It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an aspiring author who interviews her writing heroes, must fangirl over said heroes.
I will not lie. When I started reading What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon for my local (and absolutely fabulous) book club, the last thing I imagined would happen at our next discussion was actually meeting Amy Harmon in person. She was not only as amazing as her books, but seeing her there, signing my copy of her book, made me as light as a feather, and as merry as a schoolgirl (to quote Mr. Scrooge).
If you haven’t yet read any of her novels, pick one up. You won’t regret it. I have a soft spot for What the Wind Knows, but Where the Lost Wander, Making Faces, or her newest release, The Songbook of Benny Lament, are fantastic options, too. You won’t be disappointed no matter what route you choose. You can find her latests releases here, or her earliest works here. One of my favorite aspects of her writing style is the level of research she puts into her historical backdrops, making you feel like you are right there, at that point in time, struggling alongside her characters.
I asked Amy five Author Spotlight questions to share with you, so let’s get to those:
1. Why do you write?
Oh boy. How to answer this. I think in large part it is something I was born with–an innate gift, an integral piece of who I am. I have always used words as my art and my form of expression. To write is to think, to explore, to arrive, and then to leave again as new paths emerge. I am so grateful for language and words and stories and believe that words make worlds.
2. What/who inspires you in life (not in your writing, but in general)?
I have a close relationship with my parents. My mom is a brilliant doer, and watching her gave me the confidence to pursue my passions while still attending to my responsibilities. Both are important. My dad instilled in me a love of spiritual things, and that love is probably the most important aspect of my writing. But many people inspire me. I’m always inspired by triumph, by overcoming, by those who resist bitterness and blame and forge ahead in spite of everything.
3. What are some of your favorite things?
I love crushed ice and foam cups, the scent of roses, the smell of hay. I love the mountain behind my house and the late nights and lazy mornings of summertime, but I love Mondays too, and the fresh start to a week. I love music and driving in my car with the volume up, but I love silence too, and crave it. I love being a mother, but enjoy an empty house. I love being a wife, but love it when I have the bed to myself. I suppose I’m a constant contradiction, but I love that too, the fact that loving something doesn’t demand constant attention or the exclusion of everything else.
4. What would your perfect day look like and how is it different from your actual everyday?
For me, the perfect day is when I’m clear headed and quiet, when the words come swiftly and the muse takes over. It’s when no one needs me and I can lose myself in a story, only to end my day with the people I love, all safe under my roof. I suppose I’m lucky to have many, actual, everydays like this, and I am blessed to make a living doing what I most desire.
5. If you could invite a group of writers (dead or alive) to a tea party, who would it be?
It would be fun to visit with the Bronte sisters, wouldn’t it? The Austin sisters too. While we’re at it, I’d invite Emily Dickinson and LM Montgomery and Beverly Cleary, all who made an impact on young Amy. I wouldn’t stop there though. I’d love to sit with J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (who were friends) and their gang, and listen to their conversations. How amazing that would be.
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Now, I am going to hop on over to preorder The Blind Son, which had me at “Cursed Norse Kingdom,” and will try to patiently wait until its release date (July 20th) to fall head over heels with Ghisla and Hod’s story.
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