Q & A with Amy Alves
Can you tell me a bit about yourself and how became an author?
I’m a mom, wife, high school science teacher—though, I haven’t been in the classroom since the pandemic hit—and a mediocre housewife. I’m also a romance book addict, a lover of wine, fuzzy socks, and Jensen Ackles, and a loather of laundry. My romance reading obsession started in my late teens and grew over the years. I had always wanted to write a romance novel, so when I was home on maternity leave with my youngest, I started plotting that first book. It didn’t take long before I fell in love with writing love stories.
What is your writing process like?
It’s pretty extensive—some might say too extensive. I’m an intense plotter, so I have charts and programs to help me get the story outlined and the characters fleshed out. I try to write daily and enjoy participating in writing sprints with author friends. I can usually be found writing on the couch with my lap desk and earbuds.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love reading in my down time, of course, but I also enjoy family time and watching Netflix with my hubby in the evenings. We usually pick a show, hunker down, and binge watch whatever we’re into that month. The Witcher Season 2 comes out next month and we are pretty excited.
How do you celebrate when you are finished writing a book?
Mr. Alves usually makes me a couple of cocktails to celebrate and then he gushes about what a rockstar I am—he’s seriously the best.
How do you celebrate when one of your books is released?
I am now questioning my celebratory activities… I should probably do something a bit more glamorous. I’ve seen some pretty amazing book release parties author friends have had.
For the release of The Experiment, I had to grab groceries that morning, so I went to Costco to shop and picked up a poutine and hot dog there for lunch.
Yeah. I think I’m doing this wrong.
What is the most challenging part of writing?
My biggest challenge usually comes from creating believable conflict (internal and external) for each character. I also question myself a lot. The self-doubt comes and goes during different parts of the writing process, but by the end I’m always in love with my characters and their story and hope my readers will be too.
What part of writing is the most fun for you?
I love adding in the small town charm and shenanigans. Sometimes those scenes just pop up as I’m writing. Other times, I’ve plotted it in and can’t wait to write about what the residents of Landry are up to.
I also love writing dialogue and banter. I can’t seem to type fast enough when those characters get going.
What Authors or other books have inspired you to write?
There have been so many authors. For small town romance, I’d for sure say Adriana Locke, Claire Kingsley, and Melanie Harlow.
I’ve been blown away by many other authors too. Their stories are magic, their passion captivating, and their journey to success truly inspiring.
What is your favorite passage from one of your books?
Oh there are quite a few I had a lot of fun writing, but a reader just recently messaged me about one that resonated with them, so I’ll share that one:
She tilts her head at me. “Are you making fun of me?”
I lean in closer and smooth the crease between her brows. She freezes.
“Not even a little. Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t strive to impress anyone. Just be you. You’re captivating. Let that work to your advantage.”
She stares at me, her face softening, her gaze making a slow trek to my mouth.
If you could meet any of your characters, who would it be and what would you say to them?
Lauren—she’s a badass and has all the spunk and sass I’d love to dish out daily, but am too non-confrontational to pull off.
I’d turn to her and say, “Show me your ways.”