Amy and I are cut from the same cloth — we both love romance novels because, well … keep reading to find out!
Thank you so much for being here today! What was your favorite picture book as a child? What did you love about it?
The one that sticks out in my memory the most is The Tawny Scrawny Lion. I’m sure there were others, but that’s one that I was so excited to be able to read to my children in the past few years and it still makes me smile. In it, the lion is simply acting like himself, but so is the rabbit. And the lion finds out that other ways of eating and living are just as enjoyable, if not more, than the way he had always done it. It’s unexpected with fun pictures and a description of a stew that always makes me want a bite.
What was the first adult novel that you read (not “adult,” but not in the young adult section)? Did you like it?
There have been so many books in my life, so please don’t hold me to this. But one of the first I can remember reading that really sticks with me still was Janette Oke’s A Gown of Spanish Lace. She was the first Christian author I really picked up when I graduated past Babysitter’s Club, Anne of Green Gables, and Judy Blume (why did I read all those?). And it’s still one of my favorites. It has romance, a bit of mystery, and a happy ending, all set in the old west. What’s not to like?
The Babysitter’s Club was a favorite of mine too. Have you ever had a book recommended to you that you didn’t like? No names, but what didn’t you like about it?
Several, actually. One that comes to mind recently was on a popular actress’s reading list, and my friend said she couldn’t put it down. So, I decided to give it a try. Written in first person (ugh, my least favorite), it never tells you the character is probably on the spectrum, but I read later that she probably is. And it made it hard for me to relate. Instead, I wanted to reach in and smack every single person in the book until they realized all the bad stuff they were doing.
If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
Jo Baer from Little Women. She’s one of the characters who I can’t help but love. Not necessarily beautiful on the outside, but stunning on the inside. Her heart is big, but so is her temper. And she’s a writer! Plus, I love her romance with the Professor. It’s one of my all-time favorites.
I love Jo! If you could visit any fiction place, where would you go?
Narnia. I want to sit down and have a talk with Aslan. Feel his paw around my shoulders. Have that reminder that he’s not a tame lion, but that he loves me with all of his being. Also, the being able to age and live there, and then come back and not have aged a day is pretty tempting, too.
Who’s your favorite author?
This list changes and grows by the month. Let’s see. I love Karen Witemeyer for 1800s romance, Julie Klassen for Regency, Roseanna M. White for WWI and other eras in the past, and Katherine Reay for modern day. All romance, but all just a bit different. And all of their books absolutely suck me in where I don’t want to put the book down. I’ve seriously burned dinner while trying to read while I cooked with at least one book from each of these authors.
I love it when a book hooks me like that? You clearly prefer romance, so which is your favorite genre?
Regency Romance. I think it probably started with all the Jane Austen books. But let’s be honest. How can you not love a story where you know everything will work out in the end, where the man usually needs to be tamed a bit, and the girl has to prove she’s more than pretty face? And there’s beautiful dresses, balls, and tea. Perfect.
What if saving Grace doesn’t mean what she thinks it does?
Michelle Wilson’s one goal in life was to become a top journalist at the local paper back in her hometown of Cedar Springs, AR. But on the way to bringing that dream to reality, a life-changing wreck interrupts Michelle’s plans and adds an orphaned baby into the mix. Now, she has tough decisions ahead—did God put her in that accident to save baby Grace? And if so, why is it so hard to convince everyone else she should be the baby’s new mommy?
Greg Marshall has been Michelle’s best friend his whole life. He’s thrilled she’s moving back home, but not so sure about her sudden desire to be a single mom. His feelings for her have grown through the years, but she’s never seemed to notice. Can he help Michelle with the adoption and grow their relationship at the same time?
Amy R. Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.
Learn more about her books at https://www.pinterest.com/msguish/my-books/
And check out the YouTube channel she does with two other authors, Once Upon a Page.