Today we’re getting to know another one of our fabulous authors! This time, it’s the incredible Amy McNulty!

What was the first book you wrote? Published?Luna cute 003 (Medium)
Nobody’s Goddess, a YA romantic fantasy, is the first manuscript I finished and the first one I published! I did, however, write a manuscript called Dreamalgam that was 120,000 words long and still only “half finished.” It took me nine years and I finally shelved it. I did mine some material from it for Nobody’s Goddess in the end, though.
What is your ultimate goal as an author?
I would love to be able to make a modest living as an author so I could afford to spend more time writing fiction instead of writing business content. However, to get to that point, I need to put a lot more books out. I need more time to write so I can (I hope) one day have more time to write. It’s a conundrum.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
YA fantasy or dystopian because I love immersing myself in fantastical settings. I specifically enjoy YA because I relate more to characters struggling to find their places in the world.

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?
Drafting! With one exception (when I wrote the first draft of Nobody’s Goddess in nine days!), I take longer than I’d like to write the draft. I have much more fun editing the manuscript and polishing it.


kISeGCcCDo you have any go to snacks while writing?
I tend to give myself an energy boost mid-afternoon with hot or iced tea and yogurt or a granola bar.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Never give up, even when you feel like your writing isn’t good enough.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Getting to spend time in imaginary worlds with imaginary people in my head and not feel like a crazy person for doing so.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?
There’s literally nothing else I’d rather be! I used to want to be a translator (not an interpreter) of French or Japanese, but I struggle with anxiety so I couldn’t bring myself to study abroad. But I’ve always wanted to be an author as well.

What is your favorite place to write?
On a futon using a laptop table in my office. It’s where I do most of my writing, fiction and non-fiction.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!
I’m a huge geek and I fell in love with anime when I was 12 years old after I asked my parents for a doll that I discovered was from Sailor Moon. I still love anime and manga to this day, and I contribute to Anime News Network as a daily streaming reviewer.

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