Today on Reade and Write I welcome Amy Metz back to the hot seat. She’s been here before, back in June of 2015, to discuss her book Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction. She’s back now to discuss her newest release, Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction. For those of you who haven’t read any of Amy’s books, I highly recommend them. They’re chock-full of humor, mystery, and Southern wisdom. Good to have you back, Amy!
Tell us about your new book.
Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction was released in May and is the fourth book in my humorous mystery series. The main characters are Wynona and Caledonia, two very different women, but two women who also have more in common than one might think.
How long did it take you to write the new book?
Forever. A least it seemed like it. Realistically, more like a year.
Do you write linearly, or do you write each scene separately and then piece them together like a puzzle? Or is there some other path you take to writing a novel?
I pretty much write linearly. Sometimes I write the first and last chapters and then fill in the middle, but I haven’t done that with the book I’m currently writing. Maybe I should try that.
Tell us a secret about one of your characters- something that’s not in the book.
Wynona has a mother who is a little crazy. Okay, a lot crazy.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Yes, the temperature has to be 74 degrees exactly. I need sweet tea with lemon, M&Ms—green only—and someone to rub my shoulders while I work. Just kidding. I don’t have any rituals that I can think of.
What time of day do you do your best writing?
Probably late at night.
Have you ever been on a writing retreat? And if so, where did you go?
I don’t know that you’d call it a retreat, but I went to the Mad Anthony Writers Conference (http://www.writelikemad.com/) in Hamilton, Ohio, a few years ago. I learned a ton and wish I could go to more of them.
Can you tell us what you’re working on now?
I’m working on book 5 in the Goose Pimple Junction series, Liars & Lunatics in Goose Pimple Junction. I’m also working on a thriller titled Wax Man.
Tell us about the dedication in your new book, if you wish.
Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction was dedicated to a man named Robert, who I never actually met in person—we only knew each other online. I met him when I first started writing. He was the best beta reader I ever had and was instrumental in books one and two. He always had great suggestions, was brutally honest, and he kept me writing at times when I didn’t want to. I sent him chapters as I wrote them, and I think that immediate feedback helped me write faster than I do now. He passed away in January 2015 and never read Rogues & Rascals.
Do you prefer to read a physical book (with paper pages that really turn), or do you prefer an ereader, or perhaps audio books?
I actually read more audiobooks than any other form, because I listen to them in the car or when I’m puttering around the house. They also help me get to sleep. I like ebooks when I go somewhere and need to fill down-time while waiting for something or someone. But if you’re talking prefer, I prefer hardback books. I think each form plays an important role!
If you had an unlimited budget, is there something special you would do for your readers?
I’d love to be able to give away gift certificates to bookstores or even paperback copies of GPJ books. Right now it’s just not in the budget.
Remind us where we can connect with you.
Where is the new book available?
All four books in the series are available on Amazon.com.
Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction: http://tinyurl.com/zz6vl2l
Heroes & Hooligans In Goose Pimple Junction: http://tinyurl.com/z45l93p
Short & Tall Tales In Goose Pimple Junction: http://tinyurl.com/zl8ovc3
Rogues & Rascals In Goose Pimple Junction: http://tinyurl.com/zy9p85r
Goose Pimple Junction Mysteries: http://tinyurl.com/gnclb9y
Thanks so much for joining me on Reade and Write today!
Until next week,