Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Amy: I write under the pen name Amy Bellows. I’m 34 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Amy: I live in Utah.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Amy: My undergraduate degree is in English literature, and my master’s degree is in library science. In addition to being an author, I’m also a librarian. I live with my wife, daughter, and dog in a suburb of Salt Lake City.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Amy: My latest news is that I’ll be releasing An Egg for Ansel (sequel to A Pebble for Lewis) on January 10th.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Amy: I’ve written since I was a kid. I sold my first poem when I was sixteen and my first short story when I was nineteen. I’ve worked for online news publications and been published in literary magazines under a different pen name.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Amy: I’m not sure. Pretty young.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Amy: I wrote my first romance because a friend suggested I try writing for the MM romance market after reading some of my slash fan fiction. It was just a fun experiment, and it ended up working out.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Amy: I came up with the title of The Accidental Everything while brainstorming with my wife.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Amy: I write in first person, present tense, and my style is pretty casual. I write MPreg (male pregnancy), and the hardest thing about MPreg is to maintain enough tension in the story after the characters get together so you can include the full pregnancy and the birth.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Amy: Well, my last book was about a penguin shifter and polar bear shifter who fall in love in Anchorage Alaska, so nothing. LOL. But sometimes I bring in elements of my life when I write my books. Many of my books explore gender variance and feminism, which is definitely inspired by my experience as a queer woman who grew up in a Mormon family.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Amy: I’ve done research trips to write a book before, but I don’t always.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Amy: I work with two designers mostly: Fantasia Frog and Charmaine Ross. Fantasia Frog did the covers for my books set in the world of Hero Manor, and Charmaine Ross designed the covers of my Nerds Who Knot series.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Amy: In general, I try to write love stories that communicate how unique romance is for every couple, and how important acceptance is. I also try to write sex-positive stories where queerness is normalized.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Amy: I love everything K.M. Neuhold writes. Her books are funny and well-written. Plus, I’m always a sucker for a tattooed protagonist.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Amy: My wife. I never could have done this without her support.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Amy: Yes. Currently, it’s my primary source of income.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Amy: My last book was A Pebble for Lewis, and I don’t think I’d change it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Amy: I learned that I could enjoy writing a fluffy story. I normally write angsty books, so that surprised me a little bit. I’d like to write more lower-angst books in the future.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Amy: I have no idea. I don’t think any MPreg books will be made into films anytime soon. LOL.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Amy: Learn how to handle criticism and feedback on your work before you get published.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Amy: Thank you. I honestly have the kindest readers. Some of them have been with me since the very beginning, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Amy: I scored an ARC of Unexpected by K.M. Neuhold, which I am devouring with relish. What a great read.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Amy: Probably something Dr. Seuss?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Amy: Everything. I cry at the drop of a hat. My wife is the one who makes me laugh. She’s a funny lady.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Amy: I’d love to meet Michelle Obama. She’s such an incredible person.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Amy: I love to bake.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Amy: I’ve been obsessed with Skam lately. I blame Neve Wilder. She suggested it. The Belgium version is my favorite so far.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Amy: I like most food. It’s a problem. But I’m especially fond of chocolate. My favorite color is blue, and lately I’ve been listening to the Skam playlist on Spotify (I warned you that I’m obsessed).
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Amy: The idea of giving up writing breaks my heart a little. I can’t imagine it. I’d probably return to librarianship full time.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Amy: With my daughter baking and, ahem, other things with my wife.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Amy: Oh, I don’t know. Probably “Love is a verb.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amy: Yep. https://www.amybellows.com/
Amazon Author page USA https://www.amazon.com/Amy-Bellows/e/B07N1VF7JG