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Monday, July 21, 2014

Interview with Amy Reade

1.     Do you write in different genres?

I do write in different genres, but romantic suspense is the only genre in which I have published a novel.  I write short essays based on my everyday experiences, which people tend to find funny but many of which I can only laugh at long after they take place.

2.    If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

The answer is that it depends.  If I’m writing a novel, romantic suspense is my favorite genre.  But if I’m writing something to submit to a literary journal or a short submission for my critique group, I like to write personal essays. 

3.    Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

I try to come up with a title first, but that doesn’t always happen.  In the Work-in-Progress notebook that I always have with me, there is a page dedicated to possible titles for the current book.  Whenever I come up with something that might be suitable, I write it down.  My editor comes up with a short list, too, and we work together to narrow the list down. 

4.    Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I wouldn’t say there’s really a message, but I do have a goal.  My goal is to make readers feel like they’re in the Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York with the protagonist, Macy.  I want them to feel the things that she feels, see the islands for the first time, and experience what it’s like to live on the water among all the other islands.  It’s a beautiful place that I hope readers will want to visit. 

5.    If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I would say my mentors have been Ernest Hemingway and Jane Austen, though their writing styles are worlds apart.  Hemingway has an amazing ability to express emotion and describe places by using language minimally.  Austen can take a subject and write a story about it with a sharp wit and make it relevant for any time period. 

6.    What book are you reading now?

Right now I’m in the middle of Death of an Irish Diva, a story by Mollie Cox Bryan, a delightful woman I met recently.  It’s about the untimely and highly suspicious death of a woman internationally renowned as an Irish dancer.  The suspects are piling up, as are the secrets about the victim, and I can’t wait to see whodunit! 

7.    What books are in your to read pile?

My TBR (to be read) pile is about as tall as I am.  

Secrets of Hallstead House     
Amy M. Reade

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

Date of Publication: July 17, 2014

eISBN-13: 978-1-60183-299-3
eISBN-10: 1-60183-299-0

ISBN-13: 978-1-60183-300-6
ISBN-10: 1-60183-300-8

Number of pages:  appr. 273
Word Count: appr. 82,000

Formats available: ebook, print-on-demand

Book Description:

Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead.

But her first sight of Summerplace is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions. Alex seems happy to have Macy’s help, but others on the island, including Alex’s sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming.

Watching eyes, veiled threats…slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House…

Available at Amazon

About the Author: 

Amy M. Reade is a debut author of romantic suspense.  A native of upstate New York, she grew up in the Thousand Islands region and was inspired by the natural beauty of that area to write her first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House.  She now lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children, a Bouvier des Flandres named Orly, and two rescued cats who refuse to answer to their names of Porthos and Athos.

Upon graduation from Cornell University and Indiana University School of Law, Amy practiced law in New York City, but soon discovered that her dream job was writing.  In addition to volunteering with school, church, and community groups, Amy is currently working on her second novel, set in the area around Charleston, South Carolina.

Though Amy lives within sight of the Atlantic Ocean, she is partial to the blue waters of the Pacific and spends as much time as possible on the Big Island of Hawaii, which is the setting of her as-yet-unwritten third novel.

Twitter:  @readeandwrite

Kensington website:  http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/author.aspx/29480

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Amy M. Reade said...

Thanks for hosting me today, Roxanne!