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NORA INTERVIEWS AMY WALLACE


Author bio:

Amy Wallace is a wife, homeschool mom, author, speaker, and avid chocoholic. She loves crafting high-action suspense that delves deep into heart issues, but who she really is can be summed up in a few short words: Amy is a daughter of the King learning to live and love with laughter.Amy is also the author of the Defenders of Hope series: Ransomed Dreams, Healing Promises, and Enduring Justice, a contributing author of Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes, and God Answers Moms’ Prayers. Visit Amy at www.amywallace.com and join the Dark Chocolate Suspense newsletter http://www.amywallace.com/Newsletter.html

Hi, Amy, It's GREAT to have you back on blog. It's always a pleasure to talk to you and hear what the Lord has laid on your heart. You are here today to talk about your new book "Enduring Justice", this is the third book in the Defenders of Hope series you have been writing.

Could you give us a little peek into what we can look forward to in your new book? What was your inspiration for this story? Is this the last book in this series? Before you answer some questions, thanks.


Nora, here’s a peek into Enduring Justice:
Hanna Kessler’s secret remained buried for decades. But when the shadows of her past threaten those she loves and the system fails FBI Agent Michael Parker, setting a white supremacist free, they must learn the difference between vengeance and justice is their choice to heal.



My inspiration for Enduring Justice started with a terrifying leap off the cliff of comfortable as I dove into two of the main character's secrets and raised questions about what healing requires. My motivation in doing so was to showcase how healing is a choice and that all of us who have survived painful experiences can learn to dance even in the storms of life.

1. You are a very busy woman, you homeschool your three girls, do interviews on TV, are the President of the local chapter of the ACFW, and you are an author that does book signings and promotional tours. How do you do it all? How do you keep the balance of career and family? When do you find time to write?

I do all that??? Wow, just reading that list and knowing all the other daily things that could be added makes me tired. :D But before anyone gets too impressed, do you remember your first job? I do. I listened to the clothing store manager with all her retail lingo spouting off my job responsibilities and went numb. I had no idea how I’d ever learn to do that job.


I felt the same with every other job too. Parenting and homeschooling are constant reminders of that “You want me to do what?” feeling.




But like I learned on my first job, it’s amazing what you pick up as you put one foot in front of the other and do what you know to do. You learn the rest as you go.

And thankfully, as with parenting and teaching, I’m never facing those challenges alone. I have an incredible family backing me up, praying, and picking up the slack at home when I’m out doing author things.

And like all of us who belong to Christ, we have His perfect wisdom, and unending strength to do what He’s called us to do. Now if I would just listen to Him more often, I might fit some sleep into my schedule. :D

2. How do you prepare to do a TV Interview? I recently saw you on a YouTube TV interview and you were calm and collected, even taking live calls from viewers. How do you stay calm?




I love doing TV and radio interviews and have been so encouraged by the great interviewers I’ve met. It’s a fun way to connect with audiences and share the things I’m passionate about. Again, don’t get too impressed. I feel like losing my lunch before every single interview. But that makes me pray hard and throw myself at Jesus’ feet begging for the rapture or Him to speak through me. Since I’m still here, he thankfully showed up every time and carry me through.



Thanks for checking out the YouTube interviews too!Keep in mind how I felt beforehand as you watch them.

3. Why write Christian Fiction when you could write whatever you want? What is your passion?

Great question! I write Christian Fiction because it’s exactly what I’ve wanted to do since I dreamed about my first story. My passion in life is to connect people with the God who heals broken hearts and never gives up on them. Fiction is a fun way to go past the mind and into the heart of readers and share the truth in a non-confrontational way. My characters and I are who we are and we struggle with the things every other person struggles with. Many of my characters, not all, find the only way to handle the struggles is with Christ. It’s my prayer that readers will connect with the characters and their journey to God. And see that the not-so-neat-and-easy of life happens to believers too. We just have a great God to lean on to get us through.

4. How far is too far when you describe the killer of children? Is there a line that you just won't cross when you write or read about serial killers POV? What is that line? Why won't you cross it?


For me, it’s too far to actually show the violence on the page. I don’t go there, not with the children. And I try to be very careful with what I show concerning the adults. But there’s a fine line when you’re writing suspense of keeping the tension high by letting the reader know the full extent of what’s happening and going too far in the descriptions.

I try very hard not to cross the line into “too much” description, but it’s tough when a police officer’s too far is one place and a stay at home mom’s is at another. So I dance somewhere in the middle, praying as I go to write real, draw the reader in, and provide something good and redemptive throughout the journey.

5. What part of a story comes first for you? Plot, characters, setting, subject matter etc? Please Explain.


It’s a little different for each book. With Ransomed Dreams I met Gracie and Steven in a dream and what drew me in was their humanity, Steven being an FBI agent, and that both of them were wounded, needing forgiveness in different ways. For Healing Promises, I started with a question: what would a federal agent do with a terminal illness. And with Enduring Justice I wanted to explore how healing is a journey, a choice, and a coming to the end of your way to seek God’s.

Even with the new books I’m writing right now, I guess the subject matter and themes are what connect me to the characters and give me a passion to write their stories. I learn the most from honest, flawed people and so, like me, my characters are flawed and honest and have a purpose to their journey.

QUESTIONS I KNOW YOU WANTED TO ASK AMY BUT WERE AFRAID TO SO I DID!!

1. Where are your two favorite places to shop? Why?

I’ll probably get booted out of the “girl” club for this answer, but I really hate shopping. If I have to go to a store, I get in, get what’s on the list, and get out as fast as possible. But if the Internet is included in the question, my two fave places are iTunes and Amazon. Why? Well, one of my favorite Christmas gifts was an iPod and I have a blast buying 80s songs and walking down memory lane. Amazon because I love books and it’s fun to hang out there and see what’s new in books, music, and even kid’s stuff for early Christmas shopping.

Nora**I'm so with you on this one Amy. Shopping in a department store can be overwhelming. I can be tramatized by just trying to find the location of what I want or a person to direction me to where I need to go. Then there is the whole experience of trying on clothes that look great on the hanger but look like who know what on your body. Wondering if they have two way mirrors in the dressing rooms watching me change. Come on Amy, I know you had this thought too! I just hate the whole shopping thing.!! I Welcome to the club of Non-Shoppers - just interviewed Erin Healy she is with us too!!"

2. You find yourself in a life threatening situation, who would you pick to save your life? (can be anyone from T.V., movies, or cartoons). Why did you pick them?

No book heroes or heroines? Okay, let’s see….My kids say I should choose Zoom and the Zenith team from our family’s all-time favorite movie Zoom, Academy for Superheroes. GREAT family movie!

Nora**Amy,I should have included book characters, what was I thinking? We are talking books here!! SORRY!! I'll include them next time. PROMISE!!**


But I’m a child of the 80’s and so I pick MacGyver. He could totally get me out of any life-threatening predicament. If he was too busy building a bomb from bubblegum, then the A-Team would be next on my call list.

3. They have just invented a time machine and you can visit any event in the history of the world, where would you go and why? (Could be the history of the world or your personal history).

Oh, cool question! I don’t have any Back to the Future McFly moments I’d like to relive and change, so I guess I’ll go with a very American event and say I’d like to travel back in time to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. We’re studying American history from the Revolution to modern age and of all the things we’ve read, that moment stands out. I wonder if our Founding Fathers realized just how important every word they penned would be for me and my children’s children. Makes me realize just how important the written word is.

4. What T.V. Shows were you passionate about as a child? (You know the ones you just couldn't miss each week). If you didn't watch T.V. but read what were your favorite books reading as a child?

I don’t remember being into much TV until my family was Stateside. As a teen in Germany I loved watching MTV. Back in the States, I liked watching Gilligan’s Island, Matlock, and The Rockford Files with my Gram.

5. What special quality, talent and/or event have you experienced that would surprise people? Please Explain.

My mug shot is probably on file with the KGB in some dusty box in an underground hideaway. No really… my brother and I used to ham it up for the cameras when we lived in Berlin—the cameras at Checkpoint Charlie before we crossed into East Germany. I wouldn’t say that’s a special talent, just something my dad was very glad I eventually grew out of.

6. If you had to pick a T.V. Reality show to be on what would you pick and why?


Survivor, so I’d lose some serious weight fast.




7. What movie do you remember seeing as a child that really impacted your life? What made the impact?












Is it shallow to say Pippi Longstocking? Honestly, there’s a story that goes along with it. I remember one time when we were living in Munich, Germany and I was in elementary school that I’d run ahead as we walked home from the base theater and I found this white eagle pendant on the playground. It was odd and beautiful and it made me wonder if maybe Somebody put it there just for me to find. I didn’t become a Christian until I was fifteen, but I remember that necklace for some reason made me think about God while I was skipping home singing a silly song about Pippi Longstocking and feeling free.

8. If you had $200.00 in your pocket and you had to spend it in one day what would you spend it on and why?


I’d take my girls to a spa and we’d giggle and talk while we had manicures,pedicures, and facials for each of us and then get a massage just for me.

9. You have just found a magic lamp and the genie has granted you three wishes? What would those three wishes be? Please explain.

I’d want to cure cancer and diabetes, two diseases that have touched my life and brought much pain to people I love.

I’d also wish for my daughters to walk with the Lord all the days of their lives and marry godly men who loved God and them wholeheartedly.



I’d also wish for enough money to live healthy without stressing over the next paycheck and still be able to help when we were made aware of a need.




Now if I had four wishes, I’d try to combine a corvette and my size small and toned body into one wish.


10. What is your favorite restaurant to eat at for breakfast? (money is not an issue here) What would you order? What is your favorite place to eat for dinner? What would you order there?

That’s easy, it’s the Donut Hole in Destin, Florida for breakfast. They have the best eggs benedict with crab meat ever. And I love that my family has spent many a vacation breakfast there just hanging out and enjoying good food.

For dinner it would be Chateau √Član. My hubby and I have gone there for special dinners like my birthday and our anniversary. Always spectacular food and a beautiful atmosphere.

Thanks, Nora, for inviting me into your blog world! I love the creativity of your questions and the privilege of sharing my stories and heart with the wonderful community here.


Thanks again Amy for letting us get to know you better. I have to say I'm spoiled because I get to see you often at our favorite Christian Book Store!! It's ALWAYS a PLEASURE to connect with you!! I look forward to seeing you at your book signing April 25th at Lifeway from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Hey, READERS if any of you are in the area and want to see Amy and have her sign your book, be sure to stop by. For directions please call the store number at 770-831-7707


Same here, Nora! You’re a blessing! Thanks again, Nora, dear friend! Great questions! Thanks to all of you out there reading. Chocolate blessings!

All the best to you Amy. Readers you can find out more about Amy at her Dark Chocolate Suspense website and sign up for her newsletter. Here's the address: www.amywallace.com and http://www.amywallace.com/Newsletter.html :D

4 comments:

  1. Loved this interview. I hate shopping too! Am glad y'all feel the same way.

    Looking forward to Enduring Justice and future writing from Amy.

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  2. Your book sounds absolutely intriguing. Look forward to reading it. I love suspense. As for shopping, I go, get what I want, and leave. I can only wear cotton items, so my shopping is limited. A shopaholic I'm not!

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  3. Great interview Nora. Amy, I wish I could be at the book signing!!! Can't wait to read your new book.

    Gail Mundy

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  4. So glad I didn't get voted out of the girl club for my dislike of shopping. ;-)

    Thanks for the great interview and pictures, Nora! It's always fun to see what you come up with.

    Looking forward to the booksigning too! We'll miss you, Gail!

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