Amy J. Hawthorn

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 As a teen, Amy J. Hawthorn fed her reading appetite with fantasy and horror stories. Then she stumbled upon a pretty book cover, complete with a bare-chested, sword-wielding, Highlander. That Highlander and his author showed her the magic of a Happily-Ever-After and she’s never looked back.

 She’s a busy mother of two, wife of one and lives with one foot in the hospital world and the other at home.

 She has read her way through Kentucky, Arizona, Southern California, and then back home to Kentucky.

 Today between working nightshift and wrangling her family she tries her best to create Happily-Ever-Afters for the characters running amok in her head.

Q: What is your writing day like?

A: I work nightshift three nights a week in the real world and it can be hell on my writing schedule. I fit writing into whatever piece of quiet I can carve out for myself. I often take my laptop odd places, (I think the grocery store is the only place I haven’t taken it) and always carry a pen and notebook in my purse. I never know when an idea or random conversation between characters will come to me.

Q: What do you consider your biggest writing weakness?

< p>A: I love my characters and often talk about them as if they are real people. I want them to live in perfect worlds and live happily ever after right from the start. I have to remind myself that conflict is a necessary ingredient for each story. Turmoil strengthens both characters and real people.

Q: What do you consider one of your writing strengths to be?

A: I believe my characters have a great deal of heart and goodness within them. It’s my goal to show that heart to the reader and share what wonderful people these characters are.

Q: Do you read and what are your favorite types of books to read?

A: I love to read. I used to read at least four or five books a week. If I had to pick one, I would probably choose paranormal romance as my favorite. I love seeing the characters and beings that “go bump in the night” find love and Happily-Ever-Afters. I love a good romantic suspense, historical (bring on the kilts and swords please) or contemporary romance. Now, my reading time has taken a backseat to my writing time.

Q: What do you do for fun, other than writing and reading?

A: I like to cook and try new recipes, especially if they require chocolate or caramel. I spend the majority of my free time with my kids, but a couple times a year I make time to go on a weekend trip with my friends to a book-signing or reader conference. There’s never a shortage of laughter when we get together. I listen to metal and hard rock music and am an internet shopping freak. Wow, wild and crazy, huh? Lol.

Q: What are your writing vices?

A: Snacking. I have the horrible “need” to snack while I write. Chips and salsa, jelly beans or dark chocolate. It’s a routine I need to break but those jelly beans are just so damn good.

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