DCC Spotlight: Our Interview with Amalie Howard
At this year’s Denver Comic Con we once again had the pleasure of meeting with the awesomely amazing Amalie Howard. She’s award-winning, she’s hysterical and she creates some of the most dynamic and diverse YA protagonists appearing on your reading lists today. During Saturday’s Con session, I got to sit down with her for a little while and ask her all my most burning literary questions. Once I stopped fangirling at her, that is. Below is our interview, edited lightly for clarity, grammar and possibly to make me look less like a squeeeeeing lunatic. It is also from notes, not a recording, so there is some paraphrasing.
Amalie, I’m so excited to be meeting with you again this year and thank you so much for making the time. How are you enjoying DCC 2016?
There is so much energy and enthusiasm this year! And I love seeing all the young people, especially the girls showing their geek colors! It’s great seeing so many families here too!
That makes me wonder: If you ever see someone cosplay as one of your characters at a Con, will that be the moment where you go “Well, I’ve arrived!”? Also, how cool would it be to see someone cosplay from your books?
It would be so awesome, I would love to see that! I mean, come on, that would be amazing. Recognition is great, but validation from fans is the most rewarding.
How awesome would it be to have your books adapted for film or even a series? Is that something you’re hoping for?
Absolutely! There have been discussions about both TV and movie options, but nothing concrete yet. You know, a lot of YA has tanked because the market is getting overwhelmed with repetitive ideas, but I think we can find an audience.
Oh my god, Riven Chronicles would be amazing as a series. I can see it on Netflix or something, it’s got that vibe.
Yeah, that would be really fun. It’s got big fights and sexy romance. And everyone loves to hate the bad guys! You need a good villain.
At this point we went on a rather lengthy tangent about good villains and why we love them, culminating in the conclusion that well written villains are just the best. Sadly, I failed at writing it down because we were talking a million miles an hour. We also pulled a few passersby into our conversation, and at that point, I completely failed at being an interviewer and slid right over the line into just being a fan and a nerd. I apologize to our readers for this failure, next time I will bring a recorder!
So, what’s next for you?
I’m co-writing a historical romance series for adults with Angie Morgan.
[Cue incoherent squealing] Oh my god, seriously?
Yes. It’s set in the Regency period, and the first book comes out on November 21st.
What’s it called?
That is so awesome. I really can’t wait to see what you do with that setting and writing for an adult audience! How did it happen?
Angie and I are in the same YA critique group. It started as just a fun project, to do something a little bit different and it went really well and we sold it! It’s actually a trilogy and the rest of the books will be out in 2017.
Do they have titles yet?
Yes. Book 2 is called My Darling, My Disaster. And Book 3 is My Hellion, My Heart. So they will be out in 2017 and it’s really fun to explore a different setting and writing for an adult audience.
I love the Regency setting. I’m so all about this!
Yes, it’s going to be a fun read for sure! And how awesome is that last title, My Hellion, My Heart? I love it so much.
Me too, so much. Villains and bad guys, yes!
What else new do you have coming up?
Dark Goddess, sequel to Alpha Goddess is out in June 2017.
Oh good! I am really excited for that! Last question: What’s it like to be so awesome?
[Amalie just laughs and refuses to divulge her secrets.]
You can find all of Amalie’s books at her website, and all of her books are available for purchase through Amazon and booksellers everywhere! She’s been an IPPY Silver Medalist, an Amazon #1 bestseller and her work has been recognized for its excellence by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and VOYA. She lives in Colorado with her family and is a secret ninja Jedi Master. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook where she is pithy and hilarious. I promise you won’t be disappointed! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go devour Alpha Goddess again.