Monday, February 11, 2019

Amy Maroney "The Girl From Oto" An Interview with Amy Maroney by Jason E. Foss

                                                                                 AMY MARONEY

                     "Great Authors prove that no matter how many times books are made they will never run out of ways to be more creative.  They keep their Readers happy and they do it time and time again.  Main characters are so detailed that by the 4th chapter they actually exist in the Readers mind.  Their imagination gets lost in this fine-tuned story in front of them.  As they get deep into the book they are so invested in the story that they don't want to get to the last page because that means the story is over.  Then something incredible happens.  A friend of theirs tells them the Author has two more books in the Series.  The Reader is beyond excited and begins to read once again at a steady pace with the reassurance that the story is not really over.  When the first book ends the new story will begin in Book 2 the Reader is in bliss.  Amy Maroney is one of these great Authors.  She let us know what motivated her."

                                                                                                      Jason E. Foss

Jason:                            "What motivated you to write The Girl from Oto?"


                                        "I visited Oxford University several years ago and saw a 500-year-old painting of a mysterious woman, attributed to female portrait artist Caterina van Hemessen. Intrigued, I dug into history and learned that women have always been artists. Their work was often attributed to men or kept anonymous, but it exists. I decided to weave research and imagination together, bring one of those mysterious old portraits to life, and create a place in history for its maker. My goal with the Miramonde Series (The Girl from Oto is Book 1) is to write page-turners that shine a light on history’s silenced stories."

Jason:                              "For your fans and book lovers briefly describe The Girl from Oto."

                                         "The Girl from Oto tells the story of a Renaissance-era woman artist and an American scholar linked by a 500-year-old mystery. 1500: Born during a time wracked by war and plague, artist Mira grows up in a Pyrenees convent believing she is an orphan. When tragedy strikes, Mira learns the devastating truth about her own origins. But does she have the strength to face those who would destroy her? 2015: Centuries later, art scholar Zari unearths traces of a mysterious young woman named Mira in two 16th-century portraits. Obsessed, Zari tracks Mira through the great cities of Europe to the pilgrim’s route of Camino de Santiago—and is stunned by what she finds. Will her discovery be enough to bring Mira’s story to life?"

Jason:                               "You now have three books in this series – Book 1, The Girl from Oto; Book 2, Mira’s Way; and a prequel novella, The Promise. Why do you call it the Miramonde Series?"


                                            "In the first chapter of The Girl from Oto, the heroine of the series is born into dangerous circumstances during the Renaissance era. Her mother names her Miramonde, ‘one who sees the world.’ Growing up, she becomes better known as ‘Mira’—a young woman driven to fulfill the promise of her name."

Jason:                                  "What characteristic of Mira’s can you relate to the most and why?"


                                               "Mira’s very existence is precarious from the start, and she spends her early years navigating obstacles and heartbreak that would challenge even the most formidable spirit. I’ve had a much easier life than her, but I do share her curious nature, her strong creative drive, and the outrage she feels over injustices in the world."

Jason:                                      "What are you writing now?"


                                                   "I’m about to hand off the final book in the Miramonde Series to my editor. Then I’ll be writing some fun spin-off stories about characters in the series who didn’t get enough time in the spotlight.

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                           "Amy was motivated by history and that women have always been artists.  Sometimes their work was anonymous.  Can you imagine how that must feel to create beautiful art and not be able to take credit for it just because you are a female?  Amy brilliantly writes three books to shine light on these silenced stories and she does so in creative fashion.  Each page locks the Reader in and page turner is an understatement.  My two favorite things about this great Author is the idea for her book is once again proof that creativity is alive and well.  My second favorite thing about Amy is she was able to successfully create two more books that have the same life, energy, and story that keeps you satisfied from beginning to the very end.  Click on the link above and buy "The Girl From Oto".

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