Hi Amy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background. I live in South Dakota, originally from Iowa. I’m pretty much a goof most days. Always trying to be the funny girl and probably failing miserably. 😉 I went to school for video production and have worked in television for over ten years now. The last two years is when I just started writing books!
Discuss your newest book. My last book is called That One Moment. It’s book 5 in my London Lovers Series but reads really well as a standalone. It’s about a broken damaged hero who had a tragedy happen in his family over five years ago. He spiraled down a dark and twisty path and this book begins one year after he gets out of rehab. So he’s just finally starting to feel confident in himself again…and then of course a girl has to come in and shake things up for him! 😉
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I have a bit of a unique start in writing. It’s always come easy for me…with college papers, letters, etc. But it wasn’t until I had a story to tell that I thought I could maybe write a book. My first book is called Chasing Hope and it’s my true story of my struggle with recurrent pregnancy loss. It’s super emotional but inspirational at the same time. I’m so so proud of it. My fiction work blossomed from that basically! I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad that you could take something like that and see the light in it.
What are your current projects? Right now I’m starting a British soccer romance series. Sexy Harris brothers. They were the siblings to the heroine in my last book and they all play professionally. They were too cute not to get their own series!
What books have most influenced your life most? British chick lit. It’s what made me fall in love with reading and probably hugely why I based my series in London!
What inspired you to write your first book? My own true story of how I got my daughter.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? The hero of my last book is special because he’s broken…and there’s just something about a broken man laying it all bare…putting it all out there for the world to see that is sexy as hell. You want to be the woman to fix him and when you get glimpses of him being strong…raar baby! Sounds like a great read!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I always seem to include some sort of message in my novels. For That One Moment, it’s really about loving yourself and trusting yourself to be okay. To not be afraid of your own shadow and to still continue to take risks because the payoff in the end can be magical.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? I totally see Robert Pattinson as my hero. He’s sexy, but in the dark, smoldering and complicated sort of way. For my heroine, Vi…Imogen Poot would be perfect I think! Maybe just a bit blonder though!
When did you decide to become a writer? I never decided. LOL. It just sort of happened. And even then I denied calling myself a “writer” for a long time. But with eight books out now, I’m starting to finally believe! Sometimes it just happens like that.
Why do you write? Because it is fun! I get to play God and make all sorts of decisions. And I get to have people read what I write and squeal with me about this world I created. So amazing.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? My miscarriages. I had my daughter and it was so wonderful but I was terrified I would forget all the bad stuff that led up to her…and I didn’t want that. Because the bad got me to the good.
Do you write full-time or part-time? I currently still have a day job at the TV station. I work soooo many hours. Maybe someday I’ll just write full time, but for now…I’m juggling both.
What is the hardest thing about writing? Finding time to do it all. It’s so much all the time.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? The stakes were high because it was HAYDEN! My readers were calling him #MyHayden for months before I even wrote the book. I was intimidated that I wouldn’t write something to live up to all they were making him out to be. In the end…I think I just might have nailed it though. J
What is the easiest thing about writing? Writing is all a tremendous amount of work. But having fun with readers…that part is hella easy!
What book are you reading now? Marry, Screw, Kill by Liv Morris!
What is one random thing about you? I like to eat Doritos and Cottage Cheese together. Me too!
What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? Computer! I edit as I go…pen and paper would be awful for me!
What does your writing process look like? Ear buds, kleenx (I cry a lot when I write), snack, Diet Coke fountain pop…44 ouncer. 🙂
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I don’t write in the shower but I get my best ideas in the shower!!!
How important are names to you in your books? Sometimes important, not always. Sometimes I come up with names and I’m like…this will work for now, but then all the sudden I get attached to the name and I just can’t bring myself to change it. Makes me mad b/c it was just a filler name that stuck! Sometimes the first choice just …works.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? I want every book I write to be better than the last. On book #8, that is getting so hard and so intimidating.
Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I’m sure there’s TONS of mistakes I’ve made. You learn as you go though.
What is your favorite motivational phrase? “Success looks a lot like hard work.”
What is your favorite book and why? A Girls Best Friend by Samantha Young. It’s just light and frothy and British and sexy! I want to reread it right now!
Do you have any advice for other writers? Networking is huge in this industry. Meet other authors, make friends, make contacts. It all opens doors one way or another.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I love TV. I watch a lot of TV. Oh..and family. I have a husband and daughter I spend all my free time with…I probably should have said them before TV. EEK. Maybe I should revisit that with a therapist at a later date. Lol
From where do you gain your inspiration? Real life. I’m a watcher now. Everything around me is potential inspiration for a story. You’re never safe in my presence!
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? Self-published you get to have all the power…muhahahahaaaaaa.
Traditional…you can give up some of the power…and maybe have more free time! :O What is this free time you speak of?
How do you market your books? Social media, Facebook ads, newsletter, fan club.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Go for outside the box ideas. Don’t get lost in the sea of authors. Stand out!
What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? A lot. Probably 50/50.
What do you do to get book reviews? I try to network with bloggers and then as I gain fans I find ones that want ARCs in exchange for a review.
How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Good I’d say!
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? I’ve learned a lot from good and bad reviews. I learn my strengths and weaknesses and try to apply them to the next book.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I feel like Anne Hathaway would be really interesting. I don’t know…I’ve always loved her and I love a lot of things she says. I think she’d be fun and inspiring.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Potter!!!! I want the Potter franchise to be mine.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers? You won’t write a book until you just DO IT. Stop talking about doing it and just DO IT! 🙂
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
My website! www.amydawsauthor.com