1. When did you start writing?
Since I was thirteen years old and homeschooled, my writing has been one of my forms of relief. When I self-published my first book when I was 23, everything fell together.
2. What motivates you to write?
Throughout my life, many people have asked me to write about my life, as well as how I coped with my Cerebral Palsy and conquered it. To me, having CP means that I have to overcome it each day. Writing it was very challenging for me because I knew I never wanted to return to what I had experienced in my past. I was also inspired because I would like to see people without disabilities treat people with disabilities like them.
other than that…
Because of Cerebral Palsy, I have a speech impairment, which is why I write. It’s my way of expressing myself.
3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
I tend to write in the romance genre. I always have been a hopeless romantic daydreamer when I was younger but now I’m older, adding true crime, forbidden love to my romantic storyline mix. Hey, who says that evil bad guy doesn’t have soul-mates. LOL
4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
When I started out, my goal was to become a best-selling author with movies and TV shows based on my work. Life had happened and I decided to go and became a Certified Disability Self Advocate, I’m trying my best to become one of the voices of those who, through disability, cannot speak for themselves. I am not out for myself; I’m out for that friend who went into an institution for life because of her CP. And that friend who can’t talk or walk, who uses a wheelchair and his iPad to communicate. I hope to make a positive impact through my new book “Living Strong With Cerebral Palsy,” and continue writing under a pseudonym, Sasha Fino- “Getting My Sexy On.”
5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
Several years ago, I suffered from writer’s block. I dropped the ball with my pen name of Alexandra Forry. During that time, I was in a dark place. Yet, I met another author, and with their help, I wrote ‘Blue Bell’ and published it.
6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
There is a sorry inside of you. Don’t let anyone stop you from writing. Nothing or no one ever gets in your way to publishing your book.
7. Please, tell us about your work.
In total, there are eight books that I have written, Living Strong with Cerebral Palsy and Cerebral Palsy Gal, my first attempt at a children’s book by me, Amanda. Under my pseudonym, Sasha Fino, Omerta: Journey to the Past, Kingpin, My Vega Confessions, Sedona’s Heart, and Blue Bell; a Dark Academy Romance. One is a short story in Witchy Wonders anthology that was out for a limited time. Each book is special to me for different reasons, so I can’t choose my favorite.
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Learn more about Amanda
Greetings, my name is Amanda Forry-Fino, and I’m a Disability Self Advocate. The book entitled Cerebral Palsy Gal is part of the Living Strong with CP series and is the second book in the series. This is my first attempt at a children’s book. Also, being an active member of the Training Alumni Association (T.A.A.)—an association of graduates of the Partners in Policymaking program and the Youth Leadership Academy supported by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities to facilitate grassroots advocacy. Being a proud graduate of this year’s class of 2020.
While writing under a pen name, I have published numerous novels and short stories. I enjoy spending time with my mom and our dog Mila while watching good films noir with my dad.
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