Amy Freeman has always loved building stories. She grew up in Salt Lake City in a family of five siblings, a conservative father and a highly entertaining mother. Amy spent most of her time daydreaming against her will, in class, at home, while she slept…wherever really, and some wonderful stories came about. Amy wrote a fabulous screen play at age ten and her first full length book at age thirteen. She wrote two more at age nineteen and has since written three more. Amy is the author of “SHINE the Knowing Ones”, the first installment of the Veduny series which won second place for best manuscript at the 2012 League of Utah Writers Conference. Amy loves music, ballet, and ghost stories. She has lived in Wisconsin, Nevada and currently lives in Florida with her husband and youngest son.
What inspires you to write?
Many things inspire my writing. Usually dreams or nature. I write Paranormal stories so anything dark, mysterious or thought provoking will spur a novel. If I see a misty woodland before or after a storm, or a great expanse of desert, or a creepy looking house down a deserted road, a story will tumble forth from my head. I often have seriously weird dreams which also contribute to great stories. I have dreamed entire novels from beginning to end!
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a “seat of the pants” writer. I try to outline and plan but it stifles the story. When something inspires me I just write. I DO however get to know my characters and make them real before getting too detailed in my work. Knowing your characters is critical to making them believable. Character sketches are a must no matter what kind of writer you are.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely. All the time. If you are not a writer this will sound very schizo. But a character is born inside a writer’s head. It is where they live even when you have given them life and a story. If I write dialogue I instantly know if it is something that character would really say because he or she is right there with me shaking his or her head…or laughing. I don’t know how my stories will end. My characters tell me the story as I write. In essence it is their story. I am just the scribe.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing, keep reading and Join writing groups. Reading within your same genre is a fantastic way to learn, continual writing makes you a better writer- practice makes perfect, and critique groups keep you in check and let you know if your writing is coming across the way you think it is. This is critical!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published through Create Space on Amazon. I had a few New York agents and editors request my manuscript. But when I didn’t hear back I refused to let my work sit. I am pleased with the work they did and I own the rights to my work so I can do what I want with it. Epub and self publishing is a fantastic option for writers today. Just make sure you have your work professionally edited and cleaned up. Do your homework before choosing a publisher. Your name is on the book so make it good.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think value remains in traditional publishing, but self publishing is becoming more and more prevalent and acceptable. It is tough to get published traditionally and you usually don’t keep the rights to your work. Self publishing gives writers who can’t find a traditional publisher a way to get their work into the hands of readers in spite of this.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Anything paranormal, paranormal romance, horror,
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print