Saturday, February 27, 2010

Interview with Amy Brecount White

As part of her blog tour to promote her upcoming release

(to be released March 10, 2010), Reading Rocks interviewed

Along with the blog tour, Amy is also hosting a rather interesting contest, details here, that I insist you all check out. In it, readers should follow the blog tour to "collect" virtual flowers that each host has selected for followers to gain additional entries. The prices include signed copies of the book, iTunes giftcards, and a book on the language of flowers.

Reading Rocks has decided to give our followers pansies, which symbolize thoughts, because our follower's valuable input keeps our spirits and our site alive, and our exchange of ideas is the most valuable thing to this online society of which we are all a part.

Interested? Watch for:

When someone leaves three mystery flowers outside her dorm door,Laurel thinks that maybe the Avondale School isn’t so awful after all — until her own body starts to freak out. In the middle of her English presentation on the Victorian Language of Flowers, strange words pop into her head, and her body seems to tingle and hum. Impulsively, Laurel gives the love bouquet she made to demonstrate the language to her spinster English teacher. When that teacher unexpectedly and immediately finds romance, Laurel suspects that something — something magical — is up. With her new friend, Kate, she sets out to discover the origins and breadth of her powers by experimenting on herself and others. But she can’t seem to find any living experts in the field of flower powers to guide her. And her bouquets don’t always do her bidding, especially when it comes to her own crush, Justin. Rumors about Laurel and her flowers fly across campus, and she’s soon besieged by requests from girls — both friends and enemies — who want their lives magically transformed — just in time for prom.
Read the first five chapters here!
Here's the trailer:

And here is the interview:

How do you think your frequent moving as a child affected your writing?

I think moving often made me a very observant person. I always had to be reading new situations, settings, and people and then finding ways to adapt and fit in. Writers have to be very observant of the world around them and its nuances, so I think that really helped my skills.

What does it mean to major in "Great Books" and why did you make this choice?

Great Books is a specific program that started at the University of Chicago and focuses on a classical education. It's also an historically oriented and interdisciplinary approach. So, for example, if you study Ancient Greece, you study their history, philosophy, literature, mathematics, and science all at the same time. I thought it was cool, because it emphasizes how everything is very connected, and it was also very challenging. I think it's a fantastic education for a writer.

How has your teaching experiences affect you as a writer?

I have classroom scenes in FORGET-HER-NOTS and in my WIP, and I definitely drew on my teaching experience to write those. Also, I taught high school English, so I spent a lot of time with teens and focused on how best to appeal to their interests and concerns, but also be fun and interesting. I hope I do that in my novels, too.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

Partly just because I could. I love reading and words, so I kept challenging myself to try to do different types of writing -- from college type literary analysis, to personal essays and feature stories for newspapers, to a novel.

Do you have any other passions, besides writing?

Definitely gardening. It's so rewarding to have things grow and bloom because you planted them. I find seeds nearly miraculous. I also love hiking, long walks, roller blading, biking -- basically being outside. And, of course, reading novels.

What is one of your most amazing experiences as a writer?

I think simply completing a novel. Lots of people talk about writing one, but few people have the discipline it takes. And then you have to go back and revise so much, but I was amazed that it kept getting better and better.

What event in your life most inspired you to become a writer?

Having children. When I was pregnant with my oldest, I decided not to teach any more, but to devote myself to writing, because I could control my schedule better. I often wrote at 5 am before the kids woke up or at 9 pm after they went to bed. I also wanted to set an example of following my dream for my children.

What do you think is most unique about your writing?

I hope it's a balance between being literary and fun at the same time. I have a lot of life and reading experience that I'd love to share with my readers.

The title of your upcoming novel is interesting. Can you reveal the inspiration behind it?

My editors came up with it as a pun on forget-me-nots. I loved it right away, because the novel is partly about memories and wanting to make yourself memorable. I had thought about calling it Flowerspeak, but I think FORGET-HER-NOTS is catchier.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I'm working on a contemporary novel called STRING THEORIES that has nothing to do with flowers. I would love to revisit the world of FORGET-HER-NOTS in a companion novel, but I'm not sure what the future will bring. :-)


  1. Great interview. I love the fact that your greatest inspiration was to show your children to follow their dreams. That is wonderful.


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