Feb 272013

My interview today is with A.M. Hargrove, author of several series, both YA and Adult. Once you’ve read her interview, be sure to stop by her blog to check out the giveaway she is hosting as part of Indie Author Month.

What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
It’s writing the beginning. Once I do that, I’m off and running and the book simply seems to flow. Then the second most difficult part is picking a spot to end the book.

What inspired you to become a writer?
I’d always wanted to write a book…always. But I got caught up in the corporate world and the time wasn’t there. I just couldn’t squeeze it out of a 60 hour work week, family and everything else and keep my sanity. Then one day, the company I worked for was bought out by a larger one and my job was eliminated so I thought, here’s my chance. So I made this huge career change and I believe it was the best decision I ever made.

What are your thoughts on ebooks? (i.e. love them, hate them, wave of the future)
I don’t know what I would do without my iPad. I LOVE ebooks. I don’t know how I ever lived without them. I haven’t read a print book since I got my iPad. I ordered it when they announced them way back when (I still have the original). Now that I’m writing so much though, I don’t read nearly as many books as I’d like.

Do you read reviews written about your book?
Oh sure. I always read the reviews. Some of them are quite entertaining.

How do you deal with negative reviews?
It depends. The ones that have merit, I really consider what the writer says. I’m still new at all of this and want to be a sponge. When I read a negative review that has good intentions, I soak it up as a learning experience. Then there are those that are ridiculously rude and I ignore them. I consider the person that wrote them as rude as well. I guess they don’t understand the hard work that goes into writing a book. Yes, authors make a ton of mistakes along the way and that’s why we look toward reviews to help us, not ridicule us. I had a one star review from someone once simply because the person felt like the book needed one since there weren’t any up there yet. That’s the kind of craziness that’s out there. So, you have to ignore a lot of stuff and sift through the crap just to get to the meaningful things that can actually teach you something.

Did you base any of the characters on real people?
All of my characters have bits and pieces of people I know. They aren’t based entirely on one individual, but a composite of different people. It’s funny too, because I always have friends and family guessing at who they are a combination of. Then there are characters that are totally made up, for example, I had a serial killer in one book. I had to make him up since I don’t know any serial killers, lol!

Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around?
I start at page 1 and move forward. I am a true pantser and don’t plot or outline. I have a basic idea of the book in my head when I start, but usually when I start writing, a totally different story emerges. I love to see what I come up with in the end. I’m always surprised!

What input, if any, did you have in the cover design?
I’ve done it both ways–hired someone and done my own covers and ironically, the covers I’ve designed myself have been the best selling books. So go figure!

Which of your characters is your favourite?
I love all my guys…they’re pretty hot and sexy! 😉

A.M. HargroveAbout A.M. Hargrove
Links: Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro
and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.

Boss: Hello
A.M.: Boss, is that you?
Boss: Why yes, A. M., who else would be answering my phone?
A.M.: Er… right. Well, I’m calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate.
Boss: Why ever would I want to do that?
A.M.: Because I quit!

A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.

A.M.: Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?
Hubs: Sure… Having some car trouble?
A.M.: Not at all. I don’t have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job.
Hubs: WHAT?!
A.M.: It’s time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist.

So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance Author. Her novels include The Guardians of Vesturon Series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and the soon to be released reEmergent), Dark Waltz, Edge of Disaster and Shattered Edge.

SurvivalSurvival (The Guardians of Vesturon #1) by A.M. Hargrove
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads

“Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality.”

While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places.

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