June 26, 2012

Pitfalls of Quick Writing by Amy Croall

Please welcome author Amy Croall:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been writing. Even at ten years old, I’d concoct stories with my father about ducks and frogs playing in the swamp and making life-long friends. Since then, writing has come a long way. I am almost always bogged down with “rules” and such relating to what can and can’t be done, what should be included in a book and what shouldn’t.

But there’s only one piece of advice that I’ve taken with me through everything I’ve done—you must write what you know.

As writers, we’re expected to be experts on the subjects we write. Therefore, writing what you know is an amazing piece of advice and the only rule to which I submit myself.

My debut novel, A Cure for the Condition, released on June 1, 2012. It is available on Kindle, in print, and coming soon to Nook. I began writing the book in December of 2010, and was finished with it mere months later. It made me proud. It was my baby. But beta readers ripped it apart, and naturally, because I knew nothing about history.

A Cure for The Condition
A Cure For the Condition
So, what did I do? I went back to my roots, consulted my father who has a Bachelor’s in History, and buckled down to do some hard-core research. After a year of revisions and beta readings, the book was solid, informational, and historical. Now, it’s accurate with the subtlest touch of fiction and romance, taking place over a span of two decades in the Late Victorian Era.

When seventeen-year-old Catherine assumes the throne as Queen of Cannary following her mother’s murder, she is forced to punish the man she loves, but when she develops a serious heart disease, the only cure for her condition may be the truth.

This being said, writing what you know is important—it’s necessary. If I were a historian, this book would have been flawless the first time around. But because I’m not my father, I had to do a year’s worth of research to get it there. I can happily say that it is, now, sparkling. And all thanks to the people who mean the most in my life. Thank you, all!

Buy A Cure for The Condition

Amy Croall lives with her husband and cat in the mountains of Northern California. To her husband, she dedicates all her success, because, without him, Malcolm and Catherine would never have been born. Please visit her website or blog for more information on her debut novel, A Cure for the Condition.


1 comment:

  1. Great, Amy! This is so inspirational to a writer like myself with a historical novel in the works. Thank you!

    Your book sounds really good too. Thanks for guesting on our blog today.


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