It’s a pleasure for me to introduce author, Amy Metz. She and I have crossed paths on several writing sites, and I wanted to learn more about her.
Amy is a lovely woman, so do connect to her and find out more about her books.
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Amy, welcome to Eden’s Exchange. Thrilled to have you here. How would your best friend describe you in 20 words or less?
I went straight to the source. He said, “A caring and sensitive mother and friend; always available to support others and is passionate about her beliefs and principles.”
How sweet. ♥ If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be a billionaire. Seriously, I would be an extrovert instead of introvert.
A billionaire extrovert wouldn’t be bad. 😉 What profession other than your own would you like to try?
I’d love to be a travel photographer.
Do you have a motto you live by?
For my personal life: The golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
For my writing life: “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there will always be someone who hates peaches.
I love that, and peaches are one of my favorite fruits. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
My children. I have two grown sons so I guess they’re actually not children anymore, but they will always be my babies and the best things I ever did.
You sound like an amazing mom, Amy. Let’s learn more about your writing life. How do you market yourself?
I think blog features like this one are effective in getting the word out about a book (thank you!), so I try to do as many as will have me. I also take advantage of any of the free services on the Internet, such as virtual bookshelves, author pages on various sites, or free or reduced book alert services. I have a list on my blog of marketing steps that I use: http://abluemillionbooks.blogspot.com/p/marketing.html
I look forward to connecting with you on your site too. What part of writing a novel do you enjoy the most? The least?
Favorite: I love getting lost in a story and feeling like I’m in the scene.
Least favorite: editing. Specifically, the 100,000th round of editing.
I know the feeling well, Amy. Tell us about your typical writer’s day.
A typical day starts by answering emails and posting to Facebook and Twitter. Then I pull up whatever it is I’m working on and reread the section I wrote last. Next, I write or edit or rewrite, depending on the need. Somewhere along the way, I’ll need to check something online. I will probably see new emails and read them, and then something in an email will probably lead me to Facebook where I’ll be for I-don’t-know-how-long. Something on FB will probably lead me to another site like Twitter or Pinterest, where I’ll probably get lost again. I’ll eventually wonder what it was I came online to do, and I’ll finally go check out what I came online to do in the first place. Then I’ll go back to writing. Somewhere along the line, I’ll need to check something online. I will probably see new emails and read them, and then something in an email will lead me to Facebook to like or comment . . . you get the picture. That and a short break for lunch is pretty much my day.
Haha, my head was spinning reading your answer! Do you have advice for new authors?
Stay away from Facebook while you’re working.
I agree Facebook can be a huge energy sucker. What are some of your “must-have” tools for writing?
I don’t need much. My laptop. Electricity. The Internet for thesaurus.com and research or checking facts. That’s about it.
Tell us the name and genre of your latest book.
Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction is a cozy mystery.
Buy link: Amazon
Blurb for: Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction
Like any good Southern belle, Caledonia Culpepper was raised by her mama to be gracious, charming, witty, and above all, a devoted mother and loving wife, so she’s baffled when her marriage falls apart.
Wynona Baxter is a master of disguise but is often a ditzy airhead. A hit woman wannabe, when she’s hired for her first job in Goose Pimple Junction and things don’t go as planned, she’s forced to resort to Plan B. She’ll also need Plan C and D.
Crooked lawyers, restless husbands, a teenaged hoodlum – it seems there are rogues and rascals everywhere you look in Goose Pimple Junction.
When Caledonia and Wynona’s paths cross, they prove there isn’t a rogue or a rascal who can keep a good woman down. Mama always said there would be days like this . . .
Amy, why should people read the book?
I think if someone wants to get lost in a mystery that will make them laugh and make them want to move to a quirky small town where the community is fun, loving, and close-knit, they should read my books!
Sounds like a great reason to read it! How did you celebrate when you finished writing Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction?
I don’t think I celebrated when I finished writing the book, because as soon as I’m sure I’m finished, the editing process starts, which means the book isn’t really finished. I consider the book finished on launch day. On launch day, I went out to dinner at my favorite restaurant with my two sons, daughter-in-law, and my friend Tom.
I feel the same way. It’s only finished for me when it’s available for sale. What has the reception been to the book?
It has received great reviews so far, with twelve 5-star reviews and one 4-star review. But sales have been very slow, which is depressing.
I hope it ramps up soon, Amy. What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?
Tell your friends. Tell them to tell their friends. Post a comment about it on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest. And post a review online on as many sites as you can.
What is next for you after this book?
I’m writing the fifth book in the series. Wynona and Caledonia will be back!
That’s excellent news! Let’s finish with a fun lightning round.
Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? My computer. It pretty much has my life on it.
Salty or sweet? Sweet. A day without something sweet isn’t a day.
Coffee or tea or something else? Tea. Preferably sweet tea—hot or cold. With a lemon!
Cat/dog/other pet? Dog. I love dogs, but I hate the fur that sheds all over everything and everywhere.
Your most guilty pleasure. Donuts. I love them. There’s a store near my house that sells Boston Cream Pie donuts. Oh. My. Gosh.
Favorite season. Fall. I love the colors, the crisp air, and the temps below 80. And I love Halloween.
Name something you cannot go a day without. My iPhone. Not necessarily for the phone feature, but for the email, notes, text message, photo, camera, Google and Google Maps, Audible, Kindle, calculator, clock, and Solitaire apps!
Thank you so much for hosting me!
You are most welcome, Amy. Readers, please find her at all her virtual homes below.
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Connect to Amy
Amy Metz is the author of the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series. She is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two sons. When not actively engaged in writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Facebook or Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.