It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with Amy Avanzino author of Wake-Up Call (see my review here). It currently has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon and a 4.3 star rating on Goodreads. In addition to her interview Amy is giving away a 2 Kindle copies of Wake-Up Call. So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, April 18, 2016.
Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing.
I received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s from the University of Washington. I am a former special education teacher and I have spent the last several years writing and doing extensive hands-on research for my Wake-Up Series, the first of which is Wake-Up Call. I’m a contributing writer of Hap Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New York, which won two Audience Choice Awards.
1) Why should people read your book?
WAKE-UP CALL is a light-hearted, fun-read, intended to make the reader laugh.
2) Where is your favorite place to write?
I can’t be picky or I’d never write. Quite simply, I squeeze it in when I can. Sometimes, I pull the minivan off the side of the road while in the midst of carpooling and jot down an idea in my notebook. I write at nap time, when my husband gets home from work, and on the weekends around sporting events. It’s not ideal. It’s definitely not recommended, but it’s the best I can do for now.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?
I’m in the editing stage of my second book in the Wake-Up series, FROM THE SIDELINE that is set to launch in July. I’ve also begun the third book which will complete the series, while raising four young children on the side.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?
I rarely reread a book because there are just too many books out there that I haven’t read yet, but absolutely need to.
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?
I’m currently reading Phoebe Fox’s Break Up Doctor series, which I would recommend. Next on my list is Karin Gillespie’s Girl Meet Class. And I cannot wait for Jackie Bouchard’s new book to come out.
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?
Disney’s Frozen “Let It Go“, which is an embarrassment! My daughter listens to my music when we’re at her brothers’ tournaments.
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?
I am a world champion multi-tasker. I can cook dinner, while throwing a perfect spiral, helping with homework, potty train, and simultaneously brainstorm ideas for my next book.
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?
Reviewers have been very kind to me and I am grateful for the role they play in my career. I only had one review that I felt was unfair. I stew over it. Sometimes, her words wake me from my sleep. I began to cyberstalk her. I needed to know why she hated my book so passionately. It didn’t take long to uncover the mystery. She panned every book she reviewed in my genre and there were well over a dozen. She even slammed the greats that have landed on the top of best seller lists and that have become movies. I’d like to ask this reviewer, “If you know you don’t like Chick-Lit, why read it in the first place?”
Laura – Wow, reading a genre just to talk bad about it. That’s a special kind of odd. I read a wide array of books and am not generally bound by genre except for a few hard no’s (horror, erotica, westerns). But even with reading around a lot I always try to pick books that have an appeal to me. I may love the synopsis, the cover or the author and grab it. It doesn’t mean I will like the book, but I always try to not be hurtful when I review. In this case, I would have to say that they enjoy negativity. They purposefully pick a book they will not like, spend the time reading it and then write a negative review. Someone like that enjoys the drama and angst that comes with their negativity. So my tl:dr version is they read Chick-Lit just because they don’t like it.
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