Which author would you never get tired of, and why?
Amy: George MacDonald is one of those timeless authors I love. MacDonald lived in the Victorian era and is the novelist about whom C.S. Lewis wrote, “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.” Among a long list of other books, MacDonald wrote At the Back of the North Wind, The Princess and Curdie, Lilith, and Phantases. I admire his work so much I even wrote my masters’ thesis on him.
Interesting! I’ll have to check him out. Here’s a link if anyone else is interested: George MacDonald.
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Amy: Captain James Hook is probably my favorite. Hook, the mean old pirate time won’t stop chasing, is the perfect foil for Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up. With his long black hair, bushy eyebrows, cadaverous appearance, hook for a right hand, and elegant speech (even when he’s swearing), Hook is a colorful character I love to hate.
You’re right, he is a colorful character. Now, one last question:
What project are you currently working on?
Amy: I’m currently doing revisions for The Trojan Horse Traitor, the first book in my Levi Prince juvenile fantasy series, releasing in November of this year. I’m also finishing the second book in my On the Brink series, of which Whitewashed is the first. Currently untitled, the book is about Patience’s friend Christy. It’s set in Buckeye Lake, Ohio, and has ties to the 1920s, the heyday of Buckeye Lake’s amusement parks and ballrooms
Sounds as though you’re very busy right now, which is a writer’s preferred state. Thank you so much, Amy for answering our 3 Questions.
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Whitewashed by Amy C. Blake
Eighteen-year-old Patience McDonough has a plan. Despite her parents’ objections, she will attend Verity College in Hades, Mississippi, and live with her grandparents. She’ll complete her degree in record time and go on to become a doctor. But things at the college are strangely neglected, her class work is unexpectedly hard, Grand gets called out-of-town, and Poppa starts acting weird—so weird she suspects he has Alzheimer’s. On top of that, she has to work extra hours at her student job inputting financial data for the college—boring! But soon her job gets more interesting than she’d like: she finds that millions of dollars are unaccounted for and that something creepy is going on in the Big House basement. She discovers secrets tying her family into the dark beginnings of Verity, founded on a slave plantation, and she is forced to question the characters of people she has always trusted. Finally, confronted with a psychotic killer, Patience has to face facts—her plans are not necessarily God’s plans. Will the truth set her free?
Amy C. Blake is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of four. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Mississippi College. She contributed to Barbour’s Heavenly XOXO’s for Women, Book Lover’s Devotional, and Every Good and Perfect Gift. Amy wrote short stories and articles for Focus on the Family,Mature Years, Significant Living, Vista, Encounter, and other publications. She won awards at St. Davids Christian Writers Conference and West Branch Christian Writers Conference. The Trojan Horse Traitor quarterfinaled in the 2011 ABNA contest. Her juvenile fantasy novel The Trojan Horse Traitor, releases in November, 2015, and her new adult suspense novel, Whitewashed, released February 15, 2015.