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Indie Author Interview: Amy Holdrop

Hello my bookish Gremlins! Here is yet another amazing indie author who needs our love and support. She writes Romantasy biased in Norse Mythology. Now I know I've never mentioned this before but I love mythology Norse and Celtic are two of my favorites so I'll for sure be adding this lovely lady's books to my TBR and you should too! Now, let's get to know our author and learn a bit about her books while we're at it.


Author Amy Holdrop

Get to know you Section


A simple question to start, what are your pronouns? We don’t want to assume.

Love this, my pronouns are she/her


Can you tell us a bit about your background? How does this affect your writing?  I ask because we like to support Indie authors from diverse backgrounds here and it is not polite to assume one’s identity.

I am a bi woman and growing up I hardly saw queer characters and if there were they were always just stereotypes. I include queer people in my books and stories. Without them being queer being an issue the best friend to my first 2 books FMC is non-binary. Apart from the they/them pronouns and one remark about them transcending gender binaries from the MMC’s POV it’s not highlighted they’re just a wonderful, sassy, loving friend. 


Have you always wanted to be an author? If not, what made you want to be one?

I have, I wrote poems in middle school and wrote my pet's stories as soon as I could write. But for a long time, I doubted myself, opting to writer for apps instead. Until I noticed people loved those stories that’s when I took the leap.


Are there any authors who inspired you to become an author?

Yes, Ben Alderson, he writes MxM fantasy, and the fact that he is so successful with queer stories. (That I absolutely love) gave me the last push to write the stories I wanted not worrying if mine would be popular enough.


What is your favorite Genre to read? What are you currently reading?

I love all things fantasy currently doing and BETA read for the 4th book in the Fallasingha series.



Audio, Physical, or E-book, which do you prefer?

I prefer physical books and will read e-books sometimes but I lose focus with audiobooks.


Is there anything you’re passionate about outside of writing?

My boyfriend got me into Formula 1, I get up at the crack of dawn to watch the qualifications and races. Will binge-watch Drive to Survive and follow all the news about it. Don’t tell me it’s just cars going in circles! 


You’re stranded on an island, what three people and three items are you bringing?

My boyfriend and our two children, a notebook and Prince of Endless Tides by Ben Alderson to stay somewhat sane and a lighter to make a fire to cook over. And I can use the charcoal to write. (I hope lol) 


Have you ever felt like giving up? How did you overcome this?

I did, responses from readers and support from my family always help. I recently commissioned the good friend who made all my book covers to commission a tattoo to remind me of the fact I am actually making my dreams come true by sharing my stories. 


On Writing in general


How do you find the time to write?

I work in healthcare so I have weird hours. That also means I don’t work 8-hour shifts and I do not work full-time. So I will try to sit down and write at least 2 hours a day. On my days off I try to spend at least one day writing all day. But it is hard some days, I am lucky to have a really supportive family. That leaves me be when I am hauled up in the office.


What do you find the most challenging about writing?

Imposter Syndrome and my characters have so much background. I cannot tell it all but I sometimes want to unload everything about them and info dump. 


How do you push through writer’s block?

I live in the Netherlands close to the beach, so I walk on the beach always helps me clear my mind. As does rereading all I have written before and just go on from there. Even if I know the scene is not good I end up deleting it most of the time but it gets the juices running.


Are you a planner or a pantster?

I have tons of notebooks and I want to be a planner but I am not. I am more of a plantser but if I have to choose between a planner and pantser it has to be the latter.


What comes first? Plot or Characters?

Characters, I will think of a character and then base an entire plot around them.


How do you measure Literary success?

Having an impact on people, like people telling me the sad scenes made me cry.  Or that they recognized themselves in my characters.


What part do you feel reviews play in an author’s success? How do you handle the bad reviews? Do you even read your reviews?

I read them and good reviews can make my day.  I try not to let the bad ones get to me by remembering I love books that have one-star reviews. And I DNF-ed popular books. You can’t write everyone's book. 


How do you feel about the Publishing industry today? 

I feel that Trad books are often a bit of the same whereas Indie books tend to be much more unique. Asides from the chances being able to publish my own books has given me. I think it is a good thing more people have the chance to get their books out there. Share their stories, you never know who needs to read them. 


Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Just write your own story, do not worry if the book is going to be popular, or if it has the popular tropes. If you want to write the story there is somewhere out there who wants to read it. And be prepared to spend some money on your book, you put a lot of love in your story. It deserves a cover and format etc. that has as much love and attention put into it. 



Book Specific

Describe your book in One sentence.

A Norse Mythology-inspired spicy romantasy, about learning to deal with your hurdles even if you cannot always overcome them. 


Who do you think is your ideal audience?

Romantasy lovers, who want a diverse cast and like a slight twist on the popular tropes and lesser-known myths and legends.


What was the inspiration for this book? When do you get your best ideas?

There was this Instareel acting challenging POV: You live in a world where everyone has a soulmate. The one that stuck to me most was one where you could hear what your soulmate hears, see what they see without knowing who they are. I instantly knew I wanted to explore what would happen if a God would be bound to a mortal, I always loved Norse Mythology for several reasons so I knew it had to be a Norse God. 


Who is your favorite character? Or a favorite scene from your book?

The scene where the MMC Birger, takes the FMC Teresa on a date to the Summer Solstice in Iceland. Because it is the first time we see the real Birger. 


When you were writing your book did you make a pinterest/mood board for your book? If so, would you share it with us?

I made one for both the FMC and MMC using quotes from my book and the character art my friend made: 





If you were to have your book turned into a movie, who would you cast?

I think Charlie Hunnam would make a good Birger, he has that handsome but rugged look. And I loved him in Sons of Anarchy and Sarah Hyland for Teresa. I think she can portray both the strong vulnerable Teresa in book one and the much stronger Teresa in book two. 


Did you have to do any research for this book? What exactly did you need to research?

My story is based on Norse Mythology, I always had an interest or it and I knew about the most well-known stories. Now I needed to know about the lesser known myths. And all about the customs of Norsemen. (They’re not all Vikings, that was just a job)


Are there any scenes you edited out but saved for later?

I wrote a scene in the notebook I used for this story, it was an interaction between Birger and his father Odin. Where Odin pried Birger for information about Teresa. I decided against it because Odin not being honest about how much he knows suits the plot and his personality better. 



What is the key theme or message in your book?

Everyone handles loss differently, and there is no timeline or set way to deal with loss or grief. But no one should deal with it all on their own, we’re stronger together. 


What do you hope readers get from your books?

That it is okay to feel overwhelmed by grief and you’re not weak for needing help and asking for it.


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