Amie is one of the many authors I’ve been cyber-introduced to on Jordan Summers’s blog.
I have never met her in person, and maybe I never will, but I know her to be a funny-as-hell lady with a big heart.
And if you think women with smarts are sexy? Amie Stuart, she is SMOKING!!!
1. On a scale of one to ten, rank your current level of insanity–where ten is belongs-in-lunatic-asylum insane–and tell us why.
HA! Single mom, full time job, two kids (at least they’re boys but I’m seriously questioning whether that’s better since I got saddled with one male diva), writing (and all *that* entails), RWA chapter officer responsibilities, a house (what was I thinking?) and three cats. It’s at least a ten.
Don’t get me wrong, everyone’s got a full plate and everyone’s got their stuff to deal with—I’m so not whining. I’m probably happier than I’ve ever been (but no less crazy)
2. Amie Stuart and Celia Stuart. Which one is the one on medication, and which one rates a ten on the above scale?
Celia rates the ten. Amie should be medicated and has been *g* Seriously, the name change, at first it was fun just being able to take any name I wanted and make it my own. Then I sold to NY and I got to thinking about longevity and what I wanted to see on a book cover ten years from now.
3. In Hands On, all three of the heroines work blue-collar jobs. Are you drawing from your own work experience?
No way! I hate getting grubby, but I have been known to put up a light fixture and I know how to hook up my cable and DVD box. But I come from a family of blue collar men. My dad was a mechanic for years until he retired, and my brother owned his own garage. So I definitely have a blue collar background even if it’s indirectly.
4. Would you give up coffee? *g*
LOL no way! I gave up caffeine! Had to—doctor’s orders. Also caffeine inhibits the absorption of calcium—or something like that. Coffee…I like the herbal stuff but I mix it with decaf. That morning coffee experience is totally psychological even without the caffeine jolt.
5. Is it difficult to write romance in a house with two boys in it? All that testosterone…and I don’t mean it in a good way!
Not really. They’re pretty self-sufficient AND they go to their dad’s every other weekend so I get time away from them to recharge and write without them around. That doesn’t stop them from making me referee a fight every hour or so, or issuing a threat/bribe to get some writing time on the weekends they’re home though. Despite the typical 13 YO attitude, my oldest is a hoot—we’re really good friends as long as a discussion about his grades isn’t in the works, and my baby is my baby. I think you just have to be determined not to let them drive you nuts and you know, I keep telling myself it won’t be that long till they go to college. I need to enjoy them.
6. And because you’re a Southern Fried
Chicken Chica, how much do you love Southern Fried Chicken?
I ADORE southern fried chicken, and mashed potatoes, and cornbread *drool* and sweet tea.
I used to live in this small town in N. Texas and there was this restaurant (Ok it was the ONLY restaurant in town besides Dairy Queen) and they had the best food. The only thing better is chicken fried steak. My mom was a Yankee, so I learned to cook southern from a friend of mine’s mom.
Amie Stuart blogs by herself, with the Southern Fried Chicas and is a member of new group blog Naughty & Spice. Her current release is Hands On, to be followed by Kink in the Built anthology in August.
And because she’s cool and generous and all things nice (and I sucked up too *ggg*), she’s doing a giveaway! Comment here and on the Hands On review to win a signed copy of Hands On. Contest ends in three days, and everybody can enter, even if you’ve won something here in the past.