Interview with Amy Hearst

What are you working on next?
My next book is "The Gladiator's Goddess," which will be published very soon. It's the story of Nardine, who appears in The Gladiator's Girl, and how she founds love. Her path is a little different from Rue, but she gets her happy ending. Next, I'll start the third and final book in The Gladiators' Gifts series.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love anything to do with history, both fiction and non-fiction, including contemporary novels from the 19th century and before.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to do things for others. And once in a while, for myself.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love reading but lately I've been watching a lot of films and TV shows on my Roku.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search historical fiction. Also look for recommendations from others.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I'm sure I was quite young, however. Like six.
What is your writing process?
I'm a pantser. I've tried outlining, and that give me some structure, but I change everything as I go along.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Again, no, unless we're talking about the old, primary school stories from the 60s. In the public schools, it was "Dick, Jane and Sally," and in the Catholic schools it was "John, Jean and Judy." I remember being very anxious to learn to read, but I did not learn until I actually entered first grade.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a great graphic artist, Fiona Jayde.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Screwtape Letters -- C.S. Lewis -- a book that might convince you if you're doubting Christianity.

The Razor's Edge -- W. Somerset Maugham. Just a great story. Someone once categorized it as a romance novel, but it doesn't necessarily have the required happy ending where the two main characters end up together.

Madame Bovary -- Gustave Flaubert. Another great timeless story of romance, this time of romance gone wrong.

Any book by Rosanne Bittner (but especially Destiny's Dawn). I know you may never have heard of her. She's a romance novelist from the 80s and 90s whose stories didn't always follow the "form" of traditional romance novels. In my book, the romance starts when the hero and heroine get together. This holds true in The Gladiator's Girl and subsequent books. Rosanne taught me that.

Any book by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Loved, loved, loved those books as a kid.
What do you read for pleasure?
I usually read historical novels.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Advertising on book-related websites.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Northeastern U.S., where I live now, but I have also lived in Florida and Texas, so I have a sense of what it's like to live in other parts of the country.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing very young, and worked as a journalist for many years, (like 20) so I've done a lot of writing.
Published 2014-01-30.
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