Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sensational 7 Q & A with Amy Plum (Author of Die For Me)!

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 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. DIE FOR ME is her first published novel. Visit her online at www.amyplumbooks.com.


DIE FOR ME will be released May 10, 2011!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
If it were just for visiting, but not for staying, I would go back to the beginning of the 20th century to live on a homestead in Colorado with my great-grandmother Lydia Louella. She was a true pioneer woman raising her kids by herself as her husband travelled the area as a fencing salesman. She killed rattlesnakes with a garden hoe on bad days and made ice cream out of hail on good. I would love to have spent time learning about her life and survival and just kind of marvel about her strength. And then I’d pop right back to my time and have a hot bath and a soy latté and be very glad I live in the here-and-now.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Innocence delivers herself unto death.
Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
One of my all time favorite books is A Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. It is set in a mystical New York, and contains the type of magical realism that makes my imagination go wild. It was after reading that book in university that I began yearning for New York City, and when I finally lived there years later, it lived up to every expectation.

And fictional crushes go unquestionably to Mr. Darcy and Edward Cullen.

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
That’s hard, because most of my favorite characters are facing insurmountable odds. And at this point in my life, I feel like I’ve already done that. Several times.

So I think I will say Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I like her impetuousness, her sense of humor, her refusal to put up with unfairness, her inability to play games, her headstrong ways, and her inner strength in an era when those things were not considered attractive qualities. Her humanity strikes a deep chord with me.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
People say I look like Catherine Keener. Although she’s a little too laid back to play me. She could be hippy-me. Maybe Parker Posey. She’s just weird (in a good way) and quirky enough to be a pretty perfect match!


If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
Running with Hacksaws. Because scissors don’t quite do my childhood justice.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
creative manic restless impassioned adventurous affectionate quirky

Bonus:

**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
What’s next for me: WHO KNOWS? This publication thing is so new to me that I don’t even know what to expect. What I do know: I’m currently editing Die For Me 2, and can’t wait to jump into Book 3. I have a few other projects on the side, but haven’t completely dedicated myself to any of them. So we will see what develops!



Thanks for stopping by Amy!

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

18 comments:

  1. Loved the interview!!!Currently all bloggers are interviewing her,aren't they? I really liked the Q's you asked.When I get my first author to interview,I shall ask you for tips.Hehehe.Old follower stopping by.
    Mia
    http://bookaholic5.blogspot.com

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  2. Great interview. I didn't realize Amy lives in France. Her great-grandmother sounds awesome too.

    Love the cover for her book. It totally makes me want to read her book.

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  3. Great questions! I can't wait to read this one.

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  4. Love her Parker Posey choice! I think she is underrated actress! Fab interview!

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  5. What a great choice in Parker Posey. She's fab!

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  6. Great interview! If I could go back in time, I would definitely go back to the Victorian ages. I would love to wear those dresses!

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  7. If I didn't want to read it before your 7 words have convinced me! Thanks for the interview!

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  8. Thanks for the great interview! What an interesting time travel answer--most people want to go back to some extraordinary place/time, but I have to totally agree with Amy--back to ancestors all the way!

    Jessi @ Reading in the Corner

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  9. Great interview! I had no idea Amy lived in France--how awesome! :-)

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  10. She should write a book about her great grandmother! With magical realism! :)

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  11. Great interview been hearing alot about this book latley around the blogs! Can't wait to read it.

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  12. Great interview!!

    If you haven't read it yet, you are missing out. Stunning book in so many ways!!

    Michelle

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  13. I admire Elizabeth Bennett too! Thanks for the awesome interview!

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  14. Tehirah Hoosain (WillWontStop)May 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Awesome! Thanks for the awesome interview -- AS AL--A--WAYS!! (:

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  15. "Running With Hacksaws"..haha! That must have been some wild childhood.

    Great interview!

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  16. Love the Biography title! I can just picture a little girl running around with a hacksaw...lol

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  17. Such an interesting interview! Love the news about books 2 and 3!

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  18. I think Amy's description of herself is spot on. Just reading her words in Die For Me shows that.

    Great interview!

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