Monday, 23 October 2017

Interview & Giveaway with Amy Snyder, author of Unfinished

Now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes from Fiery Seas Publishing is the novel Unfinished by Amy Snyder.

What's the book about?

Mirabelle is a writer who just can't finish any of the stories she starts. When her twins leave home for college, they take with them Mirabelle’s sense of identity. As she strives to adjust to her empty nest she is visited by someone unexpected: a character from the very first novel she ever attempted to write.

Characters from all of her unfinished works begin to materialize in her home, in her car, at her job. They talk, yell, and some even throw things at her. Mirabelle can see them, smell them, touch them and though she knows they’re not real, she can’t help but engage them. She created them, after all. They become part of her daily life and she finds herself alternating between hiding them from and sharing them with her almost-always-doting husband, Alex.

Some of Mirabelle’s characters are like good friends, encouraging her to finish something she’s started. Others manipulate her for their own needs and story lines. Good and bad, these characters are part of her and Mirabelle discovers she needs to both fix and finish them before they destroy her life, her sanity, and her marriage.

The author has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedule for a Q&A about her new novel.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

I was in eighth grade. I wrote a story about a Boat Captain that my teacher loved and I realized how much I loved writing it. That was when I decided to be a writer.

What was your first book/story published?

This one! Unfinished is the first thing I’ve ever published. It has been an extremely long road.

What inspired you to write Unfinished?

This story grew out of fear and frustration with myself for not finishing my stories. I had been querying another work for over a year and getting nowhere. I felt like I was sitting on top of a big pile of unfinished, incomplete, unpublished work.

What character in Unfinished is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

Mirabelle, the main character, is very much like me. She is a writer who doesn’t finish the stories she starts which is exactly how I was until this book.

What is your favorite part in Unfinished?

I love Mirabelle’s relationship with Cody and the changes they go through together.

What was the hardest part to write?

Since Unfinished is the title of this book as well as its central theme of this book, of course, the ending was the hardest part. Endings have always been a challenge for me. I always struggle with where the story ends.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

I think I might be a librarian. I have always considered libraries not only to be havens but also keys to civilization.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

I do read them. I know that my writing is still evolving and improving with every new story I write. Reviews can offer some constructive criticism.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

I admire J.K. Rowling both for her ability to tell such a brilliant, character rich, multi- faceted story and for the way she has handled her massive success.

Other writers whose works I enjoy are Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, and Jojo Moyes.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I have two works that I am editing right now. One is full of music and dreams, the other is filled with secrets and lies.

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About the Author

Amy Snyder began writing when she realized the strange things that happened in her imagination were far more interesting than the things that happened in her real life. After earning her degree in Radio, Television, and Film from Northwestern University, she worked at a financial brokerage house, a nationally published magazine, an advertising agency, and most recently, an elementary school as a Math Tutor, Substitute Teacher, and Library Paraprofessional.

But she’s always been a writer.

Amy lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut with her husband, two teenage children, and two cats. While she has been known to talk out loud to the characters she’s writing, she hasn’t had an actual hallucination…yet.

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