I was struggling with severe depression and anxiety when I realized that I wanted to write a book. I've always wanted to write a book, even though I wasn't always big on reading.
2. Are the experiences in your books based on someone you know or your own life’s events?
Yes. The main character in my series, Nina, is pretty much just like me. In some ways she is the person I would love to be. She struggles with depression and little things about her are just like me!
3. What actor/actress would you like to play your main characters?
I love this question!!!
Nina McKay- Emily Browning
Caroline McKay- Dakota Fanning
Ali McKay- Famke Janssen
Scott McKay- Christian Bale
Andrew Madsen- Ben Barnes
Alex Madsen- Minka Kelly
Ambrogio- Aaron Johnson
Selene- Amy Lee
Lilah- Eva Green
Ella- Kiera Knightley
Abel- Beau Mirchoff
Julian- Cam Gigandet
Lucian- Dominic Cooper
John Michael- Zachary Quinto
Ora- AnnaLynne McCord
Kali- Blake Lively
4. What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Avoiding writers block. That is definitely a problem for me!
5. What’s your favorite motivational phrase?
“Stay strong” - That has always been something I tell myself when things get hard.
“Be your own kind of beautiful” - I like this one to because it reminds me to be myself and I'm beautiful in my own way.
“Beautifully Broken” - It's the name of the blog I run with my partner. I love it so much because I know I'm broken, but really, I'm beautifully broken.
6. Any tips to get through the dreaded writers block?
Music always helped me. Also, I found that if I get writers block, I would put my computer down and take a walk or run an errand. Most of my writing comes from things I see go on around me. Taking a walk or even going to the grocery store gives you a different perspective on the moment. My mom is the one that told me that one. One time, I was experiencing writers block for weeks. I told her about it and she told me that I need to stop staring at the computer screen and go out and do something. It sure did help!
7. What famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet?
Ah! That's a tough one. There are so many people that I would love to meet, but if it came down to picking one, I would have to say Jeff Keith from Tesla, only because his songs have helped me avoid writers block on many occasions and
helped me write most of Seeing Red.
8. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I'm like a really big nerd when it comes to computers..........
9. Favorite line from a movie?
Easy! I will block out the swearing part.
“Gatorade me, B***H!” said by Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad.
10. Any writing rituals?
I usually sit in bed with only a lamp on, shades shut because the bright light breaks my concentration. I put on the song I think would fit best when writing a certain scene in my book.
11. In the world of romance novels, sex or no sex and why?
Sex- because it's the most natural thing. When you have sex with someone, it commits your love toward each other even more. I'm not saying go out and have sex with someone you love. I'm saying that when two of my characters decide to have sex, they are doing it because they love each other. Sex is just another way of showing someone you love them.
12. Favorite pizza topping?
Oh, definitely pineapples!
13. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors inspired you to
Stephanie Meyer with her vampire series. I fell in love with vampires because of her, AND Nicholas Sparks because he is such a romantic. I love all of his books. He tells these tales of amazing love stories. Vampires + Romance= Dark Love
14. When you walk into a room, what song should be playing?
Ha! I never thought about that before. It would have to be Song and Emotion by Tesla... just because I'm too in love with that song.
15. What do you consider your best accomplishment?
My best accomplishment would be self-publishing two novels! <3
16. Tell us a little about your work in progress.
I'm currently working on two projects (yes, at the same time). First is Book 3 in The Dark Love Series called Trying To Remember. It's going to start off where book 2 ended. Second is a totally new book. It's going to be a stand- alone
book called My Lost Forever. That title has changed like a dozen times so far and it might change more. It's about a young woman that survived a plane crash that killed 150 people and she was the only one that lived. She will also be struggling with the loss of the love of her life and finding out his true identity. It's going to be so epic!
Thank you Amy Gale for this interview! It was so much fun and I loved all of your questions! <3