inspired me.
Tell us a little about Emerald Butterfly.
Emerald Butterfly is the first in a trilogy about a girl who holds promise to a dying world. As Samantha Clearwater discovers her true identity and purpose, her ordinary life reveals the spiritual warfare that undermines humanity. Chaos unfolds in her life as the forces of good and evil fight to possess her and her powers.
What is your main character, Samantha, like?
Samantha (AKA Sam) is living on her own during her senior year of high school. She’s pure-hearted, smart, and attractive but her flaws of being somewhat oversensitive and curious can be her own stumbling block. Although Sam is confident in what she wants; she is not easily swayed when it comes to standing up for her beliefs.
Where do you hope to see yourself in the next five years?
Oh, dear. I hope to see myself…being well-known and having a successful writing and acting career!
Do you have any hidden talents?
Um…yeah! I play basketball, guitar & piano. I paint, bake cakes, sew, sing, dance, and act. I love the arts!
What's on your iPod?
Paper Route, Gotye, and Ellie Goulding! I enjoy discovering new artists and, at times, just listening to good, old-fashioned tunes.
What book are you reading now?
I’m bouncing back and forth between my brand new copies of Vampirates: The Immortal War by Justin Somper and Beautiful Creatures.
Thanks for stopping by today Amanda! You can find out more about Amanda and her book at any of these places:
Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaNuri
Book Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/emeraldbutterflybook
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/#!/Emeraldbuterfly