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Amy Knupp


How long have you been writing?

I started writing in January 2002, when my younger son was 2 months old.


Where were you when you got your first contract?

I was on the tennis court with my kids, who were taking lessons, when my soon-to-be editor first called.  I got a voice mail from her when I got home and freaked.


What was the first thing you did?

Probably talked to myself, not screaming because I didnít want to scare my little boys, not crying, but definitely shaking.  I remember I could barely dial the phone.


Who did you tell first?

Well, I called my husband, but I wasnít sure if Iíd sold.  The message just said to call her and I had recently heard of others from the same line getting a phone call to discuss changes.  So I told him the editor called and wanted me to call back.  He told me to get off the phone and call her back.  So I got off the phone and called my critique partner to freak out.  She yelled at me to get off the phone and call the editor so I finally did.  By that time I was able to act somewhat collected.  But I wasnít at all collected in reality.


Does music influence your writing? If so, do you have a playlist that goes with each book?

Not very much.  I have a classical CD that actually helps me write but if I listen to anything with words, I get too into the music and forget Iím supposed to be writing.  I do hope to try the playlist thing with my upcoming books, but weíll see how it works.


If your books were optioned for a movie, who would play your characters?

No idea.  Iím pretty clueless about actors for the most part.  I donít see a lot of movies that arenít animated, sadly!  Basically if someone wanted to buy the rights to any of my stories and make them into movies, I would bow down to their expertise and let them have at it, casting and all. J


Do you like a neat workspace?  Or are you comfortably disorganized?

Normally I am a total disorganized person.  My non-writing desk (for my day job) is layers deep.  But if my writing desk isnít neat, I canít write.  Very unlike me.


What inspires you to write?

Good stories.  My critique partners and writing friends.  The inner burning to create.


Tell me a little about The Secret She Kept, your Super Romance coming out in January of 2009.

This is the third in your Salinger sisters series.  Itís a lovers reunited story, which is one of my favorite kinds.  Savannah is the hard-headed, controlling sister, the one who isnít afraid to say what she thinks.  Jake is also hard-headed, unafraid to say what he thinks, and both of them have things in their past to try to make right.  They just arenít very willing to do that at first.


How long did it take you to write it?

Once I sold it, it took about four months to write.


Did you know you wanted to have a trilogy?

Yes.  I love writing related stories.  Each of the Salinger Sister books are completely stand alone, so if someone hasnít read the first two, they can pick up The Secret She Kept and understand everything that happens, but if they ever want more of the ďworldĒ and the characters, they can try to track down the first two books.  I didnít sell these books as a trilogy but it worked out okay taking them one at a time.  The only disadvantage is the long lull between each book.


What are your favorite things about these characters?

I loved exploring the adult sister relationship.  Iím an only child so figuring out how these three very different women relate to each other (or donít) was fun.  And I love the heroes, each for different reasons.  I love Jake from The Secret She Kept because heís unable to resist Savannah, even when she drives him absolutely crazy.  They are both control freaks and very stubborn, so putting them together was a lot of fun.  They are so similar that sparks fly.

Katie and Noah from Doctor in Her House were definitely opposites, so thatís what caused the sparks in that story.  Noah is a good guy but has been through a lot, so it was fun to see how Katie, who is very daring, definitely a live-life-to-the-fullest kind of girl, could affect him positively and help him through his grief.


Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you!




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