Please give a warm welcome to author Amy Sumida
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I put myself in my books, especially Godhunter. I’m pretty much the normal version of Vervain. It’s why I’m so flattered when readers tell me that they’ve connected with her. If you bond with Vervain, you’ve bonded with me. For those who haven’t read Godhunter; I’m a little sassy and very loyal. I love animals, art, and movies.
Have you always wanted to become an author?
Yes; I’ve always wanted to be an author. Since I was very young, I’ve been writing stories. I wrote my first novel in high school and gave a few chapters to my English teacher to read. A few weeks later, I was accosted in a hallway by another teacher who demanded that I finish the story. My teacher had been passing my story around to her friends. That was the first time I thought I might actually be good at writing.
What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
My current series… I have four lol. I’ll go with Godhunter since that was my first series and is closest to my heart. I’ve always been fascinated by religion. I think you can get to know a culture through the Gods they worshiped. During some research, I began to wonder what these gods would be like if they really existed. What would motivate them? What kind of magic might they have? How would they adjust to the modern world? Godhunter was born.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I’m working on Aria of the Gods: Book 8 in the Spellsinger Series. I love this series. Every book comes with a playlist of songs that Elaria sings during the story. Readers can listen to the playlists for free on Spotify. I enjoy searching for new music to add to the playlist; it gets me doing something other than straight writing.
Do you have any quirks while writing?
Quirks about writing… hmm… silence and tea. I don’t understand authors who listen to music while they write. It drives me batty when my neighbor is leaf blowing his yard or working on his car but music? No way; I’d end up paying more attention to the lyrics than the voices in my head. I need to hear the voices to write down their story. And tea is what fuels me; black and sweet. I used to adore Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme but alas, there is no Teavana anymore so I’m making do with Harney and Sons Black Vanilla.
What are your hopes for the future?
I would love to see any of my series made into either a television show or a movie. That’s my greatest hope.
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
My advice to new authors would be to never read your reviews. Good reviews can bolster your spirits like nothing else but they aren’t worth the crushing pain of bad ones. And you will get bad ones. Everyone does. It’s simply not possible for everyone who reads your books to like them. You will offend people, you will annoy them, you will fall short. It will happen. People booed Shakespeare, they will hate you. That being said, there will be people who adore you, who can’t get enough of you, and who will lovingly support you. Focus on those special people; your treasured readers. Mine have gotten me through my roughest patches as a writer. Remember; our mind has evolved to focus on negative things as a way to protect us; a way to prevent us from doing something hurtful again. That’s why we take criticism so poorly and why we lie in bed at night and think about every mistake we made. Don’t let some unknown person’s opinion of your work deter you.
Do you have anything to say to your readers?
To my readers: I have so much to thank you for. You’ve made my dream of writing for a living possible. Not only that, you’ve come along amazing adventures with me; encouraging me to new, magical heights along the way. I couldn’t have done it without all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for loving my imagination enough to give it a home in your hearts.
Spectra: A Cynical Superhero (Book 1 in the Spectra Series)
The Last Lullaby (Book 1 in the Spellsinger Series)