MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR AMY CRANDALL
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Amy Crandall, author of the recently published “Delusions”, and I would consider my book to be in the YA psychological thriller genre.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Interestingly enough, I wrote the first chapter randomly one day when I was doing one of those “write whatever comes to your brain” days. After writing it, the story practically fell out of me over the course of the year!
“Delusions” is what you might call a dual-setting book. The POV flips between the past and present, in which the present is an interrogation of the main character by Arcata police for a set of murders. It’s essentially a who-dun-it with many twists and turns along the way!
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre(historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have been interested in the thriller and psychological thriller genres since I started watching crime dramas (especially Criminal Minds). I was always fascinated by the human brain and its flaws. I asked the question: how could someone lose complete control of reality and submit to these dark urges (e.g. killing someone). Thus, Delusions was born.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
It was mostly geographical and medical diagnostics. I cannot get into it too much, but I had to look into a lot with mental illness as well as the setting where the majority of the book takes place.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I don’t have a set schedule for when I write. Instead, I sit down at the computer when I feel like writing and pump out between 300 and 2000 words depending on the day. I do not set a daily writing goal, as I feel the stress of a writing goal wouldn’t be healthy for me. I write mostly at night in the comfort of my room.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do have a new psychological thriller in the making, but the title is yet to be revealed 😉
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
The main character’s name means “a father’s joy”, which is quite humorous to think about by the time you finish the novel. Sadly, delving more into the topic would set off major spoilers that I do not wish for 😊
Where do your ideas come from?
To be completely honest, I’m not sure. There will be times where I’ll be thinking about something totally different, and then I will suddenly blurt out an important twist or major line I need to include in the novel I’m working on. Not thinking about writing seems to keep my inner gears working to try and find a solution to the writer’s block I have.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Fantasy, for sure. I have started working on a fantasy novel, but I want to get the psychological thriller genre out of my system before attempting it (as well as figure out a lengthy plot because I want to turn it into a trilogy).
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Writing the beginning of a novel. I find the beginning to be the most difficult, because you are trying to write it in a way that will suck people in, and it doesn’t always work.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think trailers, when done right, can be a powerful tool in book promotion. I do not have a trailer but would be interested if someone offered to create one for me!
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Concerning writing it would be getting featured on Wattpad and then having the same book published in the span of one year!
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I get to connect with other writers and readers alike!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself married, having a job in autonomic dysfunction research, and writing in my spare time.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. Ever since I was a little girl.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep writing. No matter how bad you think that first draft of the novel you have buried under stacks of other failed attempts is, keep creating. Look back on that book and edit it to the point that you are happy with it. You have a heart of steel and can do anything you set your mind to ❤
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
My other dream job: medical research.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read reviews of my books. I respond to the good ones and thank them for their review, but I ignore the ones that are one to two stars because everyone has their likes and dislikes. I simply shrug off the bad ones, tell myself that everyone has criticisms for an author’s story, and move on. Most of the time, if the reviews are reasonable, I will take the constructive criticism into account.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
My least favourite part of the publishing process would have to be sending out queries. It’s a long, exhausting, and heart-wrenching process.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Sure! This is from my new psychological thriller WIP:
As the coffin was lowered into the ground, all Kimberly could see was the blood. It stained her hands. The floor. The back of her mother’s head. The crimson tarnished her mother’s once-beautiful blonde hair, and it pooled from her split ends as Kimberly held her in her trembling arms.
She remembered the horrible animal-like screams that had exuded from her mouth as her mother lay dead on their kitchen floor. The way her father dropped to his knees when he found them. The sound of the analog clock ticking away the life she once knew. Her mother’s eyes; blank and empty. She’d never seen them so lifeless.
A warm, wet hand fell on her shoulder, bringing her to the present. Her father’s. His eyes shone with tears, and yet, he smiled at her with as much comfort as he could muster.
She didn’t return the favour.
A circle of mourners stood around the casket. Some held tissues. Others stared straight ahead as if her mother’s body wasn’t even there. They all shared one commonality though, one that made the situation all too real for Kimberly.
They all wore black.
“We are gathered here today to lay Sally Lunsford—a dear wife, mother, and friend—to rest. I had the privilege of knowing Sally since she was a young girl. She attended church every Sunday with her parents—”
By that point, Kimberly had blocked out the preacher. Dressed in all black like the rest of the group, he looked more like a demon threatening to take her mother away from her than an angel coming to bring them all comfort. She instantly despised him and everything he stood for.
Instead of listening to the preacher’s pitiful words about a woman he barely knew, Kimberly lost herself in the beautiful oak wood that graced the expensive casket. Her father had thought that letting Kimberly choose her mother’s final resting place would be a grand idea that would ease her sorrows. She could almost laugh at how wrong he was. She wished she had no part in choosing anything to do with her mother’s funeral, as it should never have happened in the first place.
The ones closest to Kimberly’s mother stepped forward. Even her father, who’d nearly collapsed in sobs while she was lost in her own world. She fought the urge to reach for him. Instead, she stepped towards the lowered casket with the rest. Her mind, normally a flurry of activity, was only static.
She watched her aunt—her mother’s sister—reach for the shovel the preacher held. Her aunt stabbed at the pile of dirt as if she was furious with it. Tears dripped down her face in long streaks. Her makeup was ruined, but at that moment, she didn’t seem to care. She threw the dirt into the hole and sank to her knees almost simultaneously.
If Kimberly wasn’t close to falling as well, she would have thought her aunt was being dramatic.
Where did your love of books come from?
I’m not entirely sure where it came from. I’ve just always loved to read. I remember every two weeks I would leave the library with a stack of 20-30 books and have most (if not all) read by the end of those two weeks.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Sarah J. Maas would be my absolute favourite author, and her two series’ would be my favourite books. I love her writing style and how deft she is at developing characters and leaving you breathless even after it’s over.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favouriteand why?
Damien Thackston, because he is one of those characters that you’re instantly drawn to. There’s a mysterious aura around him and I found myself wanting to write his POV. Actually, I did write a chapter in his POV in the Wattpad version of the novel, but because it has too many spoilers from the novel, I had to remove it.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Depends on the night!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Writer’s block. That is deadly for me.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m friends with many of the authors from Limitless Publishing, who have participated in sprints with me, supported me through writer’s block, and helped spread around my promotional posts for my book!
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The crazy life of a teenage author, science fair junkie, and music enthusiast.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️