I love the opportunity to interview new authors. This is the 3rd interview I’ve done recently. I will admit that I have not read anything by this author yet. I plan to change that soon though.
About the Author:
Amy Manemann, is the author of the Deadly Series (Taci Andrews Mysteries), Don’t Know Jack (Secret Agent Series) and Dracula’s Party, her first children’s book. She resides in her hometown along the Mississippi river with her husband and their two children.
When she isn’t plotting and outlining her various writing projects, Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, and diving into a good book.
Amy is a site administrator for the World Literary Cafe.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The only challenge I have with my writing is actually finding time to write! I work part time and have a very active 9 and 11 year old, so I often tend to squeeze in my writing time during breakfast, lunch hours, sports practices and while cooking dinner. I shoot for a daily goal of 1000-1500 words, which doesn’t seem like a lot to most people, but when you’re a busy mom with a crazy schedule, being able to hit that goal or higher on a daily basis is always a highlight for me!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
To keep writing, even when you think it’s terrible. We learn from our mistakes, and if you give up just because someone didn’t like the first thing you wrote, that’s okay. Chalk it up to experience and move on to the next project. People don’t just wake up and know how to write. It’s a craft, it takes time to perfect and you need to be open to giving yourself that time to grow.
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
Yes! The very first book I wrote was a Regency Romance about pirates, espionage and romance. Sound exciting? I thought so too! With that said, you’ll notice if you look me up on Amazon or Barnes and Noble you won’t find it anywhere. I’m quite certain it’s the most horrid book ever written and will never make it into the publishing world without a total re-write, but it also was the first book I attempted to write so it will always hold a dear place in my heart.
What book are you writing now?
I’m excited about my current project, which is the first book of a new series. It’s a New Age Paranormal Romance and is the story of nineteen year old Willa Devries, who is getting ready to inherit her magical powers upon her twentieth birthday, and her Guardian, Braeden Mathieson. She is a lightkeeper, the last of her kind who holds the light of the world against the rising darkness, but without her Guardian to teach her how to master her powers, she could lose the light forever. I’m absolutely in love with these characters, they have such a good chemistry together it’s hard to stop writing. They’re the kind of characters who make you feel the heat between them, make you want to crawl into the story and be wrapped in that comforting embrace, and make you eager to get to the next page. This story has been flowing much faster than some of my other projects, which probably accounts to why I’m currently three weeks ahead of schedule with it, so I’m hoping to have it wrapped up off for editing in the near future.
How did you come up with the title?
The title for this book will be Willa, a Lightkeeper Novel. I have plans for more books in this series, though I wanted the title to reflect that this book is solely about Willa coming into her powers, becoming comfortable with herself and her heritage, and being open to falling in love. I do hope your readers will keep an eye out for Willa’s book as I would love for them to share in Willa and Braeden’s story.
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Here are the covers to 5 of Amy’s books.