Happy Monday ladies! I was so excited when I reached out to this month’s Blog2Blog Book Club author Amy E Reichert about doing a Q&A and she so quickly agreed. As many of you know, getting to know the people behind the books is almost as fun for me as reading the books they so creatively write.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I’m the author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE (2015) and the upcoming LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE. I love to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. I’m a wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, and cider enthusiast, I earned my MA in English Literature and serve on my local library’s board of directors.
When did you start writing your first book?
CAKE was my first book and I started writing it in September of 2010. I had a few scribbled notes before then, but that was the day I opened my first Word doc.
Have you always knows you wanted to be an author?
Not at all. For a long time I thought I wanted to teach, then I realized I procrastinate too much to ever be a truly great teacher. So I fumbled around at jobs, working in a staffing agency for a while, then as a technical writer, then as a stay-at-home mom. It wasn’t until I started writing down the stories in my head that something clicked. This is something I truly love to do.
Who is your favorite author?
I can’t answer that! That’s like picking a favorite kid (though there are some days that might not be that difficult). Instead, I’ll list several of my favorite authors—these are my auto-buy authors—they write a book, I’m gonna buy it: JK Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Rainbow Rowell, Maria Semple, Karma Brown, Eloisa James, Stephanie Laurens, George RR Martin. I could go on and on, but this is a good start.
What do you find is the hardest, and easiest, part of writing a book?
The hardest part is the middle of the first revision. At that point, I’ve already put in so much energy and hours that I can’t back out, but there is still so much work to do. That’s usually the point where I question if I’ll ever be able to write a good sentence again. The easiest part for me is when I know exactly where the story is going and I know exactly what a scene needs to accomplish—then the words come fast, furious, and usually need very little revision.
I’ve read a couple interviews with other authors who have said that they’ll just start typing and sometimes the first section they type ends up being the middle of the book and they go back and fill in gaps later. Is this something you do or do you pretty much start from the beginning?
I start at the beginning, but that doesn’t mean the beginning will be the same by the time I finish or that I’ll write chronologically. Usually I end up rewriting the first few scenes. Once I’ve started the first draft, I will hop around in the time line and write the big scenes. For me, it’s like setting up tent poles. Once there up, I can see how much room I have and where I can start filling in the story.
How did you come up with the idea to write The Coincidence of Coconut Cake?
I thought of two people that would have a difficult time making it work. Because I have a lot of restaurant experience, I went with a chef and a critic. It snowballed from there as I tried to answer the questions of how they would meet, how would it fall apart, how long could they go without knowing what the other person did, etc?
Which character in the book do you relate with the most and why?
Lou. She spends the book fighting for her passion. Writing feels a lot like that on some days. And I now have a whole new appreciation for reviews.
I personally LOVE coconut cake. What’s your favorite dessert?
All of them. Seriously, though I have a soft spot for ice cream and pie—especially together.
What would your advice be to someone who wants to get into writing novels?
Read, write, repeat. Also, do your research. Read books about writing. Follow authors, agents, and editors on social media. Learn about the publishing industry so you can make informed decisions. Make writer friends, either in person or online. Then read, write, repeat.
Amy has so graciously offered to give away a copy of her book THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE! You can enter using the link below. A winner will be selected at random on Tuesday, February 2nd. This giveaway is open to everyone.
Thank you so much to Amy for taking time of our her day to answer some questions. She was an absolute delight to work with and I can’t wait to read LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE!