I apologize for the delay in posting today, but we just got home from an extended stay in Memphis at St. Jude. Our youngest had to get braces for his ankles. The chemo has caused leg pain, and he has started walking on his tip toes to try to compensate for the pain. Now his tendons are becoming tight, so this is an effort to get him to walk flat footed and make sure that he doesn’t lose any range of motion.
With all that being said, I’m glad to be home, and get to our Wisdom Wednesday interview!
Today, I have author Amy C. Blake on the blog. Thanks for joining us, Amy!
Name: Amy C. Blake
Genre: Christian suspense
Latest Novel: Tie-Dyed
One of my favorite writing tips is to read extensively in your genre. What’s more fun than reading a novel and calling it work? Of course, there’s the added benefit of learning pacing, characterization, and story structure as you read.
Exactly! Reading is one of my favorite things to do, so it’s fun to call it work! Plus, as a Developmental Editor, I get to read a lot of books. =)
Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:
Some of the best advice I can offer new writers is to learn the craft and be teachable. Study good writing books. Attend conferences. Take classes. Join critique circles and be open to what your critique partners tell you. When they offer suggestions for improvement, they aren’t being mean. They’re trying to help you improve. Be gracious in accepting feedback and work to do better.
One of the hardest things to learn when you are starting out is to accept feedback and not take it to heart. Writing is such a personal thing, and writers put their heart and soul into their works. Sometimes, it’s hard to take advice, but it’s something that we have to do in order to grow and learn.
Nat Montgomery is an expert hider. With a promiscuous, volatile addict for a mother, she has long since perfected the art of concealing herself behind humor. An art history major in Washington, DC, with an internship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Nat receives a nineteenth-birthday gift from her beloved grandmother, Gigi, who raised her and who died six months previously. The gift is a laptop containing time-release video clips of Gigi’s revelations about Nat’s grandfather, murdered in 1964 when he worked for a secret racial reconciliation group that met after hours in the Smithsonian museums. The murderer was never found, and Gigi’s family always believed he abandoned her and her unborn child. Knowing the hole Grandpa Bobby’s disappearance left in Gigi’s heart, Nat resolves to discover the truth of what happened to him. But when her roommate Cadence disappears after asking questions about the long-dead past, Nat fears Bobby’s killer is still a threat. Casting off her inclination to hide, Nat determines to find the person who kidnapped Cadence and who may well have killed her grandfather a half-century earlier.
I’m a pastor’s wife, writer, and homeschool mom. I have an M.A. in English from Mississippi College. I’ve written short stories and articles for various publications, including Focus on the Family, Mature Years, Significant Living, Encounter, and Vista. I’ve contributed to Barbour’s Book Lovers’ Devotional, Every Good and Perfect Gift, and Heavenly XOXO for Women. I’ve also won several awards for my writing.
I’m currently writing two series for the Christian market with homeschooled main characters, series that are enjoyable for everybody—homeschooled or not. My Levi Prince juvenile fantasy series follows thirteen-year-old Levi through his adventures in Terracaelum, a haven for mythical creatures. The Trojan Horse Traitor and The Fall of Thor’s Hammer are now available in both print and ebook.
My On the Brink suspense series follows the journeys of three homeschooled friends—Patience, Christy, and Natalie—as they step out on the brink of adulthood…and danger. Whitewashed, Colorblind, and Tie-Dyed are now available in both print and Kindle formats.
I’d love for you to visit my website at amycblake.com.
Thank you for joining me today, Amy!
Please take a moment and connect with Amy online, and check out her newest release, Tie-Dyed on Amazon. Click here.
Now available: Whitewashed, my Christian suspense novel about 18-year-old homeschooler Patience McDonough (Book 1, On the Brink series)
Now available: Colorblind, my Christian suspense about 18-year-old homeschooler Christy Kane (Book 2, On the Brink series)
Now available: Tie-Dyed, my Christian suspense about 19-year-old homeschooler Nat Montgomery (Book 3, On the Brink series)
Now available: The Trojan Horse Traitor, my YA fantasy novel about 13-year-old homeschooler Levi Prince and his adventures in Terracaelum (Book 1, Levi Prince series)
Now available: The Fall of Thor’s Hammer, my YA fantasy novel about Levi’s second summer in Terracaelum (Book 2, Levi Prince series)