For this interview we talk to romance writer Amy Deal, who decided to fill a market gap her own darned self.
Who are you? Where are you? What kind of stuff do you write?
I’m Amy Deal. I was raised in Barboursville, and currently live in Huntington and I write romance fiction.
Tell us about your most recent book, story, or other project.
I’m working on my first book. It’s called A Stronger Bond and it’s a vampire romance. It’s the story of a vampire, Alexi who loves a mortal, Ava. Their relationship is put to the test when she is kidnapped by a vampire hunter bent on revenge. There’s also an ancient vampire, Demetri, who believes himself in love with Ava. So, there are a lot of obstacles for them to overcome to get their happy ever after.
In what genre do you primarily write? Why did you choose that one?
Romance. I’ve always loved a great romance story either in books, movies or TV. But they have to have happy endings. I am anti Nicholas Sparks. LoL
TV and movies are where my first writings came from. I would take the stories and rewrite them. Little did I know that I was writing FanFic before it had a name. LoL
What made you want to start writing romance stories instead of just reading them?
I like a certain kind of romance story and no one was writing them. I knew I couldn’t be the only one, so after some conversations with others, I decided to write the kind of romance I wanted to read.
Follow up follow up – what kind is that?
A lot of the vampire romance stories have the heroine either as a vampire herself or a vampire hunter. I like stories where the heroine is the typical girl next door. Living her life and then suddenly she’s confronted with something that shakes up her world and makes her look at things differently.
Tell us briefly about your writing process, from once you’ve got an idea down to having a finished product ready for publication.
I get my best ideas when I’m talking to someone or listening to a conversation. As for the rest of it I wish I had an organized thought out process, but I really just write when I can grab some time. I just took a trip on Amtrak and I had several hours to work on nothing but marketing, plotting and research. It was nice.
How much plotting do you do ahead of time? How much world building? Do you ever just sit down and see where the words take you?
I just bought a writing software program that will hopefully help me do some plotting, world and character building, but I really just sit down with an idea and start writing. Eliot Parker says that I like to drop people right into the action and I do, but I’m trying to learn to plot my way and drive them there slowly.
Who is the favorite character you’ve created? Why?
Alexi. He’s the main character of the book. I’ve always had a soft spot for anyone who feels that they aren’t redeemable or worthy of being loved. Alexi is all of that and I’ve made it my mission to make sure he finally accepts that he can be.
What’s the weirdest subject you’ve had to research as a writer that you never would have otherwise?
With vampires I’ve researched a lot of blood related topics. Because it’s their main source of everything, especially loving someone, I had to find a way to make a disease where someone’s blood would be poison to a vampire.
What’s the one thing you’ve learned, the hard way, as a writer that you’d share to help others avoid?
Never listen to the people who say you aren’t a writer if you haven’t had something published. If you write, you’re a writer. Also, if you write a genre that isn’t popular, or one that people don’t understand, just remember that somewhere out there, someone is waiting to read it.
Have you found people not supportive of writing romances? Based on what I’ve seen romances and vampire stories are both really popular!
I haven’t found anyone that hasn’t been supportive of me personally. Yes! they are really popular. It goes in waves. Vampires will be popular, then a real life event will happen where suddenly military romances become popular. It’s like soup du jour, but hero du jour.
If you won $1 million (tax free, to keep the numbers round and juicy), how would it change your writing life?
I’d be able to focus on my writing and do a lot of traveling to find locations to use. I’d also have all the latest and greatest tech gadgets to help with my writing.
What’s the last great book you read or new author you discovered?
Andrea Bills. She’s also a WV romance writer and her books are so good. Her writing draws the reader in and once you’re in, you never want it to let you go.
What do you think your next project will be?
It’s another book in the A Stronger Bond universe. It’s the story of one of the other vampires you meet in the book.