Welcome, Amy. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Unfortunately, my characters mostly get my weaknesses (like a lack of faith or a struggle to forgive or even mistrust) and a dose of sarcasm and flippant remarks.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I had hot pink streaks put into my hair a year before my daughter was born. It wasn’t something I had ever thought I would do, but I just decided to do something different ... and I loved it.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I have always loved to read. When I had a teacher in middle school who wrote, it sort of dawned on me that I COULD write, you know? Before that, authors were unreachable. When I met one in real life, it made it seem more achievable.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love Christian romance (both contemporary and historical) as well as fantasy. But I have also expanded lately to read other books, as well, including several devotional and inspirational books, which really got me thinking and stretching.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
One word: tea. Okay, maybe that’s not my only way to keep my sanity. Seriously, though, a cup of hot tea does me good. As does my stash of chocolate. I try to read the Bible through each year. And make sure I make it to worship and Bible study every time I can to keep me grounded. I make time for friends away from my children. And I read.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Sometimes, they come to me. I start thinking about the plot, and BAM! The name just appears in my head and I know it’s right. Other times, I run through a list of names I like and pick one that won’t be too similar to other characters in the same book.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Being a mommy.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I think I might like to be a bear. Hibernation sounds wonderful this time of year.
What is your favorite food?
Chicken enchiladas with sour cream sauce! Mmmm. Although margherita pizza is a definite second.
My granddaughter and I will be making Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas for the whole family for our Christmas celebration. It’s a tradition in our family. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Probably my greatest roadblock is not letting the reader get into my characters’ heads enough. I am great at dialogue, but not always great at giving insights between the talking scenes. I try to go back and really focus on that more as I edit, finding places I can deepen, add emotion, or even inner dialogue. I also have great friends who are good at telling me which scenes need more, when they read it before it gets submitted to a publisher.
Tell us about the featured book.
In An Unexpected Legacy, Jessica and
meet at a smoothie shop and quickly start to fall in love. As they get to know
each other, they discover their families are from the same town ... and that an
old family secret has kept others apart in the past. They have to uncover the
past before they can make sure their relationship will last into the future. Chad
Please give us the first page of the book.
Here’s the prologue for my book:
“Don’t even think about it.”
Ruth stepped between
and her view. “That boy.” Sandy
asked, although she had a guess. She trailed her finger along the snack table,
reached for a pretzel as a way to get a better view. His new letterman jacket
hung loosely on his lean frame, his long fingers playing with the edge of his
Bible as he stood talking to several other boys in the youth group. Sandy
to look at her. “You know which one. That Manning boy. That family’s no good.” Sandy
“How can you say that?”
Ruth huffed. “Are you coming or not?” She motioned toward the door. “Daddy’s waiting in the car.”
Ruth caught up and nudged
again as she slowed down. “Do you know
where they’re living?” Sandy
“In the old Potter house.”
frowned. “What does that have to do
with anything?” Sandy
Ruth opened her mouth, as if to say something, then shook her head. “Just leave him alone,
He’s no good for you. You’re going to end up with your heart broken.” Sandy
“Don’t be silly, Ruthie.”
pushed the door open. “I’m going to
marry that boy.” Sandy
Good opening. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Amy, for sharing this book with my readers and me. I’m eager to read it, and I know they are, too.
Readers, here are links to the book.An Unexpected Legacy - Paperback
An Unexpected Legacy - Kindle
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