Interview with Amelia Clay

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I would love to see what all the fuss is about with the Amazon Kindle, but i simply have a Sony E-Reader.
Describe your desk
Neat in the writing/working area, but the shelf part is piled with books and stories.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky. I would say this has influenced my writing in that my characters always seem to be from small towns, because its one of the settings I know best.
When did you first start writing?
I first started as a little niave, young girl trying to find a way to sort through her emotions in middle school (7th grade) and fell in love with words, my pen, and my notebook.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest story is inspired by learning about what is called the "Shadow Self" in my Psychology and then I kind of spinned it with a theme from Vampire Diaries and what their version of the shadow self is. Over all though, I just had acreative idea, that I felt like bringing to life.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is being able to express the random thoughts that pop into my head and connect them somehow into a story. One that someone, somewhere will look at and be like "Hey! this is great!". So just having the freedom to write and to put my feelings and ideas into words and share those words with others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am mostly at college study to get my bachelors in English- Technical Writing to become an editor at a major publishing house.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just click on random ones and read them. I havent found one yet that I dislike. I think anyone who puts their heart into it, has a gift for writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do actually. It was back in eight grade. It was not a very wel story and it started off of a daydream of myself and this guy I had a crush on. Eventually I shaped it into a better story, though it is still unpublished to this day. I may turn it into an ebook to see if anyone likes it...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It may sound silly, but it was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It taught me that you just cant keep taking and taking. Its important to always give back; or even better, its is better to give than recieve.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I know its a brand new day; which means there's new things to learn, new things to explore, and new things to try and experience! As well as new things to read and write!
Published 2013-11-21.
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