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Author: Amy Richie
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Audience: YA or NA
Publisher: Amy Richie
Cover By: M. Gibbs
Editor: C and M Gibbs
Pages: 26K words, 88 pages.
Date Published: 7 February, 2014
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Bed B; Room 36; Nine Crosses
Ren Collins knows better than most where being different will land a person. A bed in a crazy hospital with only an angry ghost for company. But there are things about Toby that Ren doesn’t know, old secrets that are brought into the light only with the appearance of Tristan.
Tristan is different than Toby. Sure, they’re both only real to Ren, but Tristan does something Toby never does. He smiles. Ren soon finds herself trusting this new curly haired ghost-person more than she should.
At least, that’s what Toby says. But maybe Toby is the one who can’t be trusted. Where the ghost people are concerned, can any of them be trusted?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & INTERVIEW
Amy Richie has lived in a small town her entire life. She lives with her three kids and their pet rat Jasper. She began writing in high school but never took it seriously until a few years ago. She enjoys writing because it takes her out of her everyday life and gives life to the people in her head.
Amy says: “When I was little I wanted to be a mermaid, then when I was in high school I wanted to be a vampire; now as an adult I’m a writer, which is better because now I get to be both.”
Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I didn't always want to be a writer. I wanted to work with animals on some level when I was in school. A marine biologists would have been awesome. Minus the fifty years of school needed.
When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?
I got my first book published in 2011 so I guess then.
Did it take a long time to get your first book published?
Yes! I didn't know anything about getting published and so I hit a lot of dead ends at first.
Do you work another job as well as your writing work?
Yep1 I work in a small nursing home in my hometown.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Unspoken is the latest. It's about a young girl named Ren who can see ghosts and is in a mental hospital because of it.
Who is your publisher? or do you self publish?
Anchor Group is my publisher but I self publish as well.
Do you have a "lucky charm" or "lucky routine" you follow when waiting for your book to be accepted by a publisher?
I'm pretty “in” with my publisher so I don't have that anxious waiting with them right now!
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Around 2 months, depending on the amount of time I can put into it.
Which of your books were easier/harder to write than the others?
The Blood Vine Series, featuring Willow was the easiest to write. She seemed to tell her own story while I merely held the pen!
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I have an ecclectic taste that carries over into my writing. I'm sure I'll try every genre at least once.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Unspoken is the first in a three part series.
What genre would you place your books into?
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I like to make things up as I go along rather than spend hours researching the facts!
Do you have a favourite out of the books you have written? If so why is it your favourite?
Timeless. It was the first book I ever wrote so it holds a special place in my heart.
Do you have a favourite character from your books? and why are they your favourite?
Willow. I love her growth and her leadership.
Do you have anybody read your books and give you reviews before you officially release them?ie. Your partner, children, friends, reviewers you know?
My sister, a friend, my mom, and my dad all read my books before I send them on to my editor.
Do you gift books to readers to do reviews?
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I try to. I make sure not to comment, I love all the feedback I get. Positive or negative.
How do you come up with the Title and Cover Designs for your book/books? Who designed the Cover of your books?
My publisher has a cover designer, Katie from KC Designs, and she does amazing work. My sister has also designed a lot of my covers.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I write them as I go along. They often take on their own personalities that I don't even see coming half the time!
Do you basic plot/plan for your book, before you actually begin writing it out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the story?
I am for sure a plotter! I do several outlines before I even begin to write. The plotting takes just as long as writing sometimes!
Have you ever suffered from a "writer's block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
I get into funks and don't feel like writing sometimes. It'll last a few weeks. I read during those times. Right now I'm reading Harry Potter again!
What do you do to unwind and relax?Do you have a hobby?
I love watching shows on Netflix. Doctor Who, Supernatural, Hell's Kitchen... I also love Korean dramas a lot. I even have a blog about asian drams that I've seen! Of course I read and I like doing jigsaw puzzles
Which format of book do you prefer, ebook, hardback, or paperback?
I like paperback best!
What is your favourite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Harry Potter. Hands down. I love the whole world Rowling created. I reread them all at least once every few months!
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favourite/worst book to movie transfer?
I think the old books make good movies. Like Pride and Prejudice, North and South, Wives and Daughters, and Persuasion. The newer books, not so much. The Hunger Games was only ok. Harry Potter was awful. They left so much out. If I hadn't read the books and filled in the blanks, I'm not sure I would understand the movies.
Did you read a lot at school and write lots of stories or is being a writer something newer in your life?
I did read a lot. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Incident and Hawk's Hill were my three favorites. I wrote a lot in school too but just for fun!
What piece of advice would you give to a new writer? The best advice I could give a new writer is 1. find a publisher you love and stick with them. Do your research and make sure they are a good fit. And 2. Write every day. Set a word count goal and work hard to hit it daily. It will sharpen your skill and you'll get more done!
Where can readers follow you?
I am on facebook and twitter. I try to visit twitter daily!
1 x $5 Amazon Gift Card
1 x Unspoken Craft Pen