Monday, Monday, So Good to Me!

Well, not really, but better than moaning about it, right? Besides, it’s WIPterview time and there are only two left!! I thought this would be the final one before mine, but I realize we have a complete Newbie that would be fun to grill interview. So that will hopefully be Friday. Now, don’t forget, if you have a question you want me to answer in my WIPterview (whether you’re a WIPpeteer or not) leave it in the comments.

Today, we are pleased to welcome…

...the effervescent Amy Mitchell.

…the effervescent Amy Mitchell.

Have a seat, Amy. No, Mount Doom the heated, massage chair has been removed (I think Raewyn smuggled it out when she left). I’m sorry. But I do have this sort of bean-baggish looking seat. It’s very soft and cushy. Hard to get out of sometimes, but the monkeys will be more than happy to help.

*loud poof as Amy sinks into chair* There! Isn’t that comfy?

AM: Imshrgmslkgls.

kls: Oops, you’re sitting a bit deep, we can’t understand you. Here, let’s pop your head out. There. Better?

Good, moving on then, tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you?

AM: My name is Amy Mitchell (but I sometimes write under my maiden name, Leibowitz).  I’m currently a stay-at-home mom, but my degrees and work experience are in healthcare and education.  I have one husband, two kids (a son, age 10, and a daughter, age 8), and a cat. I also play the violin with a community orchestra and sing in my church’s choir.

kls: I would sincerely love to learn the violin, but I do think it’s a lost cause for me at this point. Let’s talk WIPpeteers for a moment. What drew you to the WIPpeteers?

AM: I’ve been one of author Adrian Smith’s primary beta readers for a while—maybe a year?  She  invited me.

kls: Very cool. Being a Beta reader is awesome fun. All that shredding of an author’s heart and soul…I mean, lots of constructive criticism and helpful suggestions. And support. Much support. So, what WIP(s) have you been sharing with our readers?

AM: My (hopefully eventually published!) novel, tentatively called Lower Education. It’s actually kind of a pied piper tale set in the world of education reform. My main character is a bit of a Professor Harold Hill type (from The Music Man). He doesn’t end up with my version of Marian the Librarian, though.

kls: And it seems very fascinating so far. What’s your favorite part of WIPpet Wednesday?

AM: Reading the other entries! I love the variety, and I’m enjoying bits of stories in genres I don’t generally read.

kls: I do have to say, the WIPpeteers are a diverse group. So, outside of WW, what project(s) are you currently working on?

AM:  I keep two blogs. One is for scathing commentary on conservative religion and the church (well, and trashing Fifty Shades of Grey—sorry to anyone who loves that series!).  The other is for short fiction, usually with romantic themes. I also do a lot of editing/beta reading, and I currently have two authors’ novels in progress.

kls: You certainly know how to keep busy. Now, if you can manage to work your hands free from the bag…there you go…here’s a violin. Play us something that sounds like horn-blowing. Tell our readers what you have out there, where to find it, what’s coming next, and where to connect with you.

AM: I don’t yet have anything published but my blogs, but what I’ve written is at http://unchainedfaith.com and http://www.lovewhineandcheese.wordpress.com

kls: Excellent! Now for that round I’ve begun to dread, the so-called Lightning Round! On your mark, get set…

Coffee or tea? Both, but mostly coffee

Rock or country? Rock!

City, country, or seaside? Country

Favorite color? Purple

Favorite pastime besides penning fantastic tales? Losing Mario Kart to my kids

kls: *huge round of applause* *passes over tin-foil object* I award thee, the Lightning Bolt Trophy. That was awesome. And, I think that’s all I have. Thanks so much for stopping by and for joining in the craziness that is WIPpet Wednesdays. Anything else you’d like to share? Any final thoughts?

AM:  I’m so glad I’m getting the chance to connect with all these other amazing writers! Having this kind of support is fantastic. J

kls: It is super knowing we’ve got such a great group.

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22 Comments:

  1. Don’t let those bean bags get you, Amy! A thought: you might want to consider trashing conservative religion under a different name than your writer name — unless, of course, your fiction trashes it too. 🙂

    Thanks again for doing these interviews, Kathi! Great fun getting to know everyone a little bit.

    • The interviews have been a blast. I don’t know what I’ll do when they’re over.

    • LOL! No, commentary on conservative religion and trashing 50 Shades. Which oddly overlap sometimes. My friends all know who I am, so it’s all good. 🙂

      • Ooops, my bad, getting them mixed up. 🙂 You’d be surprised sometimes, though, at the worldviews of some of your fans, or at least I am! Which is why I try to avoid getting involved in discussions of religion online.

  2. Zippy, enthusiastic interview, Kathi.
    You are one one busy lady, Amy, with a family two energetic kid.

  3. Great interview. Sounds like you’re keeping really busy Amy. It’s so nice to get to know you a bit more. 🙂

    Kathi, I’ve thought of an interview question for you to answer: when you’re not writing, what’s your favourite pastime?

  4. Wish I had a bean bag handy so bad now… and some mario kart 😉

  5. Really nice to learn more about you Amy and looking forward to reading more of your WIPpets!

    And I have to say mount doom looks great in our front garden!

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  7. Really lovely to find out more about you Amy and glad you came out relatively unscathed from your WIPterview, although I was worried about that bean-bag thing nearly swallowing you whole!

  8. Great to learn more about you, Amy! Love your book’s title, haha – sounds like an intriguing read!

  9. Well, I guess I’m not the only one to have mis-read things (I even mistook the same thing that Ruth did, Amy). Still… I’m not sure what it says that I read it as you had two husbands and one son. :-/

    Writing about religion in any form is challenging. Even when the words are the same, so many people interpret them and their meanings through personal experiences and colored perspectives… Impressive.

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  11. I tried the violin as a kid. It didn’t work. I agree that reading outside one’s normal genres is one of the great things about WIPpet Wed. I definitely would not have picked up some of the finished products based on genre, but it’s a little different when you get to know the authors a bit. 🙂

    I’m noticing a theme with the lightning rounds (although I’m reading the WIPterviews backwards at this point). I don’t know about you Kathi, but my brain can barely manage one-word answers for anything. (Just ask Beloved. He has lots of experience with my faster-than-is-good-for-me brain.)

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