I grew up partly in California viewing mountains outside my window, and then Florida under the warm sun. After graduating UCF in Creative Writing, I traveled extensively in Asia for eight years.
I began writing THE PARANORMAL novels in 2009, and the ENTER TOMORROW dystopian novels in 2014 (though released in 2017).
I have a Thai Siamese from Thailand named Lotus, and a Tabby from the orphanage named Ash. Both show up in Exotiqa and Quantum State, and the upcoming Electric Gardens.
When not writing, I love reading books from Kindle Unlimited, cooking vegetarian dishes, watching movies, gardening, and spending time with friends.
This interview will be posted in the January 1st 2018 edition of Firesmith’s Speculative Fiction Newsletter.
- Don Firesmith: How long have you been writing?Ami Blackwelder: I have been writing all my life, but professional on Kindle/Amazon as an indie author, since 2010.
- Don: What motivates you to write? Ami: I have so many stories in my head, but am mostly motivated by what our world will become and how I can make that matter to the young people.
- Don: What is the best thing about being an author? What is the worst thing?Ami: The world I get to create, the stories I tell myself. I can indulge in them all my own, or chose to share them. The worst thing is pouring my heart and soul into something and having it go unnoticed.
- Don: How can people find out more about you and your books? What is your official author website? What are your social media author webpages?Ami: http://MBlackDystopianThrillers.blogspot.com
- Don: Who are your favorite authors and why?Ami: Gosh, I love Jane Austen and Suzanne Collins. I love the realities they both deal with, but in very different ways.
- Don: What are some of your favorite books by other authors and why?Ami: Hunger Games, Divergent.
- Don: How many books do you usually read each month and what are their genres?Ami: Typically four per month at least on Kindle Unlimited. Genre” Dystopia, post-apocalyptic, SFF, SyFy, Fantasy, PNR, Urban, Steampunk is what I like.
- Don: Are you a full-time author? If you have another job, what is it and would you like to become a full-time author if you could?Ami: I used to be a teacher for 20 years. I am now helping the deaf and hard of hearing. I write on my days off. Would I like to be a full time writer, meaning to live financially off my writing? Hell, yea! 🙂
- Don: What are your hobbies?Ami: TV, movies, beach, walks, cats, cooking, reading, talking to friends on phone and giving advice. 🙂
- Don: How supportive are your family when it comes to the time you spend as an author?Ami: I think they would consider themselves supportive, but few have read much of what I do. They don’t really know the business, so it is hard to be supportive in a practical way. Though, they do try to be encouraging sometimes verbally.