Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Author Interview with Amy Metz, Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction

Hi Amy, where were you born and where do you call home? 
I’ve lived in Kentucky all my life. I was born in Owensboro and have lived in Paducah, Danville, and Lexington, but I grew up in Louisville, and minus seven years during college and early married life, it’s been home since first grade.

Tell us about something that has just happened or is about to happen in your life that you would like to share.
My first book is about to launch in August! I’m so excited about that. Also, my oldest son just got married, and they adopted an English Mastiff puppy. Now I have a new daughter-in-law and a new granddog.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction is my book that’s about to launch. It’s a murder mystery with quirky characters, a little bit of romance and a lot of Southern humor. 

If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Tess would have words with me over keeping her apart from Jackson for so long. She’s not happy with all of the roadblocks I threw in their way. Come to think of it, Jackson would like to have a few words with me too.

Do you have plans for a new book?   Is this book part of a series?
Yes, this is book one of a series. I’ve completed the second book, and I’m currently working on the third. Book two is titled, Heroes & Hooligans In Goose Pimple Junction.

Patti says: you have to join the facebook page for Indie Authors that was created for Authors to tell us all about their soon to be released books. You can share excerpts of your book, cover... anything you like. don't forget to upload your cover and book trailer there! Here is the link (and all welcome) -

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
All three! I read ebooks when I go out and have to kill time waiting for someone or something, and I read paperbacks at home. But there’s nothing like holding a hardcover book in your hands. If I had to pick one, I’d pick hardcover.

Where do you prefer to buy your books?
I like to support Indie bookstores like Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville. If they don’t have what I want, I usually buy from or

What book would you like to read again?
I’d happily read anything by Robert B. Parker multiple times. (And have on several occasions.)

Who designed the cover of your book?
I found Karen Mathison Schmidt online, and I think she did a fantastic job of illustrating my Goose Pimple Junction. I think she’s brilliant. I love her work and can’t say enough about it.

Do you have a book trailer?
I do! Thank you, Patti, for doing a fantastic job on it. You can find it here: You can also view it on the bottom of this post -

What are your thoughts on book trailers?
In today’s market, I think it’s smart to have a book trailer. If they’re done right they can be a valuable promotional tool.

What are your pet peeves?
Mean people and bad grammar. Mean people who use poor grammar are the worst!

 Any pets that you would like to tell us about, share a pic?
I have two granddogs and one dog of our own. In addition to Arlo (AKA Big Dog, the newly adopted mastiff puppy,) my son has a six-year-old brown lab who opens doors, cabinets, and refrigerators. Seriously. And he’ll eat anything he can find. I actually gave some of his antics to Ezzie, the Bassett hound in the book. His name is Gage, but we call him Brown Dog. We have a six-year-old Labradoodle named Cooper who loves it when they come over.

White wine or red?
Sweet tea—the wine of the South!
Coffee or tea?
Sweet tea, of course.
So you like to cook?  Do you have a favorite food?
I love to bake. If it’s chocolate, lemon, or cheesecake, it’s a good bet I’m going to love it. 
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?
Chocolate. Unless it’s in a hot fudge sundae, and then it has to be vanilla.

What are 4 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
Lipstick, sunglasses, my Reader glasses, and a book loaded on my iPhone. My mother drilled into me to always have lipstick on, my eyes are very sensitive to the sun and I panic if I don’t have my sunglasses, and now that I’m over fifty, I can’t read a thing without my glasses. The day I discovered bifocal reader sunglasses, I was a happy girl. And I hate to sit and wait, but if I have a book I’m good for hours.

Sleep in or get up early?
Both! During the school year I get up at 6:30 to make my son’s breakfast and lunch, and to get him off to school. Then I go back to bed for a few more hours. I usually am up writing until one or two a.m., so once my son leaves for school, I have to go back to bed for more sleep. During the summer it’s pretty much the same. I stay up way too late and sleep in way too long. 

Laptop or desktop for writing?
Laptop. I love my MacBook. I’m on my second one. I wore the letters off the keys of the first one and filled the hard drive to the max. It’s now my backup.

Your favorite gadget - 
iPhone. I don’t know how I managed to live without one.

One of your favorite quotes -
Oh boy, I collect quotes like a bag lady collects tin cans. To pick one…hmmm…how about one I recently came across: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!  ~Emerson

An actor or a book character you have a crush on –
Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, hands down. John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport is a close second.

Where can your readers stalk you? 
My website:
My facebook page:
My Goodreads author page:
Amazon: (I’ll know these links in about a month)

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
It will be available in both.

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