Today’s post is all about one of YA Mania’s featured authors, Amy Parker!
The awesome thing about Amy Parker was the fact that she contacted ME to join the panel! She sent a sweet email asking to join and after reading I couldn’t say no. Even though she contacted me a few weeks before the event, I was bring her up to speed. I am beyond excited to meet her and cannot wait to get my hands on her book which looks absolutely amazing!
Here’s her Goodreads bio:
AMY CHRISTINE PARKER writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Visit her at amychristineparker.com and follow her on Twitter @amychristinepar
Q: On your website bio you mentioned that you lived in a haunted house, can you tell us more? Any creepy stories?
A: Well, let’s see…the house was over one hundred years old and was quite cool in some ways because it had a secret passageway to the second floor hidden in the kitchen pantry and an old horse drawn carriage in the barn out back. BUT every night I would hear footsteps coming up the front steps and when I went to see who was coming up, there was no one there. As soon as I would lie back down they would start again…in basically the same section of the stairs where they stopped. Then the attic door next to my room would rattle like someone was on the other side of it trying to get out. Once it actually opened up on its own as I was walking by and I ran and hid in my closet, certain that something was coming for me. Another time my five year old brother’s bedroom doors were both locked in the middle of the night—something he never did, we all kept our doors open and we were all screaming at him to open the door and he just wouldn’t wake up. When he finally did and we got inside there was a huge piece of the wall on his pillow—somehow it had fallen and we have no idea how or why. It was a rental house. We lived there for only a year and it was so creepy several of our relatives refused to stay there.
Q: Why are you scared of frogs?
A: I have no idea! I think it has to do with the hopping. It’s totally irrational and I know it but I can’t seem to talk myself out of it!
Q: I see that you’re a Stephen King fan, what shorts do you recommend for someone who’s never read his work?
A: The first short story of his that I couldn’t stop thinking about was called Gramma and is in the Skeleton Crew collection. It’s about a kid who is home alone with his dying grandmother who sort of freaks him out because she’s bedridden and large and as the story goes on, he realizes, a witch. He goes to check on her and it appears that she’s died…but then she starts calling to him telling him she wants a hug. It creeped me out BIG TIME. So for me if you’re new to Stephen King, you should start with that collection.
Q: Have you always written full time? If not, what did you do before writing?
A: No, in fact I only started writing full time about two years ago. Before that I was a full time stay at home mom and before that I was a fifth grade teacher.
Q: Are you a part of any ‘fandoms’? Which ones?
A: Not officially! But if I were going to join one, hands down it would be the Harry Potter fandom. I loved those books and am dying to get to Universal Studios asap to see Diagon Alley.
Thanks Amy! If you’d like to purchase her book Gated, stop by YA Mania and pick up a copy!