Featured Interview With Amy K McClung
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Born in Nashville TN, I’m the second oldest of four girls and occasionally I suffer from middle child syndrome. I met the love of my life online in August of 2004, on his birthday of all days, and married him in September 2005. Currently we have no human children only the room full of colourful robots that transform into vehicles and the large headed Pop Funko’s who represent our favourite characters. Collecting movies, shotglasses, Pop Funkos, and dust bunnies are some of my favourite pastimes. In September of 2011 I began writing and independently published my first YA novel called Cascades of Moonlight, Book one of the Parker Harris Series the following May. My first book was a means of therapy as it enabled me to escape reality for a while during a difficult transition in life. I have 6 self published Young Adult novels. In 2016 I joined the team of authors at Hot Tree Publishing. With Hot Tree I’ve released five books with a sixth book on the way. Recently I won “Favorite New Adult Romance Author” in the 2017 Year End awards for the Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance Book Blog.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
As a child I read a lot, but didn’t write. During my high school years I wrote a lot of poetry and submitted some to contests. After high school I stopped reading and poetry. When I moved out on my own, at age 24, I started writing screenplays. I had a stack of notebooks with different romantic, or thriller type plays. And then one day, a coworker came up to me with a book. It was a simple cover, black background with two hands holding a bright red apple, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. She insisted I read it and so I gave it a try and finished the book in no time. I was hooked by the series and when it was over I needed more. The next series to hook me was Harry Potter, and then the Hunger Games. I’ve been reading as much as possible ever since. It wasn’t until 2011 when I lost my job, that I began writing. My husband had called me on his lunch break and I was telling him about a show I’d watched and how it was predictable and how I’d have written it differently. He suggested I try writing my own story to take my mind off the stress of the job search. And from that, my book Cascades of Moonlight was born.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Stephanie Meyer, JK Rowling, Rachel Caine, Felicia Tatum, Stacey Rourke, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Stephen King, John Grisham, Tami Hoag, there are so many authors who’ve inspired me in some way.
My favorite genre depends on my mood, at times I love nothing more than a romance to put me through a rollercoaster of emotions. But sometimes I want a suspense thriller to get the adrenaline pumping. If something sounds interesting, I’ll read it.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
A Little Spark is a Romantic Comedy releasing in 03/31/18. I began this book due to an open submission call from Hot Tree Publishing for books about rescue workers. At first I considered writing about a sexy fireman finding love and then I started doing some research. I found that only 4% of firefighters are female. I decided to write about a bad add female firefighter, to show a heroic female in a male run industry. And so I started writing about Jillian Hartford, a sassy, tough as nails, firefighter.
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