AUTHOR: Amy Neftzger
BOOK TITLE: The Orphanage of Miracles
PUBLISHER: Fog Ink
GIVEAWAY?: Yes - one copy (hardcover). Be sure to leave contact information to be entered into drawing.
Please tell us about yourself?
I’ve been publishing fiction for over 10 years now, but I also publish nonfiction and write a variety of things. I’m originally from the Chicago area, but now I live in Nashville. I’m married to a musician. I have two teenage children and a dog who is addicted to laser lights.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing at a very early age. I had notebooks full of poetry before I was in the 3rd grade and wrote my first book in the 6th grade. The book was terrible and luckily destroyed in a flood.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are a lot of themes in the book (teamwork, etc), but the primary message is about what really makes or defines a miracle.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Neil Gaiman. He’s a master at story construction and so creative. I respect his work and enjoy reading it very much.
What book are you reading now? What do you like, or not, about it?
The Cider House Rules by John Irving. I’ve read his work before and each time I read one of his books I wonder why I haven’t read more of it, but I’m slowly working my way through his stuff. It’s excellent writing and he creates such great characters.
What are your current projects?
The sequel to the “Orphanage of Miracles.” It’s called “The Orchard of Hope.”
Do you ever have problems with writers block? If so how do you get through it? '
My biggest problem is not having enough time to write, so I’ve never really had writer’s block. I usually have more than one project going on at once, so I can switch projects if I need a change. If I tried to work on one story until it was done before doing anything else, I might experience writer’s block. Sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery or task to get the creative juices flowing.
What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
I play several instruments (the drums is my favorite) and I have written lyrics for songs. It’s a very different form of writing and I enjoy the change.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing and don’t measure your success by the money you make. Some books make more money and sell more copies than others, and this is not necessarily reflective of the quality. Sometimes success is dependent upon how ready the public is to hear the message.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
Fog Ink is a division of Fields of Gold Publishing, Inc. that is primarily a music publisher here in Nashville. Back in 2002 (pre self publishing) the process for publishing a book and print music were very similar, so I was the first author published. While it’s still a small company, they now have several authors and there’s a lot of personal attention.
How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.
my band on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/luckymunk
twitter: @neftzger or http://twitter.com/Neftzger
Amid a war torn land, hidden deep within an enchanted forest, hides an orphanage where miracles abound. It s a magical place built by a resolute king who is determined to defeat an evil sorcerer waging bitter war against his people. Victory just might take a miracle, and so the orphanage may very well hide the key to winning the war.
A young girl named Kelsey also desperately needs a miracle. She embarks on a quest to find the mysterious and hidden orphanage. Along the way she is joined by several traveling companions, including an over-sized snow leopard and a boy who cannot speak. In a land enchanted, it's difficult to know the difference between what's real and what isn't ... and what a true friend looks like. Join Kelsey and her companions as they embark on an extraordinary adventure and a quest unlike any other.
The Orphanage of Miracles is a work of fiction that examines the concept of miracles and what it takes to find or make the one you need.