Amy Sorrells: part 2

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Pickin' An Author's Knows, writing

When last we heard from lady author extraordinaire, Amy Sorrells, she’d finished part 1 of the Pickin’ An Author’s Knows interview series by doling out these writerly words of wisdom:IMG_4748

CHILL THE HECK OUT ALREADY. Manuscripts land where they’re supposed to land. Words get written when they’re supposed to get written.

Gives ya writerly goosebumps, aye? 

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Miss Amy’s debut novel, How Sweet the Sound, addresses some challenging topics, is written with a poetical prose, and reminds us of God’s redemptive mercy and unwavering grace:

… but for now, I feel what God intended unfurling within me. Released from darkness at last, I taste the essence of hope pushing, she but intent on release.

Is this how God heals? Slow enough to feel the slough of pain, but quick enough to press me deeper into Him.

As we finish the interview today, we’ll delve deeper into the mysteries of authorship, not to be confused with spaceships, but hey, maybe, just maybe… Oh never mind. Well, that would explain a lot, wouldn’t it? Authors. Aliens. Writers. Wonky people from other planets. Hmmm. Gets one to thinking.

Without further delay, I give you part 2 of the interview series, Pickin’ An Author’s Knows.

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11. What is the best advice you can give to an aspiring writer today?

READ. Everything. Anything. Especially out of your genre. READ.

12. What is your favorite how-to book on the craft of writing?

Stephen King, “On Writing.”

13. One of mine is “Story Craft” by “Hank the Cowdog” author, John R. Erickson, and in it he says, “Let artists return to the ancient notion that art and literature should nourish the human spirit, not poison it.” (p.106)

Do you agree? Why?

This question really made me think, and I disagree. Ultimately, I believe art and literature have to be a combination of poison and nourishment, because isn’t that the world we live in? If artists don’t address—indeed, accurately portray—the poison, how can they address the nourishment? The dichotomy, the tension, between the two extremes are in fact what I believe create true, moving, and lasting story.

14. How do you balance, faith, family, work, and writing?

Balance? What’s balance?

15. Most authors utilize various online social media venues (i.e. websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to promote their books, and essentially themselves. As both a child of God and an author, how do you balance the secular endorsement ideals (that are heavy with pride, vanity, and self-exaltation) with Christ’s traits (that exalt humility, holiness, and surrender)?

We live in an unprecedented time of history, the way everything connects, so little is discreet anymore, so little room exists for mystery and imagination in the midst of all the noise and never-ending social media conversations. I think I try to balance these things by being still…by being not only diligent, but vigilant, in carving out time for myself, for seeing, smelling and tasting nature, for eyeball-to-eyeball time with my family, even with my dogs. Ultimately, by being still and waiting on The Lord.

16. What image or quote hangs on your office wall that helps orient your internal compass?

I have a tattoo on my left forearm in Hebrew lettering that says, “Isaiah 61.” I look at that and remember how far He’s delivered me, and how far I have yet to be delivered. And I am renewed.

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20130605-172415* While you all are busy pounding keys to find Cyber Monday deals, miss Amy Sorrells, author of How Sweet the Sound, has offered up a sweat treat… she’ll give away a signed copy of her debut, whiz-bang wonderful novel to someone who leaves a comment. You’ll have a week to leave a note before miss Amy writes the names on miniature rockets that are lubed and loaded with turbo booster, hurtle-into-space grease. She’ll light them afire and launch them to the moon. Whichever one gets there first, wins. Or not. Maybe she’ll employ other secret writerly methods to select a name. Either way, leave us a note, alrighty? Ask her a question. Tell us your favorite writerly book title. Etcetera, so on and so forth.

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17. Please tell us about your current project.

9781434705457_HIMy second, stand-alone novel, Then Sings My Soul, releases in a few short months (March 1, 2015, David C. Cook). It’s the story of a middle aged, wingle woman named Nel Stewart, who returns home due to the sudden death of her mother and realizes her beloved father, Jakob is struggling with the loss of his memory. With the reappearance of an old high-school sweetheart, mysterious deliveries addressed to her deceased mother from Ukraine, and the discovery of a vintage aquamarine gemstone, Nel senses God pulling her into the past to restore her and her father’s futures before it’s too late. Told partially through Jakob’s flashbacks of fleeing the Jewish genocides of eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century, this novel reveals how even when mankind strips humans from their homeland and attempts to erase their faith – God will never leave his people.

Thank you, miss Amy, for partaking in this interview series. I so appreciate your time, your talent, your storytelling, and how you always point to truth.

I pull the old, worn burlap pecan bags off every mirror in my house, permitting myself to see reflections of places long devastated and letting my heart roam ancient ruins. Not without fear, but with possibility. Not without shame, but with the advent of a double portion of joy.

As we focus on the Christ babe this season, let us also remember the Christ man, the One who Who gave it all so we could shine forth His best, His love, His gift.

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Don’t forget to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her debut novel, How Sweet the Sound.

You can find miss Amy all over CyberLand –

Amy Sorrells: website & Twitter & FaceBook & Pinterest & Goodreads

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9 thoughts on “Amy Sorrells: part 2”

  1. Darlene, I’m so excited you posted about Amy. This sounds like an amazing book. I am really surprised she put Stephen kings book on for writing craft. Who knew. I may just have to order hers and his. Blessings to all.

  2. Well, I will try this again. I am so glad you shared Amy with us. What a wonderful lady and writer. I’m surprised she would cite Stephen King as her craft choice. I will have to check out her book and his! 🙂 Bless you all.

    • Heya miss Carmen – I don’t know what happened, but here you are twice on the same piece – I think the blog gremlins were up to some wonky business.

      I’ve also read the S.King writerly book. It is good. I mean really, even if his genre isn’t what a person normally reads, the fact remains that he’s an amazing writer who’s been at it (and very successful) for a long time. True enough – there’s a bit more rough lingo than I prefer, but it’s not personal, it’s just him.

      Maybe check it out at the library?

      AND you’ll really like Amy’s book!

  3. S. Etole says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing this with us. Her second novel sounds like a good one, too.

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