Q1. Please tell me more about yourself?
A. My name is Amy Jewell and I am a contemporary romance author based in Northern Ireland.
Outside of my writing life, I work a part-time job and most of my time is spent with family.
I've jumped around with careers until settling in a finance-related role, which I have now worked in for over 10 years. My previous life experiences have taught me a lot about myself and provided inspiration for my writing.
Q2. What are your favorite books to read?
A. At the end of 2019, I discovered Ivy Smoak. I started off reading Temptation, the first of the Hunted Series. Never have I ever read a whole book in a day, until I started that one; she certainly had me hooked with her ability to capture characters and plots that sucked you into their world. It pulled me out of a reading slump.
When not reading romance, sometimes I give myself a break and read Jo Nesbo.
Q3. Do you like coffee or tea?
A. Tea; I can't stand the taste of coffee.
Q4. How many books have you written?
A. One completed and nearly ready for publication. It's an office-based romance. There are some heated tension moments, but it is clean office romance rather than steamy.
I have a second manuscript which I have completed the first draft and the next stage is editing.
Q5. Do you have a favorite bookstore?
A. I have a Kindle e-reader so most books I read are through Kindle Unlimited or buy through Amazon. Otherwise, I like looking in charity shops for books or borrowing through the library.
Q6. Did you go to college for writing?
A. No, I have no official qualification for writing fiction.
Q7. Growing up What were your favorite books to read?
A. As a child, I loved Roald Dahl's books, and as a teenager, my favorites were the Heartland series by Lauren Brooke.
Q8. How did you get inspired to write a book?
A. It all started by accident. I'd been having such a vivid dream that I tried writing it down to get it out of my head. The words kept coming and plot points continued to develop. A year later, I had enough words down for it to qualify as a novel. Writing has become a newfound passion.
Q9. What hobbies do you have?
A. When I take the time for other hobbies, I can be found baking cakes, sewing, binging TV series, and of course, reading.
Q10. Do you have a favorite coffee shop?
A. Not particularly, although when shopping in a particular town I tend to navigate to the same cafes for lunch or a tea break.
Q11. Where can people find you online?
A. In terms of social media, I can be found on Facebook or Twitter.
I also have my own website where fellow writers can submit author interviews or a request for a guest spot. I have blog posts on my writing journey, and readers can learn a little more about me. At present, I do not have a newsletter subscription, but this is something I am working on and hope to have available soon.