Spotlight on Amey Zeigler
I’m happy to welcome Wild Rose Press author Amey Zeigler. Today, Amey shares her writing journey and her latest release, Baker’s Dozen.
I first wanted to be a writer when I was nine years old. I stapled some construction paper around some printer paper and wrote the title, Young Author, on the front complete with a quill pen and ink. But I didn’t know what I was going to write on the inside, but it was going to be epic! I had read every Nancy Drew Casefiles they had in the local library and spent my own nine-year-old fortune on another twenty—which I still own. At that point, I decided to write mysteries. About this same time I watched the movie, Charade, for the first time, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. The twists and turns really captured my imagination. I wanted to write something like that. But how?
The first creative writing course I took was in college I got a C. That average grade made me work hard the next semester and with the help of my writing professor, I wrote a short story which was published. I learned that working hard can bring results.
After college I married and had a few kids. During this time my husband was in grad school. The paychecks were small and the bills were large. My dreams of becoming a writer seemed distant, even impossible while attending to the daily needs of small children and cleaning house. However, I kept starting stories, never finishing them, thinking of ideas but I was always too busy, too tired to write them down. Then one night my husband said, “Sit down and write a scene.” I did. He read it over and said, “This is good. Keep writing.” And so I did. I kept writing, sitting in an uncomfortable cane-woven thrift store chair at a desktop computer we nicknamed Frank after Frankenstein because my husband built him out of a hodge-podge of parts. After about 90,000 words my husband said, “It’s time to get you a real computer.” With my new laptop, and in the comfort of writing in my bed, I finally finished my first novel about a half-Pixie girl. I was so pleased to finally have finished a novel! But I wanted more. I wanted publication. And I needed an identity. Who was I as a writer?
When I had been seriously writing for about two years, my husband asked me what kind of writer I wanted to be. I didn’t know. Should I be a literary writer posing deep thoughts in obscure prose or weave tales of adventure and escapism in popular fiction? I needed to find out. I needed to find my raison d’être. One dark January day, while I was in the throes of post-partem depression after the birth of my third child, I picked up a book at the library. It was the third book in a YA series. Though I had read the first book and not the second in the series, I started reading it. It had action. It had adventure. A dash of comedy and most importantly romance. Somehow, that combination burst through the fog of depression and hit the dopamine center in my brain. It healed me. Or at least part of me. And I knew, I knew then and there, that I wanted to write books that surprised, delighted and entertained readers. I thought back to my earlier love of mysteries, my fascination with Charade. I knew my stories must have a combination of action, adventure, and romance. And I want to make people laugh.
Twenty-three year-old investigative journalist, Andy Miller is armed with her many disguises and creativity to take down the riff-raff of Saint Louis. When her stepbrother is murdered by the mob, Andy soon discovers she’s out of her depth.
Enter Hugh Donaldson who has reasons of his own for discovering the murderer. He’ll use everything in his power to achieve that, including lying to Andy about his past. Dangerous as he is attractive, his martial arts skills and his quirky ways raise Andy’s suspicions.
Although Andy balks at his lies, Hugh’s charms, twenty-inch biceps, and electrifying blue eyes are difficult to resist. Striking out on their own, Hugh and Andy try to outwit each other as they traverse North America tracking down people connected to the case.
As clues disappear and the body count climbs, Andy and Hugh must trust each other and use their combined skills to bring the murderer to justice.
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