About Amy Orr:
Amy is a passionate writer and researcher. Her writing ranges from long-form fiction to narrative non-fiction, to short educational pieces on healthcare, medical issues, and technology.
A Brit living in Canada with her family, she spends much of her free time volunteering with Progressive Animal Welfare Services, a Canadian non-profit, for whom she is a Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator. Her writing buddy is Pearl, a rescue greyhound who specializes in supportive, non-verbal critique of Amy's work.
What inspires you to write?
Something interesting I read or saw, or that inspired a weird train of thought – movies, TV, books, news stories… Almost anything can be interesting if you have a unique perspective on it!
Tell us about your writing process.
Organization, organization, organization. I plan out everything I write very carefully; research thoroughly beforehand, write myself a million notes and reminders, then plan it all out on a spreadsheet by topic, then as a breakdown by section and chapter.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have imaginary conversations with them, sure – but where I'm in their surroundings, not them with me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. It's the 10,000 hour rule. No one is born a writer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
If a book has interest from a publisher, then great, but self-publishing has become too easy to ignore as a viable route. I've done both, depending on the book and it's audience, and both have a lot of pros and cons.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's all about author self-promotion and collaboration. I yearn for the days of sending in a completed manuscript and having that be the end of my work!
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction, self-help, fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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