My Interview Via Fiona Mcvie.
I was asked to do my first official online interview online via a blog https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/ owned by Fiona Mcvie… She is a very nice woman who interviews many authors. I am super excited about this. As well as humbled, nervous and encouraged about getting my story out there…☺️
The Blog interview has been published! I’m nervous…
Please Enjoy… Check it out there. 💕
I also want to share it here…
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.
Hello, I am Amy Jane Sandberg, Nice to meet you! Thank you for this awesome opportunity! I’m a writer and an indie published author. I joke about bleeding ink to my friends, because if I could I would always be writing. As my friend, Arthur pointed out I am one hundred percent unique and proud of it. I’m easy going, down to earth, annoyingly positive as some say, and always kind.
What is your age?
Amy Jane: Such a personal question for a lady. *giggles* I am Thirty-Seven. The only reason I am being open and honest is because I wasn’t supposed to live. Which is what my book “God Supplies and Miracles Happen” is all about. You could say my age is a testament to that.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Amy Jane: I was born in the Northwest United States. Yet, I grew up in Florida. I lived there until NASA ended the Space Shuttle program and I moved back to the Northwest.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Amy Jane: I was born with a congenital heart defect ‘Truncus Arteriosus’. That limited my life in many ways. However, it did not stop me from getting a degree in International business and having various job experiences. Such as: Babysitter, Nanny, Hostess, CNA, Security Guard, Maid, Jewelry crafter, Bird Toymaker, Hamster breeder, Pet sitter, website builder and more. I have also been CEO at Sitters on Call and is still a CEO A Novel Life. LLC. I have wonderful supportive family and friends who keep me going and inspire me daily.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Amy Jane: Due to family health issues I have had to put my books to the side, I do work on them several times a week, but not as much as I would like to. My family is worth it though, they have always been there for me. Thus I will be there for them too. Besides that, I am planning on finishing at least one book this year. “Deeply Rooted in Him” and possibly some yet to be titled fictions. I hope to possibly be attending some book events next year.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Amy Jane: I have always had an imagination. Mix that with my love of writing and you get an endeavoring author. I started writing I guess I would say when I got my first diary, so age nine? Since then I have written short stories, poems, blogs, newsletter articles, letters, and books.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Amy Jane: I’ve considered myself a writer since I held my first pencil and wrote my first story. As for the title author… I think I would like to get some more books out there to feel comfortable with that title. although, I wonder if one can ever feel brave enough to call ones’ self that.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Amy Jane: I wanted to inspire others and make people smile with my imagination.(The book I published is not the first book I started writing. Unfortunately, I lost that many years ago.) The first book I published I was asked to write for a larger book with a collection of stories like mine from around the world. I said yes because my story is about love and survival. I wanted people not to give up hope. I felt that story was to short and I needed to elaborate and expand the details… Thus I wrote the book “God Supplies and Miracles Happen”.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Amy Jane: The title “God Supplies and Miracles Happen” was part of a sentence in the last chapter of the book. It really seemed to get the point of the story across. Simple, straight forward and to the point.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Amy Jane: I think everyone has their own writing style. For my non-fiction and faith books, I like to write as if I am talking to the reader. Because really that is the purpose of those books. As for my fictions to come – I wouldn’t know how to describe that. I just write from the heart and follow my characters stories with them.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Amy Jane: “God Supplies and Miracles Happen” is completely factual and a very short summary of my life. It is personal and was very hard to write. Yet, not as hard as the full story that I am currently working on. So please keep that in mind when you read it.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Amy Jane: Since I have been to many places already I would say no. Although I have only lived in a few states in the USA. I have had the pleasure of taking many road trips across the beautiful country exploring its spender and its silly quirks. Including the imaginative world, we authors tend to call home. Thus, I have plenty to go on.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Amy Jane: The first edition book cover I created myself. For the second edition, I had a hard time finding someone who would create a Faith-based cover for me. Then a fellow author and dear friend suggested Jay Jay of “JJDesignsCreations” at www.facebook.com/JJDesignsCreations. Jay Jay later told me that my book cover was her first book cover and since then she’s done may cover for various authors. I am pleased to say She joined my team and has been working with me on various projects since.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Amy Jane: That there is hope and you are never alone. That no matter what you suffer though you can survive it. You will be stronger for the trials of life. “You are a living miracle” I also hope that you find a connection with God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Know that you are loved. I would never force my faith on you. I believe it is a personal walk for everyone.
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 Jane: That’s a hard one. I love to read but I have been lacking in time. I can tell you the ones that left the largest impact in the past: C.S Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austin, and Louisa May Alcott. Currently: the ones who have touched my heart: Sherry Ficklin, Stephenie Meyer, Cindy Woodsmall, and Beth Wiseman, Leslie McAdam, Sarah Strohmeyer, and Max Lucado, and more I can’t remember the name of at this moment.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Amy Jane: The non-family people who believed in me the most when I was about to give up were the Voice actor’s. “Christine Cavanagh” who was a huge inspiration to me as a pen pal before she passed away. “Scott McNeil” who I met at a convention I worked, who encouraged me encouraged me throughout the whole event promising to buy my books. Then there is “JJ’s Design and Creations”, who I already mentioned. My Editor Sara Tassill and Jim Tobin writing Coach.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Amy Jane: Right now, it’s more a hobby and dream. However, I would love for it to become a career. That would be a dream come true.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Amy Jane: Nope, I already updated it from the first edition. I am really pleased with how it turned out.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Amy Jane: Yes, I learned my dad’s and family’s point of view on the whole situation which they had not told me before. I learned how hard it is to follow your dreams when there is so much going on against you and around you. I learned how amazing it feels to see that dream finally achieved. I learned the ins and outs of self-publishing along with the value of doing it yourself vs having a publisher.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Amy Jane: I would rather see the larger book with various points of view and more details of my life as I grew up. Full of events that I didn’t touch base on in “God Supplies and Miracles Happen”. (It’s a work in progress with no set title yet…) My editor thinks Amy Schumer would be perfect for the role. I kind of always thought I would like to see Amy Adams… I laugh at how they are both named Amy as well. That was not why I choose them though. I think they would both be a great choice. I really enjoy their acting skills.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Amy Jane: 1. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. If you want to write you have to be willing to put in the time necessary. 2. Don’t rush your work, if you’re not happy with it keep at it until you are. It’s your baby your project and it represents you. Readers can tell when a book is rushed. 3. Make sure you save money because it takes money to make money… Especially if you are self-publishing the book. 4. Last but not least, writers block… It helps to read through what you already wrote, but I found the only sure way to get through writer’s block is to keep writing… Write a letter, a sentence, or a silly note… Just write… I have a Facebook group for inspiring authors where we support each other called “Pens of love” if interested.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Amy Jane: Don’t ever give up on your dream whatever it is. Nothing in life worth having comes easy. The harder you work for something the more it means when you achieve it.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Amy Jane: I am reading several books right now and switch between them depending on my mood: “Losing Logan” by Sherry Ficklen; “Kingdom of Honor” by Tricia Copeland; “Genesis” by Kristie Cook; “The Cinderella Pact” by Sarah Stohmeyer; “The Enchantress” by James Maxwell; “Into Nothing” by BT Urruela; and “The Holy Bible – King James Version.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Amy Jane: Honestly no. However, the first books I do remember reading was “Fun with Dick and Jane” and the precious moments children’s Bible my parents got me.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Amy Jane: Oh my… This interview…. *Giggles* Seriously, too many things. I seem to be pretty emotional nowadays. I’m pretty empathetic and soft-hearted so I get easily moved. I tend to love books and programs on tv that make an effort to move your emotions and tell complex stories…
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Amy Jane: I would love to meet Amy Adams, she is really talented and inspiring. I think it would be really fun to be friends with her.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Amy Jane: I dabble in lots of things. I have been short on time, besides the obvious writing. I like to do 5D diamond paintings, adult coloring books, reading, traveling, and spending time with people in my life.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Amy Jane: I really like Marvel, DC, and other comic-based shows. Korean, Chinese, and Japanese dramas. I also like crime solving shows like NCIS, Mysteries of Laura, Diagnosis Murder, and Castle. I watch just about everything except horror. I have been hooked on the show called “Jane the Virgin” as of Late.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colors, music?
Amy Jane: You can never go wrong with tacos! I also love mac and cheese, grilled cheese, grilled chicken, most pasta, and steak… I don’t eat carbs much anymore though. I have always loved most colors, I tend to favor blue and green though. If you have to be technical my most favored is Rainforest blue the Crayola crayon…
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Amy Jane: Tell stories. I would probably be running A. Novel Life. LLC and helping others as I do now.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Amy Jane: With those I most loved just being together talking and just relaxing. People are important nothing else matters as much. That is my personal opinion after years of reflection.
Fiona: What do you want to be written on your headstone?
Amy Jane: “She changed the world with her heart.” John 10:10
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
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