Infuse Real Life into your Writing by Amanda Meuwissen – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Amanda Meuwissen who is celebrating the recent release of her newest book A Model Escort.


In my recent release, A Model Escort, one of the main characters is a data scientist, someone who works with predictive algorithms to determine future behavior.

You’re probably most familiar with this technology when on sites like Amazon and Netflix, which take your past behavior over long periods of time to recommend what you’ll likely want to buy or watch next.

Scary how often they’re right or influence you into your next decision, huh?

I work with this technology in my day job too, a marketing automation platform for auto dealers that does this same type of thing to better individualize emails dealers send to their customers. None of us want generic spam anymore; we want a message tailored to us.

I also know people in other industries who use this technology, but one stood out to me and stuck in the back of my mind—a forensic scientist working on predictive models to determine where crime is most likely to happen to better plan distribution of police officers throughout the year in the most needed areas.

I took that concept and applied it to my protagonist for this story, using it as the catalyst for why Owen Quinn, socially awkward data scientist, uproots his life and starts over. He has other reasons than a new job in a new city, but this theme connects to multiple elements throughout the book—predicting outcomes.

Like one of my favorite lines, no one can predict everything, but still: Meet every surprise in life like you had a plan all along.

I doubt I would have made this connection or chosen that profession for Owen if I had been in a different place in my life when I wrote the book, but I never shy from infusing elements of now into my writing.

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When you think of something in the moment, it tends to make itself more alive as it transitions onto the page, and then becomes something not only based on reality, but uniquely real and robust about that character.

I’m diving into my next project about an aging choreographer falling for his young physical therapist, and in chapter two I have him picking up string cheese as a terrible vice when normally he eats healthy—all because my father was staying with me for a few weeks and picked up string cheese as a snack, harkening back to my childhood and giving me a human personal touch to add to a new character.

My advice is to embrace those moments where even something that might seem silly at first can actually be what brings your characters to life.

What’s the value of love?

Shy data scientist Owen Quinn is brilliant at predictive models but clueless at romance. Fortunately, a new career allows him to start over hundreds of miles from the ex he would rather forget. But the opportunity might go to waste since this isn’t the kind of problem he knows how to solve. The truth is, he’s terrible at making the first move and wishes a connection didn’t have to revolve around sex.

Cal Mercer works for the Nick of Time Escort Service. He’s picky about his clients and has never accepted a regular who is looking for companionship over sex—but can the right client change his mind? And can real feelings develop while money is changing hands? Owen and Cal might get to the root of their true feelings… if their pasts don’t interfere.

About the Author: Amanda Meuwissen is a primarily gay romance writer, as well as Marketing Operations Manager for the software company Outsell. She has a Bachelor of Arts in a personally designed major from St. Olaf College in Creative Writing, and is an avid consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games. As author of the paranormal romance trilogy The Incubus Saga, young adult novel Life as a Teenage Vampire, the novelette The Collector, and superhero duology Lovesick Gods and Lovesick Titans, Amanda regularly attends local comic conventions for fun and to meet with fans, where she will often be seen in costume as one of her favorite fictional characters. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, John, and their cat, Helga.

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