About Amy Watkins:
I was born and raised in Washington, DC. I received my bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University and received a medical degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore. I served in the US Navy for 8 years. I currently work as a family medicine physician for the Navy. I am a single mom of 3 kids and 1 adopted dog. Writing has always been a hobby for me. 200 Letters is my first published novel.
What inspires you to write?
Many events in this book are based on true events. They are situations that I have personally been in or that close friends and family have experienced. Through my personal struggles, I have grown spiritually and thus church, the Bible, and God are huge influences in the book. But don't let my Christianity fool you, this book is very real and there are some graphic scenes. Therefore, this book is recommended for mature audiences only.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant, Eric Jerome Dickey, Zane, and Sista Souljah
Tell us about your writing process.
This book really flowed nicely. I would write at night after putting my kids to bed. I often used scripture and prayer to help with inspiration. It took 1.5 years to complete this book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to put myself in my characters shoes. I try to think about their reasoning for why they did what they did.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't give up. If you reach a block, step away, pray, and wait for inspiration. But don't give up. It's worth it in the end.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I looked around a little but I decided to go with Amazon because it was straightforward and simple.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self publishing through amazon, lulu, etc is the future of publishing.
What genres do you write?: romance, suspense, drama, fiction, crime, social injustice, christian
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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