Here are the interview questions for Ashley Ladd’s blog:
Today my guest author is Amylynn Bright. Please welcome her and I won't mind if you deluge her with questions and comments. I don't think she'll mind, either.
Ashley: Why do you write (erotic) romance?
Amylynn: No – not erotic but I definitely enjoy a good sex scene and I think there are a few of those in my work.
Ashley: What romance subgenres do you write in? Why?
Amylynn: I really gravitate to historicals, but Out of Heaven is a contemporary/paranormal. My other novella, The Sea Rose, is a pirate story from 1700s. I think its fun to recreate a world of such romance and style.
Ashley: Are you aware of any themes that run through your stories? If so, what are they?
Amylynn: I don’t know of any themes – at least none that I’ve found. But you know how it is with your own work. You can never see the forest for the trees. I guess the only thing I can think of is romance and redemption.
Ashley: What would you like readers to take away from your stories?
Amylynn: A sense of fun. I really enjoy writing comedy and I hope that my dialogue represents that – The Sea Rose, my pirate story also out with Wicked Ink Press, more than Out of Heaven shows my comedy side.
Ashley: What inspires your stories?
Amylynn: Everything. I can make up an entire plot from a song on the radio.
Ashley: Will you be attending any book or writing conferences this year? If yes, which ones? Where and when?
Amylynn: I don’t see how my schedule will allow for any conferences this year. Disappointing, but hopefully next year my schedule will be more lax.
Ashley: Do you have any book signings or author appearances coming soon? If yes, where and when?
Amylynn: No signings yet – it’s hard to do that when you’re e-published! However, anyone that wants me to autograph their computer monitor or e-reader, let me know. I’d be happy to.
Ashley: What is your writing schedule?
Amylynn: I write best late at night. In fact, I’m answering these questions at 12:05 on a Sunday night.
Ashley: Do you have any other passions besides writing? If yes, what are they? Why?
Amylynn: I’m a marathon reader. It’s a disease. I’m never, ever without a book. God forbid I should have to wait in a line or sit through two stop lights without a book.
Ashley: What is the best memory?
Amylynn: I’m going to have to go with Disneyland. Some of my very best memories come from there. My grandmothers took me when I was 4. I took my husband-to-be there as an audition for the role of my husband (he had no idea but he passed). My kids have been there 4 times already and they are 5 & 7.
Ashley: What is your favorite comfort food?
Amylynn: Dessert! Cupcakes and cookies and oh the list is endless. Oddly I also love breakfast cereal. I ate 6 or 7 bowls of it a day both times when I was pregnant.
Ashley: What relaxes you?
Amylynn: Reading. See above.
Ashley: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Amylynn: Reading and book shopping. I’m telling you I need a twelve step program.
Ashley: What decade has been your favorite? Why?
Amylynn: To live? I’m gonna say 2000 so far. That’s when I got married and had my kids. They all make my life crazy but I secretly love it. To write, I’d say 1810. Regency is so romantic.
Ashley: What is your favorite way to promote?
Amylynn: I’m so new to all this I don’t know. I’m just gonna roll with the punches.
Ashley: Where is your favorite place to write? Why?
Amylynn: I write at my desk with an action movie on in the back ground. My family is asleep and the dog is snoring. Ahhhhhhhh. Nice.
Ashley: What is your favorite fairy tale? Why?
Amylynn: I’ve always been partial to Sleeping Beauty. Maybe it’s because I never get enough sleep.
Ashley: What was your favorite vacation?
Amylynn: I’ll bet you’re going to guess Disneyland aren’t you. I’m not sure though. My honeymoon in the Caribbean was gorgeous. I also took my husband to Kauai and that was magical.
Ashley: If you had another career, what was it?
Amylynn: I’m in mortgages. Its soul crushing and miserable. Writing is MUCH better.
Ashley: If you didn’t write, what would you do instead?
Amylynn: Reading. Or playing with my kids. Probably pouting.
Ashley: If you could have one wish, what would it be?
Amylynn: I really should say something like world peace, but I’m not in a pagent, so I’ll be selfish. I guess it would be Salma Hayek’s body but while still being allowed to eat all the desserts I want.
Ashley: If you could describe yourself in only one word, what would it be?
Amylynn: Silly or maybe sarcastic. Depends on my mood I guess.
Ashley: Who is your favorite American Idol contestant this year? Why? (only if you watch the show)
Amylynn: This was the first year I didn’t watch. I’m a bigger fan of Project Runway and The Amazing Race.
Ashley: Are you a cat or dog person? Do you have any pets and if so, please tell us about them.
Amylynn: I love both, but I’m probably a dog person. I’ve never been dogless in my life. We have a cat – Geddy – a giant orange tabby and a coonhound/bloodhound mix names Rosco. I’m certain he’s the stupidest dog on the planet. I write about his antics on my blog all the time.
Ashley: What is the one thing you most want to do that you haven’t yet?
Amylynn: Besides have my novel published? Go to Europe – especially Italy: Rome, Venice, Milan.
Ashley: Please tell us about your most recent release and where we can purchase it.
Amylynn: Both of my novellas, Out of Heaven and The Sea Rose are available at www.wickedinkpress.com. Hop on over and pick them up. You’ll have fun.
Ashley: Please give us your urls and your publisher’s url.
Amylynn: My blog is www.thequillsisters.com and my personal web site is www.amylynnbright.com. My publisher is www.wickedinkpress.com.
I want to thank Amylynn for being with us. Keep reading. The excerpt to her book is below.
Out of Heaven
By Amylynn Bright
Genre: Paranormal Romance
PUBLISHER: Keith Publications
AUTHOR’S KP WEB PAGE: http://www.keithpublications.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56:amy-bright&catid=40:amy-bright&Itemid=60
BUY LINKS: http://www.wickedinkpress.com/product_info.php?products_id=30&osCsid=37bba22722f845de0018e8de0db1a3c0
EXCERPT: The instant he left her, a screaming infant under the bright lights in a modern hospital room, he return and demanded an interview with Michael.
"I'm going. You know the love I have with her is different. One life is all I want. I have watched her leave me and return for eons, and this time I'm going whether you approve or not."
Michael studied Gabriel. "Oh Gabriel ….Why do you want to go? Humans are only mortal. They are lesser beings than our kind."
"As you say," Gabriel nodded, "but, humans are also more than you give them credit for. Otherwise, she would not be compelled to return back there, especially not after the last horrid life. Why would a soul willfully return to pain unless the passion is more than you or I can imagine?"
Michael deliberated. Gabriel spoke with such ferocity, making it difficult not to consider his request and, being a warrior himself, Michael could appreciate his friend putting up a fight for what he wanted. Michael sat forward in his chair, steepled his fingers, and gazed at the other Archangel.
“What you ask is too dangerous, Gabriel.” Michael shook his head. “There’s no way to predict what could happen. Once they hear you’re down there . . . we couldn’t protect you.”
“I’m willing to accept the risk.”
“I’m glad to hear you are, but I’m not sure I want to accept the risks with you.”
Gabriel sighed in frustration. “Please allow me the chance. Just one life with her. I want to hold her with my arms and make love to her the way mortal men can."
After a long silence, Michael sat back in his chair, his polished armor gleaming in the ethereal light from the Astral Plane, and nodded. "One life. But, due to the risks, there will be rules and conditions."
"You have one earth cycle to entice the mortal woman to fall in love with you, true love. And you may not reveal your identity to her under any circumstances." Michael paused, probably for effect. He was not only the most powerful Archangel, but also the most dramatic. He stood and sheathed his massive sword. "If you fail, you will immediately return to the Akasha and there will be no other similar opportunity." His tone didn't allow for negotiation.
Only twenty-four hours. That amount of time would have to be enough time. "Thank you, Michael," he told the retreating warrior.
"God speed," Michael called over his shoulder. "And good luck."