Good morning, dear reader! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. I’m pleased to introduce you to author Amy Anguish this morning. Amy is talking about the writing process. Let’s begin!
Tell us a little about yourself.
Amy: I’m a Christian, wife, mother, author, and artist. I love cats, tea, and chocolate, as well as books that don’t let me put them down.
What do you love most about the writing process?
Amy: Strangely enough, I like it when my characters take over and start acting on their own. My husband doesn’t understand this, because I’m the one writing the story. If you think about it, though, even though I created these “people” in my head, if I did my job right and I gave them enough personality and character traits, it would be obvious what choices they would make in a situation, even if I didn’t see it coming when I first started the book.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Amy: So many! Right now, I have five or six manuscripts that I would consider finished, but unedited. One edited, but not published yet. And another I’m in the process of rewriting. At least two or three more that need to be rewritten.
If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?
Amy: Don’t use dialog tags because you’ll only have to take them back out when editors start looking at your manuscript. Ha! Not to mention the few that were written back when people still used two spaces between a period and the next sentence. In the fifteen or so years that I’ve been putting together stories, there have been quite a few things change stylistically, and it still catches me off-guard in moments when I notice what I’m working on was written back when things were done differently.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Amy: It’s hard to stick with one project at a time, but I highly recommend it. I’m going a little crazy right now editing, rewriting, and promoting my new book all at the same time. If you’re like me, and have an idea for a new story come to mind while you’re trying to write another, just stop, jot the idea down, and then go finish what you were already working on. That way, you won’t forget your idea, but you also won’t end up with six or seven unfinished manuscripts because you stopped to work on something else.
What does literary success look like to you?
Amy: I’m not an author for the money. Honestly, success to me is someone coming up and saying that something in my story moved them, made them think, or even gave them hope. That means more than just about anything else.
Future Projects or WIP you can talk about?
Amy: My “edited” manuscript has been submitted to the contest Love Inspired is running right now. I’m waiting to hear if I’ve made it past round one or not. It’s about a girl who is trying to adopt a baby because she and the infant were the only survivors of a car crash. In the meantime, she’s moved back to her hometown and is trying to renew her friendship with her lifetime best friend, only to discover there may be something more to it.
Great advice and thanks for stopping by today!
Two sisters. One summer. Multiple problems.
Younger sister Hope has lost her job, her car, and her boyfriend all in one day. Her well-laid plans for life have gone sideways, as has her hope in God.
Older sister Faith is finally getting her dream-come-true after years of struggles and prayers. But when her mom talks her into letting Hope move in for the summer, will the stress turn her dream into a nightmare? Is her faith in God strong enough to handle everything?
For two sisters who haven’t gotten along in years, this summer together could be a disaster … or it could lead them to a closer relationship with each other and God. Can they overcome all life is throwing at them? Or is this going to destroy their relationship for good?
Amy R Anguish
Author of An Unexpected Legacy
Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.