My attic is dusty and has a plethora of junk in it, but it's a fun place to hang out, learn about authors and listen to an occasional stupid story. If you don't mind the dust, I'd love to have you.
Welcome, welcome! Benny and I are very excited to have Amy Lignor visit my attic.
So, tell our readers – who are you and where did you come from?
I am a small town girl, born in a very tiny area in northwest Connecticut. I began in the publishing industry when I was very young, and various jobs took me all over the United States where I got to meet the most amazing people along the way. I am a very lucky mom who is beyond privileged to have Shelby as my brilliant daughter; I love to laugh, live; I am a hopeful romantic, loyal, and a bit too sarcastic for my own good.
Obviously you’re a writer, what is the name of your book and the general plot?
This is a series entitled, the Tallent & Lowery Adventures. The newest to be released is The Hero’s Companion, with Book #4, The Charlatan’s Crown coming in March/April of 2014. Each story is a very in-depth puzzle, linking locations and people that readers assume could not possibly be linked, in order to create an adventure that they won’t (hopefully) forget.
Where did you come up with the idea?
I find ideas in the smallest of places, actually. This series began with 13, and the book actually came about because of a very boring day I was having at work. A co-worker was checking her horoscope and I spotted a notation regarding the 13th sign that’d been thrown out of the zodiac because of its evil ‘similarities’ to the devil. With this one piece of information, I delved into research (which I love to do), and created a puzzle that ended up linking Andrew Carnegie and his building of the New York Public Library with people such as Jack the Ripper, and had a great time writing. From then on out, Leah & Gareth became such a great duo that each and every puzzle since has come from a piece of research I end up coming across while writing the book before. So, I’ve been very lucky!
Which of your characters do you like the most and why?
I love all of them, but when it comes to identifying the most with one, it would have to be Leah Tallent. Her card catalogue of a brain that stores the tiniest pieces of information that Tallent & Lowery actually need in order to take the next step…I find her amazingly brilliant. I also love her wit and sarcasm, because the banter in the books is so much fun to write. She’s one of these tough women, but as the stories progress, readers truly watch her inspire, support, find faith, and fall in love.
Which one do you hate the most and why?
Oh, well, the villain – Daniel Bauer – would be the one I most hate as a reader, but he was truly a whole lot of fun to write. His monumental plan is only put in jeopardy by the team of Tallent & Lowery, but he has far more secrets and weapons in his arsenal than the duo knows about. So he’s interesting, exciting and mean all at the same time.
You’re stranded on an island and you are granted three things;
The first thing you’re granted is an IPod with only one song loaded, what is it?
‘Bad to the Bone’ by George Thorogood. It has such a great beat and brings back the memory of Stephen King’s ‘Christine’ which pumps up my energy.
Good answer, love that movie.
The second item is a book with the last chapter missing, what is it and who wrote it?
‘The Boat Book’ published by Popular Mechanics in 1931. And then I would just have to pray that the last chapter didn’t include the most instructions.
Hahaha, all you would need is the boat.
And the third thing you’re granted on this island is a lunchbox with a sandwich and a full thermos, yummy, what kind of sandwich and drink would you appreciate?
A BLT on awesome homemade Italian bread! I would have to go with Passion Iced Tea for the drink. I LOVE that stuff!
What is the biggest mistake you have made in your life? Not writing or publishing mistake – any mistake. Even if it happened in 3rd grade, I wanna know about it.
I told a lie to my best friend in 6th grade and got busted. I was totally embarrassed (thankfully, she forgave me, because she was definitely the brighter of us two), and I never lied again. (Literally, not even the easy ones, so I get in trouble a great deal for offering up my opinion if it’s asked for)
What would you do for a Klondike bar?
Wow…what are the choices? Most anything as long as there is no general evil, death, killing, maiming, or jail time involved. (And I can compromise on the general evil part).
Hmmmm, Benny and I will have to come up with something. Take no offence, my sloth sleeps through everything.
So, you’re still stranded on that island and two people show up, the character you love the most, and the one you hate the most, and they both know what you said about them. What do you do?
I beg Mr. Darcy to stay with me because he is my favorite character AND I can toss the boat building book aside in order to remain in his company. But if Rasputin showed up…I am SOOO out of there. I will swim through sharks if need be. (But I’m taking Mr. Darcy with me.)
Flash round favorites:
Real ‘From-the-Gut’ Laughter
My mom’s Lasagna
Place to visit
Place to live
New York City
Raiders of the Lost Ark
I’m in Roswell, NM, so I have to go with the original ‘crew’ that landed here in 1947
Pluto (And, yes, it counts. Poor fella got a ‘bum’ wrap, man!)
And last of all, favorite memory-
The day my daughter was placed in my arms and I told her I was sorry up front that she’d landed with me. She tilted her head as if to say; “Ah…you’ll do,” then smiled and went to sleep.
Anything else you would like to add?
(You have great questions!) And…I love talking to readers! I can be reached at:
Thank you so much for visiting Benny and I. Good luck with your book!
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