About Amey Zeigler:
Amey wrote her first mystery with her best friend in fourth grade. She loves mystery. She loves romance. She loves suspense. She loves action, adventure and comedy. But she wants it to have a happy ending.
Amey loves writing about different places because she grew up moving all around the United States. In her books, she explores the whole world.
She lives with her husband and three children near Austin, TX. Follow her on Twitter @ameyzeigler and sign up for her newsletter at www.ameyzeigler.com
What inspires you to write?
Other books inspire me to write. When I read something well written, I want to produce something similar. I am inspired by people I meet who have incredible stories. I love to laugh and make people laugh, so anything I think is funny may make its way into my writing. My husband and my children inspire me with laughs all the time.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually get an idea, a premise that starts with a what if question. Then I explore it for about 20,000 words. If I don't like where it's going, I work on something else, but if I'm pleased with it, I continue. While on vacation, we got to "mine" through "sluice" or sand to find gems. The first 20,000 words is where I find my gems that inspire me to continue writing. Then I go back and do character backgrounds and motivations, and outline it with a loose outline with distinct turning points and then discovery write in between those guideposts. If I plan the whole thing out, it's hard for me to write it because I feel the story is already told.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am a visual writer. I see the characters in their unfolding scenes. But I do think they talk to me, whisper funny lines, moments that make me cringe. I feel like the universe is always telling us things if we have the ears to hear.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you're an aspiring author, I would say, write. Write as much as you can and finish your first book. It doesn't have to be good, or perfect, just finish writing a book with a beginning, a middle and an end. Then go back and fix what's needed later. Read. Reading is like fuel for your writing. Read everything. I write clean romances, but I read other genres. Also, continue to study your craft. Read books on how to write well. Get your work critiqued by entering a contest or join a writing group/critique group. We grow when we accept feedback. It helps us develop thick skin, too.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to traditionally publish my book. I am a mom of three with a busy schedule. When I heard there were small presses especially for my genre, I decided to submit to them. I love my publisher and totally recommend a small press!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Audiobooks. These days sitting down to read a book is luxurious. Most people are busy. If I can double up my reading and exercise with an audiobook then I feel more efficient.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: clean romances, romantic suspense
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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