It’s Author Spotlight time! If you want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.
Today the spotlight is on Amy M. Ward, the mother of mother/daughter young adult writing team, Amy M. Ward and Olivia Cayenne. You know I’m not really a fan of long introductions, so let’s jump right in.
Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?
My teenage daughter and I have written two Young Adult Novels, Secrets Above and Secrets Below. They are the first two in a series of four. We have a FB page, Amy M. Ward & Olivia Cayenne, and we also have a website, wardsarewriters.com.
Would you rather your book(s) be filmed for a movie, or a TV series?
I would like to think that our books are good enough to be made into a movie. It would be nice if they were made into a movie because I know there are so many people that lack the ability to comprehend. My son has high functioning autism. He can read but cannot comprehend. All of his schoolwork is from videos because that is the only way he can comprehend. I would like for our books to become movies so he can enjoy them. However, I fear what Hollywood would do to our characters and plot.
Can you read other things when you’re working on a book, or do you have to stick with writing?
I read while I write. What’s more, I read multiple books while I write. I like to read at bedtime but I don’t want the lamp to disturb my husband so I have a book on my Kindle that I read at bedtime. I always have a paperback in my purse so that I can read whenever I am waiting for my kids to finish whatever practice or rehearsal they are at. Then, I have a hardback in my reading nook that I like to sneak into whenever the chores are done and the kids are doing their schoolwork.
What’s the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery?
If I won the lottery, I would pay for my dad to get new knees. We haven’t gotten to do nearly enough hiking together because his knees are failing him. He would get new knees and then he and I would go on a backpacking trip.
What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?
If I was to interview a successful author, I would want to know where their stories come from. So, I think that is what I would want to be asked. Mainly because I would like to compare answers. Maybe my stories don’t come from the same place as theirs or in the same way…
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There’s a quick spotlight on Ms. Ward. I don’t usually post additional comments to theses spotlights, as I don’t want to take any light away from the author, but I want to mention, in response to her final answer, that simply by having published stories, you’re already a successful author.
If you want to know more about Amy M. Ward and Olivia Cayenne, make sure to check out their website and Facebook page. If you’re interested in their books, Secrets Above and Secrets Below, maybe you’d like a signed copy?
Have you read either of their books before?What do you think of them? Are you looking forward to the next installment of the Secrets series? Leave a comment below. If you’d like the spotlight turned on you, send me a message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.