Spekkies, today we have author Amy Brock McNew with us! Get ready to delve into her mind.

Hi Amy!  What are you most looking forward to about attending this year’s conference?

Well, for one, Tosca Lee is going to be there. Hanging out with her is always a riot. The Nerf war is a highlight for me. We have some extraordinary faculty this year, so the classes are going to rock. Most of all, this year my husband and son are coming with me. I’m excited to introduce them to my tribe, and they’re stoked about learning more about the publishing world.

Will you be coming in costume to the Awards Banquet?

Yes! My husband and I are doing costumes from the same “team”, and my son has something awesome planned. Oh, and they’re all a secret. 😉

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Scotland. My husband has Scottish roots, the country is unrealistically beautiful, and the mysticism tied to the place is something I’ve always found fascinating.

If you could spend the day with one spec fic character, who would it be?

Zoe from Firefly, because, well, if you know me, you know why.

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What is your favorite TV show?

Firefly. No question. But right now, I’m liking this new show, Blind Spot. Pretty cool, though not spec fic.

What was the inspiration behind your most recent published work?

Rebirth was inspired in part by my life. The personal stuff that happens to Liz, her past, mistakes, heartbreaks, those are mine. The choices I made, the things that happened to me, the evil I faced (though no fighting demons with blades!), I was constantly fighting. Fighting God, fighting what Hell threw at me, and mostly, fighting myself.

I didn’t want to write a memoir. Those aren’t my thing. But, I love spec fic. The idea grew organically from that. Have those real life, personal moments, but make some of the spiritual and mental struggles come to life. Let’s see those demons and instead of fighting in their minds or souls, let’s have the characters face them on an actual battlefield.  

What is your goal in and for your writing?

I want to reach those who are in or have been in the dark place. That place where there’s no hope, where you feel disgusting, and worthless. Where the choices you made, the evil you embraced, left a mark on your soul and irrevocably changed you. The ones who feel like they’ve gone too far to come back. I was there. I was embarrassed at first and didn’t want to write it. But in Him, there is no shame, only grace. I want them to see through my characters struggles that no one is too far gone, no one is worthless, and we can all come home to Him. He will be waiting with open arms. My goals for my writing? Right now, I want to get this series out of my head before it explodes! It’s been eating at me for years. Honestly, that pretty much sums it up. I want to get these stories out. I may never be famous or hit a best seller list. That’s cool. I just want to meet people where they are, with real, honest, guts on the page stories they can identify with.

What sub genre of Spec fic is your favorite to write? Read?

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I love the ethereal, fantastical worlds and creatures set against the backdrop of modern life. There’s usually a mix of action, adventure, battles, and a touch of romance, even sometimes humor, and I love that. I want it all from a book, and these sub genres give it.

Thanks so much for being with us today, Amy!

amyMeet Amy Brock McNew. Author. Blogger. Fighter.

Former nurse and martial artist.

Amy doesn’t just write speculative fiction, she lives and breathes it. She enthusiastically explores the strange, the supernatural, and the wonderfully weird. She pours her guts onto the pages she writes, honestly and brutally revealing herself in the process. Nothing is off limits. Her favorite question is “what if?” and she believes fiction can be truer than our sheltered and controlled realities.

This wife and mom is a lover of music, chocolate, the beach, and cherry vanilla Coke. Her home is a zoo, filled with teenagers–both hers and those she seems to collect–two dogs, a cat, and various fish and amphibians. Strangely enough, her kids are the ones who have to tell her to turn the music down.

It is her firm belief that everyone should have a theme song.

Originally from Arkansas, Amy currently resides in Indiana. She and her Taekwondo-instructor husband are constantly acting like overgrown kids–and loving every minute of it. She longs for the day when her husband retires, so she can write her adventures of love and war on a back porch overlooking the ocean.

In flip flops.