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 Cold Coffee Café Spotlight Interview With Author Amy Pilkington

Amy Pilkington was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. In fact, the rural town is so small that cows outnumber people. She still lives in that same little county, but she wants to be a beach bum when she grows up. Pilkington is married to a great guy and has four wonderful children, two spoiled dogs, and a beautiful granddaughter.

This introverted writer has a broad range of interests and a tendency to bore quickly, which explains her varied works in multiple genres. Regardless, her works tend to delight readers and keep them coming back for more. Her series devoted to the pinup girls of World War II continues to draw in new fans thirsty for a glimpse into the lives of the starlets who lit up the silver screen during the war. She intends to continue feeding her fans a wide array of reading material.

Pilkington enjoys reading, photography, travel, and a tall glass of sweet tea. She also likes to go camping, but she’s not one to rough it. Her thoughtful husband takes her into the wilderness in their fifth-wheel trailer so she can still have all the comforts of home while watching wildlife.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Bolivar, Tennessee? There aren’t a lot of writers where I’m from, and it’s amusing to see the puzzled look when I try to explain where I live. I usually end up telling people I live about an hour and a half from a well-known city, so people still don’t know a writer hides among the cattle. I am such an introvert that a lot of the locals don’t know there is a writer in this small town, and that’s a big secret when you come from a place where everybody knows everybody and all their business. I like to think of myself as a hidden gem.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? One of my middle school English teachers told me I couldn’t become a writer. Perhaps you could say I was inspired by my desire to prove him wrong. It makes me proud to say a teacher in Bolivar told me I couldn’t achieve my dreams, and I proved him wrong. He taught my daughter in high school, and she couldn’t wait to tell him what I did for a living. I think he was happy to know I never quit trying. No matter how many people told me I couldn’t do it, I kept plugging away to prove them wrong.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? As an introvert, I spent a lot of time alone in my thoughts. I read all the time when I was young, and I think reading evolved into writing.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? My children were getting older, and I decided it was time to get serious about it. That was in 2011. I’m a self-described hermit, and I would be happy to do nothing but sit at the keyboard and write. It’s a great fit for me.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I still get excited when I finish writing a book. It’s a magical journey, and getting to the finish line is a great feeling. It never gets old. Every book I finish is a personal reward.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I used to think that being signed with a traditional publisher was the ultimate goal. Now, I have little interest. I’m a control freak, and I like having complete creative control. I have heard horror stories from friends who dealt with traditional publishers. Realizing that I didn’t need a contract to validate my work was freeing, and that was the best part of my journey.

How many published books do you have? I have 22 books published right now, and I just started working on another manuscript.

Please list the titles of all your books:
Takaani
If a Frog Had Wings
Scout Goes to School
Scout Goes to the Zoo
Life, Love & Laughter
Fun & Free in Saint Louis
Clean Jokes for Kids and Adults
Florida’s East Coast: Titusville
Florida’s East Coast: Jacksonville
Florida’s East Coast: St. Augustine
Florida’s East Coast: Daytona Beach
The Camping Lifestyle: Appliances
Quickies: Quick Reads & Short Stories
The Pin-ups of Yank, the Army Weekly
The Pin-ups of Yank, the Army Weekly: 1944
The Pin-ups of Yank, the Army Weekly: 1945
Yank, the Army Weekly: The Sad Sack 1942
Yank, the Army Weekly: The Sad Sack 1943 Pt. 1
Yank, the Army Weekly: The Sad Sack 1943 Pt. 2
Yank, the Army Weekly: The Sad Sack 1944 Pt. 1
Yank, the Army Weekly: The Sad Sack 1944 Pt. 2
Yank, the Army Weekly: The Poets Cornered

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? It varies. Sometimes I come up with the title before I write, and sometimes it is while I write. Then there are times where I am waiting to come up with a title after I finish writing.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I can’t narrow it down to a single genre. I can’t even narrow it down to fiction or nonfiction. I write across a number of genres. When I sit down to work on a new project, I go with what I am feeling at that moment. I’m not going to limit myself.

Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Takaani

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? I love history, and I love legends. I wanted to write horror, and I had no interest in using one of the mainstream ideas. When I started researching legendary creatures, there was one that really intrigued me. The story just came to life in my head.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Just keep writing. Know that you are your own worst enemy, and you will be one of your worst critics. Steer clear of negative thoughts, and keep on writing.

Who is your favorite author and why? I am venturing into horror, and I was afraid to make that leap. Some of my writing seemed very dark, and I worried about showing just how dark my thoughts could be. I was always a big fan of Stephen King’s work. If he can show off his brilliant, dark mind, so can I. I have always enjoyed his earlier works, and he inspired me to let go and keep writing.

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 Here Are A Few Featured Selections

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Takaani by Amy Pilkington

A scream breaks the silence of the midnight hour, and the blood of an innocent child is spilled.

The small Alaskan village of Kashega is terrorized when a beast on a murderous rampage slaughters their sleeping children. The distraught villagers know nothing of the creature, nor how to stop it, and they are desperate for answers.

An injured Eskimo hunter seeks shelter in the town, and his knowledge of the beast is their only chance for survival. The townspeople must somehow stop the slayings and restore peace before it destroys the entire village.

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The Pin-Up Girls of Yank, The Army Weekly 1945 by Amy Pilkington

This is the third and final installment of the series, The Pin-up Girls of Yank, The Army Weekly.

Yank, The Army Weekly was a military publication sold to deployed soldiers during World War II. To boost soldiers' morale, each issue contained a pin-up girl. These lovely ladies were some of the most famous actresses, models, and dancers of their time.

This book features the pin-up girls in the 1945 issues of Yank. Inside you’ll find photos of Lizabeth Scott, Deanna Durbin, Hilda Simms, Frances Vorne, Alexis Smith, Ingrid Bergman, Lucille Ball, Cindy Garner, Ramsay Ames, Jinx Falkenburg, Lina Romay, Toni Seven, Gene Tierney, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria DeHaven, Jeanne Crain, Susan Hayward, Donna Reed, Sherry Britton, and many more.

Bios are included for each girl. Did you know Donna Reed posed topless or that Candy Jones claimed she was a victim of a government mind control conspiracy? You’ll find lots of interesting facts about these former beauty queens, Hollywood starlets, and models.

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Yank, The Army Weekly: The Sad Sack 1942 by Amy Pilkington

This is the first book in the series, Yank, the Army Weekly: The Sad Sack.

Yank, the Army Weekly was a military publication sold to deployed soldiers during World War II. George Baker, a former Disney animator, was drafted into the army at the beginning of the war. He created The Sad Sack, which was a comic strip depicting a luckless soldier's misadventures in the army. This comic strip was the most popular feature of the magazine, surpassing the popularity of the pin-ups.

The Sad Sack appeared in every issue of Yank and eventually became a syndicated comic strip after the war ended. This book contains each Sad Sack comic strip published in the 1942 issues of Yank magazine.

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If A Frog Had Wings by Amy Pilkington

If a frog had wings, what would he do? He would learn to fly and have an epic adventure! This adorable little frog explores the world. The whimsical story and colorful illustrations are sure to delight all ages.

This book is a read-aloud book for bedtime or reading time. Parents and children will enjoy this story, and it is just the right length for active toddlers learning to sit and enjoy story time.

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Scout Goes To School by Amy Pilkington

It’s the first day of school, and poor Scout is scared. He’s afraid he won’t make any new friends. After he finds out he isn’t the only kid afraid to go to school, he starts to make friends and has a great day. Scout can’t wait to go back to school and play with all his friends!

The whimsical story and colorful illustrations are sure to delight all ages.

This book is a read-aloud book for bedtime or reading time. Parents and children will enjoy this story, and it is just the right length for active toddlers learning to sit and enjoy story time.

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Are You A Published Author?
Yes
How Many Published Books Do You Have?
22
Please Provide One Published Book Title
Takaani
Amazon Book Purchase Link
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F9I3VMG
What Genre Is This Book?
Horror
Author's Website Link
http://www.granthegreat.com
Author's Blog Link
http://wwww.granthegreat.com
Face Book Link
http://www.facebook.com/PilkingtonPublishing
Twitter Link
http://twitter.com/torturedsoul
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