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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Inside the Mind: A. L. Renna


Welcome to Inside the Mind where we here at The Faerie Review interview authors and creators.
Our guest today is A. L. Renna, the author behind Traveling the World With Mom.




Dani: Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview Amanda I absolutely adored Traveling the World with Mom. What inspired you to write this book? 
Amanda:  Thank you! This book has been bouncing around in my head for a long time. I’ve always been an avid traveler and now, as a mom, I am desperate to share that passion with my kids. Books are one way I do that, so I shared the idea with an artist friend of mine and—as fate would have it—she already had illustrations in her closet that perfectly aligned with my vision. It was like kismet. 
Dani: ​That’s wonderful!  The illustrations are beautiful and unique, was it hard to find the right illustrator? 

Amanda:  Leah and I have been friends for more than twenty years. We actually went to high school together and her talent is incredible. Working together, and seeing her work come to life, just made the process that much more enjoyable. 

Dani: Sounds like the perfect match. Have you visited any of the places in the book? 
Amanda:   Other than New York, I have not actually been to any of the places in the book, but most of them are on my list of places to see—especially the Great Barrier Reef. I love to snorkel!
Dani: I think that’s a great travel bucket list to have, they all sound so interesting. Now we’d like to talk about you as a writer. What’s your favorite time of day to write? 
Amanda:  I write whenever the mood strikes. Morning tends to be a more productive time for me, mainly because my kids are asleep; but I try to put pen to paper anytime I’m feeling inspired. I don’t like writing when it feels forced so I’ll go days, sometimes even weeks, without writing and I’m OK with that. I fill that time with other life experiences that keep me feeling energized and whole. 
Dani: Writing sounds like a really enjoyable creative outlet for you. Do you like to plan out your stories? 

Amanda: I much prefer the brain dump method—too much planning makes me sound academic and fake. It may work for some, it’s just not my personal preference. I try to get it all out on paper first, and then I’ll go back and consider how I can make it flow in a way that really engages the reader without being flowery or overdone. Conversational writing is what I prefer but I’ll be the first to admit, I struggle with it more often than not. I’m definitely an overthinker.

Dani: I think your writing flowed perfectly in this book. Can you see the story unfolding visually as you write? 
Amanda:   Yes! I’m a very visual person. Even when I’m doing a brain dump my mind is usually working overtime, putting all the pieces together in a movie reel of sorts. I’d say I have a visual concept in mind long before the words come together.
Dani: I bet that’s a really fun movie to watch! Let’s finish up with some fun questions and get inside your mind. What’s your favorite dinosaur? 

Amanda:   Hands down a T-Rex. Such tiny arms and he still manages to rule the roost, what’s not to love? 
Dani: They’re definitely ferocious even with the small arms. Would you rather be friends with a mermaid and live in the sea or a centaur and live in the woods? 

Amanda:   Oooh, that’s a tough one. I love the woods, but the ocean is my happy place. The only catch is my fear of sharks. Would I have some supernatural immunity that keeps me from becoming shark bait? If not, then I’ll have to go with a centaur. 
Dani: Why not? Mermaids are magic and it would be nice to be able to explore the ocean at will. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? 
Amanda: It changes by the minute but right now I’d say DARK CHOCOLATE, MEXICAN CHILE & ROASTED ALMONDS by Batch. I also love melting cookie dough over the top of my ice cream. 
Dani:  That sounds delicious! If you could spend a week anywhere, where would you go?  
Amanda:  Fiji. I have always wanted to spend a week in one of those over-the-water huts. 
Dani:  I bet that would be really relaxing too. Are you a morning person or a night owl?  
Amanda:   I’m a daytime person, lol. I’m usually up by 7 and asleep by 10 so the middle of the day is my jam. 
Dani:  I’m so used to second shift I’m not much of a morning person I have to admit. What’s your favorite breakfast?  
Amanda:  Fruit crepes with scrambled eggs and a heavy side of bacon, and tea…lots of tea. 
Dani:  Fresh fruit crepes would be wonderful right now! Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?  
Amanda:  As the Founder & CEO of Travelnitch I believe that by making travel accessible to all families, we have the power to change how our kids view the world and everyone in it. It’s a tool that can foster empathy, build confidence, and support a more tolerant global perspective that benefits us all. This book is one way we are working to make that possible. 
Learn more and connect with us at https://travelnitch.pub
Dani:  That’s a great goal. How can readers discover more about you and your work?  
Amanda:  Follow me on Medium, check out my website, and follow my Amazon author page. I'm also on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram. You can buy my book here. 

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