IndieView with Amy Venezia, author of The Grace Jackson Trilogy

Do you outline? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Sometimes I even like to listen to Monks chanting. Each book in the trilogy is based on the main character, Grace Jackson. I did a lot of research and in the day and age we are living in, there is no reason self-publishing can’t be successful if you commit to doing it correctly. I trusted her completely and she also respected my voice and didn’t suggest to change that, which I was very happy with. Amy Venezia – 12 December 2018
The Back Flap
Grunge and Grace
Kyle Kent is a beloved musician who dies believing that he killed himself. I like to say they are like a Law and Order episode…ripped from the headlines. Mercury and Music flowed very quickly as soon as I started. For the next two books, I had a vision of what I wanted and shared with her and what she added to them and the end result was amazing. While writing the second one, the ideas for the third started pouring in and I just went with the flow. Where do you live now? Grunge and Grace chronicles the journey of these two souls as they weave their way through the dimensions of time and space. You have to commit to what it takes to get your book out there. Where did you get the idea from? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I am currently writing my fourth book and hope to write many more! I read each chapter after I finish writing it and then again a day or so later. I already had a pretty good following, so I knew I had that. It is totally in the moment. I did hire a professional who is also a friend. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? If so can you please describe it? I started writing Grunge and Grace sometime in February or March of 2018. Do you listen to music while you write? Grace is a woman who has always had the ability to see and communicate with spirits. Will Kyle manage to remember the last moments of his death? All in all, I wrote three short story books and published them in less than six months. Sometimes it does come easily. Cigarettes and Butter was a little more difficult for me to write…not because of the content or flow, but because of life at the time. Did you hire a professional editor? I remember feeling then that I would love to write something that brought out that same reaction in others. It is one step at a time and so far, there has been good results. Did Kyle Kent kill himself? In turn, the reader connects in ways they never thought possible and that is pure magic. I will make small edits from that. Portland, Oregon
What would you like readers to know about you? The trilogy tackles not only afterlife and spirituality in that sense, but also sets some things straight about discrepancies and cover-ups in their deaths. I feel many authors believe they will write a book, publish it, and the rest will take care of itself or it will come easily. Grace Jackson is a woman who communicates with the dead. Defying the odds and those who fight to keep the truth from being revealed, they find themselves forging an eternal alliance to bring light into the darkness of their realities. I hired someone to create the book covers with me. Now that all three are out, I have begun deep research and started building a plan. The two of them begin helping each other get to the truth of how he died. I go in sequence, I don’t jump around. What are you working on now? We all know how important it is for writers to read. My process is more based on atmosphere than ritual, I guess. How long did it take you to write it? When did you start writing the book? With the first book, I sent all the chapters at once to my editor. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? I would say the banter between the characters. I knew when I wrote it that I wanted it to be part of a trilogy. It took me a little over two weeks to write. Grunge and Grace, the first book in the trilogy, starts with the spirit of a recently deceased rock star who comes to Grace. Grab yourself copies of The Grace Jackson Trilogy starting with the first installment,   Grunge and Grace, at Amazon US or Amazon UK. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? I put my headphones on and sometimes I will play instrumental music or sometimes I will just have my headphones in with no music on. It is going to sound strange, but I have to be in a coffee shop or public place to truly get in the zone. Also, use all the tools available to authors now: social media, advertising, book reviewers, and finding venues outside the box to sell your books! However, that one took about a month to write. It is strange, I need chaos going on in order to zone into another world to write…but I do. When Kyle and Grace find each other through the realms of existence, they each discover more than they ever thought possible…what they had always believed to be impossible. Not so much in writing, but more in wanting to make sure all that I wrote was in alignment with what I felt to be respectful and true. For the first book, she brought the concept forward. With the second and third book, I began sending a chapter at a time for edit. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) In turn, the reader connects in ways they never thought possible and that is pure magic. In the second book, Cigarettes and Butter, Grace once again is visited by a deceased rock star…this one having died decades before….and they too work together to reveal the falsehoods of his death. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Magic is what is needed for a book to come out of the hundreds of thousands of ones published and be a front runner. Enough so that the reader doesn’t want to put it down and is sad when it is over. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? As far as these books go, a big influence was Kate Chopin. About You
Where did you grow up? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Both the editor and I liked that much better than sending the book in its completion. I do feel a majority of my readers are women, and either lovers of music or interested in the supernatural. The short story, if written well, can truly captivate a person. Oops, I answered that in the last question. However, you have to do the research and put yourself out there. What came easily? That was the easiest and most enjoyable to convey. I believe that if you put your heart and mind to something and really tap into your own energy and its connection to all that is, you can express in ways you never thought possible. Do you have a target reader? The first book in the trilogy came from something I was connecting with in real time/life, and I felt very led to take from some of that and put it into book form. I start at chapter one having no idea how the story will end. I also felt that I would like to try my hand at doing it myself first and it has been a great experience so far. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? I am already writing a fourth book to publish before the end of the year and am excited to really delve into the marketing part. No, I haven’t. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Will Grace get to the truth about what happened to him? All in all, three books in less than six months. I believe that if you put your heart and mind to something and really tap into your own energy and its connection to all that is, you can express in ways you never thought possible. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? They are fiction, yes, but there is also a gravitas to them that is very rooted in actual events. I need the buzz of life going on around me in order to lose myself in the flow that I feel is meditative in a sense. End of Interview:
For more from Amy, visit her website. The very first time I read her book, The Awakening, I devoured it and I was disappointed when it ended so quickly. If you write something that others connect with, that is just a tiny part of it. There is definite ebb and flow to it. The sky’s the limit, you just have to devote to seeing it through. When I do listen to music it is always instrumental; classical, Spanish guitar. About the book
What is the book about? I grew up in Central Florida. I don’t outline. I also knew who I wanted the second book to be based on. In the third and final book, Mercury and Music, the two spirits that Grace had been communicating with invite her into this deeper realm where a lot of deceased musicians hang out and through her, give their messages and revelations about the planet and music in general.