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Meet Author Sue Raymond

Hallo, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Sue Raymond

Sue Raymond was born and raised in the Midwest along with her siblings. Sue was trained in the Commercial art field before marrying her husband. After raising two sons and having five grandchildren Sue started a new avenue in her life, writing. She is an inspiration author and has eight published novels as she works on four other novels and children stories.

Book Title: Window Pane

Genre: Suspense / mystery

Synopsis:  The rain streaming down the window pane entices her to join it in its run. Why does it have such pull on her soul? Does the rain truly have the answers of her past? Why does no one help her find out why she cannot remember who she is and where this place is that she finds herself? Who is the young female dancing in the rain, which only she can seem to see? Why is there such an allure to join her in the rain? She is lost with only the rain consoling her soul. How can this be real? Why can’t she wake from this nightmare, back to the life she knows is hidden somewhere deep within the recesses of the ever presence darkness at edges of this horrible world?

What have you written? I have published a crime murder mystery series that has five books so far. The titles are ‘The Perfect Witness, Hidden Secrets, Rendezvous with the Past, Death Plummet, and Blizzard Terror’. I have a fantasy with the Pen Name Lady Laindora, ‘Healer of Surflex’. I have a drama, ‘Resin La Rock’, a suspense / mystery ‘Window Pane’ and I am in an anthology ‘Iowa’s Original Writers Anthology 2015’.

If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it? I use the Pen Name Lady Laindora for my fantasy ‘Healer of Surflex’ because it sounded more magical than Sue Raymond.

Do you design your own cover or have someone else? If you use someone else would tell who/website: I decide what the cover should look like then between Matthew Davenport and myself, have it done. Matthew can be found at: davenportwrites.com.

What is the hardest thing about writing your latest book? I am currently writing an urban fantasy ‘Will-O-Wisp’. The hardest thing is that I have to make sure to keep an element of realism since it is an urban fantasy instead of just allowing my imagination run wild.

What made you sit down and actually start something? My family was grown and I decided to write down the stories I had stored up in my mind that had been writing themselves since I was small living on an acreage with my family.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I usually write late at night after everyone is asleep. I wrote the first three novels of my crime murder mystery series by flashlight with pencil and paper, sitting in bed beside my sleeping husband so I did not wake him.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? It is to allow the characters to write the story with me riding the reins to make sure things are believable so the story flows and does not seem forced.

You mentioned writing a new story. How about a teaser? The fog was a deep gray swirling mass which shrouded the Maid of the Mist 3. Ongwaterohiathe Whitehorse coiled the rope before he stored it in the stern aft locker. He left the pilot tower and headed down the stairs toward the gang plank He was glad this day was finally over If he hurried, Ongwaterohiathe would be in time for the first reading by the Iowa Indie Author Group at the Theater Loft in the heart of Elmwood Village before the play of ‘Because of Me’ by J.C. Hamm.

The clean deck lay empty after being flooded with blue plastic poncho covered bodies as they crowded the railing for the premier spot to capture the special moment on a photograph to commemorate their visit to the falls.

Ongwaterohiathe glanced over at the roaring falls as he was about to leave the ship. The fog blanketed the falls but failed to cover the growl of the falls drumming in his head. He turned to wave goodnight to the pilot when Ongwaterohiathe caught a glimpse of a slim Kanyenkehaha woman at the bow railing.

Her long raven hair darkened by the heavy mist was braided in a waterfall twist into a mermaid braid. His sister had tried for months to master that particular braiding technique without success. The woman turned her head toward Ongwaterohiatha as the mist swallowed her.

Ongwaterohiathe ran back to the bow searching for her. She was nowhere to be seen. He snatched the life preserver as he searched the turbulent water for any sign of her. She appeared thirty feet down river for a mere moment.

Ongwaterohiathe launched over the railing using it for an extra foot boost. As the torrent river closed over his head he heard, “Ongie No! She’s not real!”

Ongwaterohiathe’s temples hammered as he tried to rise. A gentle hand pushed him back down on the pillow as a cool cloth was placed over his broad forehead and eyes Ongie could hear the distant falls roar as it rumbled along. It vibrated all around him. He pulled the cloth off his eyes and focused dimly on the ornate glass dome over him holding back the tumultuous water of the Niagara River.

“No, no it can’t be,” he struggled against the gentle embrace.

“Sh-sh everything is all right. She can’t find you here.”

“Can’t find me, who is she? Last thing I remember, I jumped in the river to rescue a young Kanyenkehaha woman that fell overboard. Is she safe? Did someone rescue her?” Ongie mumbled as his strength depleted and sank once again against the pillow.

“There is no need for concern over that one. She can never die.” The cloth covered his eyes once more.

Ongie woke to the stench of a hospital room. His eyes crossed under the harsh light making hazy shadows of the hospital personal. A shadow glided to the end of his bed. Ongie focused harder as he cleared his throat to gain the shadow’s attention.

“Well Mr. Whitehorse, it is nice to finally meet you. I have been waiting for so long to do so.” Mesa Soyok Wuhti appeared at the foot of the hospital bed. “I do not know how you escaped me at the falls however; there will be no escaping from me here.” She brushed back the long straggling black hair with the jagged edge knife covered with blood. Her wide eyes stared as fangs appeared at the corners of thin lips.

The knife drew back over her head ready to be plunged in Ongie’s neck as Mesa Soyoka climbed over the foot of the bed.

Ongie could not move. His eyes were riveted on the snarled face shining with glee over her apparent victory.

Mesa Soyok Wuhti crawled over his body scratching and clawing the thin cover over Ongie. Her body twitched as she came up his chest. Her foul breath gagged the air out of Ongie’s lungs. She drew herself erect upon Ongie’s chest. The knife held high above her head then it plunged down toward his throat, “Soyoka-u-u-u!”

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published?  Yes, there is a stigma being indie published by traditional publishers and authors along with readers. The publishers and traditional authors feel that all indie authors’ work is substandard and not worth their time. Some readers think that since the novel is self-published it should be 99 cents or free. What they do not take into consideration is an indie author cannot afford to put out inferior work and expect to have readers come back for future works of the author. The indie author does everything a traditional publisher does to get a novel ready for publishing; the only difference is the indie author pays for everything out of their own pocket. (Okay rants over.)

What book are you currently reading or just finished? I just finished reading ‘Finding Freedom, Book One, Zion Series by Brittany Nicole Lewis.

There ya have it folks! For more about Sue and getting your own copy of her work, follow the links below:

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Meet Author AC Moyer

Hola lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author AC Moyer

AC Moyer is a writer based in New York. She is the author of All Sleep, a short story collection. And her play, Grave, premiered at the Goldberg Play festival in 2016.

Enjoy this sample:  Size Zero

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

All misfortune comes from having a body. Without a heart, how could anything go wrong?

Karolina Krün had dreamed of sitting backstage at New York Fashion Week all her life. When a model agent recruited her from an orphanage in Hungary, she packed her only belongings: some tattered underwear, photos of her mother and sister, and canned peas.

“You’re going to be so famous,” the agent whispered. “Like Tyra Banks and Twiggy. Imagine it now. The Plaza Hotel, a photoshoot with Glamorama, you in Louis Vuitton. Give me six months. Six months and you’ll be wearing a mink coat and sipping champagne.”

“I only need a warm bed,” Karolina said in broken English. “And maybe, money for my sister’s school?”

“Oh honey, please. You’ll be swimming in dollars. Money. Money. Money. It’s New York City, baby.” The agent wrapped his arm around her, smelling of cigars masked by spearmint. “But you have to trust me. Listen to me. Think of me as your father.”

Karolina never gave up the delusion—even when she ate cotton balls dipped in orange juice to lose weight and snorted cocaine for breakfast, even when she slept on a Times Square street corner with a man dressed like Mickey Mouse. She fantasized over New York Fashion Week.

She felt that the abuse was worth it. Someday the glitterati would have to pay her earned wages. Her family would never starve again…as soon as she walked that one prestigious runway.

But when Fashion Week arrived, she never saw a dime.

Instead, she woke up in a dark closet at the fashion show. The smell of body odor and hairspray seeped through the door.

Her head throbbed, and her fingers traced over the blood pooled at her hairline. A thumb stroked her shoulder in lurid circles. She wasn’t alone. She shrieked, but the commotion outside made it impossible for anyone to hear her.

Stars flitted before her eyes, blurring her vision. An air vent kicked on with a rumble behind her. As the cool gust blew over her body, she realized she was naked.

Three minutes until showtime.

Outside, Karolina’s fellow models hunched over in makeup chairs, their peeling skin covered in acne, suffocating from hairspray and astringent. Cigarette smoke hung in the air like smog above them, taming the depression. Artists masked the jaundiced hue of the girls’ cheeks, the heroin shadow around their eyes, and the baby fat that clung to their young faces.

The models didn’t text. Most agencies confiscated their phones. But the few who borrowed the stylist’s cell managed to text their families: “Te amo,” “I miss you,” “je t’aime,” “ik hou van je,” “I love you.”

Outside the venue, the Style Cops judged the fashion of arriving celebrities: “That décolletage is plunging faster than Bill Cosby’s head between the legs of an unconscious woman,” the Cops said. “If that dress were a baby, it would have been wrapped in tissue paper and dumped in a Walmart trash can.”

Diamond-encrusted iPhones sparkled for the camera. Vicuña wool was woven into thousand-dollar jackets. Purple and pink cashmere scarves fluttered in the winds of runway fans.

The Manhattan elite had no need to introduce themselves to the paparazzi, their clothing bespoke for them.

Two minutes until showtime.

Karolina thrashed and writhed in the closet. The hands grabbed her shoulders and crushed her body to the floor.

Blackness.

A needle found a vein in the crevice of her arm and warmth shot through her with a dizzying nausea. Numbness. She knew that sensation: heroin.

The aggressor covered her body in a slimy leather cloak and attached it by a rope around her neck.

A hairy, scratchy hood fell over her head. She had never smelled anything worse than that cloak—not rotten eggs, spoiled milk, or a urine-pooled subway station in August. It smelled like a decaying animal splashed with gasoline. The fabric felt moist against her naked skin.

The closet door cracked open slightly, enough for Karolina to see the assailant holding a Missoni dress bag. Was her body meant to be put inside?

Karolina was pulled to her feet by calloused hands. When she was stable, the door opened completely.

Sweet tones of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons, Autumn” played, accompanying the ballet of champagne glasses and foie gras, sashaying through the manicured nails and gloved hands.

Karolina held her breath. Time stopped as the floor seemed to shake beneath her feet. The room spun, Baccarat crystals blinked mockingly at her in Technicolor.

There was the runway, glimmering and calling to her like a skywalk. Karolina Krün would accomplish her dream. She would walk at Fashion Week.

***

In the audience, the elite fashionistas sat like cameras with open shutters, passively watching life drift across their lenses.

And Marie LeClaire, chief of the Visage luxury brand, watched nervously as fashion editors scrutinized every misplaced zipper, button, and appliqué.

One model after another strode down the runway with quick stomps, wearing their trademark scowling expressions to make the audience feel inferior. Their bones jutted out like toothpicks under chicken skin, the embodiment of youth and death.

Models were modern art, bodies galloping in a straight line with no destination.

But there was an abrupt pause in the mannequin parade. For a second, the runway sat empty.

A mistake.

People began to murmur, shooting sideways glances at Marie LeClaire. Photographers flashed their cameras more than before, excited to catch Visage’s fashion failure.

An empty stage.

Karolina Krün screamed, stumbled two steps and stopped.

The audience covered their eyes. Was the model’s screaming a social commentary? And the terrifying coat, a performance of deconstructionist art?

Karolina collapsed to her knees in a splash of blood, and a grayish eyeball rolled down the runway.

That was the moment when the front row knew the corpse coat was made of a real body.

The audience clamored in rhythm with Vivaldi. A ruckus.

Marie LeClaire hid her face in a mink coat. Cameramen rushed to the stage to take pictures of the disoriented model. No one tried to help her.

Karolina Krün was wearing a flayed human body as a poncho dress with a human head as the hood. A bejeweled needle conjoined the body’s nipples in a button-like clasp.

Flesh was stitched together around the corpse’s natural hairs and moles. And one dull eyeball sat above her forehead atop the hood.

A gas mask, a condom dress, and even an animatronic T-Rex had debuted at prior Fashion Weeks but never before had a dead body.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  I try to complete the first draft of a novel within three to four months. But most every scene from that draft will be thrown away. I then take the first draft and break down its scene structure, reoutlining a draft two. Draft two takes about four months to complete. Depending on how strong draft two is, my drafts three, four and five can take anywhere from three months to another year.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I go to my office and write from about 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Though, somedays I barely get a word on paper.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  Blasting music in my earbuds is the only way I can complete a draft. For Size Zero, I listened to a lot of Ennio Morricone and Seinabo Sey.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I learned early in my writing career that outlining is essential to actually finishing my books. Also, I’ve spent several years studying screenwriting at NYU Tisch, and I’ve taken movie plotting devices and applied them to novels. In order to do that, I need an outline. Some people have a natural ability to feel stories and magically intuit plot points. I do not.

There ya have it folks! For more about AC Moyer and her work, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Angel M.B. Chadwick

Hola lovelies! Welcome back to Interview FoxSeat featuring author Angel M.B. Chadwick

Angel M.B. Chadwick is currently writing the sequel to the “Weeping Well” series, titled “Weeping Well: Shards to the Grave.” She’s also writing a twelve book cozy mysteries series, numerous plays, novels, short stories, among her other literary works, business ideas and inventions all while raising her ten year old son.

She currently lives in Mississippi, in a quaint little house on the corner, in a quiet neighborhood in the city, where she is constantly and relentlessly plagued by inspiration.

Enjoy this sample: Weeping Well (Vol. 1)

The story is set in 1989-2007 and starts with an Irish immigrant family, who are destroyed by tragedy.

Why do you write?  It’s what I’m good at.

When did you decide to become a writer?  When I was 13 and my English teacher encourage me to continue writing after I wrote a short story assignment.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  2-5 years

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  I always have something to say and the way I can say it without caring about who I offend or disappoint is when I write.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  No. I write when I feel like it.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I’ve become a little more comfortable with share my stories with the world.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  Yes. But I tend to block those things out when I’m writing.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I strategize ideas, storylines and characters. So I don’t follow the plot and outline format that other authors do. Strategizing works for me.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?  My character Eva thrives in the darkness. So do I.

Where do your ideas come from?  My own life experiences.   

What is the hardest thing about writing?  Not being able to finish writing the book when I want to.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  Nothing was hard about writing it. Not being able to finish it when I wanted to was the hardest.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  Grimm, Underground, Greenleaf, The Flash, Mercy Street, Arrow, DC Legends of Tomorrow, Teen Wolf to name a few.

Which writers inspire you?  Edgar Allan Poe, Bret Harte, Tennessee Williams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, William Faulkner, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck to name a few.

What is the current book you are promoting?  Weeping Well (Vol. 1)

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?  I don’t have a favorite. I like all my characters.

There ya have it! For more about Angel and her work, follow the links below:

Amazon / Goodreads / Blog / Facebook

Meet Author Avery Michaels

Halo me lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Avery Michaels

Avery grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Birmingham, AL with her mom and World Series of Poker Champion step-dad.

She’s been married to Mr. Avery Michaels for ten years. She has a seven-year-old son and two teenage step-children. When she isn’t writing, she’s teaching Radiology at the local college.

In Avery’s spare time, she enjoys a good read. She’s also a car dancing enthusiast and a prankster.

Avery is very involved in her community as a special education advocate. Also an animal lover, she has a pit bull, a lab mix, and an Italian mastiff. It’s a full house.

Enjoy this same from Do No Harm Dr. Aubrey Drake Volume 1 Crime-Fiction/Mystery/Thriller

Dr. Aubrey Drake’s dream was to change the world. All she ever wanted to do was help people. As soon as she graduates medical school, she leaves her small town for the big city to practice medicine.

She’d never realized so much violence could exist in one place. When she finds herself treating a child killer, she takes justice into her own hands.

Feeling as though she did the right thing by exacting justice on a murderer, she decides to set her sights on a serial rapist who has eluded police for some time leaving countless victims in his wake. She knows she’s burning the candle at both ends as she gathers clues by day and works the emergency room by night until one day she realizes she’s the one being hunted.

Dr. Drake’s brand of justice will leave you wide-eyed and speechless.

Why do you write?  I just love it. Writing is something that I’m very passionate about. What started as an escape became a career choice and I’m grateful every day that I have the opportunity to be a part of the lives of strangers by giving them a world to escape into.

When did you decide to become a writer? I didn’t, really. I’ve been writing stories since I was in sixth grade. One day, about a year ago, I thought, “What if I sent this to a publisher? I wonder if anyone would enjoy my stories.” So I did just that.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  It depends on if the story is complete in my mind. If the characters are talking to me, between my day job and my kiddos, I can get it done in about a month. If it’s something new that I’m trying my hand at, it could take much longer.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  My mom died very suddenly. It was a very dark time for me and I started writing to occupy my mind. Eventually, the writing evolved into much lighter stories, thank goodness.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  *Laughs* Oh yes, this is the tricky part. I teach during the day and usually get off work about three in the afternoon. I write from 3pm-6pm. After that, it’s a blur of dinner, playing, bath time, bedtime, etc. Somewhere in there, I work in a shower for myself.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I think writing is a career that is ever evolving. You have to be open to new ideas, even sometimes going to places, creatively, where you aren’t always the most comfortable. I’ve explored different genres. I’m most comfortable writing romance. I love a strong female lead and a sexy piece of man candy but I’ve most recently started writing crime fiction. I’m anxious to see how the world will receive my newest heroine, Aubrey Drake. She’s sort of a vigilante anti-hero with a good heart. That has been predominately a male market but I wanted to see how a girl would do it.

I’ve strayed from the question. I think I’ve evolved creatively by being open to new ideas/genres even if it’s outside of my comfort zone.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  No. I’m too easily distracted.

What have you written?

Love Reconnected: Hollywood Series Book 1

Love Ignited: Hollywood Series Book 2

Love United: Hollywood Series Book 3

Do No Harm: Dr. Aubrey Drake Volume 1

In Harm’s Way: Dr. Aubrey Drake Volume 2

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I just like to see where the idea/characters take me. I do make notes but I wouldn’t say that I make an outline.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? My publisher, Coastal Escape Publishing, designs my book covers. Specifically Tomi Warnick.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?  Giveaways. People love giveaways and I love to host them so that’s a win/win.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Just go for it. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?  She’s so good yet bad as well and she isn’t ashamed of who she is. She owns it.

What is the hardest thing about writing?  Staying focused on one story when you have several ideas.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  Fleshing out the mystery of it all without giving away the villain.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  The Green Mile, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; Friends

Which writers inspire you?  Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Shirley Jackson, Nicholas Sparks, Diane Chamberlain

What is the current book you are promoting?  Do No Harm: Dr. Aubrey Drake Volume 1

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?  Fresh out of medical school, Aubrey rushes off to the big city to practice emergency medicine. The city isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She bears witness to victims of senseless crime coming through her ER on a daily basis. After she loses a patient in a heinous act of violence, she finds herself treating the killer…

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?  Aubrey, of course. She’s really strong and accepts that while she can’t help everyone, she puts her all into those she can help. I also very much enjoy Ben Bailey. He’s really fun.

Who is your least favorite character and why?  There are a few. You’ll have to read the book for that one.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast?  Oh, I love this question! I like Emma Roberts or Cloe Moretz for Aubrey. For Ben, Alexander Ludwig or Zac Efron if I’m dreaming…

What is your next project?  I’ve just started working on something that tugs at the heartstrings. We’ll see where it goes.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?  Stop the hate! Somewhere we’ve lost compassion for our fellow man. We’re turning on each other. And for what? There’s no good reason. Love really does conquer all. We have to get back to that.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? I have a thirteen year old blue Pit Bull named Bella, a chocolate lab named Brinkley and a new puppy that was just born, an Italian Mastiff named Jax.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn because that woman can write a mystery/thriller like no one else!

What do your fans mean to you?  There are no words to adequately describe the gratitude I feel towards a person who has taken time out of their day to enjoy my work.

Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others?  The Midwife’s Confession by Dianne Chamberlain is one of my favorites. I have so many!

Tell us something unique about you.  I’m a girl’s girl. I love my friends. I’ve had the same five best friends since I was a kid.

Many thanks! For more about Avery and her work, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Amie Irene Winters

Halo me lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with author Amie Irene Winters

AMIE IRENE WINTERS grew up in California but now makes her home in western Pennsylvania. Along the way she earned degrees in anthropology, religious studies, and environmental studies. She is the author of the Strange Luck Series.

When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dog, baking desserts, or breaking a sweat in kickboxing class.

I write YA Fantasy with a splash of mystery and horror. You can read the first chapter of Strange Luck (Book I in the Strange Luck Series here and the first chapter of The Nightmare Birds (Book II) here.

Why do you write? Writing is the only thing I do that doesn’t feel like work. I’ll sit down to write something and before I know it two hours have passed. Simply put, it’s fun! Creative writing was my favoritethenightmarebirds_frontcover subject in school. I actually still have all of my old writing journals. Each month I incorporate the stories I wrote (and funny pics) in a Throwback Thursday post on my blog that I call #TBTWriter. The things I wrote were pretty hilarious. The monster in my first horror story I wrote when I was nine was about an old bald man. Horrifying, I know 😛 You can check out my old stories (and terrible 90’s hair styles) on my blog – The Golden Cricket.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? About a year. I write solidly as much as I can and try to leave a few months for editing and finalizing the book.

Any advice for aspiring authors? Don’t ever give up writing even if you’re rejected or receive negative feedback. It happens to everyone! The path is going to be difficult, it’s going to be trying, but in the end, it will be worth it.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? The main character is Daisy Darling – an eighteen-year-old aspiring writer stuck working retail at her family’s boring antique shop. In Strange Luck, Daisy meets a peculiar wanderer who reveals a mysterious world hidden beneath her town. A world where mind-bending, magical, life-altering phenomena happen. A world built using stolen memories. It is in this world that Daisy discovers that she possesses the unique ability to create fake memories. Book II, The Nightmare Birds, flashes forward to Daisy at twenty-one-years-old and explores how and why Daisy was able to accomplish such a feat. She also Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000046_00071]discovers that she is capable of so much more, including performing dark magic. In the process, Daisy uncovers the truth about the mysterious Theater of Secrets – long thought a dark legend by many, but known as a frightening reality to those who truly know its powers.

In short, Daisy is a spunky, down-to-earth girl who isn’t afraid to ask questions.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Coming up with an ending where there is closure, but still some unknowns so that the story can continue since it’s part of a series. I changed the ending of The Nightmare Birds probably a dozen times. The second to last ending I thought was fine until my editor bluntly told me that it was disappointing. I thought about alternatives for a solid week and was afraid I couldn’t come up with anything. Then, I sat down at my computer and cranked out something in five minutes. I was pleased with the new ending, and thought it was much better, but the final test was if my editor agreed. I handed it over to her and she loved it. I can only hope that my readers agree.

What is your favorite movie or TV show? I can watch a comedy any day or time. I tend to like sarcastic or dark humor the most. I also love French movies like Amelie, City of Lost Children, and Dinner Game. Jean Paul Jeunet and Francis Veber are my favorite directors. For shows, I’m obsessed with Westworld and Vikings right now.

Which writers inspire you? H.P Lovecraft is my favorite author of all time and he’s been a major influence on my writing. His stories really get in your head. You can’t easily forget them.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? Yes. I’m working on the third book in the Strange Luck Series. The working title is Darker Than Shadows. You can expect lots of dark magic mixed with scary and strange things creeping into the light (*insert evil laugh here), plus some new characters. All of this allows Daisy to get to the bottom of who she really is. But will she embrace her heritage?

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend?  I regularly blog about writing. You can check out tips on everything from how to deal with criticism, how to increase productivity, editing techniques, to planning your novel. I also feature guest posts by other authors. The most popular guest post so far has been How to Write Historical Fiction by Christie Stratos, author of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart. You can check out my blog here. I’m always looking for topics and I love hearing youramieirenewintersheadshot comments, so please don’t hesitate to contact me.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? I could so see Bella Thorne as Daisy Darling and Zak Henri as Roger. That would be awesome. 🙂

Tell us something unique about you. I’m kind of a fitness nut. Whenever I’m not writing or reading I’m working out or doing something outdoorsy. My new thing is kickboxing. I’ve never done anything so cathartic in my entire life!

Many thanks! For more about Amie and her work, follow the links below:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest / Amazon / YouTube / Google

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