Author Interview

Author Interview with Amy Romine

Bio

Amy Romine has always wanted to be one of the good guys. From playing Charlie’s Angels in the backyard of her Macungie, PA home as a child to the pages of her unending projects, Amy has always dreamed of adventure and romance. Her need to make the characters truly deserve their happiness takes us on many a twisted journey. From serial killers to demons, Amy holds nothing back in the name of true enduring love.

A mother of three, Amy has spent the past sixteen years working in Operations for Ricoh America’s Corporation. She is an avid movie fan and enjoys books, television, theater, her dog Pip and all things romance.

Little Angels

When Special Agent Nick McFarlane receives news that his partner of eight years is in trouble, he doesn’t hesitate. Throwing himself into a deep cover operation to expose and shut down The Micahs, a child trafficking ring, Nick enters, unprepared for the reality that awaits.

Special Agent Meredith Richards took the assignment fully aware of the consequences. Leaving her life behind, she knew she wouldn’t be able to get out with her life until she shut the Micahs down for good.

When Meredith’s informant is murdered and her contact inside the organization starts to lose control, Meredith is forced to make choices she can’t take back. On the edge of sacrificing herself, her principles, and her life, she begins to wonder if she will survive the case, or if she even wants to.

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What inspired you to first start writing? Is your motivation to write now different or the same as before?

Having a very active imagination as a child, I started writing fanfiction. I loved to be able to take characters I enjoyed watching on television and creating my own ‘episodes’. That then evolved as I got older into the creation of my own characters, and my own worlds. I wouldn’t say the motivation has changed, I am still inspired by my favorite shows, just in a different way. Now I say – ugh I could write that so much better! (just kidding)

Writers are projected as loners or introverts. Is this true for you?

I don’t think I could be defined as an introvert. I’m very extrovert when it comes to socialization and talking to people. Not at all afraid to start up a conversation with a stranger. Actually, makes my kids nuts! So I would say no, that is not a good description of me as an author or a person.

What genre do you like to write in? Why?

I write romantic suspense because I love reading romantic suspense! One of the reasons I decided to start publishing as an author was because I couldn’t find romantic suspense that fulfilled me, so I decided to write one.

How often do you write and what schedule to you like to keep?

I am always writing whether mentally or physically. I write every day in some way or form. Because I have a full-time day job and a family the actual typing happens early in the morning, late in the evenings and on the weekend. I guess you could say it is a schedule 😊

What is the easiest part of writing to you?

The easiest part of writing is the kernel idea and then the outline.

Can you share any tips on inspiring other writers to pursue their dreams?

Write, write and write. With every word, you get better. I am still improving every day.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer? Why?

My favorite thing about being a writer is the ability to be ‘God’ in my given world. I love to have the power to make something happen in a universe I created.

Who would you compare your work to? What differences set you apart?

I’ve had my work compared to Barbara Taylor Bradford, Linda Howard, and Heather Graham. I don’t like to compare my work to others though. Each writer has their own voice. My work differs from others as I work hard to put an equal mix of suspense and romance in my books. So many times, it is 70/30 either way and I find that annoying.

Does a bad review affect your writing?

I take all reviews in stride good and bad. I write for me. If others enjoy my work, awesome! If not, that’s okay too. Everyone has different tastes.

What did you want to be when you grew up as a child?

A detective, and or an actress and then a writer who writes books about detectives.

What book have you read that has been the most life changing?

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero ~ completely amazing book loved it, all of it!

Are you working on anything right now? If so, what can you share?

I have several projects I’m working on. My favorite is a paranormal romantic suspense called Finders. A reality show ghost hunting team discovers a mass grave, a hungry demon, and a demonologist with a secret. Writing and research have been loads of fun and I am super excited about it.

Who is in your support system? How do they keep you motivated?

My family and friends are my rocks. Specifically, my best friends Veronica and Brenda and my Mom. They keep me in line and are there for me to vent when I need help.

Do you keep a blog or a journal? How does it help you as a writer?

I have a blog and a journal. The blog I use to communicate with my fans, and share information about what I am working on as well as interesting bits of information I discover in my research. Right now, I have a Finders Bucket List I am working on and sharing on the blog. The journal is personal and encompasses everything from dinner ideas, plot points, and potential character names. It is dumping ground for everything in my head so I can sleep at night! 😊

Do you have any daily mantra’s? What do you tell yourself to keep your inspiration alive?

The mantra I live by is ‘everything happens for a reason’ not sure if it keeps my inspiration alive but it does help me get through the day.

What is one thing you want people to know about you as a writer? A person?

I love writing, I love the journey and I love reading my own books. They are my favorite (next to Harry Potter). As a person, I believe in karma and I try to give back in any way I can to my family, friends, my supporters and other authors.

What are your career goals?

I want to write as much as I can for as long as possible. I also want to help other authors realize their own goals.

How will you handle fame when you reach that level? How do you think it will change your writing?

According to my kids, I am already famous! I write what I love, what I am interested in and what I want to read. If that makes me successful then so be it! I will keep going as long as the muse keeps inspiring me!

What advice would you give your younger self about writing?

Read more. Write more. I went without writing for a long span and then I came back. No regrets, just lessons learned.

Have you ever considered writing an autobiography?

Heck no! my life is way too boring.

How did you celebrate the launch of your book?

I littered my office with flyers about the book and took myself to lunch!

If given the chance, what author would you interview? What is the most important question you would ask?

Awesome question – tough question. I really had to think about this one. Mercedes Lackey and the most important question would be what was the inspiration for her character, Diana Tergarde?

Have you experienced writer’s block? How do you handle it?

Yes, many times. I am a perfectionist, so if I do not have all the details worked out in my head I don’t write. Which is insane! Then I give myself a good lecture and get it done. I put on my headphones, cue up the playlist and write myself out of it. Then I think, why didn’t I do that, to begin with?

What would you tell others who are considering traditional/self-publishing? Any advice?

I recently had a conversation on Twitter about this question. An unpublished author was saying he needed an agent or a publisher to back his work for the books to sell. It has been my experience whether you have a publisher /agent, or you self-publish your book you are still riding up the same hill. The vehicle doesn’t matter. It is your book to sell. No one is going to sell it for you. In my experience, the role of the author is the same either way.

What do you want to be remembered for as a writer? A person?

I would like to be remembered as someone who entertained, enthralled and excited. As a person I want to be remembered for what I gave, how I loved, and how I lived.

Thank you, Amy!

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