On Amy Knupp‘s website she has a piece called “Amy by the numbers.” Check out some of these:
Books I’ve written as of this second: 9
Books I’ve sold: 8
Books on my to-be-read shelf: 343ish
States I’ve lived in: 4 (geographic…not counting mental)
Children: 2 (boys)
Decibels of my children when they’re in the same room: 117
Inches of snow currently on our deck in Madison, WI: zero…I love spring!
Number of cleaning fairies residing in our house: 0 (please send a couple…)
Average swear words per day: 14
Aren’t those fabulous? Amy has degrees in French and journalism, and even though she says she doesn’t use that much of either, it makes for an interesting resume! Learn more about Amy with this interview. Enjoy.
You’ve written 9 books so far, and have a busy family life as well. When did you start writing and what was the first story idea you had?
I started writing when my younger son was 2 months old. A friend of mine who also “someday” wanted to write for publication challenged me to start then. I think I told her she was nuts, but then I kept thinking about it and with a few days both of us were writing. My first story was a romance that will never see the light of day, for good reason. 🙂
Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book is Fully Involved (Harlequin Superromance), which is the third book in my Texas Firefighters series from Harlequin Superromance. A short blurb for Fully Involved: Andie Tyler has no home, no attachments, and that’s how she likes it. Firefighter Clay Marlow and his daughter are the first to make her doubt her roaming ways. As she considers settling, though, her past catches up with her and threatens to ruin everything. (Though this is part of a series, all the books are stand-alone so you won’t be confused if you only pick up one of them and start reading.)
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Wow, tough question! I’ve read several nonfiction books about firefighters as research for my series and these fascinate me. Report from Ground Zero by Dennis Smith was particularly compelling.
Book you’re currently reading?
Any type of writing ritual you have?
I write at night after my children go to bed. I used to light a candle every time I sat down to write, as a message to myself that it was time to be productive. But my desk is too messy right now and I’m pretty sure it would burn the house down.
Favorite food item?
Dessert! Cheesecake, ice cream, cake…I need an intervention.
What kind of things do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to spend time with my family, playing games and sports. I enjoy college basketball (Rock Chalk Jayhawk), reading, and video games that don’t require the reaction time of a 10-year-old.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
No. That’s not to say I don’t get stuck but usually it’s because I’ve taken the story in the “wrong” direction at some point. If the words aren’t flowing, it’s usually time for me to consult the analytical side of my brain, figure out where I went wrong and how to get back on track.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
It depends on what that writer wants to accomplish. I think success is hugely individual. Is it hitting the New York Times list? Maybe for some, but I think it’s important to celebrate every little success along the way to bigger ones. Finishing a manuscript, sending a manuscript out to an agent or editor if publication is your goal, receiving positive feedback, learning from mistakes, getting better…it’s all good. J We tend to overdo the celebrating in our house. We go out to dinner when I sell a new book, when I finish a rough draft, when I turn in a book, when a book hits the shelves…you get the idea.
Advice for other writers?
Keep on writing. It’s the only way to improve, and we can all improve. It’s the only way to keep advancing on your goals, whatever they may be.
Where can we learn more about you?
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for having me on your site!