Saturday, April 14, 2018

0 Amanda Foody, author of ACE OF SHADES, on not becoming dependent on any writing ritual

We're thrilled to have Amanda Foody drop by to tell us more about her latest novel, ACE OF SHADES.

Amanda, what was your initial inspiration for ACE OF SHADES? 

I had two very, very different ones. The first was the idea of a world where magic was currency, in which every book of the series had a different financial operation. The second inspiration came from Spirited Away, my favorite movie. I based the three core characters on Chihiro, Haku, and Yubaba.

What scene was really hard for you to write and why? Is that the one of which you are most proud?

There is a particular character in the book who is a predator, and though the writing never grows truly explicit, I still found his largest scene to be very unnerving to write. I am most proud of the female masturbation scene because of what it does for the character's arc and because I was so nervous to write it. I'm very happy with how it turned out.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself? 

This book taught me nearly everything about writing. Most importantly, how to revise. This book has been entirely rewritten five times.

What do you hope readers will take away from ACE OF SHADES? 

I hope readers love the characters and the world enough to return for book two! I don't think I could ask for more than that.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc? 

I am the least picky writer ever. I have no ritual or preferences. I like constant change, and I don't like becoming dependent on any ritual or familiar thing. But it's a definite no to coffee shops. I don't like coffee, so I've truly only been inside coffee shops a handful of times ever.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers? 

Seek out other writers who are at the same experience level as you or higher. Value their opinions on yourself and your work. Take compliments as easily as you take criticism. True self-confidence is letting go of perfection.

What are you working on now? 

A bunch of projects! Notably, finishing up ACE's sequel.


Ace of Shades
by Amanda Foody
Harlequin Teen
Released 4/10/2018

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

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Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

ACE OF SHADES is the first novel of THE SHADOW GAME series, releasing April 10, 2018. Her debut, DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY, released in July 2017.


Have you had a chance to read ACE OF SHADES yet? Do you take compliments as easily as you take criticism? Are you able to let go of perfection? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Charlotte, Anisaa, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

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