Posted on August 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Today we're interviewing USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Amy Vansant.

Vansant has written over twenty books, including the rollicking, twisty Pineapple Port Mysteries, and the action-packed Kilty urban fantasies.

Her latest is The Girl Who Wants, a mystery thriller with plenty of action, psychological drama, and wit.

SADYE: How did you come to see yourself as a writer, and what inspired you to seek publication?

AMY: When I was very little I wrote Winnie-the-Pooh — complete with original drawings.

I didn’t know much about copyright infringement then. But I’ve been writing since I could.

I was East Coast editor of SURFER Magazine and freelanced, then I quit for a while because it was easier to buy food working at my web development firm at the beginning of the Internet, but I came back!

(About three years too late to really enjoy the beginning of Indie publishing. Crap.

SADYE: Tell us something about your writing process that’s unusual or that you haven’t revealed before.

AMY: I literally have no idea what’s going to happen until it does.

I don’t plan a book. I start writing scenes that I like until they make sense, and then I stitch them together. 

SADYE: Which of your characters would you most like to become romantically involved with?

AMY: Sadly, the most fun/interesting male leads are sort of nightmares to date in the long run in real life.

I wrote Declan, my Pineapple Port hero, to be the perfect nice guy, smart, funny, sweet — and people started telling me they thought he was a little boring.

So I made him an ex-mercenary with a troubled past, which probably means although he still seems great, he’d probably be a nightmare in real life!

SADYE: What period of history would you most like to travel back to  and why?

AMY: None. I’m fond of women’s rights, antacid and video on demand. I’ll stay here! 

SADYE: What message or theme would you like readers to take away from your work?

AMY: Mostly I want to leave people happy. Thrilled, excited, maybe a little introspective — but ultimately happy!

Oh, and eager to go buy my next book.

SADYE: What advice, as relates to your writing career, would you give your younger self?

AMY: Go ahead and start the web company, but KEEP WRITING. Don’t quit for a decade. Oh, and build Facebook.

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Learn more about Amy Vansant on her website, where her books can also be purchased; like her on Facebook; and follow her on Twitter and Instagram

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