"Author of the Month" is a feature that I created to honour some of my favourite authors by featuring their works for an entire month!
This feature will:
This feature will:
- Run for entire month.
- On every Sunday of the month (excluding the first week where I will have a blog post introducing and interviewing the author), there will be a blog post dedicated to the author. The content of the blog post is entirely up to the author's choice.
- The "Author of the Month" button will be displayed in my blog's sidebar during the entire duration.
- If you have any questions to ask the author(s), you can leave a comment below the blog post or privately message me at email@example.com.
For the entire month of February, I am proud to feature author Amalie Silver.
Amalie Silver resides in Minnesota with her husband, two toddlers, and German Short-haired Pointer, Saba. She consumes approximately three pots of coffee a day, and credits this for her survival over the past decade. When not completely consumed in her writing, she can be found taking road trips to northern Minnesota, engaging in fierce Scrabble games, or reading a good book. She’s a sucker for all romance genres, literary fiction, and psychological fiction.
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Hello Amalie! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog and I’m beyond excited to get the interview started.
Thanks so much for having me!
Here comes the customary question *winks* Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background, when and why did you start writing?
Well, I’ve lived in Minnesota my entire life and I wasn’t ever much of a writer. In fact, I failed Modern American Literature in high school and it almost kept me from graduating on time. I used to write really bad poetry and tried my hand at a novella when I was in my twenties. But it was horrible. Ha!
I went to college for graphic design, but like all the other jobs I’ve had, it never stuck. It wasn’t until my baby girl was born in 2012 that I decided to try again. Progress was the first book I ever tried to write. I originally published the book in 2013, along with the other two books in the series, but with time and experience, I eventually took them off Amazon to rewrite them in 2015.
Recently, I have read your new release, Progress which I acquired from Netgalley (yay!) and absolutely adore the storyline and the characters, Jesse and Charlie. The story was based on “dysfunctional romance” and you delivered their story perfectly (heartbreakingly to be honest :P ), what was your inspiration behind Progress, and most importantly, Charlie and Jesse’s persona?
Whoa, loaded question. ;) For every character that I write, there are parts of myself and parts of people I’ve known in my life. I’ve always had the ability to see people in ways that others can’t, or won’t.
When I was working as a server in my early twenties, I met someone whose mind worked so differently from my own. At first I was intrigued, smitten, in awe, but after knowing him for several months I realized that he was so much more complex than anyone I’d met before him. He blew my mind. Without realizing what he was doing, he assisted me in a journey of self-discovery that I wouldn’t have taken if it weren’t for a few life-changing conversations that we’d had.
This story was my way of thanking him for being extraordinary.
So in a way, you could say this is based on a true story, but not really. One book (not even three) can sum up an entire lifetime. I took many creative liberties that strayed far from actual events.
When you are writing Progress, what do you want your readers to feel or to take back with them?
There’s much debate over why Charlie lost the weight. Everyone will draw the conclusion they want to draw. I think that’s the true beauty of the book. It holds a mirror up to you and asks you what beauty means to you. Not what it means to me, to Charlie, or to Jesse. You. And no one is wrong in their definition or the conclusions they draw from the book, it simply reiterates your beliefs of how the word is defined. Because I can tell you (from personal experience) that no one would lose over a hundred pounds for anyone except themselves. It’s a decision each one of us makes to engage in a healthier lifestyle than the one they were living before. The kind of dedication it takes to stick to that kind of routine has way more to do with who they are deep down than the influence of one person.
There’s also a huge stigma when it comes to mental health and depression. You can’t wake up one day and say, “I think I’ll be happy today!” Depression doesn’t work that way. It’s not mind over matter. I wanted to shed some light on this topic and try to get readers to understand that life for people with bipolar isn’t easy and depression isn’t a choice.
And lastly, Progress touches on the human condition. How we treat each other; the assumptions we make, the judgment, the cruelty. It doesn’t throw it in your face, but I wanted people to think about the lives that haven’t been as fortunate their own, and how we’re quick to write off someone for erratic behavior or for a mind that works differently than ours. The society we live in today is a sheltered one. We see what we want to see. But if we keep our eyes open, we can come to realize that each one of us is capable of making the world a better place. Even if it’s just for one person.