Name A.M. Madden
Where are you from New Jersey
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc I’m a wife, mother of two boys, and a hopeless romantic who gets her fix through romance novels.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just released my 4th book in The Back-Up Series called Backstage. It’s the story of one of my secondary characters named Trey Taylor.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I always loved reading. It was an escape from reality. Writing was never something I planned to do.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m not sure I still do. It’s very surreal. Putting yourself out there and hoping people enjoy the stories you tell is very unnerving, especially for someone who really never planned this route or this career.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I decided to right Back-Up after a dream.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The dream was of a lead singer and his back-up singer. Their chemistry on stage was so hot that it woke me up. That’s how it all started.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Sometimes fate has it’s own plans, whether you like it or not.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I like to think the whole book is realistic. I tried to create characters that you would want to hand out with.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not experiences, but more so characteristics of the characters.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Romance novels. I love them and am a self-proclaimed junkie.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I have many. I love S.C. Stephens, Samantha Towle, Colleen Hoover, Alice Clayton. But every time I read a fantastic book, my list gets longer.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Mr. Beautiful by R.K. Lilley.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am writing a stand alone based on a NYC police cop.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
It’s not just one entity. It’s been a collaboration of fellow authors, bloggers, and readers. I’m very lucky to have a support system such as I have.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do now. I can’t imagine stopping.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I love the way Trey’s story came out. It’s different than the first three books in the series. Those are more light-hearted. Trey’s book is dark and honest and raw, just as he is.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I always enjoyed writing assignments in school. I never considered it homework. Math on the other hand I hated.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I’ve attended one signing so far. It was in North Carolina and I had so much fun. I have quite a few scheduled over the next two years.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finally saying to yourself, ok, it’s done. I’m OCD and tend to re-read over and over. When I finally am able to read it through without making one single change, I’m finally content.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Stay true to yourself. Everyone has an opinion and everyone is entitled to it. It’s hard to read reviews and not second guess yourself, especially when you have insecurities regarding being a writer. With each book, I’m getting more and more comfortable with negativity.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! I am so overwhelmed from the support I’ve received. It’s been an amazing journey and I’ve met some fantastic people along the way, some I can now call my friends.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I’ve read many for school assignments, but the first romance novel I read for pleasure was Judy Blume’s Forever. I loved that book.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love to laugh. Just about anything can make me laugh. I’d have to say the same about crying. I’m very sensitive.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I have a few. I’d love to meet Ellen DeGeneres. She makes me laugh on a daily basis. I also would love to meet Springsteen, I’ve been a fan since I’m twelve. I would like to meet my hall pass, Jamie Dornan. Lastly, Elvis.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Oh, good one. I’d have to say: Loving mother and wife who loved to love.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a romcom fanatic. I love them. I hate horror movies, and refuse to watch them. I don’t watch much TV. I love Parenthood, Dancing With The Stars, The Bachelor, (don’t judge me). My newest addiction is Outlander.
Fiona: Favorite Music
Classic Rock. I love it and it shows in my books.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I worked in retail my entire adult life. Writing is my second career and it’s all I want to do.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? www.Ammadden.com