Reader Behind the Author** Amy Plum

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
 Reader Behind the Author Presents

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of ScreenwritingWhat is the last book you purchased?

Story by Robert McKee, a book on screenwriting. Another writer suggested it, saying that it had taught her a lot and I am always trying to learn more about my new craft. 

What was the first book you remember reading and totally falling in love with?

Old Hasdrubal and the PiratesWhen I was a kid, my favorite book was Old Hasdrubal and the Pirates. (I wanted to be a pirate and have a mustache.) But the first book I remember reading on my own and loving was Charlotte's Web

Were you always a reader?

Yes - I learned to read when I was four. (My mom said I learned by watching Sesame Street.) And I've been a book addict ever since. 
Do you have any books on pre order? If so would you like to share what they are?

Yes! I am waiting for Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi, which comes out May 24. My book friend Olivia recommended it, and she knows my taste! 

If you could meet an author alive or dead who would you pick?

When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions (Plus)I met Madeleine l'Engel before she died, which was a dream come true. I kind of idolize Neil Gaiman, so think I would be too intimidated to chat with him. But I would love to be seated next to Sue Monk Kidd or Barbara Kingsolver at a dinner party. 

How many books do you think you read in a year? 

Pre- Die For Me, I read at least two per week, so over a hundred per year. I've had to cut back with my writing schedule now, however, so in 2011 it will probably be more like fifty! (Although I've read three this week. Hmm.)
The History of Love
If your best friend asked you to recommend a book, what would you pick for them?
Off the top of my head: A History of Love by Nicole Krauss; The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or Stone Virgin by Barry Unsworth.

Short Answer Questions 

Hard cover or paperback

Nowadays, hardcover. When I took subways/buses to work definitely paperback! 

Book or some form of e reader

I don't yet own an e-reader. I'm sure I will someday, but haven't gotten around to it. But even when I do, I will still want my paper and ink!

Vampire or Shifter 
Definitely shifter. Who wants to be in the same body for the rest of eternity?


Books stored on bookshelf or wherever there is room
My life-dream was to have a library in my house. And finally I do!   

"My Pride and Joy"~Amy Plum

Some Info About Amy and/or her Books! 

 Release Date May 10, 2011
Die for Me
Introducing a new supernatural mythology, DIE FOR ME presents Kate, a 16-year-old American who moves to Paris after her parents' death. She finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears. Love, mystery, & horror are combined in the city where dreams are sometimes the same as reality.

Wondering why the cover change?

"Well I got a note from my editor three weeks ago telling me that when the marketing people at Harper saw the British cover, they fell in love with it. And though everyone raved about the Kate-in-a-Boat cover, Kate-on-a-Roof seemed like a “bigger” cover to “people in positions of power”. So they got in touch with Little, Brown UK, got Atom’s jacket files, and tweaked them a little bit to create this…the NEW HarperTeen cover of DIE FOR ME:"

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  1. Wow! I am so jealous she has a library in her house! I want my own library, I'm running out of room for my books in my room!

  2. Fantastic interview. I can't wait until Die for Me gets released. It sounds fantastic.

  3. Her library is amazing! I wish I had it in my

  4. I say again! I totally love Amy's Library! I'm so getting my library done that way. Awwwh. Sesame Street! Thats cute. :D


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