Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Amy Sumida was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii. She is the author of three book series; The award winning Godhunter Series, a paranormal romance with 18 books so far, a spin-off series entitled Beyond the Godhunter with 2 books so far, and The Twilight Court Series, a fantasy romance, with three books so far. All are ongoing series and she’s also written other books including a historical romance entitled Enchantress, a children’s book called There’s a Goddess Too, and a self help satire called The Vampire-Werewolf Complex.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book was Raven-Mocking, book 3 in my Twilight Court Series. I have always had a love for the Native American culture and I wanted to weave their stories into my fairy books. The myth of the raven mockers is gruesome and chilling but then so are most of the original stories of fairies. I thought they fit perfectly into the world I created, where fairies live among us but they are governed by the laws of a truce we formed with them centuries ago. My main character is an extinguisher, a sort of policewoman who monitors the fey and extinguishes any law breakers.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Oh yes. I talk to my characters, or rather, they talk to me. They are very real to me and most of my books end up in a completely different way than I’d intended because my characters will just go off and do their own thing. I’ll call up my best friend at the end of a day of writing and say; “You wouldn’t believe what Tiernan did today!” or “Oh my god, I just found out why Vervain has that necklace!”. My plots weave together and I’m constantly amazed how something I thought was random ends up revealing itself to be integral much later in the series. I’ll be sitting at my desk, gaping with epiphany; “Oh damn, that’s why that happened!”
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m a huge fan of Laurell K. Hamilton and Terry Pratchett. There are definite nods to some of Laurell’s characters in my books, though we obviously like much different types of men. I mainly love both of these author’s writing styles. Ms. Hamilton has a way of describing things that makes you instantly relate and see what she’s talking about. I love that and try to achieve that myself. Terry Pratchett is just a writing god, if you don’t know who he is, look him up now and start reading. He doesn’t even write in my preferred genre and there’s very little romance in his books (something I generally can’t do without) but I don’t even care. He’s that good.
What are you working on now?
I’m writing two books at once. I know it sounds crazy but I’m working on the next Godhunter book while writing the next book in the Godhunter spin-off series and they need to match up as far as dates and scenes because they cross over a few times. It’s difficult but supremely satisfying to have two books finished so closely together.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
You know, I’m such a lucky amateur when it comes to my books. I have a great fan base that carries me along, without them, I’d be dead in the water. I try to promote on Youtube with book trailers, I have a Facebook page, my own website, and I’m just now getting the hang of Twitter and Instagram thanks to my much younger best friend. I suppose my best promotion tool is my email list which is also in the growing stages.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep editing. I’ve edited Godhunter maybe 30 times and I still find things wrong with it. Editing is hard, especially self-editing, because your mind will automatically supply the correct word for you. I’m so lucky to have a great friend who edits my books for me now after I’ve done my best and she ALWAYS finds tons of ridiculous mistakes. We have some great laughs over incorrect words that make funny sentences.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Create a profile for your main character on all the social media sites and get them established before you release your book.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Maggie For Hire. It was a kindle free book and I loved it, the heroine was sassy and witty. My only complaint is that the book was too short.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Oh wow, I hope it’s continued and growing success. I have a lot of fans who tell me they’d love to see the Godhunter books as a television series and that, of course, would be my ultimate goal.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett