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Amanda Cox: Bees, Relationships, Chattanooga, a Giveaway & More

I had a blast with this week’s author interview, chatting with Christian Fiction author, Amanda Cox, IN PERSON while I was in Chattanooga visiting my family. Enjoy a behind the scenes glimpse of her new release, He Should Have Told the Bees.

Be sure to comment below by September 5 for a chance to win a paperback of her book!

Be sure to comment on @amandacoxwrites’ interview by 9/5 for a chance to win a paperback of #HeShouldHaveToldtheBees. #amwriting #giveaway


Join the conversation. Have you read any of Amanda’s books? Which is your favorite? What part of Amanda’s interview resonated with you most? What questions or comments do you have for Amanda?

Be sure to comment below by September 5 for a chance to win a paperback of Amanda’s book!

He Should Have Told the Bees Book Cover

He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox

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Uncovering long-held family secrets may sting at first–but the result can be sweeter than honey

Beekeeper Beckett Walsh is living her dream, working alongside her father in their apiary, until his untimely death sends her world into a tailspin. She suddenly finds she must deal with a new part owner of the family business–one who is looking to sell the property. Beck cannot fathom why her father would put her into the position to lose everything they built together.

When Callie Peterson is named in the trust of a man she’s never heard of, she’s not sure what to do. Her fledgling business has just taken wing and her mother has reentered her life asking for help getting into rehab for her lifelong substance abuse issues, making Callie’s financial situation rather . . . precarious. She’s sure she has no right to someone else’s farm, but the money from the sale could solve her problems and give her the stability she’s always craved.

As these two women navigate their present conundrum, they will discover a complex and entangled past full of secrets–and the potential for a brighter future for both of them.

Amanda Cox is the author of The Edge of Belonging and The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery, both of which were the Christy Award Book of the Year in 2021 and 2022, respectively. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology and a master’s degree in professional counseling, but her first love is communicating through story. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. She lives in East Tennessee, with her husband and their three children.

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Check out these interviews with Jennifer Chastain, Karen Randau, and Jenn Wright.

As a Jesus girl for more than thirty years, Deena Adams understands how important hope is to daily life, which fuels her passion to inspire others through hope-filled fiction based on true to life stories. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and is a multi-award-winning writer, an active ACFW member, and ACFW Virginia president. Connect with Deena through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • Teresa A Moyer

    He Should Have Told The Bees arrived on my door step. I am looking forward to reading it! Loved the interview! No entry please let someone else get the chance to win 🙂

  • Vickie Waters

    I loved this interview! Amanda has such an energy about her. I could tell by the discussion that she really enjoys her writing journey and also feels very thankful that she can do this as her calling. I have heard of her latest book and definitely want to read it. Her earlier books also sound fascinating! Thanks for interviewing her Deena

    • Amanda Cox

      Thank you, Vickie! Your comments are so kind, and they made me smile. I am so happy to know that my love for what I get to do alongside Jesus came through this interview! Happy Reading! I hope you enjoy “Bees”!!

  • Paty Hinojosa

    I love interviews in person! I love to get to know authors, it says so much about their books! And Amanda sounds like an awesome author so I think I’d love to read her books! I love Christian Women Fiction!

  • Teresa Warner

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this one! This would be a new author for me, love discovering and reading them. Sounds good!

  • Paty Hinojosa Gómez

    Amanda Cox is a new author to me! She and her books sound fabulous! I’d love to read her, especially this book!

  • Perrianne Askew

    Amanda is an incredibly talented author and I’m quite sure her counselimg background gives her the depth of story that she always nails. I’ve read everything she’s published, but I need to read the prequel to The Edge of Belonging. Somehow that one escaped me. Congrats to Amanda on He Should Have Told the Bees. I aslo admire the fact that she even took up bee keeping, which also adds a technical element that most of us are unaware of. The tiny bee is actually quite amazing for pollination and as a food source.

  • Amanda Cox

    Deena it was such a joy to chat with you about He Should Have Told the Bees!! And so fun that we were able to do this in person. ♥️

      • Caitlin Miller

        I absolutely love Amanda’s heart for writing. A few months back, I read The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery, and I had tears in my eyes several times while reading. Her newest book that just releases is HIGH on my TBR, and I would be so thrilled to win a copy ☺️

  • Heidi

    How fun that you could do that interview in person! I enjoyed “meeting” Amanda and listening to her writing journey.

  • Ashlyn Ohm

    I’ve been looking forward to this release so, so much!!! I love women’s fiction, and Amanda has such a gift for real and raw characters relationships that still bring hope.

  • Traci Winget

    I was so thrilled to see Amanda on the blog this week!!!
    I’ve read the ARC copy twice, and am now listening on Audible.
    This book gave me a new love for bees! 🐝
    At our women’s ministry retreat, I walked slowly through clover to watch them work. We visit a lake quite often in the summer, and I refuse to let anyone harm or bother a bee!!
    The themes throughout grabbed my attention too, as I had a dysfunctional relationship with my mom, too. No substance abuse, but dementia. The inner battles Callie dealt with were very real and touching.
    The book is my favorite this year!! 🧡🐝💛

    • Deena Adams

      Traci, I love that you’ve read the book multiple times. The sign of an excellent story! It’s always a plus when the book addresses a felt need we have in our own lives, isn’t it?

      • Lynn Moore

        Girls…..your interview together was just too cute! Your genuine care & respect for each other shined just as big as your smiles did!
        My copy of the book has arrived & I Can’t wait to start reading….. I already know I will be “buzzing” to all my reading pals about it…. and I haven’t even read the first page yet!🐝 🌻🐝
        Blessing to you both!

      • Grace Schlabach

        Read Amanda’s newest “He Should Have Told the Bees” a few months back on Netgalley and LOVED it! This was my first ever read by this author and she did a wonderful job of setting the scene and creating relatable characters. Also the cover is just lovely and all of the bee world building made me want my own hives even more. Good job Amanda, I look forward to your next book.

    • Amanda Cox

      You are so kind, Traci! I am so glad to hear that “Bees” was an impactful read for you this year. I’m so honored that my book is on your “favorites” list!