I am happy to welcome Amy Deason for a visit today. She is here to share a bit about herself and her book “Angel in the Shadows“.
RYAN JO: First, welcome, Amy. What a suspenseful cover. What can you tell us about it and why did you write it?
AMY: I had to. I mean, this storyline–suspense, romance, danger, murder, mystery, evil mad man, damaged assissian with a good heart, young woman in the wrong place at the wrong time–it was in my head and it just HAD TO come out.
RYAN JO: Yes, I have had that happen before. So how long did it take?
AMY: This book took me quite awhile to write. But it was only because I kept starting and stopping.
RYAN JO: Can you describe the path to publication?
AMY: Oh boy…It has been an interesting journey. Once you finish a book, you have to find a publisher. And without a literary agent, it’s a little more difficult to do. But it can be done obviously. But that’s just the beginning. You’ve got the book written and you’ve found a publisher that accepts un-agented material. The rest is easy right? Wrong! You have to write and submit a query letter, a blurb, and a synopsis not to mention a author bio. Them of course comes the edits. LOTS of edits…Its a long process buy it’s all worth it when you see YOUR name on a real book that others read and enjoy.
RYAN JO: Yes, a process that can about break us sometimes. But it is so worth it once that coveted book comes out and we can hold. Something about seeing our printed name just tugs at the heart. Are you working on anything else right now?
AMY: Actually I am. I am currently in the middle of the second book in the Angel series. This one, tentatively titled Stone Cold Angel, picks up where Angel in the Shadows left off. Only it’s Nikolas Kozlov’s mission. And boy is it a doozy!
RYAN JO: Can’t wait. What would you say was the biggest surprise about being a published author?
AMY: The biggest surprise about being a published author is how much goes into promotion. Its a lot of work to get your book noticed.
RYAN JO: Amen to that! Do you write in other genres?
AMY: I haven’t yet but I am working on some kid book ideas and even a book geared toward the Christian genre.
RYAN JO: I would love to read that. Christian slanted books are among my favorite to read and write. Okay, icebreaking questions, getting to know you beyond your writer hat.
Q: The most recent movie you’ve seen or book you’ve read? (or both)
A: I started reading Fifty Shades of Grey And now I’m hooked! I love the story line but it’s the deep romantic connection between Christian and Ana that grips me.
Q: How did you meet your spouse/ significant other?
A: I got remarried almost 4 years ago. And it’s funny but we met several years earlier while we were working at the same place. We each had our own relationships at the time. Years later, we had both gotten divorced. Neither of is worked at the same place but thanks to my best friend, Shaun and I were reunited.
Q: What is your favorite past time?
A: Well writing of course. But after that, I Would have to say reading, taking pictures, and spending time with family and friends.
Q: If you had to give up one of your five senses, what would it be? (common sense does not count here)
A: Boy, that one is hard. Well, I couldn’t give up sight (I have
to be able to see to read, write, see my family). I love to listen to my kids’ voices and music so I have to have sound. I wouldn’t want to lose my taste or touch. So I guess I would have to give up my sense of smell.
Q: What’s a typical day like?
A: If I’m not at work, I try to write on my book. But I also manage to fit housework. Sometimes…😉
Q: How do you like to spend a rainy day?
A: If I’m not at work, I like to curl up and read or write. But if my kids and husband are home, we watch movies and play games.
Q: Do you play any musical instruments?
A: I used to play the clarinet in my high school band. But I’m slowly learning to play the piano.
Q: Do you know any foreign languages?
A: I used to know some Spanish. (I had an A+ in school) but I don’t know any if it Now. However, I would LOVE to learn French.
Q: What one item would you grab if the house was on fire? (assume
no living beings are inside)
A: I would have to grab my portable hard drive. It has EVERYTHING on it-my pictures, my music, my stories and notes.
Q: Growing up, what did you want to be?
A: I always wanted to be an author. And a photographer.
RYAN JO: Okay, thank you. I love how openly you shared some answers. You sound like me, If it were not for work, I’d… 🙂 Okay now, our speed round:
Favorite food to cook?
I love making cheese and bacon stuffed pork chops or chicken, buttery corn on the Cobb, and home made mashes potatoes. Yum!!😋
Blue like my sexy husband’s eyes
Fifty Shades of Grey
Favorite sport or physical activity?
Favorite kind of music?
Leave Out All The Rest by Linkin Park, God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton, and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
What makes you laugh?
My husband, Shaun and my three kids, Hailey, James, and Payge
What three adjectives describe you?
Loyal, Dedicated, Loving
Spring-not too hot, not too cold-and everything is fresh and new.
Strangest thing you ever ate?
Squid. LOVED it at the Olive Garden.
Can you dance? Sing?
No on both but I sure wish I could
Which do you prefer for a second home? Mountain cabin, beach house or big city condo?
I would love to live on the beach. I’ve never seen it before.
What dessert do you order most often?
Apple crisp with vanilla ice cream or ANYTHING chocolate.
What kind of car do you drive? Color?
Mitsubishi Gallant. Ice blue
What is your favorite type of art?
I love Monet and Van Gogh
If you had a magic genie, what would your three wishes be?
#1: World peace. Killing each other is senseless and depressing
#2: For my family and friends to have long, happy, healthy lives
#3: To become a long standing best selling author
Favorite vacation spot?
Never really taken a vacation but I would love to visit Hawaii or Italy
What three items would you take if you knew you were going to be stranded on a tropical island for a year? (enough suntan lotion is a freebie)
Well since you said ‘items’, I guess I can’t say my family. And provided food/water and shelter are provided and technology doesn’t work (I am stranded after all), I would take 2 million sheets of notebook paper, 1,000 working ink pens, and a camera.
Okay, as we close out our visit today, can you share one quote you love, that keeps you going in life?
One thing few people know about you
#1: I am terrifies of heights and grasshoppers
And as one who writes about love, do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes. And I finally got to marry my true love.
Wonderful, Amy, just great. Now, can you share an excerpt of your story with us?
Sure, here is one of my favorite scenes:
He had just reached the top of the stairs when he heard a pain-filled scream followed by a heavy thump. Seconds later he was nailed by a terror-stricken woman and not just any woman. Madison.
He got caught her easily enough and without a second thought, he yanked her into the storage closet. She fought him like a wildcat, her fear and terror lending her a strength surprising for someone her size. Twisting and turning, she tried to slip out of his grasp. When that didn’t work, she did the only thing she could and sank her teeth into his hand. Her teeth were sharp and they bit clean through his leather glove, slicing into his flesh underneath. He didn’t even register the pain and ripping his hand away, he assumed she would try to scream and run.
Surprisingly, she didn’t but she had the auditcity to try and knew in the crotch. Women. They always have to go for the crotch. Aggravated, he pushed her knee away.
“Don’t do that. It only make me grumpy,” he replied. “Don’t scream and don’t try to run. If you do, he might hear you and then I’ll have to kill him.” And that would be another huge mass to deal with. God, what had he gotten himself into?
She was determined he had to give her that. She was going to keep fighting him unless he handled this differently. Making a split decision, he flipped the switch on the wall, lighting up the room. Her eyes widened with recognition.
“Don’t scream,” he warned, glaring at her. Too late.
She opened her mouth to scream and made a run for the door.
This woman was impossible.
He grabbed her sound her waist and hauled her back, throwing her against the wall. He slapped his hand over again and let his his eyes roam over her skin. The neckline on her dress was low and in second of second of pure male weakness, he let his eyes trace over her breasts as they heaved against the right, black material.
“I told you not to scream.” he growled. “Don’t do it again. Now be quiet and I’ll let you go. Understand?” He doubted that she believed him. He wouldn’t if he were her.
He removed his hand slowly, ready to slap it back across her mouth should she try to scream again. She didn’t. Gasping for breath, she didn’t move as he held pinned against the wall but she glared at him with those rich-brown eyes. They flickered with fear before being replaced with something entirely different. Something akin to determination. She was obviously terrified he was going to kill her but perhaps she wasn’t going to go down easily. In spite of himself, he had to admire her fighting spirit and the fact that she’d had the sense to quell the fear in her eyes.
Silly girl. She had no idea how close to death she really was. He let his eyes trail over her once again slowly, from head to toe, pausing at her breasts before continuing downward. Standing awkwardly, she was favoring her left foot. Probably a sprained ankle from the look of it. And her right knee was a mess of blood and torn skin. That was something that would have to be taken care of later. But right now, he needed to know exactly what he hell was going on.
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Amy has been reading since she was 3 years old and writing from the time she learned how to pick up a pencil. 😀 She married her soul mate, Shaun, almost 4 years ago and is mother to Hailey, James, and Payge. It has always been her dream to become an author and thanks to the wonderful team at Soul Mate Publishing, her dream is coming true. Angel in the Shadows is her first published full length novel. She also has a short story published and is currently working on a second novel. When she is not working, Amy loves to read and write (big surprise 😉), takes photographs, and spending time with her family.
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Amy, thank you so much for visiting today. Best wishes for “Angel in the Shadows” and the upcoming works. Feel free to come back and visit anytime.