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Author Interview: Amy Harmon & Giveaway!



Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.

This book, A Different Blue, came highly recommended from a friend on Goodreads. She gushed on and on about the book and raved about it so much that I downloaded my very own copy immediately. Don't tell anyone, but I couldn't wait to read it, so I put it to the front of my TBR list and I loved every minute of it. You can read my in depth review here: Just Bookin' Around.

Now, without further ado... Please welcome Amy Harmon!




SRNA: Tell us about your other books! Since reading A Different Blue, I've added your other books to my lists of books to read.



AH: My debut novel, Running Barefoot, is a contemporary romance with a heroine very much like me. Maybe every author has to have that one character who hits pretty close to home. Running Barefoot takes place in the town where I grew up, and it has a very down home, small-town appeal. It also has a Native American lead character, only in this story, the male love interest is half-Navajo. Slow Dance in Purgatory and Prom Night in Purgatory are very different from my debut in that they involve ghosts and time travel as well as romance. I suppose that's the beauty of being a self-published author. I can write whatever interests me. I'm working on another contemporary romance novel now, more similar in style to Running Barefoot and A Different Blue.

SRNA: Where did you get the idea for A Different Blue?

AH: In my first novel, Running Barefoot, the character Josie has a lot of me in her. So I really wanted to write a book about a girl who is very different from me. But, as the book progressed, I discovered we weren't so different after all. I came to understand Blue on a very deep and personal level. I think we all know someone like Blue. I think we all have a little of Blue in us. I know I do. Blue is not me in the sense that I never lived her story, but I think every woman will be able to relate with her. There are some issues that are unique to being female, and you ladies will cry at certain scenes, I promise. Not because the scenes are sappy, but because every girl has struggled with similar issues.

SRNA: Did you set out to write a New Adult book or did it just happen?

AH: I love YA books because there is an innocence that is expected and accepted that isn't always welcomed in other classifications of literature. A Different Blue is more New Adult, simply because of the subject matter and the age of the main characters, but it retains some of that innocence that I think is refreshing. And I love romance. All of my books are romantic. If there's no kissing, I'm really not interested.

SRNA: How did you decide to self-publish and are you happy you did?

AH: I wrote my first book about five years ago, just because I wanted to. I didn't know what I would ever do with it, but I wanted to write. Then, a year and a half ago, my oldest son got very sick. We were in desperate straits, and I knew I needed to do something to take my mind off of the helplessness I felt in the face of his illness as well as help my family financially. I didn't have the luxury of waiting for a publishing house. I discovered the world of self-publishing, and I said to myself "I can do that." And I have. Four times now. It's been a wild ride, and I plan on staying on this merry go-round forever. I absolutely love everything about it.

SRNA: Are you currently working on anything else?

AH: I am working on a new contemporary romance that will be out in the fall. I always think I will take a break after a new release, but I find I really don't want a break. Writing is very enjoyable for me. I'd honestly rather "work" than anything. I even struggle to read like I used to. I have too many of my own stories in my head.

SRNA: And finally. Has anyone ever told you, you resemble Andie MacDowell? I think that's who I mean... you resemble some famous actress and I can't put my finger on which one. I think it's Andie MacDowell from the movie Michael with John Travolta. 

AH: Ha ha ha. If I had a dollar for every time I've been told I look like Andie MacDowell I would be as rich as...well, Andie MacDowell. Thank you. It always pleases me when I get that compliment.

Thank you so much Amy for agreeing to be my first NA author interview. I wish you continued success with all that you do!

Let me just add for the audience, Amy is a genuinely gracious person and I am honored that she took the time out to not only respond to my interview request, but has been so very accommodating! 

Everyone!!! You need to read A Different Blue. Now. 


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Lori L. Clark

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12 comments:

  1. Yes! I love love love New Adult! So many good books keep coming out! It's fantastic.

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  2. YES! my new fave genre to read!

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  3. Yes, I am addicted to New Adult!!! There are too many books on my to read list though! And now this one too!

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  4. I love Amy Harmon! Can't wait to get my hands on this book :)

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  5. I can't say I've read any New Adult yet, but I love YA and a good friend told me I HAD to read A DIFFERENT BLUE so I can't wait to!

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  6. I am a fan of NA. A few of my favorite books of this year have been in the NA genre (Relentless, Collide).

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  7. Yes I am. Some of my favorite books belong to NA

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  8. I enjoyed the interview. How nice to just write what you like and self publish it. I want to read A different Blue and I love YA books, always have.

    Yes Amy does look like Andie McDowell:)

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  9. I absolutely LOVE new adult books! I haven't read any I haven't liked yet. Thanks for the chance to win! This looks great!

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  10. Thanks everyone for stopping by and supporting Amy! I'm happy to see all the lovely NA fans and comments. :)

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  11. I love new adult! The Opportunist, Going Under, and Back to You are some of my all-time favorite books. I'm glad this is an expanding genre. I can't get enough of it.

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