To celebrate the launch of the new anthology It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chick Lit, which I have a story in I'm doing a series of interviews with some of the authors involved in the project. First up is Amy Gettinger.
The Five (Holiday) Five With Amy Gettinger
1. You have a holiday story in It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chicklit...what’s your favourite holiday?
I probably love Thanksgiving more than Christmas at this point. I used to love Christmas best, but for the woman of the house, it is a huge, exhausting, month-long production with few surprises. Thanksgiving is much less material and just involves a huge, gorgeous meal with a lot of lovely people. Besides, I love turkey and mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce AND pumpkin pie.
2. What book are you reading right now or looking forward to reading next?
I’m reading In a Gilded Cage and Crowned and Dangerous, both by Rhys Bowen. I love mystery with a female sleuth, and I really enjoy both Bowen's Molly Murphy series and her Royal Spyness series.
3. Of your own novels do you have a favourite?
Probably. I think Roll with the Punches is my favorite. I loved the research into roller derby, and I really knew my stuff as far as Alzheimer’s, so it was easy to write. Plus, it helped me process my father’s long siege of Alzheimer’s.
4. Are you working on a novel/book/story now? Can you tell me a little bit about it?
I have a WIP about another roller girl, the biggest one on the team. I can’t say more at the moment. It’s very much in process, and it just isn’t calming down into a smooth story the way I’d like. (darn characters)
5. What’s your favourite holiday song/or food or tradition?
I send Christmas cards to over 100 people every year. If you’re on my good list, you get one—plus a long, thorough Christmas letter with pictures. I’m a good writer, and these letters are hilarious. It’s my favorite thing to do at Christmas.
Amy Gettinger, once a community college ESL instructor, now coaches reader’s theater for seniors. She lives in her dream house in Orange County, California underneath a eucalyptus windrow full of parrots and crows. For fun, she walks the local beach cliff path with her husband and the dogs--and thinks up perfectly ridiculous characters and crimes to write about.