Meet the Authors at utopYA is a series of blog posts where we introduce you to all the amazing writers who will be in attendance at the first ever utopYA convention. Some will be on panels, some will be exhibitors, some will be keynote speakers, and all are living the dream.
We asked the authors 5 questions we wanted to know, and hope that you find them informative and entertaining. These authors were hand-picked, so you’ll definitely want to read their amazing books if you haven’t yet. Get ready, because this is only the beginning.
Meet The Author: Amy Bartol, The Premonition Series
Amy Bartol lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. When asked about her writing Amy says:
My family is very supportive of my writing. When I’m writing, they often bring me the take-out menu so that I can call and order them dinner. They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real. They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats. They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making. They have learned to accept my “writing uniform” consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants. And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them. In short, they get me, so they are perfect and I am blessed.
1. What’s your idea of ‘utopia’?
Is this a trick question? Pssshhh, that’s easy! Utopia is a place where you can eat cheeseburgers, read books, and drink milkshakes and never get fat…duh! Oh…wait! Is this like Miss America? Was I supposed to say something about world peace? Can I change my answer? I can? Okay, then eat cheeseburgers, read books, drink milkshakes, not get fat, and world peace. Yeah, forget you Jenny Craig! FORGET. YOU.
2. Who influenced you to become a fabulous young adult paranormal author?
I loved anything “fairy tale” while growing up, from Mother Goose, to the Brothers Grimm, to J. R. R Tolkien, and Lewis Carroll. Then it was romance and Margaret Mitchell, Jane Austen, and the Bronte sisters. Later I became fascinated with Diana Gabaldon, J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, and I also drew inspiration from Markus Zusak’s novel I Am The Messenger and Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series.
3. Paper or digital media?
Hmmm…that’s tough. I love them both. When I’m traveling, I love digital media because it is effortless to access. At home, while reading in bed, I love to hold a paperback. I crave the new-book smell, too.
4. Do you have an “end of book” ritual (that you’re willing to share…)?
I usually jump up and down and dance around the house to some random song I’m in love with at the moment. Then I call my mom to let her know it’s finished.
5. What do you hope to get out of UtopYA Con 2012?
I want a chance to finally meet some of the people who have read my books! It will probably be more exciting for me then it will be for them.
For more about Amy visit her website: http://www.amyabartol.com.