Today my guest is Amy Anguish, author of the newly released contemporary Christian romance, Writing Home. Amy, thank you for joining me today. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a preacher’s daughter, wife, mommy, preschool teacher, crafter, and extrovert. Not necessarily in that order. When we’re not having a pandemic, I also teach Bible class. I love fun socks, and sometimes I have a few pink streaks in my hair. I dabble in gardening during the warm months. And I read voraciously. I’m from “the South.”
What is Writing Home about?
Christiana Jones finds a pile of letters her grandparents wrote each other during the war. Since she’s unsatisfied with how her dream of living in Huntsville has turned out, and fed up with the shallowness of social media, she decides to try something new—being a pen pal. Her lifelong friend, Tina, suggests she write her cousin Jordan in Louisiana. And with each letter that goes between them, Christiana wonders if she could find a relationship as strong as her grandparents had.
What is the inspiration behind your story?
After my grandfather passed away in 2013, my grandmother who had been married to him for 66 years read his old letters every night. He’d been in the Korean war and written to her then and on several other occasions. She continued to treasure those letters (who none of us were allowed to see) until she passed away in 2018. And it got me thinking about how amazing their relationship was. And what would it be like if you had to have a relationship through letters only?
Do you have a day job? If so, how do you find time in your day to write?
I teach preschool two days a week and am a mom and babysitter the other days. My main writing times are during naps (which aren’t usually long enough anymore) and after kids are in bed in the evenings. But I’ve gotten to where I can hammer out about 2000 words an hour, so I just keep at it and it seems to be working. I do look forward to the day both my kids are in school, though.
Do you reward yourself when a book is finished? If so, what is your favorite treat?
I have a bad tendency to reward myself too much. Ha! But if I want a really special treat, here’s my go-to. I always keep some semi-sweet chocolate on hand just in case I want this:
How did you come up with the names of your hero and/or heroine?
Believe it or not, I wanted names that could go for either a boy or a girl. So, Jordan and Chris became my characters this time, and you’ll have to read my book to see why that was the deciding factor. 😉
Are you part of a writing group?
I am actually part of two writing groups. I have a couple local girls who are super sweet and we try to meet once a month. And I have two other girls who I do a YouTube channel with, one from Illinois and the other from KY. Both groups have become like sisters to me and are amazing at helping encourage, edit, and even vent.
Share your favorite excerpt from your book:
(only one?! )
Tina’s phone rang and she pressed it to her ear with a look of apology.
“We’re next.” Chris motioned to the ride.
“I’m sorry. You go ahead without me, and I’ll try to ride again with you later.” Tina waved as she walked off to finish the phone call.
Seriously? Tina just ditched her? After convincing her to come up here this weekend in the first place, too. Should she just ride alone? That didn’t sound as fun.
The carnival worker motioned to Chris as the next bucket lowered and the couple occupying it got off. Chris hesitated an extra moment, looking over her shoulder at Tina, but she seemed engrossed in her conversation. With a sigh, Chris stepped up and sat on the seat by herself.
Chris looked to find where the man’s voice had come from. Someone pushed through the Ferris wheel line, trying to get to the front. He ran up to the worker and handed him some tickets. The grizzled operator glanced at her, pocketed the tickets with a shrug, and motioned the guy into the seat next to her. He locked the bar down before she had a chance to protest, and their bucket swung backwards as it started its ascent.
How dare he? Of all the nerve! To just run up and force his way past everyone in line to jump on with someone who didn’t even know him! She turned to let him have a piece of her mind—and froze.
Brown hair just long enough to tousle and curl a bit above his eyebrows. Brown eyes staring straight at her with a hopeful expression. That face that she had secretly pulled up on her phone several times a week for the last few . . . ever since his cousin sent the picture to her in the first place.
He was here.
“Hi, Christiana.” His voice was low, soft, as if he was afraid to startle her.
“You’re here.” Was her belly doing flips because of the ride or because of him?
What’s next for you as an author?
I will have a novella releasing in a Christmas collection late September—all those stories are set on the beach. And to round out the year, I will have another novel release December 7th. It’s title is No Place Like Home, and it’s about a preacher’s daughter who leaves the church when she’s grown and has to find her way back home, in more ways than one.
Where can readers find you online?
Learn more about my books at https://www.pinterest.com/msguish/my-books/
And check out the YouTube channel I do with two other authors, Once Upon a Page (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEiu-jq-KE-VMIjbtmGLbJA)
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