Thursday, March 18, 2010

Author Uncovered: Amy Brecount White

Hi guys! Today, I have Amy Brecount White, author of Forget-Her-Nots as part of the Spread the Flower Love blog tour! Here's a chance to get to know her!

Who is your favorite character from Forget-Her-Nots?
I love the main character, Laurel, of course. I don’t think you can’t write a whole novel without loving your MC. Rose, Laurel’s smart and snarky cousin, was very fun to write, and I hope she reappears in other novels.

What motivated you to write Forget-Her-Nots?
I’ve always wanted to write a novel, and I just reached a point in my life when I had to do it. I’d written short non-fiction pieces for newspapers and magazines, but I’d always dreamed of being a novelist.

The premise of Forget-Her-Nots seems really unique and interesting. What gave you the idea for it? It was a combination of factors, really. I’d seen a non-fiction book on the language of flowers and thought about writing an article on it. I also love gardening and flowers, and I find seeds to be one of the most hopeful things on the planet. When I went to hear the novelist Toni Morrison speak, she said, “Write the novel that only you can write.” I thought about that for a while, and then it all seemed to come together.

What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses as an author?
Hmm. One of my strengths, I think, is that I’ve had lots of life experiences. I’ve lost people I loved dearly, including my dad; I’ve been a teacher and a writer; I’ve traveled and had kids and loved a lot of people. Also, I truly love words, so I hope my writing is lyrical and lovely.
Weaknesses: I can get a little too caught up in my character’s head, especially in early drafts. I really love writing descriptive passages, but lots of teens would rather skip those for the action.

What's the most interesting thing a reader has ever said to you?
Great question! An early reader said this: “It’s not that I can’t put your book down, because I can. But when I put it down, I keep thinking about it.” For a lot of people, FHN won’t be a page-turner, but I do hope it’s a novel that stays with them. Lots of people have told me they’ll never look at flowers in quite the same way.

How is do you feel about being a 10'er?
Fantastic! I ADORE the Tenners. Everyone has been incredibly supportive and fun to hang out with. I can’t wait to meet them all in person. This weekend, I’ll be with Tenners Irene Latham and Jenn Hubbard at the Virginia Festival of the book in Charlottesville.

Book you've faked reading:
Ulysses by James Joyce. I love The Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, but I could never quite get through all of Ulysses.

Book you've bought for the cover:
I can’t recall ever buying one just for the cover. I always have to read the inside flap first and usually the author bio, too.

Book you're an evangelist for:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Such an amazing and important book.

Anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks so much for having me, Reggie! It’s been fun. =)

And for Amy's contest, here is the red Camilla! Doesn't it look pretty?!? Not only is it pretty, but it also means unpretending excellence! You guys have unpretending excellence!

Thanks to Amy for participating!

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Ellz March 18, 2010 at 4:21 AM  

Hi Amy. You must be tired after all this touring!! I really have to add The Book Theif to my wish list. Great interview.

Liz @ Cleverly Inked March 18, 2010 at 6:07 AM  

I loved that she has faked a read! Wonderful interview

donnas March 18, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

Great interview. I am really enjoying this book tour.

Sas March 18, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

That was really interesting. I actually haven't read the book, but people are raving about it so I really must get hold of a copy and take a look. :)

bianca_riot March 18, 2010 at 5:46 PM  

This book tour rules, love your interview! Thanks Amy and of course, Undercover Book Lover :)

Shy March 18, 2010 at 5:57 PM  

It is interesting to know that Amy loves to write descriptive passages. Personally, I love reading this kind of writing because it makes me able to feel the situation and understand the characters a lot better. But Amy is also right to say that YA readers tend to look for more action.

Lizzy March 19, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
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Lizzy March 19, 2010 at 12:33 AM  

Hopefully my first comment shows up, because I posted it too soon. I also wanted to say that I love the your header! I'm not sure how long ago you changed it, but it's awesome

Lizzy March 19, 2010 at 12:36 AM  

Ok, so I'm comment failing today. At the risk of looking a little crazy with the commenting, I also wrote: Great interview! It's nice to see an author describe their strengths and weaknesses. I think it's definitely going to allow me to appreciate the writing throughout the book a lot more.

Travis March 19, 2010 at 2:08 AM  

The Book Thief is one book that I've faked reading. I got about halfway through, but had to stop. I need to pick it back up again.

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