Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sensational 7 Q & A with Amy Brecount White!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson


Amy Brecount White has taught English literature and writing to middle school and high school students. She has written numerous articles and essays for publications such as the Washington Post, but Forget-Her-Nots is her first novel. She can often be found in her garden and gives flowers to her friends and family whenever she can, though none have had magical effects—yet. Amy Brecount White lives with her family in Arlington, Virginia. Forget-Her-Nots is scheduled for release March 2, 2010.

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
That would depend on which social class I could be and which sex. Some people had really tough lives, especially the women, but I wouldn't want to be a man. It would be fun to be an upper class woman in Regency England and go to balls. It would be great to be one of those strong, creative women spy-types in the American Revolution who helped to overthrow the Redcoats, too.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Delightful, magical, moving, poetic, fun, and romantic.

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
Favorite book is Persuasion by Jane Austen or Graceling by Kristin Cashore. And I have two fictional crushes (that I didn't write myself): Nat in The WItch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth Speare) and Wes in The Truth about Forever (Sarah Dessen.) Love 'em!

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
It would be great fun to be Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, and I wouldn't mind being married to Mr. Darcy or being mistress of Pemberley. I'd have amazing gardens!

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you / Why?
Definitely Drew Barrymore. I think she's had a fascinating career and that she's a thoughtful woman and fun to watch. I loved the movie EVER AFTER -- her take on Cinderella! See it if you haven't! She has a movie company too, so if she ever wanted to do FORGET-HER-NOTS ....

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
A Perennial Bloomer. A perennial flower may take awhile to establish its roots, but keeps coming back year after year and can bloom more beautifully with the passage of time. It took me awhile to get all the lovely words just right in FORGET-HER-NOTS, but I hope it will continue to bloom for many readers.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
Hectic, beautiful (as in full of beauty), fulfilling, surprising, fun, focused, and energetic!


Bonus:

**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**

I'm working on a new novel called STRING THEORIES that has nothing to do with flowers. But I do hope to write a companion novel to FHN one of these years ....

Thanks so much for having me, Tina!

Thanks Amy for stopping by!

For more information about Amy Brecount White and her books, please visit her website here.


As part of Amy's Spread the Flower Love Blog Tour, I've chosen to represent Wisteria.
These flowers symbolize playfulness and adventure. I love what this flower symbolizes as it relates to my personality. People tell me that I'm always laughing or cracking jokes about something. I love love adventure. When I was younger you could always catch me in la la land. Everyday was an adventure for me and my sister where we would go hiking or trying out new stunts (dangerous now that I reflect on it). Nowadays, I tend to live out my adventures through reading.

24 comments :

  1. Great interview and questions. I love Drew B. too.

    I am very excited to read this book, just in time for Spring!

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  2. Great Q & A! I love Wisteria flowers! They are lovely!

    I look forward to reading both books!

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  3. Great interview. I've been meaning to read Persuasion by Jane Austen for a while now: it's in my pile of books-to-be-read.

    I agree with her answer to traveling back in time: going to balls would be awesome! And dressing up in those ridiculous dresses! I would have a lot of fun with those, except the corset doesn't sound so fun...

    -Kelsey
    krae991@yahoo.com

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  4. Awesome interview. I enjoyed reading it! I too love
    Wes in The Truth about Forever and
    I love Drew Barrymore, she is definitely
    a great actress! =)

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  5. Drew Barrymore! What a fun choice!
    And she's so right - where you go back to in time totally has to depend on your class and your sex. There are some places where it would be BAD to arrive just being you.

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  6. I would defiantly pick Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice to be, too. And I also love The Truth About Forever and Pursuasion by Jane Austen. Great Interview. It was fun to learn more about Amy Brcount White.

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  7. I love Drew Barrymore! Great choice!

    ~smooches~
    Jase
    vslavetopassionv(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. P&P is in my TBR-- I've heard so much about it, time to suck it up and stop avoiding the classics. High school is long gone ;)

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  9. Oh my gosh, wouldn't it be awesome if Drew barrymore did Forget Her nots?!?! I love her and I love the movie Ever After too!! Great interview! :]

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  10. I just love spring and seeing the bulbs poke their heads out of the ground and the buds open into amazing flowers.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

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  11. Who wouldn't want to be Elizabeth Bennet, really? There must someone, but I've yet to meet them! I enjoyed this interview: Amy Brecount seems like such a friendly, down-to-earth person. =]

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  12. Great interview! Amy Brecount sounds like a person I'd love to know!

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  13. So many authors mention Pride and Prejudice! I guess most female writers really look up to one of the greatest feminine writers of all time. Who doesn't love Jane Austen?

    Anyways, great interview!

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  14. I totally agree that when I would choose to travel back in time would depend on what sex I am as well! It is a huge factor in the whole which era would I like to live in question!

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  15. There goes another Pride and Prejudice reference. Gosh, I have got to read about this Mr. Darcy.

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  16. I also adore Jane Austen and Drew Barrymore (after E.T.). They're both...well, classics. XD

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  17. I love Jane Austen too, it's such a classic. Definately a fan of Drew Barrymore. There's much to agree with Amy. Wes in The Truth about Forever actually made me love the book. Etc. etc.

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  18. Great interview. Very interesting. Thanks!!

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  19. I love flowers too. Interesting that the author likes to be in her garden and both her books are flower related.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  20. I can't wait to read this book!

    crazypplrok@gmail.com

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  21. Thanks for the great interview! I love flowers & like to know what each one means.

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  22. Great interview! I liked the interesting questions you asked. It was fun learning more about Ms. White.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  23. Let me just say I love your 7 questions for your Sensation 7 Interviews. They're original without being over-the-top and so we get to see some of the personality/humor of each author. : D

    And let me just say that Amy Brecount White is right: Elizabeth Bennet is the fictional character to be. Darcy? Pemberly? And enough spunk to not be overthrown by the mores of the time. Oh, yeah.

    Thanks for the interview!

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