Monday, December 10, 2012

Thomas Amo Interview & Giveaway

My Indie Monday is hosted by Me, My Shelf and I.
However, I did find out that they are taking the month of December off! 

Hey Everyone,

Today, I am happy to have Thomas Amos on the blog, author of An Apple of Zoe and the newly released Forever Me! Thomas was kind enough to do an interview so we can all get to know him a little better and he also offered up a ebook of his newest book, Forever Me, for a giveaway!

The Interview

Hi Thomas,

Thanks so much for taking a minute to answer some questions for me. It’s such a pleasure to have you stop by!

 Thank you for inviting me, I'm thrilled to be here with you today.

You have background in theater. Could you tell us a little about how that plays a role in your writing?

 Absolutely, in 1997 I committed myself to becoming a full time theatrical producer/actor/director and eventually playwright. Producing only comedies, it became apparent quite quickly, we would burn through all the comedies listed in catalogs such as, Samuel French & Dramatists, so the only thing left to do was write my own. By time I closed the doors to my theatre in 2005, I had written 20 plays for the stage. This as a stated was born out of necessity for content, not ego. What I learned from all those years of writing plays was how to write good dialogue. Admittedly it was comic dialogue, farce type of stuff, but it really taught me how to move the story. When I would read plays I was interested in producing, I would get so bored and bogged down by the exposition that by time the comedy came, it was already well over an hour into the show. You can't make your audience wait that long to entertain them. Same thing with a book. Get your story going from the outset. Use dialogue to move your exposition. Don't force them to read 8 pages about a leaf falling to the ground. I feel where I could always improve is in the details though but I don't want to bore you with the falling leaf thing.

Tell us something interesting about An Apple for Zoe that we should know before reading it that we won’t get from the description.

Well AAFZ is going through some serious dramatic changes, I've received some amazing feedback (even the bad reviews) to help me learn that there are some real problems with the storyline. However, in answer to your question, The reader needs to understand, that this is a story about devils, witchcraft and struggles with God. Evil is a real presence in the world. And my main character who doesn't believe in God, begins to learn against his will, there are forces unseen that are after us. Ignoring them, won't make them go away.

Where do you think your love of horror stems from?

The early horror films of the 1930s and 40s from Universal Studios. As a kid, I could not get enough
of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, Mummy and so on. Universal just kept churning these movies out by the week sometimes. House of Frankenstein..with their stable of horror stars...then there would be House of Dracula...same movie..just different actors. I also loved the magazine, "Famous Monsters of Filmland" by Forrest J. Ackerman. I had collected those and read them and re-read them. Cut the pictures out, pasted or taped them to my bedroom walls. Then Came The Exorcist in 1973 and naturally I had a mad crush on Linda Blair.Who ironically enough, I met many years later when we were both performing the same show at the same time in different theaters. William Friedkin's directorial style in that picture was unlike anything I had ever seen before.

Thomas's Theater

Thomas and Actress Linda Blair

What can we expect from you next? Are you working on something now?

I just finished my first YA novel, called, "Forever ME" it deals with bullying, fashion, makeup, social standing, the pressures girls are under to look and dress. I have the Zoe trilogy to finish and another YA novel forthcoming about stalking.

 Is there a moment that you can pinpoint and say, “that’s why I decided I wanted to be a writer?” If so, when was that moment? What happened?

 In 1976 when I saw Brian DePalma's "Carrie". There's a shot in "Carrie" during the prom destruction.
It's when it goes into split screen...when that black line comes down the center of the screen...and then a shot of Carrie slowly slides from one side of the screen to the other... I knew in that moment I wanted to be in show business for the rest of my life.  It was a real wow moment for me. I had already been writing some, but nothing that captured my imagination like that moment did.

If being a writer wasn’t an option, what would your dream job be?

 A film editor.

Avid readers’ favorite books seem to change week to week based on what they’ve read recently or what kind of mood they are in (at least that’s how I am) What’s your favorite book right now?

 "Sleeping With Paris" by Juliette Sobanet. It's a girlie girl book, and I got it free. I absolutely hated this book and the main character for a good portion of the book. Several times I felt like quitting on the book.
But I liked Juliette's writing style and I did want to see where the story finally ended up. She did an amazing thing, she won me over. Or perhaps, her MC won me over. It's a book I would never have picked up
in a book store, but because, I got a free notice and liked the cover, I thought, "ah, why not." It's my favorite book of 2012 so far.

I believe that all good writers have something they want readers to take away from their books. What do you want readers to take away from yours?

In "Forever ME" It's the first time I felt emotion from writing. I cried writing the last two chapters of the book. That had never happened to me before as a writer. It was my hope that anyone who read it would feel the real same emotion I felt for what happens in the story. If a readers tells me, that the story touched them, then my goal has been achieved.

Now, on to the this or that portion of the interview. If at any time you don’t have a preference you can choose neither. 

This or that:
Coke or Pepsi : Coke hands down!
Chocolate or Vanilla: Always chocolate.
Early Bird or Night Owl: Early Bird, I used to be the opposite during my theatre life.
Harry Potter or Twilight: HP
Vampires or Werewolves: Not keen on either but I'd go Vamps over Wolves.
Zombies or Unicorns: Not keen on Zombies either, but Walking Dead changed that. Zombies.
Twitter or Facebook: Both are evil lol. I use FB begrudgingly...I actually wish I was back on Myspace....I choose Twitter.
MAC or PC: MAC!!! Once you go MAC, you never go back!
Ebook or print: I love my ereader, but I'm always going to love Print books first and last! Print.

The Books


Some Murders Shouldn't Be Investigated

The City of San Francisco is locked in a grip of fear. A series of occult murders has led, Inspector Thomas James, to a crime scene similar to a murder committed 90 years ago in the once grand Aleris Hotel. A place where power barons of the early 20th Century engaged in witchcraft. And silent film stars indulged in the most wicked of sins.

A place where no one questions the black smoke that rises from the hotel's incinerators in the middle of the night

Forever Me is considered YA and NA. Suggested reading age is 14+

Hannah Richards isn't your typical 16 year-old at Wichita Falls High. Fashions, trends, cosmetics and style are unimportant to her. An avid reader, guitar player, classic movie and television buff, Hannah marches to the beat of her own drum. Visible only to her Father the town Sheriff, and her two best friends. Hannah lives a simple, un-pampered life as an "Eastie."

After coming to the aide of Taylor Monroe, a popular member of the ultra snobby "Stilettos" at school, Hannah's life beings spiraling out of control. As she starts spending more time with Taylor, her best friends abandon her, after a series of misunderstandings, causing Hannah to re-invent herself.

Hannah quickly gets caught up in a life much different than the one she knows, where status, glamour, makeup, appearance and acceptance become her masters. And what of the dark secret that haunts the streets of Wichita Falls?

Can Hannah survive the lies, deceit, jealousy and rage that are now waiting for her behind every corner? Will she succumb to the pressures of popularity? Or will she be crushed under the heels of the "Stilettos"?

~High school is hard enough just being yourself, let alone being someone you're not.

The Giveaway

Thomas has been kind enough to offer up an ebook of his new YA book Forever Me for giveaway! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter!!

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