Today I am pleased to bring you a guest post by Amy Avanzino, author of a fantastic read, Wake-Up Call. In addition to her great guest post, Amy is giving away a 2 Kindle copies of Wake-Up Call, so enter via Rafflecopter below.
I have a decent imagination at best, which is unfortunate for a fiction writer. I count on inspiration. Fortunately, I’m surrounded with a ton of writing material. All of my characters have been inspired by the real characters in my life. I tap into the feelings that have occurred in my daily sufferings and transfer them into my stories. For example, my daughter recently battled with lice. This experience triggered every human emotion: shock, horror, disgust, angst, woe, exhaustion, and accomplishment…and then defeat when they returned ten days later. These critters brought out my inner psychotic killer, as I mercilessly murdered them all and their babies too. I’m now confident I can write that cozy mystery I’ve dreamt about.
Although I technically write fiction, ninety-eight percent of my content is non-fiction. My debut novel, WAKE-UP CALL from Henery Press, which came out September 1, 2015 is a story inspired by true events. The snarky formidably flawed heroine is obviously me. (So if a reader expresses their initial dislike for the protagonist, the sting is slightly more painful than the reviewer may have intended.) Her adventures are a compilation of every mother’s dirty little secrets about the realities of raising children. The truths we only share in the privacy of our closest girlfriends.
I am constantly researching new story ideas. I’m always jotting down my observations. When my oldest son entered the world of youth competitive sports, I was thrown into a writing goldmine. I was amazed by the action, drama, scandals, dirty politics, fantasy, and heartwarming moments that take place on the sidelines of little league events. This experience has become the setting for my second novel in the Wake-Up series. FROM THE SIDELINE will be launched July 15, 2016. It’s a humorous women’s fiction novel (but it’s mostly nonfiction).
Amy Avanzino received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s from the University of Washington. She is a former special education teacher who has spent the last several years writing and doing extensive hands-on research for her Wake-Up Series, the first of which is Wake-Up Call. She’s a contributing writer of Hap Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New York, which won two Audience Choice Awards.
Amy currently lives in the stands above the football fields, basketball courts, and baseball diamonds around Folsom, California with her husband and four children. Visit her at www.amyavanzino.com. Or hang out with her on Facebook Facebook.com/AmyAvanzino or Twitter @AmyAvanzino