Today I’m starting a brand new feature: Author Spotlight Interviews! These interviews will give you a chance to get to know more about your favourite MM romance authors, and find out more about their writing, their inspiration and what they’re working on.
I’m delighted to welcome bestseller author Amy Bellows to the blog to kick off this series, and I’m excited to hear more about her writing.
So, without further ado, take it away Amy…
First things first, please introduce yourself!
I’m Amy. I live in Utah with my wife, daughter, and our two huge dogs.
Tell us a little bit about your writing style.
My books tend to be fast-paced and shorter, with a lot of heat and a bit of humor mixed in. I primarily write MPreg books set in the omegaverse.
Describe your books in only three words.
Sweet, kinky, snarky.
What are you working on right now?
Currently, I’m working on A Mate for Lu, book four in my Alaskan Pebble Gifters series. AKA, the penguin shifter books. A Mate for Lu is a sweet and angsty story about two single fathers who fall in love while working on a children’s book together. It has a chubby alpha who’s portrayed in a very body-positive way and plenty of cameos from characters in the previous books.
Out of all your books, which one are you most proud of?
The Bond-Cut Omega.
What or who (or both) has influenced you most as a writer?
Probably A Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. It made me fall in love with a voicey first person style of writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
I started writing romance because some of my slash Harry Potter fan fiction was popular, and my friend recommended that I try writing mm romance professionally.
What’s your writing process like? Do you have a typical “writing day”?
I write every day. Most days I work with a sprint group, and do a lot of my writing thirty minutes at time with them. I start early in the morning, and work until about five at night. Sometimes later.
What comes first for you – the plot or the characters?
Most of the time my books start with a concept. For instance, I wrote The Bookmobile Baby because I wanted to write a sex scene in a bookmobile. I wrote A Pebble for Lewis because I thought the idea of a penguin shifter accepting a pebble from his mate was cute.
What’s a book that you wish you’d written?
Want Me by Neve Wilder
If you could only write one trope for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Best friends to lovers. I love all of the mutual pining and emotional intimacy that comes with falling in love with your best friend.
What would be your three desert island books?
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins, and Blankets by Craig Thompson.
If one of your books could be made into a movie/TV series, which would you choose and who would you cast?
It would be fun to see my Nerds Who Knot series become a film. I don’t know many actor names, so I’m not sure who I’d cast.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Do you have a secret passion or hobby that we don’t know about?
I like to bake and listen to audiobooks. I also play a lot of games with my wife. We love word games like Bananagrams and strategy games like Ticket to Ride.
Finally, what’s your favourite dinosaur?
This is clearly the most important question. T-Rex, for sure. Because of all of the tiny arm memes. And the YouTube videos of people doing strange things wearing a T-Rex costume. That will never get old for me.
AMY BELLOWS is a best-selling author of queer romance. She’s best known for her Nerds Who Knot and Alaskan Pebble Gifters series. When she’s not telling her friends bad jokes or trying to wrangle her Great Dane puppy, she works part-time as a librarian. She lives with her wife and daughter in Utah.
You can find her on BookBub, Patreon, Instagram, and her website (where you can also sign up for her newsletter), as well as her Facebook Reader’s Group: Amy’s Pillowfort.