Amy Braun -- Author Interview

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

 Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for “author voice, world-building and general bad-assery,” and the One Book Two Standout Award in 2015 for her Cursed trilogy. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, and is an active member of the Writing GIAM and Weekend Writing Warrior communities. When she isn't writing, she's reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction.

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Amy has been kind enough to answer a few questions so we can get to know her better. She has had an exciting week with a cover release and she is also preparing for not one, but two book releases this summer in May and June! Busy girl, right? So sit back, grab a cup if coffee, and let's get to know Amy! 

1. What do you want your readers to know about you?

They can always expect a new idea from me. No book I write will be the same. Similar, maybe, but no world is the same, no character reacts the same, and no fight scene will be the same. I live for creating new settings and situations. Writing is my whole world, my One True Love, and I strive to make sure that comes across with everything I do. 

2. If you were stranded on a desert island with one fictional character, who would it be?

Hmm... This is tricky, I would pick so many! There are tons of hot guys I would like to keep me company, but I think I would choose Atticus from the Iron Druid Chronicles. Not only has he been alive for around 2000 years, but he's resourceful and connected to the earth, and often deals with gods that owe him favours. So if he couldn't find a way off the island for us, at least he'd be connected to the earth so we would survive! And having an attractive Irish sidekick is never a bad thing. 

3. Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Nothing really unusual, just more tendencies that have become habits. I always write with music (my preferred genre is heavy metal and hard rock, which is perfect for writing fight scenes and intense moments), and I always have a candle burning in my room. When I'm doing solid writing, I also shut my WiFi off. The Internet is wonderful and I likely wouldn't be a published writer without it, but it's also incredibly distracting sometimes. Pinterest is my personal vice. 

4. You just had an exciting cover reveal last weekend. How did you contribute to the design of the book cover and what is your favorite part about it? 

I'm thrilled about the cover for Damnation's Door. It's absolutely gorgeous and perfect for the tone/setting of the book. A couple changes were made to the general colouring and the background, but everything else fell into the similar formula of the other two novels. Personally, my favourite part is Constance, the character on the front. She looks as powerful as ever with her hatchet. Of all three covers, this one might be my favourite, though it's a tough choice because they're all so pretty! 

5. What was your inspiration for the characters in Cursed

When I started writing/planning the series, I knew that I wanted the main characters to be sisters, but polar opposite in pretty much everything. Constance is Mexican and built like an athlete, whereas Dro is white haired, blue eyed, and more on the feminine side. I also knew that I wanted a sister dichotomy where their opposite personalities meshed into a powerful bond. Constance can be surly and jaded, but Dro is able to coax her into being a little more sympathetic and understanding. Dro is nervous and uneasy about herself and the trouble that follows her, but Constance is a fierce protector and has a confidence that inspires Dro. The side characters– Max, Warrick, and Sephiel– were mostly original as well. Max and Warrick have been there since I first created Cursed world years ago, though this time Warrick is a lot tougher. Sephiel was created when I changed the setting/time period of Cursed, and I'm very grateful I added him, since he became one of my favourite characters in the whole series.

6. What advice do you have for aspiring writers? 

The same advice I always give is the same advice I always see when I come across writing motivation boards on Pinterest. The best thing you can do as a write is to simply write. It doesn't matter what you write. I've written dozens of scenes that won't make it to the final cut of novels. It doesn't matter if you think your writing is bad. That's what re-writing and editing are for. It doesn't matter if your novel changes halfway through before you reach the end. I'm working on a novel that I've essentially written from scratch three times because I kept changing my mind about the story. The more you write, the stronger your skill set becomes. Writing isn't easy, but if that's what you truly, deeply want to do, then don't let it intimidate you. Write until your story is done, and realize that when the first draft is done, the hardest part is over. Writing is a path with a thousand possible destinations, and it is absolutely worth the walk. 
 
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Thank you Amy!

Coming soon from Amy Braun:

STORM BORN, a standalone novel (May 2016)

DAMNATION'S DOOR, the third CURSED novel (June 2016)

MIDNIGHT SKY, the second DARK SKY novel (August 2016)

AMBER SKY, the first DARK SKY prequel novella (October 2016)

ENGINEERED DECEIT, a DARK SKY short story in GHOSTS, GEARS, AND GRIMOIRES from Mocha Memoirs Press (November 2016)

SMOKE SKY, the second DARK SKY prequel novella (December 2016)

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