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Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Amy Lee Burgess and About Face.
Amy has joined us for an interview:
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
You mean get published? I’ve been writing off and on since I was ten, but I’ve only really gotten serious about it in the past couple of years. That’s when I first submitted a novel for publication to Lyrical and was offered a contract. I don’t mean to imply that only published authors are writers though. Far from it! It’s just for me the focus to write for a purpose other than just to get the images out of my head onto the screen came together when I realized I could improve and expand and venture out of my writing cave into a bigger, scarier world. But I’m glad I did it.
How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
Well, I still have a day job! I’m an admin assistant for one of the bigger oil companies. Prior to that I worked at a utility company and before that for a non-profit organization that awarded grants to the community for education, government and health. And before that I worked at a court reporting agency as both a notereader and project manager for an ongoing environmental law case. But my dream job would definitely be writing full-time. Preferably from a garret in Paris or Dublin.
How long does it take you to write a book?
That really depends, but I’m pretty quick. Back in the day when I had one book going at a time I would finish it anywhere between eleven days and two months. Lately I’ve had to juggle writing two books, editing another and promoting and touring my latest book, About Face. Which is why I’m here today actually. So now it can take me as long as four months to finish a novel and that makes me sad. But in a way it’s a measure of success because I no longer have the time to focus on just writing. Now I have to edit and promote too. So maybe I am happy after all it takes me so long nowadays.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I have so many. For one when I’m in an elevator alone at work I practice dialog for upcoming scenes. I’ve been caught more than once too.
Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
Dreams sometimes. Stuart Townsend, the actor, has definitely inspired several of my heroes. He’s the inspiration for Liam Murphy in the Wolf Within series. Other novels that I adore. News articles. Songs. Where *don’t* I get ideas and inspiration would be an easier question to answer I think. Certainly shorter!
How do you decide what you want to write about?
For the Wolf Within series I decided to enter NaNoWriMo one year and all I had in mind on November 1st when I sat in front of my blank computer screen was that I would write about a wolf shifter named Stanzie. All the rest just happened organically over the next eleven days which is how long it took me to write Beneath the Skin. That’s my personal best, by the way. I’ve never beaten that time and I’m not sure I want to. I did nothing but write every spare second. I had the flu too and so much of it was written in a literal feverish haze.
What books have most influenced your life?
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice is one. The Little House on the Prairie novels by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Every single Agatha Christie novel ever written. That woman was a genius.
What are you reading right now?
I’ve got a couple novels going. One is Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie (for about the 20th time), another is The Persian Boy by Mary Renault and I’m also reading The Quest by fellow Lyrical author, Mary Abshire.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Play Sims 3. Love that game. I also enjoy walking my two dachshunds, Nixie and Callie. And I am currently obsessed with The Walking Dead. Oh, and travel. I like to take long weekends and go to places like Las Vegas and Colorado. This summer I’m going to visit a wolf sanctuary and meet real wolves. I can’t wait.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Wheat pasta and meat sauce. Lots of grated cheese.
What do you think makes a good story?
I like mystery. Questions that need to be asked and solved. Add a dash of paranormal and I’m really intrigued. If there’s a handsome man in the mix, I’m in for the long haul.
Who would you consider your favorite author and why?
At the moment my favorite author is Ilona Andrews (and it’s a husband/wife team so I guess it’s a “they”, right?) because I love Kate Daniels so much. Her romance with her shifter lion king hits all the right notes and she’s a fascinating fighter. I can’t write heroines who kick ass literally because I don’t have the fighting knowledge. So my women all kick ass with their minds usually. But Kate can fight and the fight scenes in these books are my favorite parts of the novels and that just never happens for me. Normally, I skip the fight scenes but in the Kate books I reread them. So I think that’s one reason why I love her so much right now. She takes all the things I don’t like about urban fantasy and makes those parts what I like best. That’s talent!
Fun random questions:
• dogs or cats? I have two dogs who would bite me if I said cats, but I have six cats waiting for me for on the Rainbow Bridge who would hiss hysterically if I said dogs. So I will say…both.
• Coffee or tea? Tea for sure. I drink coffee maybe once a month, but tea is every day!
• Dark or milk chocolate? Dark. Especially when eaten in a bubble bath with red wine or champagne.
• Rocks or flowers? Flowers. Although I had a pet rock once. His name was Henry and I loved him.
• Night or day? Night, night, night, night. But I hate driving in the dark so I have to get where I’m going by day and then spend the night wherever it is. Or someone else can drive. I’m down with that too.
• Favorite color? Green. Or purple. Not sure I can pick a favorite.
• Crayons or markers? I’m the world’s worst artist. I still can’t color within the lines, but I do better with crayons for sure.
• Pens or pencils? Give me a keyboard. I can’t read my own writing. But I hate pencils. They break too easily. So I guess I will have to say pens by default.
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