Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Soul Quest - Amy Mauerer Jones

Short Bio for Amy Jones
I am a 1993 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education.  I have seventeen years of experience in education and currently teach Dance and Theater Arts to high school students in southeastern North Carolina. Dancing, acting and writing are all forms of communication.  Each form requires exceptional creativity and passion to inspire and impress an audience.  I have enjoyed a passion for reading, writing, and the arts since I was a child.  As an adult I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to share my passion for the arts with children.  It only seems appropriate that delving into the world of teen fiction would be the next logical step in my life.

Product description: Liv Glyn is torn between two worlds, Earth, her home and Arcadia, a world unknown. Never the less, duty calls for Liv and her companions of Spirit Laith, Brayan and Meena, to take action. What ensues is a supernatural showdown at Forest Hills High, corpses mysteriously surface in the Hudson and a Valentine's Day Dance turns into a murder investigation. A quest to save humanity begins.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? Teenagers will relate to the day - in and day - out drama of Liv and her companions of Spirit.  The characters in Soul Quest are very much like people teens already know. They were created using aspects of teenagers I know personally and interact with everyday (I’m a teacher).  On the flip side, these teens have special powers like shape shifting, using their mind to set things on fire or breathing under water. I think it would be exciting to know and become friends with Liv and her companions. My hope is that teens will feel as if they are there with them in the story, along for the adventure.

Q: Why did you go indie?
It felt right and made the most sense to me. The world of indie writing is taking the world by storm.  I couldn’t believe how many self published authors existed before I bought my Kindle.  They have websites and blogs and you can exchange ideas with them online on the kindleboards.  It’s so amazing and overwhelming I couldn’t help but be lured in.  It feels like a revolution of sorts for the writing industry and I’m all for pressing forward into the future.  I teach the future so my actions need to head in the same direction. 

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan, Michelle Zink  


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