Thursday, November 30, 2006

Party Post 16: Amy Andrews

Hi. I'm Amy. I've been reading romance novels since I first snuck off with my mothers at the age of eleven - thank you to Charlotte Lamb and Anne Mather. With my sixth book, The Surgeon's Meant-To-Be Bride, on the shelf in December (UK), I still cant believe I'm ACTUALLY a contracted author.
When I'm not writing, I'm juggling. Two kids, a husband, part time night duty, volunteer ambulance work, school committees, chooks, dogs, general mummy stuff etc etc. I'm pretty damn good at it too. So if this writing gig doesn't work out, I'm leaving home and joining the circus. Seriously though, I cant remember a time I didn't have some plot or other, some character or other talking in my head. So it was either bow to that or admit to a psychosis and seek treatment. Thankfully, I chose writing :-)

I am truly blessed to be living the life of my dreams.

Hi. First up I'd like to take the opportunity to wish everyone an early Merry Xmas and fervently hope that you are more organised with your Xmas shopping than I am. Too many things to do before the end of the year, including another book - yikes!!! Plus three out of the four of us have December birthdays, so it's a very busy time at my house.

Here in sunny Queensland it's heating up nicely so looks like it'll be another scorcher. Thank god for the air-con. It's the only way to eat turkey and plum pudding in forty degree heat. My
entire extended family - aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins are all heading to a resort for three days over Xmas. Wall to wall air-con and a ten acre pool. No washing up and poolside cocktails - my kind of holiday.

So - Christmas come early? Well, it certainly will for me. My book, The Surgeon's Meant-To-Be Bride will hit shelves just before the jolly, fat man visits our houses.This is exciting for lots of reasons, not least of all because of my slightly narcissistic tendency of going into Kmart to just look at my book on the shelf. But mainly because I think this is my favourite of the ten medicals I've written. Why do I say this? Let me see - it was my first book accepted with no rewrites, it's very different in that the whole book covers just twenty-four hours (each chapter an hour of the day), I got to chop off legs and remove spleens and the h and h have sex in the first chapter!!!! Didn't think that would get through at all!!!

Prior to this if anyone asked, I always told them my favourite book was my very first one I ever wrote. Why? God knows it's perfectly awful. No, really, I kid you not. I pulled it out and looked at it not long ago thinking, maybe I could use it? Tweak it, polish it, it couldn't be that bad surely and it's another full MS, right? Wrong!! There is nothing redeemable about it at all. I can't believe I had the audacity to send it in!!! It's really, really bad. But regardless, it will always be up there amongst my favourites because it was the book that proved to me that I could do it. I could write an entire book. The day I wrote "the end" was the day I became a writer. And it's subsequent rejection was what spurred me on my writing journey because there's nothing more motivating than rejection. The day I received the form, thanks-but-no-thanks letter, was the day I became bloody minded. So I have a lot to thank that book for. Every. Single. Tragic. Word.

And Xmas is a time to be thankful and to spread some Xmas cheer. So, ho, ho, ho, I'm giving away 3 two-packs. Three lucky people will score copies of The Surgeons Meant-To-Be Bride and my previous release, Caring For His Child. But, you have to work for it. Yes, yes, mean Santa. Bwah ha ha ha ha ha.

The first three people who go to my website and answer these questions will be the winners. What is the name of Fran's puppy in "Caring For His Child"? In "The Surgeon's Meant-To-Be Bride" Harriet laments that of all the men in all the world she had to marry one that looked like a what? When you know the answer click on the "drop me a line" link on my homepage. When I have the three winners I'll announce it on the blog.

In the interim, I'd love to hear about your favourite book.

Good luck and Merry Xmas to you all.
Love Amy


Jennifer Y. said...

I have too many favorite books to name just one....I'll have to think about it.

This new book of yours sounds great!

Fiona Lowe said...

Amy, you and I share a few fave books....Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables to name two!

Emmy said...

I just want to say how great I think it is that you were able to talk about organ donation in one of your books. I am in the medical field and have made sure my family are all donors. One thing many people do not know is that you can donate skin, and how helpful it is to burn victims.
On a happier note have a great holiday and pick my email I want to read your books they sound great.
ho ho ho

Anna Campbell said...

Amy, happy Christmas to you! And congratulations on all your writing success. I really related to your comment about sneaking away with Anne Mathers when you were a young 'un! Me too! I had a whole box of her books under my bed and they were my secret stash of reading pleasure.

Annie West said...

Hi Amy,

Loved your post - especially the idea of Christmas with a huge pool, no washing up and poolside cocktails. One year...

As for favourite books - oh dear - there are too many. Like Fiona, Pride and Prejudice, plus stacks and stacks of marvellous category romances I've read over the years (I started with Anne Mather too), Mr Impossible by Loretta Chase, Lord of the Rings, almost anything by Mary Stewart and too many others to mention. I'm always finding new favourites - that's one of the things I love about reading romance!

Merry Christmas, Amy!


KimW said...

Thanks for sharing your story. Congrats on your upcoming release. That's great timing so you can enjoy the holiday.

KimW said...

oops, I forgot the favorite book part. It's so tough to name just one. I have a lot of them. I'm going to say Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught because that was the first romance I ever read.

Meljprincess said...

It would take forever to list all my favorite books but I will share one. THE CATSWOLD PORTAL by Shirley Rousseau Murphy.

Amy Andrews said...

Thanks for all your comments guys.
Fiona - love my Anne books. I'm reading them to my daughter now and getting to relive them all over again.
Thanks emmy for your coments about the organ donation theme in Caring For His Child. I try to make my books have a central medical theme and organ donation is close to my heart being a nurse also. Good point about skin - we have skin banks specificallly for donated skin and burns victims benefit many times over.
Thanks Anna and Annie for your Anne Mather stories - ahh, the guilty teenage pleasure of reading a book far beyond your sexual boundaries.
kimw - nice to know the first romance you read has stayed with you.
meljprincess - your book has an intriguing title. Do tell.

Anonymous said...

In romance hmmmm...there are so many but one series (I can't narrow it down more than that) I love is the Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas and for non romance books the Harry Potter series :)

Estella said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Amy.
My favorite book is Skye O'Malley by Bertrice small.

Little Lamb Lost said...

My favorite book is Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters.

Amy Andrews said...

Wow, what a varied bunch of books we have.
Have to agree with you Bonnnie about the Harry Potter books. I've only read the first 3 but was hooked from page one book one.
Thanks to Estella and Little lamb too for your choices.
I adore anything by Jennifer Crusie. I have about 12 of her titles in my bookshelf and when she comes to Oz next year for our RWAust conference I'm getting her to sign them all.
One of my favourite books ever is A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens.
I've also got Moby Dick on my TBR pile which I'm determined to read over the Xmas hols.

Joan said...

I love your web site and I love your books. Can wait to get one!
I have too many books and authors that I like to read just to pick one. I'm reader by heart.
Happy Holidays!!!

Amy Andrews said...

Thanks Joan for your lovely comments. Pleased you like the site.

Meljprincess said...

Shirley is most famous for her Joe Grey mysteries. Talking cats. They are fantastic books! However, THE CATSWOLD PORTAL is a fantasy. Please check out Shirley's site as it's wonderful too. If you like cats you'll love her books.
Shirley wrote to me years ago and the letter is one of my prized possessions.

Amy Andrews said...

Thanks for that melj - hopping over to that site now.