Interview with Amy!
Hi Amy, welcome to Say It with Books!
Narcolepsy, that's a never seen before approach in YA-Was there something in particular that inspired you to address this issue?
I knew I wanted to address dreams as part of the books, and waking dreams can be a symptom of narcolepsy. I also wanted to give Kieran and Zip a challenge that isn't normally seen in YA--they're struggling with all of the usual relationship drama, but Kieran's condition adds a twist. I've also had family members who suffer from dementia and related memory issues, so I'm just fascinated in general with how the brain works (or doesn't).
How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?
I accept the criticism, eat some chocolate, and move on. If I see the same types of negative comments popping up in reviews, that's a clue to me that I need to work on something in my writing. So, in that sense, there's really no such thing as a bad review.
What book/s will you never get sick of reading no matter how many times you read it?
What new author has grasped your interest?
I read Jade Varden's Deck of Lies series in one day. Once I started reading, I just couldn't stop because I had to know how the whole story ended. I also liked Jill Baguchinsky's debut, Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator. That's a great mystery/paranormal book for younger YA readers.
Once the In Your Dreams Trilogy is done, what would be your next project?
Well, it's possible the In Your Dreams trilogy might stretch into a fourth book. I'm writing the third one right now, and we'll see if I can get everything in this one. I'm also working on a mature YA/NA family drama--if In Your Dreams goes to a fourth book, I might put that one out between the third and fourth books. I'd like to get these two/possibly three books out by the end of the year, which might kill me!
Motto in Life
"Don't worry about the end of the world coming today. It's already tomorrow in Australia."--Charles Schulz
The things that drive you crazy
Bad drivers, misuse of 's (people using 's to make words plural), mean people, lame excuses, people who abuse animals...I could do this all day.
Weirdest food combination that you have eaten
Hot chocolate poured over Frosted Flakes. It seemed weird at the time, but it's really good!
Favourite Mythical Creature
I don't know if he counts as a "mythical creature," but I'm going with Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb. Perry rocks!
Favorite song right now
"Sea of Love" by The National
Thanks for stopping by Amy! :)
About the Author
Amy Martin wrote and illustrated her first book at the age of ten and gave it to her fourth grade teacher, who hopefully lost it in her house somewhere and didn't share it with anyone else.
The first novel she published as a grown-up, In Your Dreams, was a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semi-finalist in Young Adult Fiction. The second book in the In Your Dreams series, As You Wake, was released in April 2013.
Amy currently lives in Lexington, KY with her husband and a ferocious attack tabby named Cleo. When not writing or reading, she can usually be found watching sports, drinking coffee, or indulging her crippling Twitter habit (and, sometimes, doing all three at once).
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