#WOTR Author Spotlight – Amy Hale

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Amy Hale

Amy Hale

About the Author

My name is Amy Hale and I’m the mother of a 19 year old and a 17 year old. I’ve been blissfully married for almost 25 years. I’ve always loved writing and have been doing it professionally in one form or another for the last 12 years. In 2014 I moved from writing non-fiction to fiction and my first book was published in January of 2015. I’ve since released two more books and my schedule for 2016 will be a full one! I really enjoy a good love story, so I like to blend romance with suspense, paranormal, and humor elements in my writing.
When I’m not making up stories, I’m busy enjoying time with my family and friends. I also love music, reading, and photography.

When and Why did you start to write?

I have always loved to read. In school I wrote poetry and short stories. Once I had children, I wrote stories just for them. I’ve always felt drawn to writing and storytelling. I’ve probably spent most of my life with a story of some sort rattling through my brain. After some encouragement from friends, family, and fellow writers I decided to take the leap into writing fiction. While it’s certainly hard work, I love it. I hope to be able to do this for the rest of my life.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I have a variety of tastes. As a teen I was really into Stephen King. Now that I’m grown I’m less into the gore, but still admire his talents. I love historical romance – I find it fascinating. Julia Quinn has been one of my favorite authors for years and I was thrilled to finally get to meet her last year. I also adore Jennifer McQuisten, Mary Balogh, Kat Martin, and some of Pamela Britton (when she was still writing historicals). As for contemporary – I will happily read anything by Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, J.L. Berg, Denise Grover Swank, Eric Asher… too much talent for me to even list here.

What is the most surprising thing you have found out with the writing process?

I think the most surprising thing I’ve learned during the writing process is that the characters really do take over. I know it sounds cliche and exaggerated, but it’s not. When I’m working on my books, the characters take on a life of their own. Sometimes they gently guide me through their stories. Other times they slap me right over the head with it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written something, then sat back in shock over what just happened. It’s the best form of madness.

What are you working on now?

I’m almost done with my second book in The Shadows Trilogy – Shadows of Deception. I’m looking forward to sharing this adventure with my readers who fell in love with Jane and Colt in the first book. I think they are really going to like, and be surprised by, the events in store for our lovely and gifted Jane. And who wouldn’t want more of hot biker boy Colt?
This book was supposed to release in November of 2015, but circumstances prevented that from happening. If all goes as planned, the timeline for release will be in March 2016.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I’m actually a little of both. I usually know my beginning and my ending, but I pants my way through the first few chapters until I get a feel for the Character arcs, then I plot the rest to be sure I stay on track.

Social Links

Website: http://www.authoramyhale.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoramyhale
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-Hale/e/B00RQ3QTTU/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorAmyHale
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authoramyhale/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authoramyhale/
Snapchat: authoramyhale

Buy Links

You can find my books in the following places:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-Hale/e/B00RQ3QTTU/
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/amy-hale/id961130103?mt=11
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ulterior-motives-amy-hale/1121104695
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/ulterior-motives-5
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AmyHale

 

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