Some of you may recall that I reviewed and fell in love with a book called Die For Me by Amy Plum back in March. (Click here for my review) I have been lucky enough to have obtained ARCs of this amazing book and to do a great interview with Amy as well. I'm going to do a 2 part series of the interview, since I asked her far too many questions, which she was wonderful enough to answer all of and I want you all to be able to read the whole thing!
Check in at the bottom for the opportunity to enter for a chance at an ARC and autographed bookmark from Amy Plum!
During the first interview we're going to learn a little more about this amazing author and about what it was like to write Die For Me.
Amy Plum grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she finally traded a tiny apartment in Brooklyn for a rambling farmhouse in a village of 1300 people in the French countryside. She lives there with her French husband, two young children and big red dog Ella, and spends her time writing in a tiny ancient stone house in her garden.
Questions on Amy Plum:
MMSAI: Amy can you tell us something about you that we may not learn by reading your bio on your website.
AP: I hate trying on clothes in stores. It makes me feel claustrophobic. If I know what size I wear in a certain brand, I'd much rather order it on the internet.
MMSAI: Who are some of your favorite authors?
AP: Some authors I like multiple books by and won’t hesitate to re-read: Barbara Kingsolver. Neil Gaiman. Eudora Welty. Mark Helprin
MMSAI:What do you do to unwind/relax?
AP: Read in the tub. Lots of bubbles. And a candle or two.
MMSAI: When you were a child, what did you aspire to be when you grew up?
AP: I had so many things I wanted to be: writer was always a top pick but I also had astronaut and librarian on my list
MMSAI: Tell us your latest News:
AP: Let’s see...at the moment I’m waiting to get my changes on D4M2* from my editor, and in the meantime am madly dashing about getting other things done, because I know that once I get the manuscript back I’ll have a month to do my edits! (*Die For Me 2)
Questions on Writing Die For Me & Writing in General:
MMSAI: What made you want to write a YA Paranormal Romance series?
AP: I had written a memoir-style book that hadn't sold, and felt like doing something in a completely different genre. I had just read the Twilight novels, and was so sucked into that story that I wanted more. But I wanted to do it my way, with my own monsters and on my own turf (Paris!). And I think it was a bit of a personal challenge to see if I could create a romance that swept me—the author—away. I had no idea that it would actually sell!
MMSAI:What was the biggest challenge you faced while writing Die For Me?
AP: Figuring out the revenants’ mythology. I didn’t plan it ahead of time, I just kind of let it evolve—answering my own questions about what they were as I wrote. I thought that would be more honest than plotting it out myself. Sometimes it really felt to me like they already existed and I was just uncovering their mythology. But I felt like I had to be open and receptive in order to be handed the puzzle pieces. There were only a couple of times where I actually had to make a decision in order for the rationale behind a “revenant rule” to work.
MMSAI: Is anything in Die For Me based on yours or someone you knows life
AP: Yes – lots of things are based on my own past. The main thing is that my mom died twelve years ago, and Kate’s emotions after her parents’ death were very similar to my own. And then there are all of the little things: I’ve been to a party at an underground club in Paris like Lucien’s. I like to zone out when I’m in a peaceful place like a museum or by the river. I spent a lot of time perusing the shops in the Village St. Paul when I lived down the street – in the apartment where I’ve placed Jules’s studio. Yes...a lot of the book is taken from my own experiences.
MMSAI: How long was Die For Me being written?
AP: Before Die For Me’s book deal, I worked for a few years an English professor in a French university. I waited until I had graded final exams, and then threw myself into the writing full-time. I finished the first draft at the end of summer break, so it took three months of solid writing
In our next and final installment of our interview with Amy Plum we will get her thoughts on the writing and publishing process and more importantly learn a lot more about her book Die For Me. Coming May 2nd! Watch for it!
Now for some fun stuff, who wants an ARC of Die For Me and an autographed bookmark to go along with it?
1 First Place Winner will get an ARC of Die For Me & an autographed bookmark
1 Runner up will win an autographed bookmark!
You're lucky because you’ll get an ARC with the original cover image on it! You may not think it's as amazing as the new one, but I love the original because it is "the book" like a page was torn right from it and put on the cover!
Contest runs until Tuesday April 26th 12:00 (noon) CST
stay tuned for winner
*please note to the winner that MMSAI will be on vacation from the 27th to the 4th of May and shipping of items won will bot happen until we return from our vacation.