Amy Lignor is back for an interview!
When did you know that you were a writer?
This is such a silly thing to say but, always. When I was a child, all I wanted to do was write. I felt good when I expressed emotions or wrote about characters in a journal. Writing Lab was always my favorite subject in grade school and I finished all the assignments for the year in about a month. And in high school, the passion just grew. All I wanted to do was write and study history. When it came to math? It was frightening.
Tell me about your writing process. Any quirks?
I write in a den with emerald-green walls. I have no idea why that’s important, but I have to have those walls. Everywhere we’ve ever lived, I’ve painted the walls of a den or small room in the house this color. It’s calm, comforting, and I feel like without that ambience I won’t have a thing to say. I also have to write with my fan on in the background. Not an AC; it has to be the whirring of a fan that blocks out everything from household to neighborhood noise.
Did you go to school for writing or were you born with the skill?
I never went to school for writing, I just could never stop. I love research, and I hit the road after high school for as many adventures as I could find. I wanted to see the country and all it had to offer, and I met such great characters along the way that the school of life actually gave me the Technicolor worlds I have locked inside me now.
What is the most difficult part about writing?
When you’re on a roll and you have to stop because real life comes knocking on the door. Leaving creativity for the grocery store is really difficult and very un-fun.
What do you like best about writing?
Meeting these amazing characters. I miss them when the series are over, or the book has come to an end. But for me, the characters and I form relationships; I learn about their quirks, attributes, backgrounds, and it’s great. It’s always like making new friends that last in my mind forever.
Who inspires you the most?
On a personal level, my mother inspires me the most. She is a career librarian, super smart and extremely supportive. On a broader level, the hero inspires me. A fireman who runs into a burning building to save a child; a farmer who fights to save their horses from slaughter; a teacher who fights for his/her student’s future—a real hero or heroine who will not back down no matter what!
Who is your favorite historical figure(s)?
Abraham Lincoln is the first. I love his story, his life, his viewpoints, and wish politics had remained positive. And I admire Jane Austen. Not only because she was a great writer, but because she did something that no female was appreciated for during her time. I can only imagine if she was alive today; she would be dumbstruck by the fact that her name and her books not only lived on, but became one of the biggest industries the publishing world has ever seen.
What animal do you think represents you the most and why?
The wolf has always been my familiar, so to speak. I want to be both alpha and beta, depending on the day. I like to be the lone wolf traveling through locations in my own mind to put down on paper, but I love being part of a supportive pack. They have heart and wisdom, and I admire that combination.
Has your writing style changed much other the years?
My sarcasm has definitely been honed (LOL), which is a huge benefit when it comes to ‘Tallent & Lowery’, because fans enjoy the banter and I love writing it. But when it comes to research and the subjects I most like to write about, the exploration gene has always remained the same.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have multiple projects going on at once?
I have multiple projects in boxes awaiting my attention, but I always work on one book at a time. I give it my full concentration, determination and effort. I think the characters deserve it, and so do the readers.
Do you have a favorite place to write? If so, where?
That emerald-green room.
If you could pick any time in history to live, when would it be and why?
This is extremely difficult for me because of my love for history. Alexandria during Hypatia’s time (the only female librarian who met a hideous end); and the Gilded Age in NYC, would be my top two. I used both of these locations in two different books because of the amount of study I’ve done, and I would love to see them for myself.
What is your favorite quote and who said it?
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” —Socrates
How attached do you become to your characters?
Extremely. They’re my friends, partners in crime, leaders, etc. My characters each have a part of me in them that I choose to share with readers, but each is so varied and strong that I admire every one of them.
Where did you get the inspiration for your novel?
‘Tallent & Lowery’ was born out of a very boring day at the office when a friend of mine was talking about her horoscope. We looked up a website and I saw a small notation regarding the 13th sign. A puzzle formed inside my mind that night, and Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery appeared.
What is the best advice you can give to a new writer?
Never look at your creation during its creation as being an object to bring about fame or wealth. When you create, you’re creating what you feel, see, need, hope, desire, want and so on. But if you’re looking down the road while creating a book, the reader will know that in an instant. A book is like a child; if you don’t love, support, stand behind, and put everything you have into raising your creation, it ends up to be nothing but a so-so job. And never stop learning how to be better!
What is the weirdest interview question, if any, you have ever been asked and what was your answer?
I was actually asked which literary character I would want to have a romance with. Even though a majority of women say it, I had to go with Austen’s Mr. Darcy. Now that this new show ‘Sleepy Hollow’ has hit the airwaves however; I may have to change my answer to Ichabod Crane. Although he was not exactly swoon-worthy in literature, he (Tom Mison) certainly is on TV.
Do you have plans for a future novel?
Oh, many. (LOL) The ‘Tallent & Lowery’ series will have seven books in all, so I’m working on number 4 as we speak (The Charlatan’s Crown). I also have boxes upon boxes of story ideas and chapters already written for other projects I want to take on at a later date, but right now this series commands my attention.
Where can fans contact you?
I love talking to readers! You can find me at:
Or, send me a letter at amylignor(at)hotmail.com (Just put ‘Reader Contact’ in the Subject Line!)
Where can fans buy your book?
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Thanks for speaking with me, Amy! Check out Amy’s novel The Sapphire Storm.
Series: Tallent & Lowery
Author: Amy Lignor
Publisher: Suspense Publishing
Formats Available In: Digital and Print
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Blurb: After going up against a man who believed he was the Devil, himself, the beloved characters from 13 – Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery – are beyond exhausted. Now they are about to embark on the most terrifying journey imaginable…a trip to meet Leah’s parents.
When Leah arrives where the ‘home fires burn,’ her sarcasm burns even brighter, while Gareth Lowery – the handsome adventurer – uses his charm to sway the ‘odd’ Tallent clan. But when a frightening call from Gareth’s sister arrives telling him that her love has disappeared, the daring duo is soon running away from one horrific situation directly into another. A new puzzle from the past has come to life. Following clues left behind, the courageous couple becomes embedded in a world filled with liars, killers and greed.
And when the riddle of a famous ‘Bard’ is solved, a strange woman appears who has far more in common with Leah than she can possibly imagine! The heart-stopping suspense of this new quest takes them from Coptic Cairo to the magical world of Petra, in search of a cave deep underground that once housed a true ‘Illuminator.’
Yet again, they must find the answers and stay one step ahead of true villains who are determined to make sure that – this time – Tallent & Lowery do not survive.
Nothing mattered now except getting to the end of his journey…
A thunderous crash from up above sent Emmanuel’s heart into overdrive. The harsh winds had apparently slammed shut the door of rock that’d been built to protect the Treasury.
As he reached through the barrier of sapphire light to grab the object in front of him, Emmanuel screamed in pain as his flesh began to sizzle. Immediately, he ripped his hand from the ball of pulsating light and watched the steam rise off his now blackened fingers. A pair of cold blue eyes appeared and sent an evil hiss into the room.
Emmanuel found himself in a state of shock as the illusion simply disappeared. Holding his breath as pinpricks of yellow light appeared through the sapphire glow, he was mesmerized; they looked like tiny suns trapped in an intense blue sky. The excruciating pain of his burned flesh was forgotten when words appeared before his eyes. On and off like a light switch, the golden names materialized and danced along the shaft of the ancient weapon.
“I need Gareth Lowery,” Emmanuel whispered; his voice sounded foreign to him in the suddenly terrifying room.
Harsh winds raced down the staircase and pelted Emmanuel with shards of ice. He covered his face, trying to stop the sleet from blinding him, as the large weapon suddenly sliced through the air and knocked Emmanuel to his knees.
The golden names flashed brighter and brighter—faster and faster—familiar names from an ancient world. A shrill bell pealed through the room and Emmanuel covered his ears, as the chamber began to shake and mounds of snow cascaded down the narrow staircase like a white waterfall; an avalanche that successfully cut off any chance he had of escape . . . or rescue.
The rod hit the ceiling of the chamber and then plummeted to the floor. Emmanuel winced, praying it wouldn’t snap in two as it crashed to the ground. But the object simply stopped its descent, taking its original place between the two famous men. The sapphire light immediately dimmed and Emmanuel raised his gaze to stare through the now soft, blue beam, recognizing the one and only name that was now etched in golden script at the top of the shaft.
Emmanuel gasped. “It’s her?”
Crawling over to the staircase that was now buried by snow, he peered into the small pipe that stuck out from the wall. Emmanuel felt the pulse of the sapphire light coming from the center of the room; it felt as if the object was breathing. And once again he stared at her name, woven like a golden signature into the sapphire rod.
Closing his eyes, Emmanuel shoved his burned, raw hand into the snow bank that now barred his way to freedom. As his fingers went numb, he thought about the woman with eyes the exact same color of the magical artifact, and hope beat inside Emmanuel’s chest. She was brilliant. After all, she was the one who found Gareth the missing pieces of the puzzle that’d led him straight to the gate. It had been her strength, courage and wisdom that’d carried them through the darkness of a maniac’s mind in order to survive the first time . . . Her!
As a picture of the lovely lady appeared in his mind, Emmanuel smiled. She’d figure it out. After all, there was no better choice than a brilliant librarian who never took the facts at face value to follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare.
Emmanuel put his mouth against the pipe and screamed, “Leah!”
The shout echoed through the ancient pipes, and Emmanuel closed his eyes. His insides grew numb as the air inside the chamber began to freeze his soul.
“Leah,” his voice cracked. “Please help me.”
As the snowflakes around him turned blue, the chamber one again turned peaceful . . . reverent . . . quiet—what it must feel like right before someone dies. And as sleep overtook him, Emmanuel begged any and all ‘powers that be’ to help lead Leah Tallent safely through the sapphire storm.
Ms. Lignor penned another great novel that grabs you immediately and takes you on the ride of your life. In this sequel to the novel, 13, we find Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery heading to Leah’s parents’ house in Connecticut for the Christmas holiday. This is the last place that Leah really wants to be right now, but Gareth is trying to convince her that it’ll only be for a few days. While kicking off the festivities, Gareth receives an unexpected call from his sister, Kathryn, and finds her hysterical on the other end of the phone. She says that her fiancé, Emmanuel, has gone off on some exhibition and he hasn’t called to check in with her. She feels that something is seriously wrong and fears that he could even be dead. Gareth explains his situation to the Tallent family and tells them that it’s a matter of life or death and unfortunately, he must leave. It’s at this moment Tallent & Lowery’s adventure truly begins. I loved this second story in the series and I’m eagerly looking forward to the next adventure. Ms. Lignor has a way of interweaving historical facts with legends and she adds just enough magic to make you devour the pages in record time. This sequel is a fantastic addition to this amazing series. I highly recommend it! – Night Owl Reviews “TOP PICK”
“A flat-out, slam-dunk, no-questions-asked-terrific-adventure. Try not to turn the pages too fast because the wonderfully complex characters deserve your time! This is truly a magical story that had me in its thrall from the very first page. It’s so exciting to discover a new talent like Lignor and have more books to look forward to.”
—International Bestseller, M.J. Rose
“Full of mystery, wrapped up in just enough historical fact to make it all seem so real, and with plenty of sizzle between the two main characters, “The Sapphire Storm” is a definite winner!” —Ellen Feld, The Feathered Quill
“This masterfully told page turner is fresh, innovative, descriptive, and intense but I must warn you, prepare to stay up late because it’s not a story you can easily put down. I was blown away by Ms. Lignor’s knowledge and imagination and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I want more!!!!” —Cat Kalen, author of the RT’s ‘Top Pick’ Pride Series
“After the brilliance of “13,” book one in the series, it would take a jewel to outshine it. Amy Lignor finds that jewel with “The Sapphire Storm.” It is a storm of brilliant writing and amazing characters. I cannot wait for the next installment of the Tallent & Lowery series. Encore!” —J.M. LeDuc, author of “Cursed Days”
About Amy Lignor:
The daughter of a career librarian, Amy Lignor’s first love has always been books. She began her career in publishing as the Editor-in-Chief of Grey House Publishing. Working in the industry for twenty years, she is now the Owner/Operator of ‘The Write Companion’, an editorial house offering authors a range of services.
Appointed the Editor-in-Chief of a brand new traditional publisher–Hallowed Ink Press–Amy somehow finds the time to do it all while still putting out the most amazing series that has received every ‘Top Pick’ readers can think of!
Her popular YA Series: The Angel Chronicles (Until Next Time, Gilded Wings & A Privilege), introduced her to fans who now wait with bated breath for the next ‘Tallent & Lowery’ suspense/thriller to arrive.
Inducted into the International Thriller Writers Organization, Amy is also a writer/contributor for various magazines, companies, and review organizations; Authorlink, The Feathered Quill, Suspense Magazine and more.
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