THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF AMY FINAWITZ EIGHTH GRADER
Roaring Brook Press
Favorite Bit of Writing Advice:
1) Success leaves clues. And, no, that does not mean that I'm a stalker. Find out how your favorite writers work, how they write and how they promote themselves. Then imitate their approach as much as possible.
2) Write everday, or try like hell, even if it's a small amount. This is a 'clue' I picked up from a very successful, award winning writer. All the creative stuff happens when you keep continuity.
Favorite Part of Writing:
When, after fits and starts, my main character finds his/her voice. Then I feel like I'm transcribing. I love when situations, that I didn't anticipate, develop because my characters lead me there. I really love it when my story makes me laugh.
Least Favorite Part of Writing:
Writing everyday (see above.) It's so crucial and it's so hard sometimes. I fight myself on this one. Also, I hate feeling like I've hit a creative wall because then I beat myself up until I break through.
Outline or Let it Fly:
Both. I go back and forth. Ultimately, I have to let it fly a lot as the characters constantly suprise me and the spontaneous stuff is often the best. However, those wacky characters have been known to wander into boring, tensionless, swampland unless I redirect them by checking back with some kind of story outline.
5 Things About Me:
1) I live with my husband and twin daughters (all awesome) and many animals ranging from 4 pounds to 700 pounds. I would like to get a pig, but my family forbids it. And, no, I don't live on a farm (although my neighbors think I do.)
2) I love Devil Dogs and Halloween (really love 'em.)
3) I get up at least 300 hundred times a night. Don't ask me why. As a child, I sleepwalked (I'm told) and I come from a long line of restless sleepers. I do find comfort, however, in the knowledge that, unlike some of my relatives, I have no desire to cook fried salami at 2:00 in the morning or wake the whole neighborhood by opening and closing the electric garage door numerous times to take the car out for a drive.
4) I like Outsider Art and most anything that is absurd and makes me laugh.
5) In my spare time (snort) I like to do mosaics, paint and fabric art.
This is a story about Amy, a precocious New York girl, who is emotionally stranded when her best friend moves to Kansas for the year, leaving her to hang with girls who are dorkier than she is and to crush on hunkaliscious John Leibler all by herself. But before she knows it, Amy is caught up in a most unusual intrigue. She teams up with her elderly neighbor and her very religious (Hasidic) nephew to solve a hundred year old mystery that, not only takes them all over New York City, but prompts Amy to find herself in the process.