Ami Blackwelder stopped by the virtual offices to chat about her new book, She Speaks to Angels. After the interview, you can enter for a chance to win a digital copy! Check out what Ami has to say her book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Ami Blackwelder] Ami Blackwelder is a romance suspense writer in the paranormal, scifi and historical genres. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand.
Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about She Speaks to Angels?
[Ami Blackwelder] She Speaks to Angels
“I tried not to sound hysterical, but it’s not every day you find out the paranormal is hunting you.”
What if everything you believed was a lie?
Seventeen year old Allison Maney attends Millennium High School in Manhattan. Nothing out of the ordinary, unless you consider the occasional suicides at the school. At least that is what everyone is told, what everyone believes. But Tommy Bachelor was a popular football player; why would he jump off the roof of the school?
When Dameon pays attention to Ali, she couldn’t be more excited, because for the past three months he was all she could think about. But now that Dameon is finally pining for her affections, she is becoming more and more wrapped up in a clique of three who, as new transfers to the school, are proving to be trouble. But at least Dameon loves her, doesn’t he?
A Soul Purpose
The underworld of angels and demons have one thing on their mind: Earth. Demons want to do what they want. Angels want to protect humans from these rogue angels, AKA: Demons
A Suspenseful Romance
Caught between Dameon and Kian, the suicide and the clique of three, Ali won’t know who to trust…or who to love, because for Allison Maney, everything i not exactly what it seems.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Ami Blackwelder] I like thrillers/mysteries and I like angels and weaved the two together. The characters just flowed out of me. I knew I wanted certain characters, like Ali and her two friends that she had since middle school. I knew I wanted Dameon and Kian and the group of three…but Ali’s mom and brother came out of surprise. In book two, we will meet Kian’s sister and she morphed from the story as well.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing She Speaks to Angels?
[Ami Blackwelder] I actually had a very fun time writing this novel and the 2nd is going to be even more fun:)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Ali?
[Ami Blackwelder] Natural, curious, loyal-looking for love…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Ali’s single most prized possession?
[Ami Blackwelder] Her trunk with her father’s pictures in it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Ami Blackwelder] Artists, writers, dancers all inspire me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Ami Blackwelder] Time, paper, pen
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Ami Blackwelder] Hunger games
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Ami Blackwelder] Pride and Prejudice
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Ami Blackwelder] I like to read, and walk, swim, mani, pedi, sun bathe
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Ami Blackwelder] http://amiblackwelder.blogpsot. com
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thanks!
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