I fell in love with Amie Knight’s debut novel See Through Heart and I am so excited to have her join for an interview!
See Through Heart is your debut novel. You started out in the indie community on the other other side as a reader and a blogger. Would you share with us how you realized you had a story to tell and about how your author journey has gone so far?
This is a great question! I’ve been involved in this amazing community for almost four years in some capacity. I’ve been reading romance novels since I was in my early teens, but when I found the Indie Community in my early thirties, my life completely changed. These indie books were different, something special, and these authors worked so hard to get their stuff out there. I wanted to help them. I wanted to share these amazing books with so many people who had no idea about these “indie authors”. So I’ve been beta reading, reviewing books, and blogging for years for this community and it has been an absolute joy. I’ve made such amazing friendships. I’ve always wanted to write a book and even took a few creative writing classes in college, but I guess I lacked the confidence. Well, I told a few author/blogger friends that I wanted to tell an important story, and the support and encouragement was overwhelming. And I finally did it. I’m still in shock when I look at my bookshelf and see my book sitting there next to some of my favorite Indies. LIFE. IS. CRAZY.
Your novel features a character, Loralie (Lori, based on someone you love and their struggle with substance abuse. Although Lori’s story line isn’t the main story line, she is so often the thread which connects the other characters. I loved the way that reflected how life works. Life isn’t two characters in a bubble.
Was it difficult for you to write Lori’s character basing her on real experiences and was it a conscious decision to not have Loralie as the main female lead or did your characters just evolve in the direction they did?
This is one of those questions that I expect a lot of readers to ask me and many have. I guess I opened myself up to it being so candid in my author note, but it was really important to me for readers to understand why I told the story the way I did–why Lori’s character suffers the fate she does. The novels I love best have a message. I wanted my debut to have one that was important to me. As for how difficult it was to write Lori’s character? It was very very hard. I cried buckets of tears the first half of See Through Heart. So many of the scenes that Ainsley experiences in the hospital I faced. I wrote those chapters hearing every beep and whoosh of the machines. Smelling every smell, feeling every feel. It was like reliving one of the worst moments of my life and since I modeled Lori so closely after someone I loved and essentially lost, it was miserable. I’d end the nights a sloppy, snotty, ugly crying mess, but still determined to tell my story.
Lori was the first character I developed and plotted out, but I always knew what her fate would be and I knew I couldn’t make her the heroine in my story. This is a romance, after all. I like to have my happy ending even if it isn’t picture perfect. So, I created Ainsley and Adrian.
What has been your favorite part of the process for the creation of See Through Heart?
The writing. A million times, the writing. I’m a stay at home mom. A wife to a husband that travels for work. I wipe snotty noses and carpool kids to gymnastics, dance, school. I volunteer at the elementary school and am the Vice President of my local Moms Club. I am a busy bee and I don’t do those things for me. I do them for my children and husband because I love them and I want them to know it. I want them to be happy. But, writing. I do it for me. It makes ME happy and it’s all mine. Don’t get me wrong, seeing that beautiful cover made my day and holding my first paperback in my hands made my week– but writing, it makes my life.
I know See Through Heart just released but I’m a greedy reader and have to ask…Do you have plans for more novels?
Oh lord do I have plans for more novels. Sometimes it is overwhelming for me to think about. If you read See Through Heart, then you know Miranda and Kelly are big side characters. I am hoping to get Miranda and Holden’s story to everyone by April 2017. Kelly’s will eventually get a novel too. In between now and then I am working on another standalone novel and a novella that I am co-authoring with my awesome co-blogger. So, expect a lot of things from me in the near future. I am super excited about the prospect of it all!
Amie would you like to join in some non book related fun and answer the Fast Five questions?
I am always down for anything fast. 😉
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla, I know…so boring, but you can cover it in hot fudge and nuts and whip cream or basically anything sweet and it’s amazing!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
What’s your favorite holiday?
Halloween. I love a holiday where you can be anything you want to be!
If you could pick any song to be your personal theme song, what would it be?
Girl On Fire- Alicia Keys This song gives me life!
You can meet any celebrity for a cup of coffee. Who would you pick?
I don’t watch too much T.V. and such. I read. And my all time favorite is Colleen Hoover. I’d love to have a conversation with her. She’s so quirky and fun.
Wow! How fun was Amie? I’m so thankful she spent some time with us! Now for more details on her book…
Read my review of See Through Heart here
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*Available in the Kindle Unlimited program at the time of posting*
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