Interview with Amy Vinar

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always enjoyed reading and writing. As a stay-at-home mom, I wanted to do something to be a good role model for my children.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I was so excited to find out how easy it is to publish on Smashwords. I'm looking forward to good exposure for my movie script, especially since Smashwords allows people to download the book in a way that people can print it at home.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating and being able to use fine details to create this big finished project. It's really rewarding.
What do your fans mean to you?
I want fans! I think they would help motivate me to keep writing, especially on the days when I'm not feeling like a great writer.
What are you working on next?
I am going to write a memoir - working title: 'A Look At A Father's Life Through His Daughter's Eyes'

I am editing my first novel (standalone novel), editing my second novel, and then will be writing the 2nd (and probably final) book in the series (with my second novel).
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, I've enjoyed so many books by different authors that this question is very difficult for me...
I like Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Rebecca Donovan, Sylvain Reynard, Tessa Dare, Jessica Sorenson, Stephanie Meyer, Abbi Glines, Kathryn Smith, the list could go on and on...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. I'm so thankful for my wonderful husband and three smart, funny, healthy children.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Usually I'm cheerleading at a soccer, watching my children in plays, cooking, hanging out with my best friend and husband, walking the dog, taxiing children, or reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
GoodReads a lot of the time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Nope ;-) Wish my memory was better.
What is your writing process?
I outline on paper, make lists about characters, and usually end up writing the ending out almost completely before beginning the novel - I just can't help it. When it comes, I hurry and get it down with a pen and paper.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first romance novel I read was 'Seventeenth Summer' by Maureen Daly. I think it just made me love sweet romance.
How do you approach cover design?
That's tough since I used a guy on Fiverr for the movie script cover. I may try that route again for my novels and see if they come up with something I like. For $5, you can't go wrong, even if you ask 4 different artists to design covers, you're still only out $20.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love sexual tension in books so good ones for that are Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines, Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare, Another Dawn by Sandra Brown, Bully by Penelope Douglas.
I really enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and Envy by Sandra Brown.

Envy was great (one of my favorites) because it was suspenseful.
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm just starting out and using a wix website, twitter, and facebook.
Describe your desk
I have too many notebooks on my desk... I really need to come up with a better system for organizing my novels and ideas...
My desk is black with a monitor. I have a stacking file for pending items.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Minnetonka, Minnesota
Not sure how it influenced my writing other than my novels have taken place in Minnesota, the first at a marina that looks similar to one by where I grew up.
Otherwise, I had a great english teacher in high school who made me want to be a better writer. I think of him often but cannot remember his name. :-(
When did you first start writing?
I started my first novel probably in 2008. It took me a LONG time to finish.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The novel I just finished is about a girl, Jana, who has essentially been hidden from the outside world. She lives with her alcoholic, verbally abusive father who is only home on the weekends and spends her days working in the fields at his family's orchard land, next to their house. Jana's mother died when she was young.

Jana ends up meeting two guys who come to town - one to work by her side at the orchard, Jared, and the other, Drew, who has fled the controlling life of his US Senator father, is staying at the farmhouse on the other side of her home. While Jana is studying with the hopes of getting a perfect score on the ACT test so she can earn a full college scholarship, she also sneaks around to get to know Drew better, eventually getting romantically involved with him. Jana not only has to deal with her father's cruelty but also that of her cousins who work at the orchard. Jared becomes a good friend and protector to Jana, secretly harboring his own attraction for the girl.

When Drew's friend, Patrick, from California tracks him down in the small town of Brightmoor, MN, he causes trouble for Jana and Drew. This occurs at the same time as Jana finds out more about her mother's life with her father, shaking up her world.
Published 2014-09-29.
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Books by This Author

There's No Such Thing As Ghosts, Right?
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Screenplays » Mystery
A fun movie script about two girls and their mother who move into a home that can't seem to keep it's tenants. The other children in the neighborhood think the house might be haunted. The children in the neighborhood work together to investigate. They end up finding out there isn't a ghost but rather two mischievous boys behind the pranks... Or perhaps there is a ghost after all! PDF Suggested