DF Hello Amanda. Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed as your readers are eager to learn more about you.
AR Thank you, Mrs. Foster. It is so awesome to be interviewed. I’ve never been interviewed before.
DF I used to be a recruiter and I interviewed people for a living, so I will start this interview like I always did. Can you please tell me a little about yourself?
AR Yes, thanks. I can do that. (Clears her throat) My name is Amanda Jane Ross and I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am in grade six and attend Guy Weadick Elementary. It’s named after a cowboy who started the Calgary Stampede, you know. I live with my mom, Evelyn Ross and my dad, Don Ross. They are both accountants and work a lot. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. I love to read and I do some writing. But what I really love the most is travelling to other countries.
DF Do you have any brothers and sisters?
AR No, I don’t. But I have lots of cousins.
DF Who’s your best friend?
AR I have some good friends from school but my BFF is Leah Anderson who lives in London, England. I first met her when I was in the United Arab Emirates. We enjoy travelling together and sometimes get into a pickle, but we always have tons of fun.
DF Why do you like her so much?
AR Well, she is totally different than me. I mean, she is tall and thin and has gorgeous blond hair and doesn’t wear glasses. She is so pretty and has this cool English accent. She has lived all over the world because of her dad’s job. So she knows a lot more about travelling than me and seems a bit older, although we are the same age. She is just super cool.
DF So what made you want to travel?
AR I read so many stories that take place in other countries and I just wanted so much to actually go to some of those places. My life was boring as nothing interesting ever happened to me. My parents are always too busy to go on holidays. So, when I turned twelve I made a wish for travel and adventure before blowing out the candles on my cake. The very next day, airplane tickets for the United Arab Emirates to visit my aunt and uncle came in the mail. I couldn’t believe it! The trip was awesome and I met Leah there. We had a super adventure together. I got to ride a camel and help out a princess and I even got stuck in a sand storm, can you believe it! So when Leah invited me to spend a week in Spain with her and her parents, I just had to go. Now I think I have the travel bug.
DF What do you like so much about travelling?
AR Lots of things. I love seeing the sights, the old buildings and stuff. It sometimes feels like I am in a storybook when I visit another country. I like meeting interesting people and trying new food. I know it sounds strange but I enjoy visiting graveyards and there are some awesome ones around.
DF You mentioned you sometimes get into a pickle? I haven´t heard that saying for a long time. What do you mean by that?
AR LOL. My great-aunt says that all the time. I am curious and like to help people and sometimes that gets me into trouble. In The UAE I helped a runaway princess and got chased by bounty hunters across the desert. In Spain, I tried to help a young girl get her pony back from horse thieves and kidnappers. In Germany, a young, homeless musician gave me a valuable violin to keep safe for him, which wasn´t easy. Sometimes Leah gets annoyed at me for sticking my nose in other people´s business, but that´s just how I am.
DF Where have you been so far?
AR Let’s see. Besides the UAE and Spain, I’ve also been to England, Germany, Austria and Hungary. Oh, and Leah came to Alberta to visit me too. I just came back from New Mexico in the United States on a class trip. That was interesting and a bit spooky, but also fun!
DF Tell me more about your trip to New Mexico. Why did you go there?
AR Ten of us were chosen to go on this cultural trip. We were chosen because we are creative. I like to write stories, others are into drawing, painting or photography. It was great because we stayed at an old house that belonged to a woman who invited artists to stay there a long time ago. She is dead now but they still use her place for class trips and things like that. It was kind of creepy though because it was old. My friend, Cleo, kept saying she saw ghosts everywhere we went.
DF Sounds like quite the trip. Do you know where you will go to next?
AR Leah wants me to come to Holland with her. She’s been there before but she wants me to see the tulips. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to go to. There are so many other places I would like to visit. I think I’m a lucky kid to get to travel to all these amazing places.
Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind
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Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several of her fellow creative students. Join Amanda, Cleo and their funny friend, Caleb, as they visit an ancient and beautiful landscape where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past. Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere? Perhaps the Day of the Dead will reveal the mysteries of Taos in this latest adventure of Amanda’s travels.
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Brought up on a ranch in southern Alberta, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world and meeting interesting people. She also believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true. It’s no surprise that she’s now an award-winning author of children’s adventure books who divides her time between the west coast of Canada and Orihuela Costa, in Spain.
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Amanda Jane Ross is certainly becoming a world traveller; she’s now in sunny Spain on vacation with her friend Leah. While there, she encounters a mysterious young girl who looks eerily like the girl in a famous painting she saw in a Madrid museum. Even weirder, the girl keeps showing up wherever Amanda finds herself – Madrid, the remote mountains of rural Spain, the beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, a lively fiesta and the busy streets of Barcelona. Amanda wants to help this sweet, young girl and her beloved pony escape the clutches of a mean horse-dealer. Come with Amanda on her next adventure as she attempts to unravel the mystery behind the Girl in the Painting while she treks across Spain – always one step ahead of danger!
Amanda is delighted to show Leah around Alberta during her visit from England. They take in the Calgary Stampede, go on a cattle drive, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, spend time with the dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and explore the crazy Hoodoos. When Amanda finds a stone with a unique mark on it, she doesn’t think it’s important until everyone seems to want it – including a very ornery cowboy. Is this stone worth ruining Leah’s holiday and placing them both in danger? Spend time with Amanda as she explores her own country while attempting to decipher the mysterious writing on the stone and keep it from those determined to take it from her.
Twelve year old Amanda Ross finds herself on an elegant riverboat with her bestie, Leah, cruising down the beautiful Danube, passing medieval castles, luscious green valleys and charming villages. When she is entrusted with a valuable violin by a young, homeless musician during a stop in Germany, a mean boy immediately attempts to take it from her. Back on their cruise, Amanda struggles to keep the precious violin safe for the poor prodigy. Along the way, she encounters a mysterious monk, a Santa Claus look-alike, and the same nasty boy. Follow Amanda down the Danube, through Germany, Austria and Hungary, as she enjoys the enchanting sounds of music everywhere she goes. She remains on the lookout though, wondering just who she can trust.
Amanda Ross is an average twelve year old Canadian girl. So what is she doing thousands of kilometres from home in the United Arab Emirates? It’s her own fault really, she wished for adventure and travel when she blew out those candles on her last birthday cake. Little did she know that a whole different world awaited her on the other side of the globe, one full of intrigue, mystery and folklore. A world with a beautiful princess, a dangerous desert and wonderful friends. Join Amanda on her first adventure as she discovers the secrets behind The Perfume Flask.
Amanda Ross is visiting England and taking in all the sights. She gets lost in the maze at Hampton Court, does some shopping at Harrods, meets the ravens in the Tower of London, explores Windsor Castle, and rides the London Eye. When she discovers a vintage book is missing from a collection, she is determined to find out who stole it. Amanda befriends a pair of tough teenagers from the streets of London, an elderly bookshop owner, and a big, friendly, clever, Maine Coon cat named Rupert. Follow Amanda through cobblestone streets, medieval castles, and underground tunnels in her quest to find the missing novel!