Author Revealed

About Amanda Elizabeth Barden

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 10/11

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went Holy Names High School. Then I went to UC Davis for undergrad, USC for my MS in gerontology and finished off at USF for law school. As you can tell, I really liked being in school!

Q. Favorite movie

A. Grease, Cinderella and Pride and Prejudice (the BBC mini-series version, of course)

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Office, The Amazing Race, Coupling, Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Coming-of-age story set to great soundtrack

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Nothing is impossible

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Fireworks show on a warm night, holding hands, in a cute dress and an ice cream cone.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Being forced to swim, surrounded by spiders, on my way to a doctor's appointment to get a shot

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Italian coast

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My parents

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Adorable

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not minoring in Spanish in college

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Getting out of bed as soon as my alarm clock wakes me up

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Getting this book published!

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Eternal optimism

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Eternal optimism

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. For one day, I'd be a man just to see what it's like...

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My curly hair

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Mr. Darcy

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Severus Snape

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Tailgaters

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I really love a good mani/pedi.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Fairy godmother

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Kindness, Integrity, Reliability

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. My mom's cooking

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Favorite songs is too difficult! Here are some of the songs I just downloaded to my iPod-- These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding, Miss Independent by Ne-Yo, I'll Be Your Lover, Too by Van Morrison, Want To by Sugarland and It's A Great Day To Be Alive by Travis Tritt

On Books and Writing

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. In no particular order:Gone With the Wind by Margaret MitchellPride and Prejudice by Jane AustenBridget Jones's Diary by Helen FieldingLittle Women by Louisa May AlcottPeter Pan by James M. Barrie

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding (vg)

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Don't be afraid to hear the word "no" -- it will keep you from ever trying.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. What's your favorite name?

Q. How did you come to write Baby Names Made Easy?

A. I used to start writing stories and never get farther than naming the characters because I was having so much fun reading my collection of baby name books and picking out names. One night, I was looking for a name that had a specific meaning and I was having to read each name entry to find the names with the meaning I wanted. A light bulb came on and I had the idea for a baby name book that was organized by the meaning of the names, instead of alphabetically. That's when I realized that all that time I had been trying to write the wrong book, what I really needed to do was write a baby name book!

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