ATO- Amy Patrick
Hey lovelies! It’s almost thanksgiving, where has the year gone? That aside it’s time again for #ATO Tuesday here on the Legendary Saga blog, and we’ve got New Adult author Amy Patrick! She’s talking to us about her 20 Something series, and I gotta say it sound good Check out my interview with her to learn more 🙂
- You’ve written four books in your New Adult contemporary 20 Something series this year—three have been released with the fourth coming out this month. What’s your writing routine?
I write almost every day, usually about three hours per day, usually at the same spot in my local library where I do NOT log onto the internet. I think the routine helps my productivity because when I get to my spot my brain knows it’s “writing time” and doesn’t wander. I also plot my books out first, down to the scene level, which enables me to write quickly without too many wrong turns. I’m lucky to have a wonderful critique partner who reads everything I write as well as a great editor.
- What are some of the most useful things in your writer’s toolkit?
A lumbar pillow for my squidgy back.
An outline that I print and fill out (in pencil) during my pre-writing stage. It’s from the amazing book, My Story Can Beat Up Your Story, by Jeffrey Alan Schechter. It’s what I follow for my story structure, but I also keep a good eraser on hand in case inspiration strikes and I want to make changes. I’m a plotter, but not rigid about it—things can and do change as the story progresses.
My Kindle Fire—I use its text-to-speech feature to listen to my manuscript being read to me. It’s a great way to proofread and also to identify sentences that are awkward or unclear as well as gauge story flow.
- Have you written anything else? What’s next for you?
I wrote a YA murder mystery last year that my agent is submitting to New York right now, and I’m writing the first draft of the fifth (and likely final) book in my 20 Something series.
I’m also *really* excited to be working on a YA Fantasy series again. My 2013 Golden Heart finalist manuscript, HIDDEN DEEP, is the first book in The Hidden Trilogy. It’s finished and ready to go. The second and third books are plotted and waiting to be written as soon as I get the chance. I plan to release them in 2015.
Thank you so much for having me here for ATO Tuesday. It’s been fun!! And heres more about my series!
CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING (20 Something #1) : 22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.
Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.
Aric Serrano is definitely not safe.
He’s six-feet-four-inches of missing-Hemsworth-brother-hotness and plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. Then he meets his new co-anchor.
Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could simply ignore Aric. He’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid these days. But that becomes impossible when she’s forced to work closely with him on the weekend newscast. Now the attraction between them is growing even faster than the ratings, and what happens behind the cameras is the real news.
STILL YOURS (20 Something #2): 23-year-old Mara Neely knows who she is and what she wants—she’s an ambitious reporter with a taste for himbos— beautiful dumb guys who don’t even tempt her to get involved past wham-bam-thank you-sir. When she takes a TV news reporting job in Providence, it’s a great step up career wise, but it’s also a little too close to home … and to him, the only guy who’s ever tempted her to let go and love someone.
To billionaire web entrepreneur Reid Mancini, Mara was like a rare comet– beautiful, exciting, and impossible to hold onto. Now his first love is on his television screen and back in his life, and this time, he’s got a surefire plan to catch a star and make her fall.
STILL ME (20 Something #3)–23 year old Kenley Moran is going through a mid-life crisis… WAY early. Pushed since childhood by a nightmare stage-mom to use her looks to “land a rich man”, she’s reeling from a broken engagement and regretting the day she gave up her career in TV news for a guy.
Now Kenley’s determined to change her life, shunning makeup and fashion and fighting her way back into the highly competitive career she loves, off-camera this time. When she lands a producing job at Worldwide News Network in Atlanta, she plans to keep her head down, work hard, and prove she’s not just another pretty face. And vows NO ONE is EVER going to make her compromise herself again.
WNN anchor Larson Overstreet has it all—old money, good looks, a prestigious job, and more women than he can count throwing themselves at him. Problem is… none of it is real. He’s known his whole life that people are only interested in him for his fortune and his famous family name, in that order. Except for Kenley. The shy news producer isn’t interested in him at all.
Working closely with the anchor of her new show, Kenley’s dismayed to feel an instant spark. Larson’s everything she doesn’t want. He’s too good looking, too charming, and worst of all, too rich. She’s not looking for another big money honey. In fact, she’d prefer a nice little guy from the mailroom, maybe a guy who lives at home like she’s been forced to do.
But when they must travel together for a special report, Kenley realizes Larson’s not the spoiled pretty rich boy she pegged him as, and she’s not as immune to him as she’s pretended to be. Now, even at the network level, what happens behind the cameras is the real story.
STILL BEAUTIFUL (20 Something #4)– 20 year old double-engineering major Cinda Moran is the smart one. Her older sister Kenley… is the pretty one. Their nightmare match-making mom has always made their roles pretty clear, and it’s no mystery which daughter she prefers. So while Kenley played the passive dress-up doll, Cinda did the opposite, refusing any attempts to prettify her and make her into “billionaire bait”. Instead, she’s fiercely focused on academics and her internship at an Atlanta TV station.
And as far as romance goes—please—she’s not even sure true love is a “thing”. As she does for everything else in her life, Trekkie-girl Cinda’s got a logical plan: select a sensible mate, come to a mutually satisfactory agreement, and decide to stick it out for better or worse.
Then she meets Blake Branham. He makes no sense for her at all. He’s a reporter at the station, years older, and has ambitions to work at the network someday while she intends to stay put in Atlanta. Even worse—he’s a total alpha. With her own Mr. Spock personality, the last thing she needs in her life is a swaggering Captain Kirk taking stupid risks and tempting her to do the same.
And he is tempting. When she’s forced to work closely with Blake on live shots and gets to know him outside the station as well, Cinda feels things she’s never felt for another guy and starts to wonder… should she boldly go where she’s never gone before? Should she give love a chance… even if it’s not logical?
And there it is lovelies! I hope you all enjoyed it, come back next Tuesday for the next ATO.
<3 always LH