Dear Readers I am pleased as punch to present author A.M. Wells to you a few days before her debut release of Susannaís Heart. Youíve seen her work in other areas now for sometime. Sheís the one person who told me the truth: that I had went overboard on the things I was including on my website. But, sheís the only person who offered to help.
She maintains Adam Omegaís website as well as being the creator for his trailers. Sheís produced book trailers for Lisa G. Riley and for the group of authors who came together to write Destination Romance in order to give all of the proceeds to charity.
Now A.M. has struck out in another area, that of writer. Let me tell you, sheís GOOD. So, A. M. Wells, youíre on. Tell us a little something about yourself please.
A. M. Wells: I was born by the river in a little old shack. No seriously, in my real life Iím called by many names, some of them not so nice. All depends, on who you ask. But as A.M. Wells, I am a writer of contemporary fiction with romantic elements that feature interracial charters and relationships.
Dyanne: I do love your sense of humor. Tell us about your debut book, Susannaís Heart.
A.M. Wells: Dyanne, Iím very excited because this is my first published work. The story is about a young woman, Susanna Moore, who decides to take back control of her life after her sisterís betrayal. She leaves her home in Illinois and takes refuge in a cabin in the fictional North Georgia mountain town of Benton to heal her broken heart. There she encounters Noah Weber who literally knocks her off her feet.
Noah also knows the pain of heartache. He vowed to never involve his heart again in a relationship. However he finds himself instantly attracted to Susanna, which to his amazement is mutual.
The storyís basic premise is thisócan two people who meet and fall in instant lust, let go of past hurts to find their happily ever after.
Though this is a short story, my sincere hope is that the reader will come away after reading the final line satisfied with the fruits of my labor.
Dyanne: I have no doubt that the readers will be pleased. How did you get started as a writer?
A.M. Wells: ďYou wanna run that by me again.Ē
That, Dyanne, is the first thought I ever typed and began my journey as a writer. However, in all my years as an avid reader, I never once considered myself to be a writer. Until someone, you, Dyanne Davis, pointed it out to me and insisted that I must write something. What could I do? The challenge issued, I heeded the call and three years later here I am.
I cannot say this often enough how much knowing you made a difference in my life. Iím sure I speak for many whom youíve inspired and encourage along the way. Thank you.
Dyanne: Your check is in the mail for those comments. (LOL). Seriously, you are a writer, a very gifted one. If I had any part in making you realize that, then I humbly thank you for thanking me. Lest you forget, youíve also enriched my life. Enough mush. (G) Now back to you. What does a typical day look like for you?
A.M. Wells: A typical writing day consist of one hour each morning before I do anything else, Iím up at four, butt planted in chair, fingers on keyboard. Even if I only type one line or paragraph, I count that as a step toward accomplishing my goal. I also spend my weekends in between housework, writing. Considering I work a forty plus hour a week job and Iím active in my church, this is not always easy to do. However, as a writer I feel that it is important for me to discipline myself. I also feel that if I am to be a writer then I must make the time to horn my craft.
Dyanne: Well said. Describe your desk/workspace.
A.M. Wells: Iíve become a bit more organized over the last few months, so my desk is not as cluttered as it once was. Printouts of manuscripts have been organized, filed according to date started, character notes and plotlines. I also have backup copies of all my stories stored on an external hard drive, CDís, and flash drives.
Word of advice always backup your backups. I know that there are services that provide offsite data storage. But donít depend on that as a sole means of storing work that if lost can never be replaced.
Dyanne: Considering Iíve had a computer crash in recent months and two viruses in the past month that took down my most used computer, youíre preaching to the choir. Can you tell us a little about your favorite book, (especially for writers)?
A.M. Wells: The King James Bible, seriously Iíve found it a great resource when looking for inspiration to fuel my writerís muse. Youíve got skin, sin, murder, deception, greed, debauchery, and thatís only within the first book, Genesis.
Dyanne: Do you know Iíve given that same answer. I so agree with you. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you.
A.M. Wells: Iíll give you one. Sometimes when Iím plotting a new story idea I have these episodes wherein my mind I see the story clearly and begin to speak the dialogue out loud. I never know where or when this will happen and Iíve yet to figure out how to control it.
Dyanne: Do have a favorite quote.
A.M. Wells: I have three:
"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." Satchel Page
ĒThis above all: to thine ownself be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.Ē Shakespeare-Hamlet
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs: 3:5-6 KJV
Dyanne: What have you found so far to be the best and worst part of being a writer?
A.M. Wells: The best part is when your muse is talking a mile a minute, the writing flows onto the page and the story comes together not only in your head but on the page as well.
Now the worst is when the writing well is dry. This usually happens to me when Iím dealing with issues in my real life. What gets me back on track is adhering to my routine. I stick to my schedule of up before dawn, booting up the laptop and prayer, lots of prayers that my muse will soon be with me once again.
Dyanne: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A.M. Wells: Join a critique group. Donít take not so positive feedback as a personal insult, learn to listen. Be open to change, donít get attached to every word you write.
Never, ever, under any circumstance give up on your dream. Write, write, write, and did I mention write, why because duh, youíre a writer and thatís what we do. Write.
Dyanne: A.M. tell us a story about your writing experience.
A.M. Wells: The first time I shared with someone that Iím a writer, there reaction was to snort, sniggle, then ask, ďWhat do you mean, like Nora Roberts.Ē
ďNo,Ē Pointing to myself, I replied, ďLike, me, A.M. Wells.Ē
To which they in turn replied, ďWho?Ē
Dyanne: I think just reading this interview and hearing your feisty tone readers will be able to tell theyíre in for a treat with Susannaís Heart. Last thing, where can readers buy your book, visit your Web site, blog, etc?
A.M. Wells: You can purchase a copy my debut release at: http://redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=321&products_id=780.
And please donít be shy, visit my blog, www.amwells.blogspot.com, or drop me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, Iíd love to hear from both readers and fellow writers.
Dyanne: Thank you for being in this monthís authorís spotlight. I canít wait until May 13th. I will be the first to purchase Susannaís Heart. I wish you much success in all that you do.