Mirabelle is a writer who just can’t finish any of the stories she starts. When her twins leave home for college, they take with them Mirabelle’s sense of identity. As she strives to adjust to her empty nest she is visited by someone unexpected: a character from the very first novel she ever attempted to write.
Characters from all of her unfinished works begin to materialize in her home, in her car, at her job. They talk, yell, and some even throw things at her. Mirabelle can see them, smell them, touch them and though she knows they’re not real, she can’t help but engage them. She created them, after all. They become part of her daily life and she finds herself alternating between hiding them from and sharing them with her almost-always-doting husband, Alex.
Some of Mirabelle’s characters are like good friends, encouraging her to finish something she’s started. Others manipulate her for their own needs and story lines. Good and bad, these characters are part of her and Mirabelle discovers she needs to both fix and finish them before they destroy her life, her sanity, and her marriage.
~ Bewitching BT
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it? ?
Unfinished grew out of my frustration with myself for not finishing my stories. When I started writing Unfinished, I had been querying another work for over a year and getting nowhere. I felt like I was sitting on top of a big pile of unfinished, incomplete, unpublished work and channeled it all into this story.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist? ?
My protagonist was loosely modeled on myself. My antagonist is like my bad temper, my Mr. Hyde.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ?
Dozens of times. It usually helps me to write something completely different: a random prompt, a different story, or even fan fiction. Anything to get that writing muscle working again. Reading also helps me push through a block.
5. Your all time favorite book? ?
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
6. What made you pick that one above all others? ?
I love the marriage of reality and the impossible that drives this story. I also love that it’s set in Chicago during a time when I lived in Chicago. The setting is so beautifully explored. Every time I read it, I am transported back there.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project? ?
Unfinished took me four years to write and two years to query.
8. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind? ?
After six years, I often thought of giving up. I have given up on other novels. But I have never considered giving up writing. I just enjoy it too much. I would write even if I knew no one would ever read it.
9. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? ?
I work in an Elementary School Library so school days are filled with that. I try to write before work and on my lunch break and, if I’m still awake, after everyone goes to bed.
10. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? ?
I have two works that I am editing right now. One is full of music and dreams, the other is filled with secrets and lies.
Fun facts: :
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? ?
Free college tuition for both my kids! I know that’s boring. But worrying about financing our kids college is a full time job. Eliminating that stress would be a dream.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you? ?
A photo book with pictures of family and friends.
3. Name your favorite fruit. ?
Macoun Apple plucked fresh off the tree.
4. Coffee or tea? ?
Neither. But tea if I’m sick.
5. Favorite season? ?
Fall. I love everything from cool breezes to falling leaves. Though I dislike pumpkin spice.
6. How about fav time of 24 hours? ?
Toss-up between just after sunrise and just before sunset.
7. Favorite food for breakfast? ?
Either a real New York bagel with cream cheese and lox or leftover pizza.
8. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ?
9. Drama or comedy? ?
Currently, Comedy. The weight of the world is so heavy right now. I’m craving laughter and escapism.
10. Have a fav quote or personal motto? ?
“It’s sort of like my past is an unfinished painting, and as the artist of that painting, I must fill in all the ugly holes and make it beautiful again.” – Lady Gaga
11. Cats or dogs? ?
I love all animals. But cats especially. They’re so complicated but still silly.
12. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? ?
Dinner at home, for sure.
13. What song have you listened to most recently? ?
“Secrets” by Mary Lambert
14. What first came to mind after reading question no. 1 of the Fun Facts section? I mean that thing that you reconsidered after giving it more thought 😛 ?
My first instinct still always jumps to “get book published.” I guess I’ve been wishing for it for so long, it’s hard to break the habit.
1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is… ?
I’m not sure it’s a secret, but I am obsessed with Riverdale.
2. Your oldest memory is… ?
Rocking in my Raggedy Ann and Andy rocking horse in my backyard when I was about two.
3. If everyone would receive a prize for being best at something, you’d be no. 1 at… ?
Remembering faces. I have an incredible memory for faces. Once I chased down someone on the street that I had known in third grade that I hadn’t seen in 35 years. It freaks people out.
4. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ?
Doctor Who. I was late to the party and just started watching it a couple of years ago. All caught up now and looking forward to a female Doctor!
5. If you could have any one superpower, it would be… ?
Teleportation. Being able to see other places in the world without the stress of sitting in traffic or waiting in the airport security line.
6. The one thing that always brightens your day is… ?
My kids. Even as teenagers they still make me smile every day.
About the Author & Links:
Amy Snyder began writing when she realized the strange things that happened in her imagination were far more interesting than the things that happened in her real life. After earning her degree in Radio, Television, and Film from Northwestern University, she worked at a financial brokerage house, a nationally published magazine, an advertising agency, and most recently, an elementary school as a Math Tutor, Substitute Teacher, and Library Paraprofessional.
But she’s always been a writer.
Amy lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut with her husband, two teenage children, and two cats. While she has been known to talk out loud to the characters she’s writing, she hasn’t had an actual hallucination…yet.