Today I’m sharing with you my interview with YA author Amanda Torrey. I hope you enjoy it, and for more check out my review of YA debut, Teen Fury: Unleashed (it has mythology!!!).
Hi! My name is Amanda Torrey!
I’m the author of the young adult paranormal, Teen Fury: Unleashed. Thank you for inviting me to your blog!
What is your favorite place to write?
Anyplace where the kids can’t find me! 🙂 Sometimes I can write at my dining room table, but most often I run away to Panera’s for some quality writing time and a yummy bowl of soup. I also love to write when I’m away at a writer’s conference or on vacation. My favorite, favorite place to write was under a giant weeping willow tree in the Boston Public Gardens over the summer (right next to the Swan Pond). That was magical.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
To be honest, I never gave it much thought until my adult years. I was lucky enough to always have teachers and a mom who could see something in me, and who encouraged me to become a writer. But I thought everyone had stories and plots and dialogue and voices in their head… I’ve come to learn that’s not true!
If you could be any character from a book, movie, play, or musical who would it be and why?
Ooh, that’s a tough one, because there are so many amazing characters! It would definitely be someone way cooler, braver, stronger, and more heroic than me!
Are you a full time writer?
No, I also teach preschool (because I love teaching and could never give it up!) I also run a birthday party business. And I homeschool my kids, which is a job, too, I guess! I do manage to fit my writing in around everything else, because I am lucky enough to love everything I do. Except laundry. I don’t love that.
Coffee or tea?
Definitely tea. Especially peppermint tea. (My kind of person…I love me some peppermint tea!)
What is some advice you would impart to writers who wish to be published?
Study the craft, practice, study some more. Go to workshops/conferences/writer’s groups. Learn everything you can! Then research the market and decide what path to publication is right for you. Don’t ever settle for anything—make sure whatever you do is the right thing for you. And don’t plan on getting rich quick! (hee, hee.) Write because you love to write and can’t imagine not creating stories and characters. Be ready to torture your characters. Be ready to have your heart broken in ways you can’t even imagine. And then don’t be afraid to put your work out there when it’s the best work you can create!
If you could have breakfast with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and what would you eat?
I’d love to have breakfast with Oprah or Walt Disney. They inspire me in the “dream making” department. Not sure what we’d eat, though, because I’m not a huge fan of breakfast foods. Maybe home fries! With ketchup!
If you had/have an animal spirit which animal(s) would it be?
Hmm- great question! I think an elephant, because they are my favorite animal! I love the matriarchal structure, and I love the empathy and intelligence elephants possess. Or maybe a bear, because (like most women) I definitely have that “Mama Bear” just under my surface, waiting to get fierce if my kids are messed with. And I wouldn’t mind staying furry.
What is your favorite childhood book and/or author?
The Giving Tree. I still cry when I read that book.
What is the next book you want to write?
I’m almost done with the second book in the Teen Fury trilogy. (Teen Fury: Embraced.) I love spending time with my characters!
–Thank you so much for letting me babble at you! These questions were a lot of fun to answer, even when I’m overtired! I wish you—and your readers—a magical, joyful, successful 2013!
Thank you Amanda, I enjoyed having you! Your advice to aspiring authors is much appreciated, and I’m looking forward to Teen Fury book 2! Also home fries and ketchup sounds like an amazing meal…mmm, I want some now 🙂