Interview with Amy Martin

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read pretty much anything I can get my hands on--everything from magazines to the latest Young Adult fiction. I spend way too much time on social media (Facebook and Twitter are my favorites), and I love watching sports. I also love hanging out with my husband and cat watching movies.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in grade school, and I was a creative writing major for a while in college. I'd always give up creative writing for a while and then come back to it. For example, in my twenties, I was working on a graduate degree and writing mostly academic papers and articles. By my early thirties, I was getting burned out on academic writing and needed to refocus my brain, so to speak. So, I turned to creative writing to help my academic writing, and now I find I can't give up creative writing and go back.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. In the fourth grade, I wrote and illustrated a book called The President's Daughter, which I gave to my teacher as a present at the end of the year. The book was about a girl my age adjusting to life in the White House and being followed around by Secret Service all the time. Maybe I should rewrite it and publish it. :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I take book blogger recommendations very seriously. I follow several on Twitter, and when I see a few of them all tweeting about the same book, I'm usually curious enough to check that book out.
Describe your desk
I have an L-shaped desk that is--at the moment--pretty clean and organized. My computer is on the short end of the L, and I have print copies of my books on the other end of the L. I'm hoping to get a printer soon so I can look at printed copies of my drafts. I also keep pictures of my family and other trinkets around (I like to use empty wine bottles as flower-holders, for example) to give me something to look at while I work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love being able to create worlds and reach readers. Knowing that people read my writing--complete strangers, no less--and like it is incredible to me.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are amazing, and I love interacting with them. Sometimes, an email or a review from a fan totally turns a crappy day around for me. I love hearing about how my books have impacted their lives.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the final book in The Perfects series at the moment along with a standalone YA novel. I've always got something in the works. :)
Published 2018-07-16.
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Books by This Author

Perfectly Imperfect
Series: The Perfects, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,190. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Janey Douchette’s life is less than perfect. But when she finds a strange book in a box of her mother’s old things, she’s convinced her fortunes are about to change. The words in the strange book have power, and Janey plans to harness that power to undo all the bad things in her life. But can she figure out how to harness that power without making things worse?
Perfectly Weird
Series: The Perfects, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,770. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
High school senior Dani Maguire has it all--money, popularity, and a hot boyfriend. But when she wakes up in the body of her unpopular former friend Janey Douchette and discovers Janey's been kidnapped, Dani must figure out how to outwit her captors and deal with an imperfect new reality.
Perfectly Normal
Series: The Perfects, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,490. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
When Rachel's consciousness is stranded inside the body of her popular former best friend, she uncovers long-buried secrets about her family and a power they possess that is beyond her wildest dreams.
Beyond Your Dreams
Series: In Your Dreams, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,390. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Zara "Zip" McKee and Kieran Lanier's relationship is tested when the cure for his mysterious sleeping disorder leaves him with an unusual side effect--amnesia. Fortunately for Zip, she has basketball and college decisions to keep her busy, but when her season ends in a way she didn’t anticipate, will she be able to face her future without knowing if Kieran will be by her side?
Before You Sleep
Series: In Your Dreams, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,540. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Join Zara "Zip" McKee, Kieran Lanier, and their families in the third installment of the In Your Dreams series as they wrestle with the question of what to do when the cure for Kieran's condition could end up being worse than the condition itself.
As You Wake
Series: In Your Dreams, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,580. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Danger comes for Zip McKee and Kieran Lanier once again in the second book of the In Your Dreams series. They and their families are forced to deal with each other and the secrets they've kept out of love and fear. And while Zip and Kieran find they must deal with a new twist in his sleeping disorder, a mysterious stranger reveals information that could change Kieran's life--or end it.
In Your Dreams
Series: In Your Dreams, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 76,550. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.20 from 10 reviews)
Book 1 of the In Your Dreams series When Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk at school, Zara "Zip" McKee's life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed. Kieran has a sleeping disorder and sees flashes of the future in his dreams. And when Zip begins to have unsettling dreams, she must decide if she can live with knowing the future when she's afraid of what might happen.