Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hi! I’m Amey Zeigler. I think the hardest question for me to answer is where I am from. I grew up all over (Colorado, Alaska, Georgia, California, Arizona, Virginia, Utah) since my dad was in the Army. I’ve also lived in France and Switzerland and Missouri. For now, I hail from Austin, TX.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
When I was nine I wanted to be a writer. I loved to read. I admired authors and their ability to transport readers to a different world and live a new life. I wanted to inspire those emotions in others. I went to workshops, then took college classes, but really it wasn’t until about ten years ago when I told my husband I really wanted to write. He said sit down and write. So I sat and wrote a scene. I shared it with him. He said it was good. Keep going. From there, I started reading books on the craft and taking classes on how to write better. I wrote nearly two thousand words every day for about nine years before I felt like I was ready to submit and get published. Persistence is key to being a writer. Write and you’ll get better. Study the craft.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I’m working on a couple of exciting projects. The first one is a second book in the Baker’s Dozen series. It’s fun and twisty like the first one with the addition of one more hot guy. Also, finishing up some edits on a sweet romance novel I set in Switzerland, called Swiss Mishap. A fun story of a girl who went to Switzerland with a promise of an internship in Chocolate but there was a misunderstanding and she landed in Pet Care. With a hot boss of course. Then further down the line is a inspirational romance about a woman who fixes up a house and fixes the neighborhood and finds love. Then my last project I’m hoping to have in by the end of the year is a sweet coming-of-age college romance of Gabby the Goat Girl a late bloomer who tries to transform herself with the help of a 1960’s-era beauty book. Then next year is a mystery series set in Europe.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I love to read YA romances. I think they are fun. It’s like bubble gum for your brain. One of my favorite authors is Brandon Sanderson. My husband encouraged me to “expand my genre horizons” a bit. He writes Sci-fi and Fantasy which isn’t my favorite genre, but he is a master storyteller and he’s so prolific that he’s fun to keep up with. And his adult stuff is clean and there is always a twist. Watch for the twist. He gets me almost every time. And that’s hard to do. If you want to learn to be better, learn from him.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
One of the things I read early on when I decided to be a writer really helped me. I wish I could remember who said it, but basically this is what he or she said: good writing can be learned. You don’t have to have a ton a talent to be a writer. That gave me a lot of hope. Instead of wondering if I had enough talent to be a writer, I figured I could learn to be a writer and work for it. In fact, the 10,000 hour rule proved true. Talent can be earned. And the people who are talented and work hard, well, they are at the top of the best seller lists. So work hard, and it will come.
1.Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate? Dark or white chocolate
2. Alpha, beta, or both? Alpha
3. Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos? Tacos
4. Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops? Flip flops
5. Leather, lace, or silk? Lace
6. Cake, cookies, or crumpets? Cookies
Thank you for stopping by, Amey!