Monday, September 8, 2014

Fangirls Spotlight: Author Interview with Mary Amato!!!

So do you remember when I promised you awesome secret posts? Well here's the first one!

1295169520697547It's An Author Interview!

Guys I am so excited to share this interview with you! Mary Amato(author of Guitar Notes and the upcoming Get Happy) who is also this month's Fangirls Spotlight was kind enough to agree to do an interview with me! (also something even more awesome that is coming sometime over the next two weeks *wink, wink*)

1. For the readers who haven't read Guitar Notes, can you explain what "Thrumming" is?
Thrumming is the word I use to describe a feeling I get when the vibration of my soul matches the vibration of something I’m experiencing. For example, it might be the vibration of my soul matching the vibration of a song that I’m singing or the vibration that occurs in a dramatic scene of a book that I'm reading or the vibration of the sun in the sunrise I’m seeing or the vibration of a friend’s soul in a heart-to-heart conversation. It’s a moment of connection that brings me to tears.

2. When it comes to Get Happy and Guitar Notes what came first, the songs or the story?
In both cases, the story came first. The story is always the most important.

3. Do you have a favorite song from Guitar Notes and/or Get Happy?
My favorite song from Guitar Notes is Lucky Me. My favorite song from Get Happy is Salt.

4. Do you have a favorite scene or chapter in Guitar Notes and/or Get Happy?
The most dramatic scenes are always the most interesting to write. I can't really describe the scenes without spoiling the books for people who haven't read them. Let me just say that I keep rewriting and rewriting the dramatic scenes until I am moved to tears in the moment. As I write, I read the scenes out loud over and over to make sure they sound real.

5. What inspired you to write these two books?
In the case of Guitar Notes, I wanted to explore the feeling that I get when I am singing harmony, when I feel like I'm connecting with something bigger than myself. For Get Happy I was obsessed with the idea of identity. How do you know who you really are? How much or you is given to you from your parents? How much do you define for yourself?

6. Do you have a favorite band or musician?
I listen to lots of different musicians: Mumford & Sons, the Head and the Heart, Regina Spektor, Ben Sollee.

7. You write both songs and books(I assume) do you think the process for song writing is very similar or different from writing a book?
The process of novel-writing and songwriting have lots of similarities. Both require brainstorming, drafts, revisions. Songwriting is just a lot shorter!

8. What is your favorite thing about writing?
Trying to pin a character's soul down on paper.

9. Do you have a favorite character to write?
I love characters that are hungering for meaning and connection in life.

10. Do you read a lot, if so what was the most recent book you read that you absolutely loved?
One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday is to curl up on the couch with a novel. I also love this magazine called The Sun, and I read it from cover to cover every month. I just read a short story in The Sun by Joe Wilkins called “Boys, Ten in All,”  that blew my mind. For pure fun, I’ve been loving the Flavia mystery series, the first of which is called The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Hilarious.

11. I know you've written books besides Get Happy and Guitar Notes, what are they about?
Invisible Lines and The Naked Mole-Rat Letters are novels about 7th graders (a boy and a girl respectively) have characters that deal with profound issues of loss and longing. I also write funny books for young kids.

12. What is your favorite thing about being a published author?
My favorite part about being a published author is getting letters from people of all ages who write to tell me that one of my books either made them laugh or cry or both.  

Keep thrumming!

Thank you so much for doing this interview, it was so much fun!


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