This week I’d like to welcome Amy Morse, who writes under the name Amy C Fitzjohn, and her book The Bronze Box to the Thursday Throng author hotseat. Amy is an author, enterprise coach and an entrepreneur – she obviously fits Guy Kawasaki’s model of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur very well indeed.
The Bronze Box is a novel that combines history and intrigue, travel guide and crime novel. It is a fast paced race to find an ancient bronze box which holds the key to secrets untold; and which, if they were to be told would undermine the security of the world in ways we can’t imagine. It is strong on action and the thriller style of writing means that readers are kept interested from the first page. It’s a great holiday read that will keep you entertained and most readers will be engaged with the story enough to overlook the writing errors that have crept in. I am looking forward to reading Amy’s next book.
The Amy Morse Interview
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
I’ve always been an open book, I’ve been called Wysiwyg before and there is a long standing joke that ‘TMI (too Much Information) is my USP (Unique Selling Point)’ so you don’t have to spend long with me to find out lots of wacky information. But there’s one thing I’ve never been able to do, try as I might, I just can’t whistle!
Are the names of your characters important to you?
Our names give us clues about who we are so a solid, appropriate name is really important for characterisation.
In my current series of books, I have a character who is a war hero.
He was a Monuments Man in WWII – The Monuments Men were sent in by the allies as part of an under resourced team of history geeks, curators, professors and experts with no combat experience to protect the cultural heritage of Europe.
George Clooney has recently starred in the film based on their true story. I read the book the film is based on as part of my research and my character, Frank Fitch, is an antiquities expert.
His name is special to me because he’s named after both of my Granddads. My Dad’s Dad was Frank Fitzjohn and was a navigator in the RAF and my mum’s dad was Albert Fitch – he fought in North Africa.
In all the books I’ve written, for some reason unknown to me, my hero is always called Tom – I guess it’s because I like the name, friendly but Masculine, and I’m also a cat person!
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
In my view, the most important thing is to write for passion and not for money.
If you do it for money, you’ll be endlessly disappointed.
In my day job, I work with start-up businesses and the same applies. Passion comes across and passion sells your product. In the case of writers, your book.
Follow your passions and the rewards will follow you.
What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?
I gave this one a lot of thought. It’s hard to find just one thing – I’m very easily entertained which means I’m rarely disappointed!
Living in Bulgaria, working the land, building things and discovering a new culture was amazing and I dream about doing it again. But if I had to choose one activity that was the best thing I’ve done, I would say swimming in Manatees in Florida. It was such a privilege to glimpse their world and witness such gentle and majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Awesome. I want to swim with Dolphins next.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I can sum this up in 4 words; History, Mystery and Incredible Stories
I love movies, and I love a movie with a meaty story and many layers.
I like to hear people’s stories and read about them. But I like a story with escapism – soap opera style everyday stuff bores me to tears – I really hate chick Lit – but exotic locations, history, mysteries, conspiracies and adventure fascinate me.
The spark of inspiration for The Bronze Box came to me on a visit to the Varna Archaeological Museum. It fascinates me that there is so much hidden archaeology in Bulgaria and I though; ‘what if, something dangerous was dug up…’
Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?
I find Pinterest to be an invaluable resource while I’m writing. I’ve written a guest post about it for SocialMedia4Writers – http://bit.ly/1dE3P6X
I have a couple of boards set up for the book I’m currently working on, Solomon’s Secrets.
One of the boards is where I paste research links and images that I’m gathering as I’m writing (http://www.pinterest.com/amymorse184/solomons-secrets-research-links-and-images/)
The other is of actors who I imagine playing my main characters if the book was a movie. (http://www.pinterest.com/amymorse184/solomons-secrets-characters/)
By pasting images of Kate Winslet (who I see as Sasha Blake) and Clive Owen (who I see as Tom Sheridan) I find it easier to picture them in different scenes and with different expressions on their faces. I also hope that by imagining how they look and sound, this comes across in the dialogue.
Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?
I’d like to say wine – I think it was Stephen King who said ‘write drunk, edit sober’ – but the reality for me is; it’s a big steaming mug of tea. My favourite brand is Miles, lovely, tasty and refreshing and blended locally, in my home county of Somerset – although these days I consider myself a Bristolian – Bristol is much more my style than Somerset ever was.
Where can you find out more about Amy and her book
You can find Amy’s book in Kindle format on:
You can meet her in a number of places online including:
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/TomCatDesigns
- Blog: http://ideaism.blogspot.co.uk/
- Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/amymorse184
- Website: www.amymorse.co.uk
- Google plus author page: https://plus.google.com/b/114227907767531944562/114227907767531944562/about?hl=en-GB
Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?
These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.
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