Monday, October 5, 2015

Get Lost in the Hidden Deep with Amy Patrick

I'm so excited to have Amy Patrick here to talk about her Young Adult HIDDEN DEEP series.  The HIDDEN HOPE released last week, but when I finished HIDDEN HEART - here was my Tweet - 
Dang - just finished Hidden Heart at lunch! Now I want the next book! !
Yes I overuse exclamation points - but the books are that good! (See another exclamation point.)
I was lucky enough to be a Golden Heart sister with Amy two years in a row, 2013 and 2014.  We are Lucky 13s and Dreamweavers together.  And man, she weaves fabulous dreams, both in her YA and Contemporary Romance 20 Something Series.  She is an automatic buy for me!


Amy Patrick is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Contemporary Romance and Young Adult fantasy/paranormal romance. She is the author of the Hidden Trilogy and the 20 Something series. Living in New England now with her husband and two sons, she actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She's been a professional singer and news anchor and currently works as a video host and voice actor as well as an audiobook narrator.

Let's learn a little about about the HIDDEN Trilogy.

The first time I saw him, everyone convinced me he was a hallucination caused by hypothermia. It was the second time that messed me up…

It all started when Ryann ran into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. She wasn’t exactly happy to see him again. He wasn’t supposed to exist.
Lad knew the law of his people all too well—don’t get careless. And don’t get caught. It had allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…
He wasn’t supposed to even talk to a human, much less fall in love with one, but his fascination with Ryann tempted him to break all the rules. Now they’re both caught up in an ancient battle between Light and Dark, and they’re not the only ones at risk. There are other people—and other hearts—involved.
The unsuspecting human population of the world hangs in the balance of an approaching war. Powerful fan pods have transformed the face of the country. The Dark Council’s plan is almost accomplished, and they are nearly ready to reveal themselves and take back rulership of the world, as it was in the old days, before the history books were written.
Ryann will have to learn to balance her own Dark and Light sides-- and somehow make the right choice between two tempting Fae guys-- or face the consequences of a wrong decision eternally and watch her family and the entire human world fall under the oppression of the Dark Court.


Tempted yet?  Stop over at Amazon and read an excerpt of the first book.  




NAN: How often do you get lost in a story?

AMY: I feel like I’m ALWAYS lost in some story, whether it’s the one I’m writing or something I’m reading. I take my kindle everywhere and read anytime I’m not actively engaged in something else. Standing in line at the grocery, waiting for an appointment, in the pick-up line at the kids’ schools—I’m never bored and I’m never irritated because something’s “taking too long” because it’s just another opportunity to read! Even when I’m driving around doing errands, I put on the text-to-speech feature and continue getting lost in a story. Much more entertaining than the car radio.
Nan: Wow.  I thought I read everywhere, but you outdo me!  I don't take it grocery shopping.  Oh wait - I try and avoid grocery shopping!

NAN:  How did you come up with the idea for your Hidden series?

AMY: I was a HUGE Lord of the Rings fan growing up. Of course, unlike many readers of the trilogy, I realized it was *actually* a romance. ;) I wondered what it would be like if beautiful and powerful Tolkien-esque elves existed in our world today. That thought is what inspired my stories, in which powerful Fae use glamour enhanced by modern technology to hide their real identities and get whatever they want from the unsuspecting humans.
Oh, I love the elves in Lord of the Rings and I love the use of glamour in your books.  And the fan pods!

NAN: In addition to this series, you’ve also written a contemporary romance series about twenty-somethings in the world of TV news. The two genres are so different. Which do you prefer writing-- contemporary or young adult fantasy/paranormal?

AMY: I love both. It’s been fun switching back and forth—very refreshing. Whichever one I’m writing at the time feels like the most fun. So at the time, the Hidden series is my favorite.
Nan:  And I love this series too.

NAN: What has been your most rewarding publishing moment?

AMY: This has been a very good week! With my series starter HIDDEN DEEP free for two weeks, the book reached the top 100 bestsellers overall on Amazon and #1 in its category of Teen and Young Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy. And both books 2 and 3 reached the top 100 in their category on Amazon. With 4 million books per year being released, it feels pretty fantastic to make those lists and be selling so well. Plus, the reviews where readers say they are finding the series and reading all three books in three days are so thrilling. J 
Nan: I'm so happy people are finding your books.  They will love them.

NAN: Complete this sentence. When I want to relax, I. . .

AMY: Have a glass of wine and watch a movie. I am a movie fanatic. My faves are sci-fi and anything romance-y (with a happy ending please.) And much to my sons’ delight, I love the Marvel movies. The more Thor the better. J
Nan:  I'll join you with a glass of Prosecco!

NAN: What is your biggest vice?

AMY: I am an irredeemable Coke Zero addict. I’m trying hard—keeping it to two a day.
Nan:  Tea is mine.  (And maybe that Prosecco.)

NAN: What’s the last show you binge watched?

AMY: I just re-watched all 6 seasons of Lost, one of my favorite TV shows ever. It was still just as good-- what amazing writing!
Nan: I never watched that one, but I have lots that I love.  Castle -- for the writing.

NAN: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

AMY: Because I write in two genres, I get to choose two! Avatar for fantasy/sci fi and When Harry Met Sally for contemporary romance/romantic comedy.
Nan:  Nice.

NAN: Who's your celebrity crush and why?

AMY: Sam Heughan who plays Jamie Fraser on Outlander. Why? Um… how much space do we have here on the blog? Let’s see- the smile, the chin, the hair (!) the eyes, his voice, his hands, his sense of humor. And of course the character he’s portraying is, in my opinion, one of the greatest romantic heroes of all time.

Nan:  He is absolutely gorgeous!!

NAN: GOTTA ASK:  Benedict Cumberbatch or Chris Pine?

AMY: GOTTA ANSWER:   Oh, Chris, for sure. Those eyes! And the funny. 
Nan:  His eyes are amazing.


Now that the Hidden trilogy is complete, I’m getting a lot of questions about possible future stories in the Hidden word. I’m happy to say I’m working on a new trilogy set in the Hidden world. The first book will release in early 2016 and be entitled Hidden Darkness (The Dark Court, Book 1) 
Nan:  As a fan I am soooo happy!


Some of the characters in the Hidden series possess glamour—special abilities such as musical glamour, mind control, emotional acuity. If you could choose a glamour for yourself, what would it be? 

AMY PATRICK  is giving away a paperback of HIDDEN DEEP, BOOK 1 OF THE HIDDEN TRILOGY to any commenter. (North America)
International winners are eligible for an e-book of their choice from either of Amy’s two series.

Nan:  Amy, Thank you for joining the crew today.  I loved having you.


Mary Preston said...

A great post thank you - any post with a picture of Sam Heughan has to be great.

Loved the Q & A thanks.


Amy said...

Hi Mary! Thanks for coming by. :) You obviously have great taste in Highlanders!

Angi Morgan said...

Welcome to GLIAS, Amy !!

Nan Dixon said...

So glad to have you at GLIAS, Amy!

Erika Kelly said...

I was swept away with fanciful worlds as a child, too, Amy. Books like The Phantom Tollbooth, The Hobbit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach...oh, my goodness, they just thrilled me. As for glamour, I don't really know, but I sure wouldn't mind musical glamour!

Nan Dixon said...

A musical glamour fits you perfectly, Ericka!

Jacqui Nelson said...

Wonderful post, Amy! Congrats on your many publishing successes. You are an inspiration! For my glamour, I think I'd choose some sort of time manipulation - time travel or the ability to re-do a day until I got it right...although that last one might drive me crazy :)

Leslie Lynch said...

A woman of many talents! Loved your contemporary romances, can't wait to dive into the paranormals. :-) I absolutely LOVE the covers of your Hidden series. Just as distinctive as the covers for the Still series. Wishing you the best for your continued success!

Asa Maria Bradley said...

Yay! I'm so happy there will be more books in the Hidden world! Congrats on an awesome trilogy.

Sandra Owens said...

Great interview Amy and Nan. Amy, I love the 20 Something series and have read the first book in your Hidden series. Looking forward to reading the next two. I had to smile when I read how you take your Kindle everywhere with you. So do I, except for the grocery store. A lot of times I get to appointments early just so I can sit there and read. :-)

vicki batman said...

Hi, Amy and welcome to Glias! I love when Harry Met Sally, too. I love romantic comedies, but that's what I write!

Amy said...

Thank you Angi! So much fun to be here with this generous group. :)

Carrie Padgett said...

Wow, gals, what a great interview!! I love both of yours books (that sounds really awkward, but you know what I mean) and what fun to read this. I'm so happy Amy is working on the next trilogy. I also read everywhere and I've been known to use the text to speech feature on my Kindle. I hate it when I forget and leave my book at home. It feels like a wasted opportunity. Hugs to you both!

Sarah Andre said...

Did someone say Prosecco? My glamour must be acute knowledge of where that word is spoken or written. LOL!
Hi girls, good to 'see' you again, and loved the post! Amy you have turned into such a prolific writer, so proud to know someone as accomplished and talented as you!

Laura Trentham said...

Great interview! I binged watched Lost with my hubby a couple of summers ago. It was really great. I love Tolkein's elves too and can't wait to read the latest installment!

Nan Dixon said...

Yes! I think I said Prosecco!

Amy said...

You just named a bunch of my childhood favorites, Erika. Reading was one of my greatest joys as a kid. Of course, I also wanted to grow up and be a famous singer with my own show with ice skaters (like Donny and Marie) so musical glamour would have come in very handy. :)

Amy said...

Good one Jacqui! I would love to be able to go back and fix some of my dumb mistakes. :) Thank you for your kind words. You have definitely inspired me as well. And thank you for popping in to play today!

Amy said...

Hi Leslie! Thank you so much! I'm kind of partial to those covers myself, and yours aren't too shabby, either. ;) Good to hear from you my friend.

Amy said...

Hi Asa! Thank you for dropping in. And thank you for the congrats. I can't wait to get my hands on *your* awesome book. It is RIGHT up my alley. :)

Amy said...

Hey Vicki! Thank you for the warm welcome! :)

Amy said...

Hi Sandra! I have done the same thing-- arrive early so I can chill in the waiting room. Then I'm kinda irked if they want to take me early LOL. Thank you for your kind words about my books and for being here today!!

Amy said...

Hi Carrie! I know exactly what you mean! I get so mad at myself if I run out without my kindle! How am I supposed to function without someone telling me a story? :) Thank you for coming to the party today!

Amy said...

Hi Sarah! I perked up at the mention of Prosecco as well. Thank you for your sweetness and loyal support. I'm proud to know you, too, sister! :)

Amy said...

Hey Laura! Thank you for taking time out of your crazy busy writing schedule to pay us a visit. :) You are always so kind!

Amy said...

Nan I loved being here with you! You're a wonderful host. :)

Anonymous said...

Love the post, ladies! And LOVE Hidden Deep. Congrats, Amy. You deserve it. If I could have a sway, it would have something to do with conflict resolution, or spreading joy, or something awesome like that!

aejonesauthor said...

Amy & Nan -

Great interview! So excited for your newest release! Not enough hours in the day to read. I'll have to start carrying my kindle with me everywhere too!


Miranda Liasson said...

Amy, great, fun interview! I loved reading about your different inspirations. About the grocery store…I often pull out my phone which is synched to my kindle, but I love that you carry your kindle with you everywhere! And I'm going to do the text-to-speech feature--thanks for the tip :) Congrats on all you success--and we know there's much more to come!

Darcy said...

Love this interview, Nan and Amy! Although with this pairing, what's NOT to love?! Amy, I'm always in awe of the breadth and prolificness of your writing! And as someone who's read books from BOTH your series, might I say you vacillate between the two genres flawlessly!

Can't wait to see you in just a few weeks!!! Hmm, if you're in need of a HIDDEN HOPE book trailer, perhaps we could use the sock puppets? ;)


Nan Dixon said...

I want to see this video!

Amy said...

Oh. It. Is. On. Sock puppets with glamour. Spin off series!! :)

Amy said...

Thank you sweet Miranda! You've just reminded me I should be reading on my phone, too. :)

Amy said...

Hi AE! Not only are we name twins- we're new release twins! Congratulations on yours as well. :) And thank you for coming to see us here.

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