Thursday, December 17, 2015


A:  (Decked out in red, Angelica arrives at the office, singing off-key but exuberantly)  “Just hear those sleigh bells jinglin', ring ting tinglin' to….   Come on it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with yooooou….”

Z:  Someone is merry.

A:  No, my name is Angelica, remember?  Are you having another senior moment?

Z:  (Opens his mouth to explain but then notes the huge sleigh outside the window)  What is that?

A:  Oh, our ride to our interview with Amy McKinley.  Her book HIDDEN was just released November 2, 2015 by CBG!

Z:  Seriously.

A:  Yes, and I heard our friends Tattle and Wrye are going to review it very soon!

Z:  I meant the sleigh.

A:  (Grins)  That’s what being merry is being all about!  Gotcha!

(The two arrive on Amy’s roof, and appear in her kitchen, decorate the table with festive spirit, adding Reindeer mugs and peanut butter cookies as well as gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, everything free imitation treats just in case.  (Ok, so maybe the sleigh is from Santa’s workshop, and maybe we are fantasying, but it’s the holidays, can’t help ourselves.)

(Amazingly, Amy doesn’t look a bit surprise at the intrusion.  Obviously, she has heard of their antics, and is ready to be interviewed.)

A:  Wonderful to meet you.  (Hands her a mug and points to various hot beverages)  We can’t wait to read HIDDEN.  The tagline:  Cursed since birth, Hunted by Gods, And desperate for Love – Jade never stood a chance, is totally intriguing!

Z:  (Tips his hat.  Yes, a hat appears out of nowhere.)  Greetings and salutations!  Ready to be interrogated… errr… meant interviewed?

Amy:  Ahh, interrogate? (pulls at the collar of her shirt and begins to gather all sharp objects with a shaky smile) Of course, I’m definitely ready to be interviewed. It’s wonderful to meet you both as well.

A:  Now, this is a very serious question, so think before answering.  If you were one of Santa’s reindeer, which one would you be and why?

Amy:  Well, I’d have to say Dasher since I have been known for my knee jerk reactions in situations like interrogations, I mean interview questions, and…we should probably just stop there. (taps fingers on the table) But, giving it more thought, Comet represents my love of world building and, at times, my spacey nature. Yep, Comet is my final answer.

Z:  Ahhh, spacey, eh?  We like spacey.  (Wiggles bushy brows)  As for you, Ang, you have Christmas on the noggin’, m’jingle-bell partner-bud!  (Holds up a hand to still any protest)  I know, ‘tis the season.  Considering that, Amy, what would Jade want most for Christmas?

Amy:  Your response Oh, that’s easy (grins) Roen gift wrapped and tied to their bed. Wait, can I say that here?

A:  (Grins at her response)  Of course, you can, we’re an equal opportunity tie-em-up and enjoy source of entertainment.  Anywho, which of your characters in HIDDEN is most deserving of coal in their stocking and why?

Z:  If someone handed Jade lemons with no sugar to make lemonade, what would she do?

Amy:  Angelica, I’d really like to tell you who’s deserving of coal, but I don’t want them after me. Seriously, he’s one mighty god. There’s still four more books in the series and, um, this god has a terrible temper so I think I should keep that quiet. He still has a few tricks up his sleeve and puppet strings to manipulate; I don’t want to fuel his angst. And Zi, Jade would never give up, no matter the odds.

Z:  (Throws out another question before Angelica can.)  Do you have a funny bone, or are you a serious Gus.  (Looks intense)  Not talking about Gus-Gus from Cinderella.  I know you’re not a mousette.

Amy:  I’m a sucker for most Disney movies (smiles). I’m hilarious…in my head. But in reality? Just not that funny ;)

A:  Me too!  I wonder why others don’t get it?  Hmmmm….  (Places a Santa hat on Amy’s head and then holds up a mirror)  Oh, you look adorable!  Doesn’t she look adorable?  (Looks at Zi for confirmation.  He agrees and mouths an apology to Amy for Ang’s antics) So, if you were interviewing you, what would you ask yourself?

Amy:  (Tucks hair behind ears and fluffs some fuzz from the hat out of her eyes) I’d ask many things, bhwahahaha. Oh wait, I’m freaking myself out a little. Okay, seriously. I’d want to know something about how the book was written. Or something personal like maybe a phobia or I’d ask about a pet, or of there is anything else, writing wise, in the works.

And in answer to a few of those questions I’d say: Of course I have phobias, one is actually in the book—spiders (shudder). I’m a plotter, meaning I love to outline before I write. However, this book did not begin that way. Hidden is my debut novel in the Five Fates Series and I hope you all enjoy it. The second in the series will be released this spring.

I have three cats that are a constant, and much needed, distraction. On occasion, I’ve been known to text my kids pictures of them while they’re at school—hopefully none of their teachers are reading this!

A:  Ooooh, adore cats!  Three is just a perfect number, and five books in such an interesting series sounds like Tattle and Wrye over at CBG are  gonna have a lot of reviewing to do! As for spiders…. Yikes! 

A & Z:  Thank you so much for joining us, and we do hope your holidays are extra sweet.

Amy:  Ending response Thank you for a lovely time Angelica and Zi. Happy Holidays!

Amy McKinley is a freelance writer and author. She lives in Illinois with her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous cats. Hidden is her first novel in the Five Fates Series with Taken, the second, due to release in the spring of 2016. She is excited to finish the series and begin the next that’s already demanding attention.

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Amy McKinley said...

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Angelica and Zi. I'm happy to answer any questions (apologies if I am a little slow this afternoon...driving to an appointment). I hope you enjoy Jade's book!

MB said...

Everyone loves their pets. What do you love about yours?

Amy McKinley said...

Hi MB! Almost everything ;) Their personalities are so much fun. They make me laugh so often and can usually be found "working" with me. I should say napping, but we'll pretend they work. If they could roll their eyes, they would do it on a consistent basis at the way I annoy them, but I know they return the love my family showers on them tenfold. I couldn't imagine our lives without them in it. They really do enrich our days. And yep, our cats come when we call them, greet us at the door (most of them (3 cats) and rotate whose bed they consider their own to sleep in at night. (sometimes they think the pillow is theirs) It's cute and keeps us entertained.


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