Born and raised by a band of gypsies Amy single handedly learned how to skin a raccoon, speak Hungarian, and needlepoint with her feet. Ok, maybe that isn’t what happened, but see how imaginative I am with bios?
Where to start: I have the heart of a gypsy, the verve of a circus performer, and the taste of a manhattan socialite. If I can paint it, cook it, or write about it I will. Professionally I have worked as an actress, a collage artist, a baker, and a writer. My web series- “Sheila and Sherry Save the World from Solar flares” will be available on Youtube beginning in February. It is a silly, irreverent departure from the seriousness of Magikal Molly Day. What can I say? Many people live inside me.
What inspires you to write?
Whatever gnaws at me like an insistent child tends to be the thing I need to write about.
I am inspired by joyful rebellion, unconventional thinking, and mavericks. I believe most strongly in positive growth, freedom of the heart, and those who are willing to dare.
Tell us about your writing process.
My “writing process” usually provoked a look of resolute pain on the face of my writing teachers. “Make an outline, have a plan, think it through, ” they would tout, begging me to follow the “way it is done.”
But that only works if you have a linear mind. I do not. I have a rush of an idea, a few characters, and the story takes off. Too much planning and the juices are stifled. Too little planning and I waffle like a rag in the wind. I coax the story out and it tells me where it wants to go. And I listen. Also I am devoted to many, many, many rewrites.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do both. Often I will lie down and consciously meditate as if I am spending the day with them or doing a documentary about them. This way I can observe from a distance, but still be engaged.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do it. Everyone has their own story about something and yours is beautifully unique. Don’t write what you think will be interesting or popular or whatever. Write what makes YOU happy. Write what you feel moved to share. The rest takes care of itself. The power of storytelling harkens back to our ancestors. Its power is immense. Don’t forget the power of words. A person’s word is all they have.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I liked the idea of having control and self publishing these days offers many advantages. Yes, it takes more time and energy, but ultimately I think is a great way to go.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I wish I had some insight here, but as am fairly knew to it all my comments would be unsupported. I will say there seems to be many more opportunities for writers and authors than there has been in the past.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
magical realsim, spirituality, wiccan, inspirational
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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