A Spell for a Duke is out today! Amy was kind enough to answer some questions for us.
You can get your copy of this delightfully spooky historical romance HERE!
What are your favorite kind of characters to write? Do you have a specific trope that you’re drawn too? My favorite trope is Enemy to Lovers, hands down. I love the inherent tension in that one.
Where is your favorite place to write? Does it change depending on where you are in the process? My favorite place to write is on my back porch when the weather permits; otherwise, I’m in my office. Sometimes, if I have a friend over for brainstorming, I write at the kitchen table.
Which comes first for you: the plot or the characters? The characters, definitely.
Do you know where the story is going before you begin, or does it come to you as you write? Do scenes come to you fully formed or are you as surprised as the reader? I write my blurbs first, but otherwise, the story unfolds while I write. I wish I could plot it all out upfront, but my brain just doesn’t seem to work that way.
Does your writing process include any kind of ritual? Story specific playlists, tea, or candles, for example? I do have some candle rituals and oils I put on before I write, to open my creativity. I also create a playlist for whatever book I’m working on and play it every time I write.
Do you write better in the morning or evening? How do you handle the distractions of working from home, especially if you’re sharing the space with others? I write better in the evening, and edit better in the morning. I have to admit, I struggle to ignore the distractions of being at home. There’s always something that needs to be done, tempting me away from my desk. I’m working on it… LOL I’m a work in progress.
When it’s difficult to physically travel, how do you find ways to escape? I read romance every single day and sometimes, I play games on my iPad, particularly jigsaw puzzles and coloring apps…low stress stuff.
From all your books, who is your favorite hero and why? My favorite hero is Lachlan MacKeane from A Spell for a Duke…because he supports Josie just being herself. He’s competent, which is always sexy, but most importantly, he respects Josie’s capabilities.
What do you like to read when you’re not reading in your genre? I have been reading a lot of contemporary romance of late, particularly LGTBQ romance. I don’t often read outside of the romance genre because when I do read, it’s usually to escape the stressors of life…what better way to do that than to read a book with a guaranteed HEA?