About Amy McNulty
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings
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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm a full-time freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin who's a total geek. One of my most prominent clients is Anime News Network, for which I write daily streaming reviews of anime airing online each week. My debut YA romantic fantasy, Nobody's Goddess, originally released in 2015 and won The Romance Reviews' Summer 2016 Readers' Choice Award for Young Adult Romance. Book Two in The Never Veil Series, Nobody's Lady, released this year and will be followed by the third and final book, Nobody's Pawn, in October. I'm also releasing a darker YA fantasy, Fall Far from the Tree, in September. Coupled with the re-release of special editions of Nobody's Goddess and Nobody's Lady, it's a busy time for me!
2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?
I try to just bring my Kindle so I have less to carry, but I inevitably leave in the middle of reading a hard copy book, so I have to bring that along with me. I tend to read a lot of YA fantasy and dystopian no matter where I am, although I will venture into other genres, too.
3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?
Inside and out of the sun! I think I have the kind of Seasonal Affective Disorder opposite of what most people with the condition have: I get happier on overcast, colder days and miserable on sunny, hot days. I prefer to stay indoors where it's cool and shady and read or play a game. I'm a terrible summer beach fun author...
4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?
I've loved anime for twenty-one years. (My first series was Sailor Moon.) I still watch dozens of new anime shows each season. I also love comics, video games (I used to love RPGs, but now I mostly play visual novels), movies and American TV.
5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
From my favorite things. I've always loved fantasy stories, and I've always had a soft spot for Byronic heroes and villains, even if I wouldn't want to be their friends in real life. I think this started with my childhood love for Jim Henson's Labyrinth. Loving Jareth is so wrong, but he's just so compelling.
6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?
Most of the heroines I read about go through way too many stressful adventures for my tastes! Maybe I'd go back in time to Pride and Prejudice and wish to be romanced by Mr. Darcy and live happily ever after on his grand estate.
7. What's your favorite reading spot?
In my bed, right before I go to sleep.
8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?
I actually have travel anxiety and don't go very many places. (I didn't venture beyond Wisconsin and Illinois for ten years as a young adult after a bunch of traveling around the country as a kid.) The only place I go on a regular basis is NYC to visit my boyfriend's family, and I do love it there. I could never afford to live there full-time or deal with that kind of congestion on a long-term basis, but it's such a fun place to explore. You can walk everywhere and there's no empty space! There's always someplace to go and something to do.
9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?
Tap into what you like about a sunny day. Do you have a feeling of warmth and comfort? Write a cozy story and set some scenes in the summer. Personally, sunny days make me want to retreat inside, but I do enjoy a cozy, summer read. For example, late last summer I read The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet (the spin-off sequel novel to the web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries) and I just loved reading about Lydia's growth and her adventures--adventures that seemed far more achievable to me than winning the Hunger Games or going to Hogwarts. It was a very hopeful summer read. I tend to read a lot of classics in the summer, too, like North & South and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Summer, sunny reads to me are simpler than my typical spec fic reading list but elicit warm feelings.
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
Watch for my new book, Fall Far from the Tree, a dark YA fantasy, on September 6th! It's currently a stand-alone, but there's sequel potential if enough people enjoy it. The third and final book in The Never Veil Series will be out this October! Beyond that, I'm looking for the right home for my latest YA project, a fantasy prequel retelling to Jack and the Beanstalk called Ballad of the Beanstalk.
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