Amy Green, Novelist and Her Book Give-away

Please welcome Amy Green, awesome author, and join me in being HER FAN.

I met Amy at the Write-to-Publish conference this summer before she left for her internship with Focus on the Family in CO, and she promised to share her internship experience with me and you in an interview when she returned to Indiana. And she didn’t forget!  Here’s a little about Amy:

Amy is a senior at Taylor University majoring in their professional writing program. As an intern this summer her job included editing non-fiction books.

Amy said, “Content editing was a stronger area for me—reading the material and making suggestions about flow, organization, tone, and “bigger picture” things like that, as opposed to doing the nitty-gritting details like fixing grammar (although I got to be pretty good at that too by the end of two months). I also helped edit children’s fiction, more specifically one of the books in the Imagination Station series. That was probably my favorite part—fact-checking details about World War Two uniforms, pointing out and fixing plot flaws, and learning how to typeset.

“As a writer, seeing manuscripts from the other side of the desk was fascinating. I experienced first-hand the stress it causes for the whole team when a writer misses a deadline or turns in a manuscript that they clearly hadn’t gone over themselves…or even run a spell check!

“One of the marketing guys at Focus, Brock Eastman, who’s also a writer, would pop into my cubicle from time to time and throw out a random bit of marketing advice or trend in publishing. He knew I had also published books but had no idea what I was doing on the marketing side. That’s what I’m going to be focusing on next: marketing and social media.”

If you would like more information about an internship on Focus on the Family visit their FB by here. Or apply at their website here.

What do you like to write, Amy?

I’ve written two Christian fantasy books, published with Warner Press in 2011 (with two more on the way soon). The first book, Quest for the Scorpion’s Jewel is the story of Jesse, a crippled teenager, who joins an elite group of young people and journeys through the desert to complete a dangerous mission for the king. In the second book, Escape from Riddler’s Pass, Jesse and his friends have to rescue their squad captain from the Rebellion prison deep in a maze-like cave.

Over the past three years, I’ve also written short devotional pieces for Evangel, Vista, The Secret Place, and teen magazine Devozine, as well as articles and reviews for Church Libraries and Christian Communicator, a short story in Clubhouse Magazine, and one-act sketches for Plays Magazine and the Lillenas Christmas Program Builder. I also contributed to the 2011 Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul.

I wrote Quest for the Scorpion’s Jewel when I was seventeen, and the first script I wrote for Plays Magazine was an assignment for my junior-year high school creative writing class.

I could probably write for kids and teens for the rest of my life. I just love teenage characters, because they’re so much more interesting than adults (in some ways, at least). In the fiction I write, the parts I enjoy most are action (making things blow up) and dialogue (making people laugh, think, and connect with characters).

Right now I’m working on a science fiction novel, the first one of that genre I’ve ever attempted. It’s in first-person, and I love my narrator, so that makes it a lot easier to keep going, one chapter at a time.

When I need to break up a longer project, I really enjoy writing children’s one-act plays. I read Plays Magazine when I was in jr. high, and getting to write for them now is a lot of fun. Those dramas don’t have to be serious at all—I can just take a crazy what-if (“What if Cupid had an evil twin?” “What if a chemistry grad accidentally applied for a position as an assistant to a mad scientist?”) and run with it.

What advice can you give teen writers that might help them on their writing  journey?

Contrary to popular myth, writing needs to be a team sport. It can be tempting to be the sterotypical writer-hermit: pour your heart out on the page, but never let anyone read what you’ve written. (Or, the opposite: brag about what you’ve written to everyone who’s still patient enough to listen.) But good writers seek out good editors—then they take the feedback they get and make their writing better. I’ve probably learned more from my fellow writers than I have from all of my writing classes and seminars.

Amy would love to talk to anyone interested in learning more about Taylor University’s writing program or her internship. Friend her at her FB page here.

If you would like to win a copy of Amy’s book, Scoprion’s Jewel, or a book from the Chicken Soup for the Teenager collection please leave a comment below.

Stop by tomorrow when Amy is our guest author. She’ll give her expert advice on writing SHORT STORIES.

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Comments

  1. Awesome young woman and content. From everything I hear I think Taylor’s must be the best creative-writing univ. going.

  2. Wonderful writing content here! Excited to hear about how Amy’s journey continues. Way to go, Amy!

    • Thanks for encouraging Amy, Michelle, and for taking a few minutes to stop by this week. How’s your writing life going? I need to read your “conference” posts and put them at Random’s FB page. I’m sure they’re helpful. I’m not going to ACFW this year, but next year I will, for sure! (I live a few hours from Indy–which is where it’s supposed to be in 2013–so there’s not excuse not to.)

  3. Emily says:

    Totally agree. My writer’s group has helped me so much more than any class ever will. It’s so great you’ve found an internship like that! Limited ways to do that in Australia but I wish you luck with yours. Keep on writing 🙂

    • Hi Emily! You’re lucky you have a writer’s group. Some writers aren’t connected to one and others are but aren’t encouraged by them. It does make a difference. Thanks for stopping by to comment today. See you again soon.
      M

  4. Brenda says:

    My daughter is 12 and enjoys writing novels. She recently read Miss. Green’s books and is inspired to see how young she is. She has been hoping that there will be more in the series, and was looking for a way to connect with this author.
    Good interview.

    • Hi Brenda!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’ll let Amy know your daughter would like to connect with her. What’s your daughter’s name?
      She could always FRIEND her at FB or leave her a message there. (But maybe she isn’t at FB yet?) I’ll give Amy your email address and have her contact you. Would that work? Have your daughter visit some of these other websites for teens too:
      http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/
      http://writerlaurenclaire.wordpress.com/
      Teens Can Write Too is currently having a pitch contest. Agents will actually read young writer’s work. Have her check it out.
      Also, I’m always looking for teens to share an excerpt of their writing here. Would your daughter be interested in being featured on my FAN FRIDAY where other writers become a fan of the teen for a day? Please let me know!
      Michelle

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