I’m so excited to have Amalie Howard back on A Book and a Latte! Please give her a warm welcome. She’s stopping by today for an interview as part of her WATERFELL Blog Tour! Check out her book below and then my Q & A with Amalie.
by Amalie Howard
October 29, 2013 / Harlequin TEEN
What’s your favorite quote?
“Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso
“Never give up. Never surrender.” Commander Peter Quincy Taggart, Galaxy Quest
What are your favorites? Book, movie, music/band, candy, food, vacation spot?
Grimm’s Fairy Tales, The Fifth Element, Simon & Garfunkel, dark chocolate, mac and cheese, the Bahamas.
What are your pet peeves?
Lateness. Liars. Bullies—anyone who unconscionably hurts others, online or off.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I won a beauty pageant when I was sixteen. What makes this event surprising is that I was a very insecure teenager, and never thought I was pretty in the least. When my family entered me into this contest, I was terrified, but the grand prize was a trip to London (and I really wanted to go there) so I decided to do it. My knees shook the entire time I was on stage, but I made it to the top ten and then the top three. When they announced the runner-up, I remember thinking that it had to have been a mistake. All the other girls were so poised and smart and beautiful. But it wasn’t a mistake. I had won. The take-away here is to trust yourself—you never know what you can accomplish until you do it. And most times, people see you in a whole different light than how you see yourself.
When you’re coming up with ideas for what your next project will be, how do you know which ones to go ahead with?
I write what I’m passionate and excited about. I don’t tend to follow trends. If I think something is a great idea, regardless of what it is, I flesh it out and see if it has the legs to be turned into a provocative, engaging story.
Do you have any pets?
I have a cat, and a fish named Rainbow. My cat’s name is Alley (yes, totally a play on alley cat). We adopted her almost fourteen years ago from a shelter. She’s half Maine Coon, half Russian Blue, and she’s super intelligent. She can sit, shake hands and lay down on command. Not because I tell her to, but because she deigns to. She’s such a cool cat that I used to walk her on a leash when we lived in New York City. She hates people, loves napping, and has mastered the art of mind control.
What drew you to writing this genre?
I love the intensity of teenage life—the discovery, the defiance, the self-confidence, the flaws of youth, the vibrancy of it, the all-or-nothing mentality—it makes the stakes so much higher and the scenarios far more compelling.
If you weren’t a human, what would you be?
Cyborg, hands down. A badass, super-stealth, secret assassin half-robot/half-human hybrid.
Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?
This is a great question (evil laugh)! I wouldn’t say that whole, entire people find themselves in my books, but if I’m writing about a specific character, it helps to pull from real-life inspiration. So if I were writing about a mean girl, yes, I would absolutely use elements from someone I may know (or have known) in real life that would help to make the book character more fleshed-out and authentic.
If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?
I’d be an international food critic because it would incorporate two other things I love to do: sample delicious international cuisine and travel.
About the Author
Many thanks to Amalie for answering my questions, and JKSCommunications for having me as part of the tour!