An Interview with Amy McCoy Dees
Though Amy Dees is a talented and accomplished writer, published novelist, and children’s book author, her writing career fulfills just one aspect of a much broader life calling: being a passionate advocate for children. In addition to writing young adult novels and children's books, Amy has also served on the Coweta County School Board since 2010 and is on the Georgia School Boards Association’s Board of Directors. Her mission as a writer is to inspire and empower children of all ages and backgrounds. Her much anticipated five-book series, “Our American Stories,” shares the true and previously untold historical tales of individuals, children and adults alike, without whom America may not have survived. Amy’s brilliant work brings history to life in a way that makes her books captivating, exciting, must-read works of art for people of all ages.
What inspired you to pursue a career as an author and how did you get started?
Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
What responsibilities do you have as a young adult and children's book author?
What would you recommend someone do if he/she wants to become a novelist someday?
How do you get published? What does this process look like?
What are your thoughts on self-publishing?
Are there different steps you take when writing for adults versus writing for children?
What education is required to become a writer?
What are some pros and cons of this profession?
What are the key things someone needs to know or have to succeed in the publishing industry?
What does a typical day look like for you?
How does your work as a writer affect your family life or your lifestyle?
What's one of your favorite aspects of being a writer?
What's your least favorite aspect of your career?
What is the earning potential for a writer?
Has there been a highlight of your career?
What's something that surprised you about being a writer?
What advice would you give someone who wants to become a writer?
If you had a do-over, would you choose the same career path?
Is there anything we've not discussed that you would like to share with someone hoping to become a writer someday?