Amy Reece lives in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and often uses it as the setting for her novels. She is a high school teacher as well as a writer and loves to spend her free time exploring ghost towns and ruins around the Southwest. Dogs and wine are two of her favorite things, but she will consider cats and beer if that’s all that is available. She is the author of The Seeker Series and The Way to Her Heart. Stay tuned for her newest book, Watch Over, a contemporary romantic suspense novel coming Summer 2017.
Writes: Romantic suspense (YA and adult) & YA paranormal romance
Author of: The Seeker Series, The Way to Her Heart, The DeLuca Family Series
Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, besides what’s in my bio, I guess I could share a few fun facts. First, I hit the half-century mark this year. 50. Wow. I not quite sure how that happened! But on the plus side, I joined AARP and got a nifty day bag and I now get all sorts of discounts. Another fun fact, I am also a professional flute player. Kinda random, huh?
Tell us about your latest release.
It’s called WATCH OVER and it’s the first in a six-book series called The DeLuca Family. I’m having such a blast creating this amazing family! They are an Irish-Italian clan with six kids (each one gets their own book). Finn’s story is the first. He’s the third of the siblings and is a cop who’s been severely injured in a hit-and-run and is temporarily in a wheelchair and housebound. A stray cat introduces him to his reclusive neighbour, Melanie, and romance blossoms. But some strange things are happening to Mel and it soon becomes apparent she’s being stalked.
What can readers expect from you in the rest of 2017?
Readers can expect the first three books in the DeLuca Series. Book 2, SAFE GUARD, comes out in September. Book 3, DEEP DARK, comes out in October. I might be able to get Book 4, THIS TIME, out by the end of the year, but we’ll see what my publisher says.
I’m also a launch partner on a brand-new viral reading app called Inklo and I release short episodes of my new YA paranormal romance, MOVING ON, every week. It’s exclusive to the app, so check it out!
For those who are new to your work, which book would you recommend starting with?
You could start with The Way to Her Heart if you’re into YA. It’s a stand-alone.
What’s the best reaction you’ve ever received over one of your books?
I love when people leave comments to the characters on wattpad, especially when they get mad at the character and try to tell her/him what to do.
Who is your biggest supporter?
Hmm, tough one. I have so many, but three really stick out: my husband, of course, because he has to put up with all the crazy. My mom because she reads everthing I write and has all my books prominently displayed in her living room. Finally, my best friend, Carol, because she listens endlessly and gives amazing feedback.
Who are your must-read/one-click authors?
Nora Roberts, of course. I also love Eloise James and Mary Balogh. In non-romance genres, I read everything by Joel Rosenberg and Lincoln Child/Douglas Preston. I have every Elizabeth Peters book ever written and reread them often.
Were you an avid reader as a child?
Yes, but not until third grade. Before then, I would only read books about dogs. I had no use for people in books and wouldn’t consider reading one. But my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Temple, used to read aloud to us every afternoon and I fell in love with the book Socks by Beverly Cleary. It was about a cat and had a few people in it. I decided I could live with people in books and checked it out of the school library as soon as she finished reading it to us. Then I read all the other Beverly Cleary books and moved on to Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Are any of the experiences in your books based on events that have happened to you/someone you know?
In THE WAY TO HER HEART, I based Bernie’s character and her story on several students I’ve had over the years. She finds herself homeless and living out of her car. Sadly, I’ve had multiple students who have had to leave home or have been kicked out of their homes and couch-surf with friends. That book started because of the homeless teens I’ve worked with over the years.
What is your drink of choice while writing?
Pretty much anything alcoholic, but I do tend toward red wine.
What is your favourite writing snack?
Chili cheese fritos.
Do you have any pets?
We are a dog family. Right now we have only my faithful SodaPop Curtis at the old homestead since all the girls have moved out with their respective dogs.
Are you a morning person?
Not if I can help it! But school starts at 7:30, so I don’t usually have a choice.
What book are you reading now?
The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg. It’s a geopolitical suspense thriller and scary real.
Name 3 books everyone needs to read (excluding yours).
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart