by Amy Patric
Series: 20Something #1
Publication date: July 30th 2014
by Oxford South Press
Category: New Adult
22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.
Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.
Aric Serrano is definitely not safe.
He’s six-feet-four-inches of missing-Hemsworth-brother-hotness and plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. Then he meets his new co-anchor.
Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could simply ignore Aric. He’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid these days. But that becomes impossible when she’s forced to work closely with him on the weekend newscast. Now the attraction between them is growing even faster than the ratings, and what happens behind the scenes is the real news.
Where do your story ideas come from?
I work in television, so I get to go and see a lot of interesting places and things and meet a lot of interesting people. Often, that will spark ideas. I also look into my own past relationships and experiences to bring authenticity to the characters I write. For the 20 SOMETHING series, I drew on my career as a news anchor and reporter working in 4 different states over the years to write the stories of my twenty-something TV news newbies. Some of the stories they cover and the newsroom situations they encounter are inspired by my own experiences.
Where do you live, and does that have any impact on what you write, or how you write?
I grew up in the Deep South, living at different times in Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas, and growing up mostly in Mississippi. Naturally that gives me a real understanding of Southern people and places. I was able to draw on that for CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING and will again for Books 3, 4, and 5 of the 20 SOMETHING series. Now I live in Rhode Island. I was able to draw on my knowledge of the Ocean State’s most special places and experiences for Book 2 of the 20 SOMETHING series, STILL YOURS, which is Mara’s story. She takes a job in Providence, the last place she ever thought she’d go because it’s too close to home and WAY too close to him, the only guy who’s ever tempted her to let go and truly let someone in.
Favorite thing to do other than write?
I’d have to say reading. I also love movies, so basically all my interests seem to revolve around stories, don’t they?
Speaking of movies, have any favorites? What about favorite TV shows?
I’m a big fan of the Marvel Universe movies. I also love Avatar, When Harry Met Sally, and I’ve seen Bladerunner at least a hundred times. Because I spend so much time writing, I don’t get to watch much TV, but I have been watching Game of Thrones, and I got sucked into Outlander on Starz by their free online premier episode. Now I’m hooked. *curses Starz marketing team while shaking fist*
What books or authors have inspired you as a writer?
I love so many New Adult books and authors, but as far as authors who inspired me to write in the first place, I have to list Lisa Kleypas first. I’ve read all her books, historical and contemporary. My very favorites of hers are Again the Magic and Dreaming of You because of the incredible, sexy, self-made-man heroes and because of all the feels. I tend to write a bit lighter subject matter than Lisa, though, and my inspiration on the romantic comedy side of the genre is Kristan Higgins. My favorite book of hers (so far) is Somebody to Love. Great hero and heroine and perfect, sweet, gradually developing relationship. If I had a dream-review of my writing (and hopefully I’ll get there someday) it would look like this: “If Lisa Kleypas and Kristan Higgins had a baby who grew up to write New Adult romance, it would be Amy Patrick.” I can dream, right?
Thanks so much for being here, Amy! It was lovely getting to know you.
Thank you so much for inviting me to be here today. It’s been a blast!
~About the Author~
Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Young Adult fiction as Amy DeLuca and New Adult romance as Amy Patrick. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.
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