Thursday, June 27, 2013

Author Spotlight: Donna Galanti

Today I'd like to welcome Donna Galanti to the Author Spotlight! Donna and I met last October at a writer's conference and then re-connected on Facebook (thank you Facebook!) More recently, Donna invited me to join her writer's group. This is my first experience with a writing group, and I've so enjoyed the time I have spent so far with this fabulous and talented group of people. Today Donna has graciously agreed to visit us to talk about her book A Human Element and her desire for wide open spaces:

Wide Open Spaces: Do You Find Belonging In Them?

Wide open spaces. Something I always yearn for. Dream of when it’s taken away. Find my way back to. I always loved being alone. My friends couldn’t understand why I wanted to live off a back road in the country by myself. Those wide open spaces called to me.

It may have been partly because I was an only child growing up on a mountain top, and partly that I was adopted and sought to find myself in those wide open spaces.

Laura Armstrong, in my novel, A Human Element, embraces wide open spaces as I do. She’s also adopted and an only child, as I am. A part of her childhood is from mine, although she loses her parents as a teenager. Adoption and being an only child runs deep through my book as both had a deep impact on my life. See my adoption story here and share yours.

As a child I roamed the woods, like Laura. I wandered ancient paths around craggy stone walls and over dim forest floors. I climbed knobby trees and sang to woodland creatures. I believe wide open space unfolds our hearts and minds to grow and create. Spaces where we can find peace and love–and belonging.

Here, in A Human Element, Laura sings to the open world as a child, as I once did:
Laura balanced her feet on the branches and spread her arms out wide. Her chestnut hair blew behind her in the warm, July breeze. She owned this piece of the world in the little town of Coopersville, New York. She overlooked the sloped meadows and woods around the farmhouse. Feeling confident in her footing in the tree, she took a deep breath and sang to the woods. She sang to the trees swaying to her tune and the animals chattering around her. She sang to the ancient craggy mountains before her. She sang to the birds claiming the sky and the creek that tumbled along its way.

In A Human Element Ben Fieldstone also loses his parents, and grows up as an only child in foster homes. Unloved, he closes himself off from people, but one day he encounters Laura as an adult recapturing her love for wide open spaces–and she opens up space inside him to love again.

Ben meets Laura in her wide open spaces:
Ben saw the woman now. She stood magnificent, high up in a giant birch tree with her feet planted shoulder width apart. Her arms spread outward gripping the branches. She flung her shoulder-length chestnut hair back and sang to the sky with her eyes closed. Her face moved in complex expression with each word she belted out. She looked as though she flew in her mind over the trees toward the sun.

He moved closer to stand a few feet below her. The leaves shook wildly in the tree around her in a gleeful dancing rhythm to her song even though there was no breeze.
Ben was enchanted. She was part of the tree. A nymph of the wood. A goddess of the Earth with the sun streaking through her hair. He reached for his camera and shot a photo of her as she belted out the last line, then he joined in.

Both Ben and Laura never feel like they truly belong anywhere, or with anyone, due to their circumstances. As an adopted child I felt like I didn’t belong either. I was lucky though. I had a loving family and I had questions answered. My natural family contacted me. I saw where I came from (and am very glad I was given up). I got married and had an amazing son. In having him, I have my own ‘blood’ now. I have peace. I do belong, with my family. He is my wide open space now.

In A Human Element Ben and Laura grow to adulthood alone. How are they different? Ben isolates himself from people. Laura opens herself to people. They both try to find who they are in their spaces. But is it their genes that shape who they are or their environment?
I like to think we can overcome our genes and thrive in an environment that allows us to do so–and find ourselves in our own spaces. In such an environment we can conquer our obstacles and achieve anything.

Do you ever feel like you don’t belong? How do you find belonging? And do you believe we can overcome our genes to thrive?

About Donna:
Donna Galanti is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element (Echelon Press). She evaluates manuscript submissions as a first-reader for the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency and is currently polishing her first middle grade novel, a fantasy adventure. Connect with her through her website: www.donnagalanti.com.

About A Human Element: One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite–her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.

Praise for A Human Element:

“Be afraid. Be very afraid. And be utterly absorbed by this riveting debut that had me reading till the wee hours of the night. A thriller star is born. Don’t miss A Human Element.”  – M.J. Rose, International Bestselling Author

A Human Element is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart.  Highly recommended.” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author

“Lyrical and creepy, Donna Galanti’s A Human Element tugs on our heartstrings and plucks the gut-strings of horror. This debut thriller author is a true storyteller, highly reminiscent of Dean Koontz.” -Dakota Banks, award winning author

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Author Spotlight: Valerie Laws

Hi all! Today I'm thrilled to welcome acclaimed author Valerie Laws who writes everything from thrillers to mysteries to comedies and plays! I'm so excited for you to meet her. She is such an interesting person - you're going to love reading about what she it up to - So lets get right to it!

Hello Valerie and Welcome!! I'm so happy to have you here. Can you tell us a little about your latest release?

LYDIA BENNET’S BLOG - THE REAL STORY OF PRIDE & PREJUDICE is my 11th published book, and my first totally indie e-book. It’s a steampunky timeslip comedy, a re-imagining of Jane Austen’s famous novel in the voice of Lydia, the outrageous, outspoken youngest Bennet sister. She’s just like a modern teenager, so I’ve written her ‘blog’ in modern teen language, but I’ve invented 19th Century explanations for her slang. Unknown to Lizzy, Darcy and even Jane Austen, Lydia (my Lydia!) was manipulating the action behind the scenes to get her way and get her man, the ultimate bad boy Wickham! I’ve just re-launched the book on Kindle with a new cover, of which more below. It has lots of wordplay and in-jokes in it! This book has some very distinguished fans, successful writers like Linda Gillard, who find it hilarious but also clever. To me it feels as if Lydia Bennet herself wrote her Blog - as when I’m writing plays, her voice was in my head as I wrote.

What a great concept! Maybe Lydia should meet Millie my twelve year old blog writing main character! So what inspired you to write this book?
The words ‘Lydia Bennet’s Blog’ just popped into my head one day and I knew I had to write this book. I love Austen’s novels and often re-read them. I had always felt Lydia Bennet had a raw deal and deserves to tell her own story. She’s the most realistic and clear-headed character in some ways. I also get a bit bored with Darcy being the perfect romantic hero, I thought it was time to right the balance by teasing him and the Darcy fans a bit. My own daughter went through the teen phase and the modern voice seems to suit Austen’s character so well. Shopping, clothes, boys, gossip, teenage girls don’t change! But she’s also powerless, in her own time, so has to scheme to get anything done, for serious reasons (they’ll be homeless when their father dies, no wonder Mrs Bennet’s obsessed with finding them husbands), with hilarious results.

It sounds fabulous. Do you have other projects in the works? 
My award-winning first crime novel THE ROTTING SPOT was endorsed by Ann Cleeves and Val McDermid. It was already doing well as a paperback in the UK when it went Kindle. Lots of people have asked when the sequel is coming out. I’ve finished writing the next in the series, THE OPERATOR, with the same handsome blue-eyed Detective Inspector, Will, and my homeopath fitness-freak skull-collecting detective Erica Bruce! I shall be putting it on Kindle and also getting it published in paperback. Not sure when but soon! So look out for it if you like thrillers, it has a surgical theme this time instead of skulls. Anatomy is one of my interests.

I'm sure many of your fans are excited by this news!Do you have any advice to aspiring writers?
Read! And read some more. Write, then cut, and cut some more. The telling detail is very important, but equally important is to be selective about details and not put them all in! Learn about various forms of publishing and what new technology can offer you. Lee Child said if you can see a bandwagon, you’ve already missed it, so write what you really want to write rather than trying to follow a trend.

That is great advice. Do people judge a book by its cover? Who makes yours?
I think they do, even with ebooks, you see the cover on Amazon or online. Readers might ignore a poor cover if they were personally recommended a book, but otherwise they really are important. Not just the quality, but what they tell you about the book. Get the wrong cover, give the wrong impression, you lose readers. I’ve just had a new cover designed for my book LYDIA BENNET’S BLOG -THE REAL STORY OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. The previous one I liked and still do, a photograph of ‘Lydia’ in blue. But fans of the book who were successful authors, said it looked a bit amateurish. So I had a new cover designed by Alison Richards, at designstudio@aahprintersolutions.co.uk, using my basic ideas - we worked on it together. It’s a fashionable young Regency girl holding a laptop, a bit of a surprise for the cover which gets across the timeslip nature of the book. She’ll be working on the cover for THE OPERATOR. My latest poetry book, ALL THAT LIVES, has a picture on the cover of a scan of a brain with severe dementia - some of the book is about the science of the dying brain, after my mother died of Alzheimer’s - the scan of a brain slice looks like a demonic face grinning. Very striking. (Cover design by Andrew Edwards for Red Squirrel Press, my publisher.) My first crime novel THE ROTTING SPOT cover is a tweaking of an artwork by Susan Aldworth, with whom I worked on some projects about bio-medical science and pathology. It’s a skull, skulls are a theme of the book, a character is ‘the skull hunter’ and the detective collects them too. I had to be careful, as a skull picture could have looked like a horror novel, which would have put off crime readers, and annoyed horror fans, so I had to keep it arty and ‘medical’ enough to avoid it looking too gothic.

What is your greatest challenge as an author?
That I write so many different kinds of books - crime, comedy, poetry, not to mention plays (I’ve written 12 commissioned plays for stage and BBC radio), and I also create science based poetry installations for exhibitions or for display in buildings like hospitals etc, these are animated poems which move and change to reflect their subjects. All this variety makes it very challenging to market my work effectively as I have different audiences, it’s like keeping plates spinning! But it’s just how I roll and how the ideas come to me. I also perform my work worldwide, which is great fun.


I can imagine that does make marketing different - but so interesting as well! As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut. I was mad on space and stars and science. I have an essay I wrote aged about 9, at school, saying this was my ambition, together with being a test pilot. I was told I wasn’t good enough at maths for that: maths was the only school subject I wasn’t very good at and didn’t understand. Years later, after doing my English degree at University, marrying, teaching, having my children, becoming disabled in a car crash, I did another degree, in Maths/Theoretical Physics, just to prove to myself I could. I got a First. Part of the Physics was planetary science, cosmology, and astronomy. Still waiting for NASA to call me!

They still might!! What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
A lot of people know this about me already as it’s been going round in the media and online for years, but I infamously spray-painted poetry on live sheep in my Arts Council-funded QUANTUM SHEEP project which combined a random haiku with the principles of quantum theory. The sheep moved around randomly and re-wrote the poem, which remains a poem in any combination. There are over 80 billion possible combos/poems! I invented the idea of the quantum haiku. I did another one for BBC TV on inflatable beach balls in a swimming pool.

WOW - that may be one of the coolest things I've ever heard! Do you have any hobbies?
I’m a fanatical swimmer. I swim a mile, five times a week, and when I travel I snorkel in the ocean to watch wildlife. Swimming is a priority with me. It keeps me fit (as I can’t walk much since the car crash 27 years ago) and it’s like meditation, ideas for writing go through my head as I rack up the lengths. I love to travel, and I love wildlife. I go to lots of arts events, films, poetry readings, plays etc.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I am often asked to be Writer in Residence, and have had many Residencies which teach me about a major strand in my work - a Pathology Museum with access to human specimens, an Anatomy Department in a university medical school with access to dissection classes, an Egyptian 5* hotel on the Red Sea, a Northumbrian Physic Garden growing healing plants and studying the science of them, a university brain institute studying dementia/neuroscience - and I also give workshops as well as energetic performances of my work. I’m always open to invitations to perform, or give workshops, or take on new Residencies or sci-art installation commissions so let me know if you have any of those coming up!


Where can people find you and your books online?
My website with details of all my published books and other writing projects, is at http://www.valerielaws.co.uk
My available Kindle books are:
Lydia Bennet’s Blog (steampunk timeslip comedy, suitable for New Adults upwards) in US, or in UK
TheRotting Spot (crime) in US, or in UK
AllThat Lives (poetry of pathology and neuroscience, suitable for adults) or in UK
Follow me on Twitter: @ValerieLaws
Find me on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valaws

I am one of Authors Electric and blog for them monthly (1st of the month).

About Valerie Laws

Valerie Laws is a crime and comedy novelist, poet, playwright and sci-art installation specialist. Two of her eleven published books available as ebooks are THE ROTTING SPOT(crime) and her first indie, LYDIA BENNET’S BLOG (comedy). She devises new poetic forms and science-themed poetry installations and commissions including the infamous Arts Council–funded Quantum Sheep, spray-painting haiku onto live sheep. Her recent work including poetry collection ALL THAT LIVES (now also on Kindle) arises from working with pathologists, neuroscientists, human specimens and dissections, which also feeds into her crime fiction. Has had many funded Writer’s Residencies in UK and Egypt. She featured in BBC2’s documentary Why Poetry Matters, also live at Royal Festival Hall, London. She performs worldwide live at festivals and events and in the media. Many prizes and awards including Wellcome Trust Arts Award, two Northern Writers’ Awards. 12 stage and radio plays commissioned and performed. She has degrees in Maths/Theoretical Physics and in English, also an MA (Creative Writing). She is a fanatical swimmer.



ABOUT LYDIA BENNET’S BLOG:

If you enjoyed ‘Lost in Austen’ or ‘Clueless’, you’ll love Lydia, the streetwise youngest Bennet, a modern teen living in Regency times. She’s funny, flirty, rebellious, obsessed with fashion and fit boys, and a force to be reckoned with. Find out what really happened behind the scenes in Pride and Prejudice as Lydia schemes to save herself and her clueless family from a cash-free future, and to get her man, the supremely sexy bad boy Wickham. By an odd quirk of history, Lydia’s generation use our teen-speak, though with Regency derivations. Whether you love or loathe Jane Austen or just like a good laugh, you’ll enjoy Lydia’s conniving, eavesdropping, Mr Collins-outing, Pa-baiting, shamelessly flirtatious and outrageous adventures.

'I've been reading LYDIA while having my chemo this afternoon. I laughed out loud. Several times - while HAVING CHEMO!!! It's brilliant. Such a clever idea and so engagingly written. This could be a really big book.' Linda Gillard, author of kindle best-seller 'House of Silence'

‘I was alternately laughing out loud and gasping at the sheer, bold brilliance of it. I loved it for its irreverence, its humour, its intelligence and its energy. Prepare to be amused, entertained, and dazzled. A very good read indeed.' Catherine Czerkawska, award-winning novelist and playwright for stage and BBC Radio 4.

'It’s actually really, really funny. … It’s got a clever literary game going on, and it’s more than just updating it to teenspeak… there’s something almost steampunky going on here… See for yourself!’ Paul Magrs, novelist (including Dr Who novels).

Thank you Valerie!


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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Author Spotlight: A.B. Shepherd

Hi everyone! Today I'd like to welcome a friend and fellow blogger A.B. Shepherd to the Author Spotlight!Yes - I said blogger - we met as bloggers, but she can now also add author to her resume as she recently released her debut novel, a sci-fi mystery, called Lifeboat.

Congrats A.B. and welcome! Tell us a little about Lifeboat:

Lifeboat is a science fiction/mystery novel about a young woman who has lost her husband and son and has been unable to move on with her life. She walks when she can’t sleep and one night while walking she sees a UFO. This UFO gives her something to fixate on, to give her life meaning again. She meets up with some Ufologists and one night while sky watching they are abducted, or rescued, by that same UFO and told the Earth has been destroyed by natural disasters. They are taken, along with other survivors, to a new world where the human race can start again. Only problem is survivors start disappearing and their new life is threatened. Cass has to solve the riddle of these disappearances in time to save herself.

It sounds great! What inspired you to write Lifeboat?

I was inspired to write Cass’s story after watching a very bad TV show called UFO Chasers. The premise of the show is a woman and two men who run around the world researching UFO sightings. I thought I could write some kind of adventure story about a woman who did that. But when I sat down to write it Cass took over and told her own story. It wasn’t a fun adventure story about UFOs. It was a bit darker. A bit sadder. But it was a really entertaining story and I couldn’t wait to get up each day to write more so that I could see what would happen next. For me, the writing process for Lifeboat was a lot like reading a book I was really enjoying. I had no idea what was going to happen until it showed up on my computer screen.

I love that description of writing! I think that's the best part of writing for me also, and why I don't like to outline.  Are you working on a new story now that Lifeboat is finished?

I’m working on a novel that I am calling The Beacon. It’s about a young woman who is shipwrecked on a tiny island which is a lighthouse station. There will be lots of suspense with this one too, but it isn’t science fiction. You can read the first three unedited chapters on my website.

Sounds intriguing (& readers can find the link to your website below). When did you first consider yourself a writer?

This is something I actually wrote a post about on my website a while ago. I asked myself that question - when would I consider myself a writer. My answer was when I sold my first book. Because I have fabulous friends and family I sold my first book within minutes of publishing it. To this day I have no idea which of them purchased it, but I was overwhelmed with emotion at this little dream of mine - being an author - having been realized.

It's a great feeling - congratulations!! Are you writing under a pen-name, do you use your own, or is your work out in both ways?

A.B. Shepherd is a pen name. I’ve not put any of my writing out under my own name for a couple of different reasons. One of which is that my writing is very personal to me. I feel like I put a lot of myself into some of my characters, which is like opening my psyche up to the entire world. It’s just not comfortable to do that under my own name. The second reason is that my mom passed away a few years ago and my pen name honors her. The third reason is that by using initials instead of a first name, I hope to minimize any gender bias there might be regarding my books.

All great reasons & I promise not to give it away! Do people judge a book by its cover? Who makes yours?

I don’t typically judge a book by its cover, but rather by its blurb. However, I know many people do judge by the cover. I actually have two covers for Lifeboat. I had one that I had commissioned through a graphic artist that I was quite happy with. I’ve networked with some people through social media and one of them read my book in a rough form. She was blown away by the book, but she hated the cover I was planning to use. That friend was Anastasia of Anastasia Creatives. She, as a favor, created another cover which is Lifeboat’s current cover and I fell in love with it too. I had a lot of difficulty choosing between the two, so I put them up before a panel of people I trust. The votes were pretty even, but my daughter’s vote was the deciding one. I’ve actually just recently had someone tell me they hate Lifeboat’s cover and thinks it makes it look like a romance novel. Go figure.

No - I definitely see sci-fi in your cover - not romance, and I also appreciate being a part of the group of people you asked to help you decide :)  Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

There is definitely a part of me in Cass. She is not me, and I am not her, but some of her reactions and emotions are mine. I don’t think there is much of me in the other characters in Lifeboat. I suspect my heroines will always have a piece of my heart in theirs.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I’ve always been a very contradictory person. One part of me wanted to be nothing but a mother and housewife. Not only a mother and housewife, but one who lived very simply, hanging laundry on the line, tending a vegetable garden and feeding my family from it, and just being surrounded by a loving, appreciative family.

Another part of me wanted not just a successful career, but a high-profile career as a trial attorney. I had plans to go to law school up until I figured out how many years that would take. Then I completely reconsidered and settled for a job in the legal department of a huge corporation while I raised my children.

You sound like me, except I went the law school route and then did the housewife thing. Cats or Dogs?

If I said puppies and kittens could I have both? I love puppies and kittens. I still love cats and am generally not as fond of dogs, but I find that pets are a bit like children. You adore your own, but don’t have as much interest in anyone else’s.

That's a great answer!! What is one thing that you could not live without?

It’s going to sound really cheesy to say it but I could not live without my husband. I know, that is very codependent of me. He is my biggest cheerleader, my brick wall when I need one to lean on, and my teddy bear when I need a cuddle. I would never have completed Lifeboat without his continuous support throughout the entire process.

No not cheesy at all - that's exactly how it is supposed to be. Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

You’ve probably heard it before, but the best thing you can do for any author is to leave a review, whether you love their book or hate it. If you hated it your review can provide feedback the author can learn from. If you loved it - well who doesn’t like praise? So if you decide to read Lifeboat - thank you. I am honored. But if you decide to leave a review I will also be grateful. And feel free to email me at TheRealABShepherd@hotmail.com. I love to connect with readers.

Yes - thank you for that great reminder. Where can people find you and your books online?

Lifeboat is available at the following online retailers:
• Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lifeboat-ebook/dp/B00C92MQ72
• Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lifeboat-ebook/dp/B00C92MQ72
• Barnes &Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lifeboat-ab-shepherd/1114999755
• Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Lifeboat/book-ne54T2lvuEiqWY5S07jdQw/page1.html?s=LVAXZcs05E2-8F_ga0WRhQ&r=1
• Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/302165


About Lifeboat:

Cass Carmichael has lost everything; her husband, her son, and her will to live. She walks the streets and paddocks when she can't sleep. One night she sees a UFO. She can't stop thinking about it. She becomes obsessed.

When natural disasters destroy the earth she is rescued by extra-terrestrials and taken to a new world where the human race can rebuild.

But something is wrong here. This may not be the Utopia she expects. Survivors are vanishing without a trace.

Can Cass unravel the riddle in time to save herself?



About A.B. Shepherd:

A.B. Shepherd grew up in Lansing, Michigan, but moved to Australia in 2009. She now lives in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, with her husband and their imaginary friends. She can usually be found seaside at Port MacDonnell, or lost in a fantasy world.

Lifeboat is her debut novel. The Beacon, her second novel, has an anticipated release date of Christmas 2013.

If you'd like to learn more about A.B. Shepherd please visit her website at abshepherd.net.

You can also connect with her on Twitter @ABHPShepherd and on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-and-Blogger-AB-Shepherd/336336493057737.



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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Author Spotlight: Amy Richie

Hey everyone! Today I've got a fellow Anchor Group author - Amy Richie! Amy writes fabulous fantasy stories, and I'm so excited for you to meet her.

Hi Amy! Please tell us about your current release. Sapphire City is my latest book. It is a tale about a young girl named Stella Shaw who has just discovered that she may or may not be a mermaid.

I love this cover! What inspired you to write this book? I love fantasy style stories, they are my favorite to read and to write. I already have a vampire series and a werewolf series, so I figured I needed a mermaid one next!


So what comes next for you? I am writing the second part of Sapphire City, called Ruby City. I just love Stella and there are nights when she keeps me awake for a long time telling me her stories. I'm not sure I had a choice but to write it.

My characters do that to me too! When did you first consider yourself a writer? Sometimes I still don't know if I do. Haha! I just do what I love to do, tell a story.

Yes - I know exactly what you mean. When and how do you find time to write in your daily life? Well, I have three kids, a huge extended family, and a day job so finding time to write can be worrisome on some days. I set a daily writing goal and then just manage somehow.

I have three kids also. Life is busy! Setting a daily writing goal is something I really need to do. Any advice to aspiring writers? The best advice I could give is first of all, don't stop writing. Write every single day. It keeps your story fresh and improves your writing skill. If you are serious about wanting to write, invest the time to do it, even if its just 500 words a day. Second most important thing, find a publishing company that believes in you and that you love. You have to work with these people, hopefully, for a really long time so you need to love each other. :)


Great advice! As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to work with animals, I thought the best job would have to be writing for a nature magazine so I could travel and see a bunch of animals!

Cool! Who is your favorite super-hero and why? I love, love, love superheros! My favorite is the Doctor from Doctor Who. Not sure if he is your typical “super hero” but he travels around in a blue box saving the planet, so he is!

Yes - he counts! What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I lived in a small town in India for a year. I remember one of my first meals there, my host family asked if I wanted a hard boiled egg. They brought it with the shell still on and I couldn't understand why they all cracked theirs open with a spoon. I just smashed mine on the side of the table...and got raw egg yolk all over myself. They said half boiled not hard boiled! Ewww, who eats half boiled eggs?


Yes - ewww!!! Anything additional you want to share with the readers? Being an author is different than I expected it to be, but I have found a lot of unexpected friendships and amazing people along the way. Thank you!


I couldn't agree more! Where can people find you and your books online? All of my books are available on Amazon in both kindle format and paperback and if you want to order a signed copy of any of them, just message me on my facebook page!


About Amy

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.”




  • Visit her on her website: amyrichie.weebly.com
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  • About Sapphire City


    Strange things happen on Nortica; people disappear and 
voices call from the ocean. For Stella Shaw, things are about to get 
weirder.
Welcome to Nortica-population: ten.
After her latest run in with the police, Stella’s mom 
takes her back to her childhood home- the island Nortica. But they find it much different from the stories mom told. Most of the people have disappeared and the ones left are really weird. 
When her mom turns out to be the next victim of the island, Stella is forced into a dangerous race to find her while learning the secrets that the ocean holds.

    THANK YOU, AMY!


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