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One of the best things about the publishing world is the opportunity to meet some wonderful people. If you enjoy reading a romcom while sitting by the pool on a summer’s afternoon, Amy’s your girl. Bring on the bubbles!

Meet Amy Andrews

 

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First, tell us a little about your latest story, ‘Holding out for a Hero’.

I wrote HOFAH quite a few years ago and it was my almost book. It almost made it at so many places but never quite got across the line. Fast forward a few years and thanks to the digital revolution and, in particular, Australian publishers who suddenly realised how lucrative the romance market is, it’s finally found a readership.

HOFAH is an urban-family, romcom set in Brisbane featuring a cast of zany characters banding together to save a school, a home and a teenage boy from self-destruction. There’s a high school football cup, a rundown house, crazy old carnie aunts, a young political hopeful, a dominatrix best friend, an ex-footy legend and a dog called Cerberus. It’ll make you laugh, sigh and cheer.

 

  1. How did the characters surprise you when writing Holding out for Hero?

The HOFAH characters constantly surprised me. For a start – there wasn’t a cast of thousands when I sat down to write the book. There was really just Jake and Ella and Ella’s best friend Rosie and her aunts Iris and Daisy. Then along came straight-laced Simon who falls for Rosie and ex-street kid Pete who tends bar for Jake. Ella’s brother, Cam, wasn’t there at the start either. Then Miranda took an interest in Cam and Trish her mother wandered into my head. And then of course, Cerberus, looked at me with his big brown mutt eyes and he was in too.

Essentially the story became much bigger than I ever imagined. It was supposed to be a story about Ella saving her school but all these plot threads took off and it burgeoned into a book about the importance of community.

 

  1. Let’s talk about inspiration (because we are all about the Muse here). What inspires you to write?

 

AmysmlYou know, I have inspirations for story ideas but I don’t need inspiration to write. I write every day because it’s my job. I can’t wait for the muse to co-operate. Nope. I sit my butt in my chair every day and I write one word after the other after the other – even when the words aren’t there. Of course the days the muse is co-operating are golden!

As far as my inspiration for plot ideas – they’re everywhere. Something I read in a newspaper or saw on the tele or noticed advertised on a bus. Or sometimes an idea will just come to me, perfectly formed, in some kind of blinding flash or via some sudden, insistent image in my head. Airports are full of story potential and eavesdropping is another good source for ideas. Writers are very good eavesdroppers!

 

  1. What do you think makes for a good story? Are there any emerging writers you would recommend readers get their hands on?

 

A good story has “voice”. Voice is hard to define and difficult to teach. A writer either has it or doesn’t. But it’s that intangible thing that sets the story apart, that grabs hold of you and compels you to keep reading. And I’m not talking plot or characters but the way an author tells the story. If a book has a strong voice, I’ll read it no matter the genre.

Of course, as a romance author I also believe that every good story should have a relationship thread in it somewhere too.

There’s two fabulous Brisbane authors who I think have an amazing “voice.” The first is Sandra Antonelli and the second is Ros Baxter – look them up online if you’re after funny, witty reads with strong female characters and sexy, honourable men .

 

  1. Is there any theme or character you couldn’t bring yourself to write about?

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There’s plenty of things I couldn’t bring myself to write about. Mainly because I’m lazy and I don’t want to have to research too hard so I try to stick to contemporary things I know something about or are in the realm of my experience. I wouldn’t attempt to write a person of colour story or gay story for example simply because I don’t think I could do the breadth and scope of such stories any justice and I’d hate to screw that up. I wouldn’t write an historical novel because of the research thing. I wouldn’t write a paranormal because I don’t find vampires or any of that kind of stuff sexy. I wouldn’t write grizzly murder stuff because I’m squeamish.

I guess what I’m trying to say is I like to write in my comfort zone J.

 

 

  1. Shameless plug time. You have a new book coming out soon! Any secrets you’d like to give away about Risky business

Secrets huh? Let’s see….

  • Risky Business is another almost book.
  • It’s also an urban-family romcom with a quirky cast of thousands.
  • It’s also set in Brisbane.
  • The original title for it was Eggs Over Easy.
  • No goldfish, vibrators or condoms were harmed/test-driven in the writing of the book

 

You can find Amy at : http://amyandrews.com.au/index.html

First published: 11 September, 2014