Today on The Reader’s Blog, I have the pleasure of introducing the author of An Unexpected Legacy, Amy R. Anguish. Amy has kindly offered a copy of her debut novel to one commenter. Just follow the instructions given to enter.
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Amy R. Anguish
Amy Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a cat or two. Amy graduated with a degree in English from Freed-Hardeman University and hopes in all her creative endeavors to glorify God, but especially in her writing. She wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.
Hi Amy, welcome.
I am very pleased to have you here. After reading An Unexpected Legacy I have all kinds of questions but I’ll try to keep it to a minimum. We’ll start with something simple.
What is your favorite kind of smoothie?
Amy: This is probably a silly answer, but my favorite is the same as my main character’s favorite: chocolate. There’s just something about the creaminess and iciness all mixing together that is so yummy to me. If I do ever get fruit in one, it’s probably going to be strawberry.
KyLeann: Why did you choose a smoothie shop as the meeting place for your hero and heroine?
Amy: I lived in the Austin, TX area for five years, and my husband and I joined friends at a smoothie shop in that area several times. I loved the little sitting area they had outside, with the iron tables and chairs, the trellis and cool breeze every now and then. It just came to me that it was where my book needed to start.
KyLeann: In your book you combine contemporary fiction with a little historical, which genre do you prefer?
Amy: I catch myself reading a lot of historical fiction, mostly either set in regency England or 1800s Texas. But I enjoy contemporary, too. It really depends on what mood I’m in.
KyLeann: What inspired the two storylines (the 1970’s romance and 2011 romance)?
Amy: When I started the story, I don’t think I had any intention of writing the second storyline (the one in the ’70’s), but was just going to tell it from the 2011 perspective. All I really knew when I started was that they were meeting at a smoothie shop and that their parents had dated in the past. I really wasn’t sure how I was going to work out the rest. However, I was writing this as a nonowritmo story, with the goal being 50000 words in 30 days. And I needed more words. I added in a scene or two in the past to help flesh out my word count and liked it so much that I decided to do it throughout the whole novel.
KyLeann: I read on your blog that you like to draw. Have you ever sketched your characters for inspiration?
Amy: I really haven’t. I don’t really like to sketch people. I am more of a flower girl. Still lifes and decorative things are more my forte. But I did sketch out a rough draft of what I was thinking for the cover. We went with something completely different, but it was fun to pull the picture from my head and put it to paper to try and show my publisher.
KyLeann: On your about page you said, “I hope in all my creative endeavors to glorify God…I want my stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.” And, in a recent blog post shared how you lost a loved one to cancer, but that we—Christians—have hope in God. Those are some strong statements. Will you name something that has inspired this faith?
Amy: My faith hasn’t always been as strong as it is now. And I, like all humans, still have days when I doubt. But I grew up a preacher’s kid, married another preacher’s kid, and have always grown up knowing about God. That gave me a good base for my faith. It probably developed the most several years ago when my husband and I ended up struggling through infertility, job-loss, and several other things all at once. There were quite a few dark days in that stretch, but we kept coming back to the fact that life with God was better than life without. And I believe it more than ever now.
KyLeann: When you’re not writing, what do you do?
Amy: Mostly chase my toddler and preschooler around. Ha! I also love to crochet, paint, and sew.
KyLeann: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Amy: Don’t give up. Keep writing. Get a good editor. And pray about it. God brought me and my publisher together through various Christian friends we mutually knew and it’s been such a blessing. You never know how God is going to answer a prayer, but until you have exhausted all options, it’s still a possibility.
What is your favorite kind of smoothie? Or, if you don’t drink smoothies, what is your favorite fall-beverage?
More on An Unexpected Legacy
“Smoothies brought them together, but would the past tear them apart?”
When Chad Manning introduces himself to Jessica Garcia at her favorite smoothie shop, it’s like he stepped out of one of her romance novels. But as she tentatively walks into a relationship with this man of her dreams, secrets from their past threaten to shatter their already fragile bond. Chad and Jessica must struggle to figure out if their relationship has a chance or if there is nothing between them but a love of smoothies.
To read my review of An Unexpected Legacy, click here.
The giveaway is closed and winner announced here.