Today I’m interviewing Amy Lane who swears that she’s a newbie at interviews. IMO she handled this one very well, but you be the judge. I tried to ask her different questions than my usual because I thought she would be somewhat off the wall and I was right. 🙂
Hi Amy, how are you? You have done your best to sabotage this interview by peeking at the questions and answering them when you weren’t supposed to know what they were. Next time I’ll make sure I ask that questions be emailed to me. What do you have to say for yourself? 🙂
LOL—I have a LONG and varied career of doing EXACTLY the opposite of what I’m told—it’s gotten me in a lot of trouble. All I can tell you is what I tell the rest of the world. “Oops… so sorry, didn’t mean to…my bad. My bad. So sorry. Really. Try to do better. Swear!”
I’ll let you off the hook but only if you tell us a sekkrit about Amy that no one else knows (and it can’t be that you like men with hair on their chests or guys who wear boxers because that’s too easy).
Okay… this one’s deep, and dark, and skeeerrry…
Once, when I was having a fit of hormones from my fourth pregnancy, I… (this is just too embarrassing!) I downloaded a Celine Dion cd on my ipod! I’m sorry! I’m sorry! It’s evil and sick and wrong, and the worst part is, the titles didn’t download and I’m STUCK with it, STUCK I tell you, otherwise I shall risk losing all of the mix cds that other people have made for me which are ALSO titled “track 1-15” and that would be a real tragedy! Every now and then, as we’re driving, a song will come on the iPod that makes the whole family screech “What in the fuck is that! Kill it kill it kill it IT BURNS!” And I have to skip it, or the pain shall consume us!
(buries face in hands)
I am so ashamed…. [I’m not sure I understand that answer but I gather that you tried to illegally download a Celine Dion song and got screwed] 🙂
No, no—it wasn’t illegal! It’s just that it was Celine Dion! Trust me—my family has hard core rock and alt rock roots… for my people, it’s almost a crime against nature.
This is part of the bio on your blog
I am creative, distracted, and terribly weird. I love my children to distraction, and I love my hobbies even when they piss me off. I come from a double line of extremely creative, intelligent people who hated authority so much they dodged higher education, and I married a wonderful man who is quiet, conservative, devastatingly funny, and perfect. Our children are constant reminders that God and Goddess have a profound sense of humor, and that all of the things you dislike most about yourself but pretend don’t exist really do come back on the karmic wheel to kick your ass when you least expect it. My family keeps me young and humble and I try every day to make them proud.
Since you have never been interviewed on this site why don’t you tell us a bit about Amy the author. Is there a difference between the author and the regular person who goes grocery shopping? 🙂
*snort * The person who goes grocery shopping is usually SO DAMNED DISTRACTED that she forgets to buy hair gel, or she does and there’s enough of it to goop an entire troop of oompa-loompas together at the curly orange hair, or she buys grapes when there’s already a winery in the refrigerator, and then forgets tape when we need it for a kids’ project.
“Amy Lane” is mildly goofy, and articulate, and sort of kind of organized.
The person who created Amy Lane is an incredible disaster.
If you didn’t write as a creative expression what other careers would you have liked to pursue? Working on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean with tons of men? Being a masseuse in a sleazy massage parlour? 😉 I’m sure you considered other ways to have fun before YOU chose writing. What were your second and third choices?
Well, I REALLY wanted to be an actress, but I failed “Bulimia 101”—I could binge, but the purging thing got old real fast, and, well, now I could be THREE actresses, and I’m not talking about talent.
I actually would love to design hand-knit items—I’ve done some rather complicated blankets, socks, and sweaters, and I’m not half bad.
I’d REALLY like to be the poor shmuck who runs the actors coffee and slushies in between takes. Damn… it would be like being paid to be a fly on the magic wall…
You write a lot of angst filled romances. Have you ever thought of writing a romantic comedy as a change of pace?
Uh-oh… you mean If I Must and Bewitching Bella’s Brother don’t count? I’ve REALLY got to think about upping my comedy game! [I forgot about If I Must – that was pretty funny, but I must admit that I haven’t read Bewitching Bella’s Brother as yet so I’ll withhold judgment on that one] LOL
As you are aware, since you looked over the questions and answered most of them, I asked a few fans to come up with questions for you. I had no idea they would be so easy. I have deleted the ones you already answered on the site which doesn’t leave much. This could have been a much longer and more interesting interview if you hadn’t jumped the gun.
* g* What can I say? Easy SHOULD be my middle name, but it just doesn’t sound good. “Amy Easy Lane”—it sounds like the ‘m’ is a typo, and it should be “Any Easy Lane” and then I’d be, like, life lessons for slackers.
Tam wants to know
Was Keeping Promise Rock written with the intention for there to be follow-up stories or did those other characters just pop up asking for a story? I’m still hoping to see physiotherapist Jeff’s story soon.
‘kay. I lied about that ‘easy’ thing. When I write a character, I tend to ‘spool’ back story as I write him/her. So, Jeff popped up, and he had this hidden sadness, and by the time I wrote that line, I was wondering what made him so sad. Same with Shane—why was he so eager to please?
I start asking myself those questions, and even as I’m editing Keeping Promise Rock, I’ve got the answers humming along on another plot.
Suzi has one question
Is the sequel to Talker done and if so when does it come out? If not, write faster and make it longer too.
Yes—Talker’s Redemption is done, and it should be out in January. I’m afraid it’s not longer, but it IS more intense. (This was REALLY HARD to write. People ask my why Talker was so short, and it’s because it was SO intensely sad. I can’t live in that place for too long, and if I’d gone outside of it, the story would be cluttered.)
Back to my questions:
When I read Talker I was struck by how young and vulnerable and screwed up Tate was, and I wondered how you were able to get into the head of someone like him and give readers such a wonderful characterization. How did you do it with such conviction?
I have no idea. Honestly——I’m just like an exposed nerve when I get inside a character’s head. When I “write”, it’s not always at the computer—often it’s when I’m knitting or walking or doing housework, and I’m playing these scenarios out in my mind, and I “become” the people I’m writing about. (My husband laughs at me when I talk to myself—he’s called it “writing” for the last fifteen years, because that’s pretty much what I’m doing without the physical act of typing, and it’s a lot more dignified than “Mother’s taking a little trip to crazy-ville!)
You have now written 16 books. First, where do you find the time since you have a regular day job and a family? Second, your characters are quite distinctive – how do you make them into such different three dimensional people? Do you have multiple personalities? 🙂
Yes, I have multiple personalities, and so does she! * snicker*
As for time? I’m chronically sleep deprived—seriously. Sometimes I end up writing when I’m supposed to be doing something else because I can, literally, write in my sleep, but I can’t do any other higher brain function—like organize the mess on my kitchen table—unless I take a nap. It’s like, well, hey, since I’m useless anyway, I might as well write!
Also, my bio is pretty damned accurate. I plot, I dialog, I plan, I write, all in my head. I TYPE like the frickin’ wind. So if it’s all there in my head, and I type like the wind, it doesn’t take long to get down on paper.
But this last year has sort of been an anomaly. I suspect that after January Talker’s Redemption you’ll see my output dwindle to something a little more sane. You just can’t keep up the pace I’ve been setting without something giving, and my children really do need more of me than they’ve gotten this last year.
You seem to write very quickly. What’s on your agenda for the next 6 months?
Well, as for releases? I’ve got Hammer & Air, another fairy tale, coming out in mid-November. This is sort of scary for me—it’s m/m/m and one of THE most sexual things I’ve ever written. The characters have NO emotional vocabulary—none—and they learn about love, lust, and obsession almost exclusively through sexual interaction. I’m hoping that people see through the sex and into the very tender love story underneath, because it’s the tender love story that’s the heart of the piece.
In December, I’ve got a novella through the Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar, called Christmas With Danny Fit. Last year, my husband and I flirted with a workout regimen. We ditched it eventually, but in the meantime, I had this idea about a very shy man who developed a crush on his DVD workout guru, and how different it was to have a crush on someone from TV and have real feelings for someone in real life. I thought this one would be cute and funny, and I was sort of astounded at how terribly (almost overly) sweet it became. I really like this one (which, of course, means no one will even notice it’s out!)
And then, of course, is Talker’s Redemption, which, well, almost killed me. (Since I’ll be reviewing Talker’s Redcmption, should I be girding my loins and taking pills for depression so that I’m ready for the book?) 🙁
Yes—seriously, yes. Buy Prozac now. You literally explode in the bell jar with Talker, and then drag yourself up off the ground and man up. Angst squared, at least from the writing perspective
You have achieved a lot in your writing career in a very short time. What’s next for Amy?
Amy would like to finish a novel she just started called The Locker Room, then finish Living Promises, write the third Talker, and (oh please) have some time to work on Quickening, the fifth installment of the Little Goddess series. I think my ultimate triumph as a writer would be to find a publisher that would help me republish the first four books in my urban fantasy series—I think they deserve more attention (and MUCH better editing!!!) than they get as self-published work.
What’s the best part about writing? What are the challenges other than finding the time to write?
The best part about writing is when a plan comes together. When I can feel plot, theme, and character merging, as I mull the ideas over and over and over in my head, and have the same conversations over until they’re perfect… there’s this feeling, this “destiny” feeling that happens when I’m doing it right. I call it “riding the dragon” (or being ridden by it, depending on the state of my house!) and when it’s on, oh BABY, it’s ON! That’s lovely. That’s… for me, that’s seeing the divine.
The challenges? Ulk. It doesn’t matter what project I start, no matter how large or how small, there’s always a moment, when I’m contemplating the scope of emotions or the scope of the plot or the depth of what I want done, when I think, “Oh Holy Christ, who in the fuck am I kidding? I can’t do this! This is going to insult absolutely anyone who has been in a remotely similar situation, and I’m a horrible fraud to even contemplate it!” The only way I can get through that is to just keep writing, even when I think it’s shit. And eventually, with a little bit more of that “destiny” feeling, it usually doesn’t suck too badly.
What’s the most poignant moment for you that involved a fan?
My Little Goddess series features a VERY sad moment (yes—you mention it in the next question!) and a character who spends an entire book trying to get over the loss of her first lover. I got a letter from a lovely woman who had lost her husband, her brother, and her father, all in the span of a month, and who was devastated. She told me that after reading straight through the Little Goddess series, she finally felt hope. She lived in a very conservative place, with people who would not understand the sexual fluidity of the Little Goddess series at all—and she didn’t care. She was going to take her hope, and seek some comfort and some healing, and she thanked the books for this inspiration.
I couldn’t read that letter without crying, and my hands shook for an hour. To realize that you’ve done that for someone—it’s terrifying and powerful, and lovely. Goddess… I feel so unworthy, yanno?
Are you still killing off characters in the Little Goddess series? I understand that at one point you were hiding from fans. LOL
* g* Oh yeah… Man, there was a “Resurrect Adrian” campaign going on amazon.com for a LONG time! And I promised that I wouldn’t kill off anyone major until book eight—I’ll hold to that!
Before I let you go what question didn’t I ask that you were dying to answer?
Well, you didn’t ask me if I ever delved into epic fantasy… which I have, and no one buys it because the books are frickin’ LONG, and they hang about my neck like a big ol’ albatross… but I love them so! (And yes… there’s some m/m action among all the het—why do you ask? But it’s fantasy, so people die. Horribly. With pain. So sad. *ahhhh… * I love it so!)
Thank you Amy.
My true pleasure, Wave—thank you so much for having me! (Funny… I don’t feel like a filleted and grilled trout… you must have taken it easy on me!) [Ya think????]
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