When you are writing what is your favorite part of the book to write?
When writing, my favorite part of the book to write has to be the ending. As cliché as it sounds, there’s nothing more satisfying then typing “the end” at the end of a book and knowing that all the months of hard work and sacrificing family time has been worth it.
Although, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy writing the sex scenes as well. LOL. Sexy and sensual descriptions are a blast to write, and making the reader feel everything my character is feeling at the same time is a lot of fun. *winks*
What is the hardest part to write?
Also, I hate writing about any form of child abuse or neglect. I have a scene in book 2 of my Outside the City series, called The Beast’s Promise, and in it there is a scene where a boy is beaten by an evil orphanage director and all of the kids there had been neglected. It was so hard to write that afterwards I was super depressed and couldn’t bring myself to write again for over a week. It’s a really touchy subject for me, and in order to get back into the groove of writing again I usually have to either switch over to another WIP or try and write a happy scene in the next chapter.
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive who would it be and why?
What is your writing routine?
What routine? LOL.
I typically carve out time on my days off from the dreaded “day job” and sit down to write a chapter. Usually, I grab a cup of tea, maybe a snack and get down to business. I tend to write in the early afternoon (when I can hide from the sun and heat outside by being inside my house without looking like a complete hermit) and spend a couple hours writing a chapter. I try to write a chapter a day on my days off, but sadly, sometimes real life gets in the way.
Do you plot and outline, or write as you go?
Are the names you use in your novels important to you? Where do you find the names you use?
As for where I find them, I love the baby name sites online. LOL. I can search for a name by country of origin, or meaning, and that really help when I have a specific character in mind and have no Idea what to call them.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
Scheduling is important. You’ve got to have time to get your work done without having to worry what time the kids need picked up and when you have to start preparing dinner. Knowing where your next chapter is headed before you sit down to write, or just in general where your story is headed, is an important factor in remaining sane.
But I think taking time to focus of things other than your writing are important as well. I know that if I let myself, I could stay holed up in my house, clacking away on my laptop, completely consumed with my WIPs and never seeing the true light of day. So to balance that, I make time to do other things I enjoy, like gardening, going to the park, canning and preserving, and even just going for a drive. These things help me remember that there’s more to life than just my books and they are just as important.
How do you feel being interviewed?
I love it! I have such a blast answering questions and talking about my books and writings. It’s fun and allows my readers the chance to get to know me a little bit better! J
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Well, I can always be found at my website www.amylealyn.webs.com or on my blog www.amylealynromance.blogspot.com. I can also be found on Facebook.
As for my books… well, here’s the list!
Available at Silver Publishing:
Nature of the Beast (Outside the City #1)
Available at Torquere Press:
Dream a Little Dream
Available at Dreamspinner Press