It's Finally Friday! For a lot of people that means the end of a long grueling week at work, where they can come home at the end of this day and relax a bit knowing the alarm clock won't go off at some unholy hour disturbing the sweet silence that is sleep...
For others, it is just another day. Sadly it's true. One day runs into the next and before these people know it an entire month has flown by, without notice to anything in particular.
For me, it is a little of both. You see my job, well it isn't a normal job that has set hours. Some days I like it that way and others....well, we won't go there. I celebrate Fridays because although I don't get up and go to "the office" outside of my home, I still set my alarm every day Monday through Friday. I have young children so I have to get up and get them together. Once that is done and they are off to school I go to work. But on Fridays, I celebrate the fact they don't have school the following day, which means I don't have to set my alarm. Sure they still wake me up pretty early, but there isn't that annoying buzz of the alarm going off.
Time does fly by for me, and one day does seem to blend into the next, but only during those school days. Weekends bring about a whole new purpose for me. I get to work at my leisure, because you see, since I run my own business, I still work on Saturday and Sunday. It is at my pace, but I'm still working constantly. I get to spend time with my family and work around what is happening, enjoying time with them and still doing my other loves....writing, reading, talking with friends(mostly online, lol) and promoting & marketing other authors.
Today, I am here to introduce you to one of those authors; USA Today Bestselling author Amy M. Reade. She writes women's contemporary and gothic fiction. Amy has so graciously answered just a few questions for me that I would like to share with you all. Okay, maybe there are more than just a few questions, actually there's a lot of them. But all the better to get to know Amy, the person, the writer and the author!
A former attorney, Amy found that writing was her true calling. She loves cooking, reading, and travel. You can visit her website, http://www.amymreade.com, where, in addition to information about her books and appearances, you will find a contact form, suggested playlists to go along with her novels, and notes and recommendations on wines.
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What were you like at school?
I was a total nerd, complete with thick glasses, chapped lips, and a scrawny physique. I never played sports, opting instead for music (I played oboe and clarinet), clubs, and being on the local Whiz Quiz team (in which we competed against other high school teams in the area on a local television quiz show). Not a Miss Popularity contestant, as you can imagine.
Academically, I earned high grades and graduated near the top of my class.
Were you good at English?
I was very good at English and loved (almost) every minute of it. I particularly liked writing. I remember reading some of the books and wondering if I would ever be able to read them for actual enjoyment, and I’m happy to report that classics and other important works of literature can indeed be wonderful when they’re not being picked apart ad nauseam.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I want to keep writing until the day I die, and if I could make the NYT Bestseller list (which I recently heard might not be around much longer for paperbacks), that would be the icing on the cake.
Which writers inspire you?
Phyllis Whitney, Barbara Louise Mertz (who also wrote under the names Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels), Nora Robb (the woman writes an incredible number of books), and Ernest Hemingway.
So, what have you written?
I’ve had four books published so far, but two are still in the pipeline and will be released within the next twelve months or so.
Secrets of Hallstead House, a book of gothic suspense set in the Thousand Islands region of upstate New York. Here’s the teaser from Amazon:
"You are not wanted here. Go away from Hallstead Island or you will be very sorry you stayed."
Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Hallstead House is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions. Alex seems happy to have Macy's help, but others on the island, including Alex's sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats. . .slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House. . .”
It’s on sale for 99¢ until March 5th!
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http://bit.ly/2llDpkN (Google Play)
The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, same genre, set outside Charleston, South Carolina. Here’s the teaser from Amazon:
"Do you know what stories Sarah could tell you about the things that happened in these little cabins? They’d curl that pretty red hair of yours."
Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, beyond hanging curtains of Spanish moss, at the end of a shaded tunnel of overarching oaks, stands the antebellum mansion of Peppernell Manor in all its faded grandeur. At the request of her friend Evie Peppernell, recently divorced Carleigh Warner and her young daughter Lucy have come to the plantation house to refurbish the interior. But the tall white columns and black shutters hide a dark history of slavery, violence, and greed. The ghost of a former slave is said to haunt the home, and Carleigh is told she disapproves of her restoration efforts. And beneath the polite hospitality of the Peppernell family lie simmering resentments and poisonous secrets that culminate in murder—and place Carleigh and her child in grave danger…”
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https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-ghosts-of-peppernell-manor (Kobo US)
https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-ghosts-of-peppernell-manor (Kobo Canada)
https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-ghosts-of-peppernell-manor (Kobo UK)
http://bit.ly/2llttro (Google Play)
House of the Hanging Jade, same genre, set on the Big Island of Hawaii. Here’s the teaser from Amazon:
“A dark presence had invaded the Jorgensens' house. On a spectacular bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, something evil is watching and waiting . . .
Tired of the cold winters in Washington, D.C. and disturbed by her increasingly obsessive boyfriend, Kailani Kanaka savors her move back to her native Big Island of Hawaii. She also finds a new job as personal chef for the Jorgensen family. The gentle caress of the Hawaiian trade winds, the soft sigh of the swaying palm trees, and the stunning blue waters of the Pacific lull her into a sense of calm at the House of Hanging Jade--an idyll that quickly fades as it becomes apparent that dark secrets lurk within her new home. Furtive whispers in the night, a terrifying shark attack, and the discovery of a dead body leave Kailani shaken and afraid. But it's the unexpected appearance of her ex-boyfriend, tracking her every move and demanding she return to him, that has her fearing for her life . . .”
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https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/house-of-the-hanging-jade (Kobo US)
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http://bit.ly/2ktGb5M (Google Play)
The House on Candlewick Lane, Book 1 in the Malice series, same genre, set in Scotland. Here’s the teaser from Amazon:
“It is every parent’s worst nightmare. Greer Dobbins’ daughter has been kidnapped—and spirited across the Atlantic to a hiding place in Scotland. Greer will do anything to find her, but the streets of Edinburgh hide a thousand secrets—including some she’d rather not face.
Art historian Dr. Greer Dobbins thought her ex-husband, Neill, had his gambling addiction under control. But in fact he was spiraling deeper and deeper into debt. When a group of shady lenders threatens to harm the divorced couple’s five-year-old daughter if he doesn’t pay up, a desperate Neill abducts the girl and flees to his native Scotland. Though the trail seems cold, Greer refuses to give up and embarks on a frantic search through the medieval alleys of Edinburgh—a city as beguiling as it is dangerous. But as the nightmare thickens with cryptic messages and a mysterious attack, Greer herself will become a target, along with everyone she holds dear.”
http://amzn.to/2koAVOl (Amazon US)
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http://bit.ly/2jYOy5T (Barnes & Noble)
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-house-on-candlewick-lane (Kobo US)
https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-house-on-candlewick-lane (Kobo Canada)
https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-house-on-candlewick-lane (Kobo UK)
http://bit.ly/2kV6JNQ (Google Play)
What are you working on at the minute?
Right now I’m working on two projects, both of which are in the beginning stages. Both are new mystery series.
What genre are your books?
Most of my books are considered gothic suspense or women’s fiction.
What draws you to this genre?
This is the genre I most enjoy reading, so I think I was naturally drawn to it as a writer.
When did you decide to become a writer?
It wasn’t a conscious decision. I attended a writing/publishing workshop at a local library just to get out of the house when my kids were all little, and I found that I was intrigued by it. I started writing a story based on the some of the homework we had for the workshop and eventually it grew into something larger. I practiced law prior to deciding to write, and writing was my favorite part of the legal practice.
Why do you write?
Because I love it and now that I know how much I love it, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I try to write at least six days a week. I have found that when I take a day off it works to my advantage the next time I sit down to write, so I try to keep one day free.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I aim for at least 2,000 words a day.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I wrote my first book longhand, but since then I’ve had less time to work on each project, so I learned pretty quickly to love the computer for drafting.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Again, my first book followed an outline in excruciating detail. The second book I wrote without an outline. By the time I wrote the third book, I had hit on a method that seems to work well for me: I write a detailed synopsis of the story then I sit down to write within the parameters I’ve set. I’ve found that this system leaves me enough wiggle room to see where ideas take me.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
My last two books each took four months.
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