Ami Blackwelder

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: October 31, 2011

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Interview

The Mers | Mermaid Dystopian | Eloquent Enraptures Publishing | Paranormal Romance | 10/31/2011

What lies beneath the surface? One hundred years from now, the world has changed and brought with it, new forms of life. Who are the Mers? Who is Mira?

Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren with heracross the border dividing Elise Island and New Jersey, the border dividing two vastly different worlds, she thought the journey to find out who she really is would be an easy one.

But, as the world in Jersey proves to be a convoluted mix of aristocrats who hate the Mers, pirates who want to sell them, and magi who want to use them...finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her best friend Niren is a Mer willing to fight to the death.

What main genre do you write in?

Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

Please tell us your latest news!

Well, the first book in the Shifter Evolutions saga (books 1-6) is out now. So, reader can purchase books 1-5. Book 6 will be out in 2012. The Mers, a mermaid dystopian novel is out Halloween day! At only 99 cents, most of my books are available! I will be releasing a set of paranormal books in the few months ahead...one about angels, one about psychic ability, and one about vampires.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I always had a vivid imagination and wrote the most imaginative stories in Elementary school. My teachers would read my stories out loud and I continued writing short stories and poetry. I got into writing spirituality when I turned thirty and at thirty-four began full length novels.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?

TEA, a variety of flavors;)

Please describe your writing environment.

Desk by the warm window. Quiet. Sometimes with music.

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

Being disappointed if books don't sell as I expect or if advertising isn't as effective as planned. I try not to get down about not being noticed sometimes. Other times my books can sell like hot cakes, but when they don't that can be an emotional roller-coaster. I try to re-center and focus on the why of writing. I do this because as Oprah says...find your passion, for calling and then do it. Do it as soon as possible. I wish I would have written novels as son as I turned twenty...but it took me a little while longer to realize this is what I was designed to do. I hope I'm not too late:)

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

God. God, that internal voice, that burning ember, really has been my best supporter. I have been angry, sad, silent, and thankful and through it all God has never left me. I think god means many different things to many different people, but to me....Having the sense of connection with others, the universe, the past, present and future is so important. It makes us realize we are more than we think we are.

Do you like to mix genres?

Yes, I like to mix scifi and history sometimes...with a novel idea I have called Exist...that will be the idea.

I do mix romance with every genre. Sometimes scifi and paranormal genres I mix.

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

Switched and it is alright. I like it.

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

Siamese cat from Thailand named Lotus. Yes, love him and he influences my writing, especially with typos...when his paw hits the keys...;)

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Oprah. She has so much to teach us.

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