Sunday, April 22, 2012

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, AMY LIGNOR

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR OF "UNTIL NEXT TIME" AMY LIGNOR

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I have to start out with the fact that I truly love your site and these interview questions are hysterical! I am really honored to be a part of ‘Great Minds’ today!
Hello Amy, thank you so much for this opportunity to interview you. Now, I have to ask after reading your bio on Goodreads, do you still think your sister is an evil queen and perhaps she's just being nice to fool you? :)

You have no idea how many times I’ve thought about that.  I will tell you - hands-down - that when we were growing up, especially when we hit the teenage years, this girl could’ve given Snow White’s nemesis a serious run for her money. Now? Hmmm… I’m gonna’ have to go with, no. You see, now she’s so haggard from being in a house raising her own two teenagers, (who are acting just like she and I did way back then), that she has no time to be ‘fake’ nice. But, see that? Fate works! What goes around came around. Take that, Sis! (LOL)

You are the daughter of a Research Librarian, that had to have had a lot of bearing on your writing career. Tell us about the early years and some of the inspiration this had on you.

Mom is all books, all the time. It was the coolest thing to be able to read books that weren’t even out yet because of her job, so I entered all these worlds and I felt like it was just me and the author who shared this fabulous secret. It was a true fairytale for me growing up to hide myself in that library among the bookstacks and just go crazy for hours on end. But Mom has always been a true inspiration to me in all areas. She is extremely strong and her knowledge knows no bounds. She could go on Jeopardy and make us billionaires. She has the toughest spirit and most amazing loyalty that no evil Queen would even dare cross her. Mom was the inspiration for Leah Tallent - who is the main character of my adult adventure series, Tallent & Lowery. Leah is the Head Research Librarian at the NYPL, and she is definitely told in my Mom’s image. I am extremely lucky to be a part of this family (sister too, I suppose. LOL)

Who are some of your all time favorite authors and how have they inspired your writing?

For a woman who reads about forty books a month , this is so not easy. For YA I have to go with J.K. Rowling. Whether you like Potter, or not - this is a woman who refused to stop and ended up creating a character that will be remembered for centuries to come. I doubt very much when she was poor and trying to support her daughter that she believed her character would one day have his own theme park. I admire her writing, her stamina, and her true belief in her characters.

I have to also give a shout-out to Dean Koontz. I love his character, Odd Thomas.

Tell us about your current novel and "Until Next Time" and the inspiration behind that. Plus how long did it take you to write?

Matt was the inspiration. I began writing Until Next Time ten years ago, and then would ‘tweak’ as times changed just waiting for an agent or publisher to ‘see’ that angels did have a place in the YA fantasy/paranormal realm. My average time is usually four to five months to write a book once it’s ingrained in my head. The second novel of The Angel Chronicles is finished and being polished right now, and the third is forming itself in my skull on a daily basis 

You've written quite a few other novels as well tell us about them.

Mind Made was one of those ‘first attempts.’ My daughter had just been born and I wanted to create a fantasy world where a child would be the eventual savior like Shelby was in my life. Unfortunately, as with all first novels, I look at it now and really want to edit it.

The Heart of a Legend is a historical romance that I came to New Mexico to research. It is the little-known story of Paulita Maxwell, who was rumored to have been Billy the Kid’s true love and the mother of his child. The research was fascinating here, where Lincoln still exists and you can still walk down what was once the bloodiest road in America.

With Tallent & Lowery - Leah Tallent is a great deal of fun. Her brain is like a card catalogue of instant information about literally every subject. And when Gareth Lowery appears inside the NYPL and Leah finds out he’s actually there to steal something that was buried by Andrew Carnegie in the cornerstone of the building - the adventure begins. The first book is titled, 13, and a few bestseller authors have referred to it as, “The DaVinci Code with Heart.” I do a great deal of research in order to take various locations and legends and link them together to form a mystery that Leah has to eventually figure out. They are so much fun to do, and the romance between Gareth and Leah is extremely exciting because with each new story, they reveal more and more about themselves.

What is the one piece of advice that you have received in life that has helped you the most on your journey with writing.

Some people will like it - some people will hate it - but YOU are the one that needs to love it!

What's next for the Angel Chronicle Series and when can we expect it out?

Next time the world revolves more around Matt (I know, I have read the letters that say ‘bring me more Matt’ and I swear, he’s coming. Matt is about to take over the pages and fight for a great many things - including the soul he truly wants. He and Emily have grown up a bit, and this time they’re placed in an age that was all about wealth, luxury and greed. I expect this to be out the end of 2011 or beginning of 2012.

What other genres have you ever considered writing in and why?

I love historical romance if there’s a real historical story behind it. I love the action/adventure mysteries that are so intriguing you have to keep reading to see where you’re going to end up next. And I love the YA world. I’m actually writing a story - a chapter every month - on Goodreads called, Meet The Reaper and it’s turning into its own entity, which is fun. But it’s Emily and Matt who have my heart.

Do you have any advice you'd care to share with other authors?

The same as I received. I opened The Write Companion because I was so upset that debut authors were giving up because of those form rejection letters that just keep on coming. I wanted to make sure that we didn’t lose any magnificent authors along the way because of this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with rejection, but if the story is not even read and a form rejection appears in less than five minutes, any author should automatically know that their material was not read in the least. So this letter is never a reason to give up.

Please leave us your links so we can get to know more about you and your works!

Absolutely!

http://the-angel-chronicles.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/alignor
http://www.facebook/amyelignor
http://twitter.com/hellowritersamy
http://ww.facebook.com/pages/The-Write-Companion/137325842996847
http://www.wix.com/amyligno5/amylignor
http://www.thewritecompanion.com
http://teen.nightowlreviews.com/nor/Authors/Amy-Lignor.aspx

Thank you again Amy for taking the time to allow us this interview. We look forward to hearing more from you soon!

Thank you so much for having me on your site!!! It is really appreciated! Sorry for the longish answers - I tend to run on LOL.

The Angel Chronicles web site:
http://www.the-angel-chronicles.com

The Angel Chronicles Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Angel-Chronicles/168932393209654

Until Next Time GoodReads page:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13319888-until-next-time

Amy Lignor's Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/alignor

Amy Lignor's Twitter:
https://twitter.com/#!/HelloWritersAmy

Amy Lignor's Website:
http://www.thewritecompanion.com/

Amy Lignor's Blog:
http://hellowriters.wordpress.com/

Amy Lignor's GoodReads:
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The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 Summary
How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.

Amy Lignor's Bio:
Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

eBook
ISBN: 9780983741855
ISBN: 9781465992697
Pages: 295
Release: February 1, 2012

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