Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Since childhood, best-selling and award-winning author Amy Hale has been using the written word to inspire, encourage, and entertain. She loves creating characters and worlds from nothing but her imagination and a few glasses of wine. Her popular paranormal series The Shadows Trilogy has earned multiple awards, as have the Havenwood Falls books, of which she is a participating author.
She debuted her first fiction novel in 2015 after retiring from 13 years of non-fiction writing for various online entities. For the last couple of decades, she’s also carried the titles of Laundry Goddess, Chef, Butt Wiper, Soother of Temper Tantrums, and in more recent years, Moderator of Sarcastic Eye-rolls and Sass. She resides in Illinois with her husband and two grown children who claim they are never moving out. Regardless, they are the center of her universe, although her cat believes otherwise.
If she had any spare time, she’d love music, photography, watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 with her family, and long rides on the back of her husband’s motorcycle.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
I think the first is hardest. You have to build everything from scratch. Once you have the characters and world built, it’s a little easier to run with.
What comes first? The plot or characters
It depends on the story. I’ve had it happen both ways. Sometimes a character will come to mind after seeing something that inspires him or her. Other times I get an idea for a situation and that spurs on the formation of the characters.
What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?
I’m happy to say that I have met my unicorn author. I’m a huge Julia Quinn fan and I had the honor of meeting her a few years ago. She signed all my well-worn and often read books. I was just starting my writing career and meeting her and talking with her was a huge encouragement.
If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?
What inspired her Bridgerton characters? When did she realized she had the gift for historical fiction? Has she ever wished to write in or had ideas for other genres?
What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.
The blurb. I don’t know why, but I can write entire books with less difficulty than I can write a couple of paragraphs about the same books.
What is your favorite memory so far as an author?
I think my favorite memories all involve meeting readers. Talking with them about their favorite stories, from me and other authors, is always a joy.
What is your definition of success?
I see success in many different ways, but I think my biggest measure of success is knowing a reader has enjoyed my work. If I’ve written a story that grabs someone and entertains them, I’ve properly done my job.
What are your social links?
FB Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/amyhalesangels
What are your buy links?