I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time
Please welcome Amelia author of Drawn Together.
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by Amelia Swan
What or who inspired you to start writing?
A few years ago, I was working as a high school English teacher and not having a great time. I was getting bounced around from school to school, and politics of education were grating on my nerves. I always liked my time with my students, but everything else about the job was a drag. That lit a fire under me. I’d been saying since high school that I wanted to write a book, and I finally had a solid reason to give it a go. If I could write a book and make some money writing, I could get out of the education field.
What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio? Romance novels are not the only form of literature I’m interested in, though they basically consume my life at this point in time. As an English major in college and a former high school English teacher, I enjoy the classics. I’ve always been particularly interested in the American literary canon. I consider myself an amateur Walt Whitman scholar.
I also really enjoy comic book and YA novels. My husband and I share an Audible account, and we go through a lot of fantasy and dystopian YA stories. I could go on for paragraphs about much I loved The Hunger Games series.
As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
In the immediate future, I have a few books that I’m hoping to release within in the next year. I’m currently working on the sequel to Drawn Together, and I have tentative plans to write a third book in the series. My second full length novel, Wrestling with Summer, comes out this spring.
If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why? Probably Summer from my upcoming release. Wrestling with Summer. Her and I are already alike in a lot of ways (which was totally coincidental, I swear!). We’re both vegans and yogis, and we both have long blonde hair. But, the main reason I’d chose to be Summer is because she gets to date a hot pro-wrestler.
I might also like to be Hailey from Drawn Together too. She’s a successful author with a book on The New York Times Bestseller list, and that’s pretty cool.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
My husband was instrumental in getting me to submit my work. I hadn’t really written anything since I graduated from college, so I wasn’t really sure if the stuff I was writing was publication-worthy. His reassurance helped me get to the point where I was comfortable sending my work out.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
The former high school English teacher in me wishes I could say that I outline, but it just wouldn’t be true. I usually have a rough idea of where a story is going to go before I start writing it, but I usually don’t have the patience to jot down the finer details first.
Do you have an all time favorite book?
If you asked me this question a few years ago, I probably would have told you Slaughter-House Five was my favorite book. I love Vonnegut’s work, and I especially liked this book. However, over the past few years, I’ve grown increasingly fond of The Great Gatsby. I’d have to go with that. Fitzgerald’s characterization and his use of color in Gatsby never cease to amaze me.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book? I’m working on the sequel to Drawn Together. We’ll find out what happens with Cody and Hailey, and we’ll see if the second part of their story takes place in Medford or NYC.
Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.
I really enjoy working on a series, and I’ve especially liked working on the sequel to Drawn Together. I’ve grown attached to Cody and Hailey, so it’s fun to go back and check in with them. When I finish writing a standalone or the last story in a series, it’s sort of sad. I miss all of people I’d spent so much time crafting.
Anything else you might want to add?
I just want to say thank you to everyone who took the time to read this interview. It always blows my mind when I think about the fact that people might actually care about my answers to these questions.
Hailey Sommers is only home from New York for a few months. So when she reconnects with the one guy she can’t forget, will she be able to walk away…again?
Hailey can’t wait to get back to New York City. There she’s a hip children’s book author with a healthy social life. Being back in her hometown of Medford only reminds her of the less-than-cool girl she used to be. Until she runs into Cody, her old partner-in-crime in high school art and the boy she lusted after all four years.
Cody West has everything he could want in Medford, except Hailey. When she left for the big city, there was a hole in his life no other girl could fill. But he’s not sure he wants to open himself to the pain if she leaves again.
A chance encounter at the town coffee shop reignites the chemistry between the pair and is almost enough to make Hailey forget how much she wants to return to the city she’s grown to love. Almost. Wanting it all, Hailey plans to bring Cody back to New York with her. The only catch is that she’s not sure he’ll agree…
Backing off, Callie plopped onto the cushioned stool as her eyes glazed over and her jaw hung open. “It’s kind of crazy, don’t you think? You’re back in Medford for two days after being gone for four years, and you run into Cody West.”
I looked into the mirror lining the wall to my left. I was still a little surprised every time I looked into the mirror and actually thought the girl looking back at me was kind of hot. I looked pretty much the same as I did when I left town, but I was definitely exuding a whole new air of confidence, and it seemed to be attracting positive things. I was finally the girl I’d always wanted to be.
“A book coming out next month and a date with Cody West. I must be a lucky girl.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Amelia Swan writes contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and new adult romance. She’s interested in characters that are smart, sincere, and somewhat artistically inclined. All of her heroines are girls she could totally see herself being friends with.
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