Interview with Amethyst Crow

How do you approach cover design?
I really take inspiration from what I'm writing when I make a cover. I honestly spend so much time trying to find the perfect image--the perfect look for what I'm writing that it could rival the time I spend making the story itself. I try my best to use people I believe resemble the character I feel is the main part of the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Fallen by Lauren Kate is my first favourite- It's simply brilliant. The story-line, the plot, the characters all come together to make the story detailed, emotional and entrancing. The story simply took me out of this world--almost as if I was in the story myself. That's why I love it so much.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a close second. The main character Charlie really captured my attention because of how well he was written, how deeply the author went into the way Charlie felt. I could personally relate to the characters, all of them, but Charlie was the one I could really get down on a raw, emotional ground with. I loved how he went from being lonely, shy, and reserved to being charismatic, bold, and outspoken.
Divergent by Veronica Roth is great, and another favourite. I related well to Four--He had parental issues, an abusive dad. He was a little colder and distant until he met Triss, and then slowly you can see his walls fall down. I couldn't have found a single error in the entire book if I sat down with a microscope and went over every little minuscule detail.
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Is my fourth favourite--It's what inspired me. When I read this book, at first I was a little reserved about it, but I loved it. The characters were amazingly wrote, the story well thought-out and the entire thing just came together.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was amazing. is my fifth, and final favourite book. The book is so emotional, so sweet, and passionate. It made me cry, it made me want more and more, and it made me get so attached to the characters. I had no idea I'd fall in love with it so much.
What do you read for pleasure?
My secret pleasure is, and has always been gay erotica. A lot of my friends think I'm strange about it, but it's nothing like that. I just really enjoy them. Its a weird thing to enjoy, because I am a female, and I understand this. That's why it's my secret pleasure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook or Kindle....
Well, I've had the same nook since I was 14. It's a really great reading device, only issue with it is that it doesn't have a background light so you cannot read in the dark. I would buy a new one, or simply trade it in at Barnes & Noble, but I love the thing even though it's ancient. I've so many stories in it, so many books I simply do not want to lose.
I have a kindle as well, but I hardly use it. Like I said, I'm a sucker for my ancient old nook. It's definitely not the newest, or best e-Reader out there I'm sure, but I love it.
Describe your desk
My desk is basically just wherever I sit down to write. Sometimes I take it outside, sit on my porch with my laptop in my lap. Sometimes I sit on my bed in my bed room and write. Sometimes I sit in the dining room where I do my classes. It all depends on my day, my mood, my overall outlook on life that day. Sometimes I just sit down in a car, or anywhere else just for a change of scenery.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Georgia. We had one stop light, everyone knew everything about everyone else, and I absolutely hated it. From a young age I rebelled against the "normal" way my parent's wanted me to go. I dressed in black, I wasn't very religious even before I understood anything. I did the whole rebellious teenager thing, I snuck out, did pot, and all other kinds of crazy shit, just because I was able to. It influenced me in a way where I write rebellious teenagers, and mainly in boys points of view, never in females. I write mainly man on man or boy on boy books, just because I enjoy that. It influenced me in a way where I normally use small town settings in most of my stories.
When did you first start writing?
That is a very long story actually, but I'll tell the clipped version of it. I spent the vast majority of my teenage years very depressed, suicidal, and pissed at everyone--but mainly my parents--and one night I was really feeling bad, I could tell that I was going to do something stupid, so I sat down with a notebook and wrote. I wrote a long story about a boy that felt trapped in his own skin, he felt alone, abused, and broken. I was around 14 or 15, and I felt the same way... So when I wrote this story, I just felt better. So I kept writing, reading, and making art. I kept doing everything I could to keep myself happy, and the only thing that did that was writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My motivation to become an Indie Author is simple--I wanted to write on my own terms, I wanted to control my books, I wanted to control my own covers and my own editing, and my own pricing. I want it to be 100% on my own terms. I didn't want to have someone breathing down my neck or telling me what I could or could not write about. I have the insane need to control everything, I guess I'm a "control freak" but I don't want anyone telling me what to do. I don't want to keep anyone from reading my books, so I normally price them at free, or at pick your own price. I don't expect anything for my books, I only want people to read, and enjoy them as much as I do. If I can't pay the bills off my writing, I'll pay them off of working.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The utter freedom of it. There is nothing you cannot, or will not do in writing. You can write a story about anything, and that is why I love it so much.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well my inspirations are honestly just knowing that I'm alive and happy. Sometimes I struggle very hard to get up and I just lay in bed depressed, but I don't want that to be my life. I want to make my life something special, I want to touch someone, I want to help someone out of the darkness they are feeling. I get up everyday because I hope to one day influence the life of just one person. If I do that before I die, I'll die happily.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I normally spend my time online gaming if I'm not writing or reading. I love video games, online role-play games... anything that I can get lost into, I play.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just search for them. I don't have a lot of friends or anything, so I don't get many recommendations.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. The first short story I wrote was about a girl named Yessinya falling in love with a mortal, while she was a princess of a magical land that he had no knowledge of.
What is your writing process?
My writing process... Hmm I normally sit down and brainstorm. I write up a document with the characters, the way they look, their ages, and normally have the actor I envision playing them on the page with them. I write up a story line, and a brief summary before I start writing. After the book is done, I normally spend two or three days working on the cover photo if I do not like the one I have previously used for it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever read was Deep Dark Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn and it made me develope a fascination with all things paranormal.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently in the process of writing three or four books, however the one I am working hardest on is Damaged Hearts. It's going to be edited and posted here eventually--haven't finished it yet.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Damaged Hearts is a little bit of a depressing story at first--I did this on purpose. I want to show the main character raising up above the shit in his life. Honestly, its hopefully going to be heart touching and inspiring. At least that is the aim for it.
Are you currently seeing someone? And (If you are) how do they take your writing type?
Yes, I am. He is pretty amazing. I love him, a lot. I don't know what I'd do without him. Despite some joking about him loving dick, he doesn't. He's borderline homophobic, but he supports me either way. I hope that we make it for the rest of our lives.
Published 2016-04-28.
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Books by This Author

Damaged Hearts
Price: Free! Words: 76,480. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
At first I really didn't have anyone. I didn't think I deserved anyone, though. Sure, my mom was around, but she worked a lot. My dad left because of me, and I felt like my mom hated me for it. But one day, when my mom took me to therapy... I met a boy... and I fell in love... twice.
Somewhere I Belong
Price: Free! Words: 72,900. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Riley and Stephen are an interesting couple. Stephen has a lot on his plate, he works, takes care of his daughter and thats it. Riley is new to town, and has a dark past... Can Stephen fix him, or is he too broken to be saved?