Author Spotlight with Ami Blackwelder
K.S. Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself.
A.B. I am a teacher and a writer. I spent eight years in Asia working as a teacher, building up English schools.
A.B. I like to sit by a window while I write and sometimes write outside. I don't usually listen to music like many authors.
K.S. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?
A.B. Elementary school. I wrote many creative stories. My first novel, The Gate of Lake Forest was sparked by two major events. Twilight and self-publishing. Both motivated me to write novels, because with all the ideas swirling around in my head, I knew I would have a sure outlet to pour them onto and thought if Stephanie Meyer, mother, could write a full novel, I could to. But self-publishing motivated me because I knew I would not have to jet have my work on paper, I could now package the words into book form on my own without all the publisher business hassles and so it my way. I do have a small publisher and an epublisher now though.
K.S. What genre do you write?
A.B. Paranormal, SCi Fi, and Historical.
K.S. What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?
A.B. Jane Austen and George Lucas. I love Jane's sense of writing style and I love George's imagination.
K.S. What does your family think of your writing?
A.B. Love it.
K.S. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book?
A.B. So much work goes into every detail!
K.S. What inspired you to write your novel?
A.B. My Siamese cat Lotus jumped from the garden in Thailand to the tree and I visioned what if he turned into a human?
K.S. Can you tell us a little about your novel?
“I’m pregnant. Her eyes peered over the edge of the cloth and confronted her mirrored reflection with that truth. I’m pregnant…by a SHIFTER. Oh, god!”
In “The Shifters of 2040,” Scientist Melissa Marn finds her world swirling on its axis with that one revelation. Shifters — a sentient alien species of light — look to Earth for refuge. In doing so, both shifters and humans are forced to confront prejudice, betrayal, adversity and oppression.
Methodical scientist, Melissa Marn, and her coworker, Dr. Bruce Wilder, conduct experiments on the shifters. Through her pregnancy, she becomes more compassionate and humane and finds herself defending the very species she’s supposed to eradicate. One of the hybrids, Diamond, falls in love with Keenan, a soldier trained to kill her. Between the four, the reader is led from conflict to resolution, from despair to hope, from loneliness to love.
Much of the book’s originality lies in the shifters, common characters in science fiction, but whose origins are rarely explained. In this series, their alien DNA allows them to metamorphose into not just wolves, but a variety of animals. As the plot unfolds, the shifters discover they can have children with humans — hybrids.
Strengths of the novel include the complex characters, its writing style of poetic prose and rich description, and the well developed, thought-provoking, yet highly entertaining plot.
This fast paced book will appeal to the young adult and adult market. It fits nicely into the paranormal romance and science fiction romance genres and would make a great movie, a captivating TV series and an intriguing video game.
Readers will enjoy the fresh approach and original concept of the world thirty years from now, and will find the characters come to life in their minds. This story will stay with them long after they read “The End.”
K.S. Where can we find your novel?
A.B. Everywhere. But try: http://amiblackwelder.com
K.S. Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?
A.B. http://amiblackwelder.com. You can also find me at facebookm and twitter. I do myspace, but not often.
K.S. Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?
A.B. Just write and do what you love. Work hard. Have dedication and passion.