Monday, February 24, 2014

Giveaway! Love Gone Wild by Amy Matayo!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Amy Matayo, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?

I started writing as a little girl—songs, poems, sayings I carved into my bedroom door (my parents were super-happy about that). All of it was bad, but I kept at it. In seventh grade, I wrote a short story in my English class that my teacher loved. She submitted it to a writing contest for kids. It didn’t win, but her encouragement and enthusiasm gave me a strong desire to keep writing.

I worked for DaySpring Cards as a writer/editor for seven years, then freelanced for catalogs and magazines. After thinking about it for years, I finally decided to try my life-long dream of becoming an author. I wrote my first full-length novel in 2009. I’m currently working on my seventh manuscript.

What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?

Two books:  One, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and two, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?

To start earlier like I wanted to. Kids, family, mortgages, and jobs were my excuses for years—valid excuses, but excuses still. There’s never a convenient time to go for your dreams. You just have to figure out a way to reach for them while living life—even if life is busy and even if you only have a few minutes each day to work on them. In my case, that was writing. It still is.

5 preference questions:

Homemade or take-out?
Homemade...if someone else makes it.
Email or snailmail?
Online shopping or Black Friday deals?
Black Friday. I like to watch people fight over cheap stuff.
Books or movies?
Note-taker or memorization?
Total note taker, and then I lose the notes and can’t remember anything I wrote down. Without fail.

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?

My favorite is a New Adult book called Sway. It’s unpublished but will be released on Oct 1.

Places for readers to learn more about you?

@amymatayo (twitter)

Thank you for being with us today! 

Readers, enter to win Amy's book here!

Please leave an email address! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.

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Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on March 7th
Attn Readers! If you're struggling to leave a comment on my blog, please email your comment entries (in ONE email) and I will submit it for you. But PLEASE only do this after you've failed to leave a comment. My email is: caseym.writer(@) 


  1. My email:

    And I am a subscriber and follower. :)

  2. I must admit I'm a sucker for reality shows like Survivor and Amazing Race, so I be this would be a fun read!

    I follow via GFC and am an e-mail subscriber


  3. "There’s never a convenient time to go for your dreams. You just have to figure out a way to reach for them while living life—even if life is busy..." Amen, sister! :)

    Love the interview, ladies. You can leave me out of the drawing--Amy's book is already on my kindle and waiting to be devoured. Can't wait! :)

  4. Loved learning about you. I would love to win and review this book. jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

  5. I'm a follower and subscriber jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

  6. Well, I was just going to go buy this book on Amazon, but I couldn't find it. :( So I'm in for the giveaway. sallybradleywrites at gmail dot com. I'm a subscriber to the blog as well.

    If we don't win, how/when can we get our hands on the book? And can I say I loooove this cover? :)

  7. Casey, Thank you for featuring Amy and her book. I had to laugh when she said she is a note taker then always loses them. This has been my downfall forever. I thought I was only one who did that!!
    Made my day !
    I am subscriber and follower
    Thank you for post

  8. Of course I'd love to win. meganbesing @ gmail dot com The first one of this series was awesome!

  9. Survivor meets love... Intriguing! Would love to read this. I'm both a subscriber and follower.


  10. I enjoyed hearing about Amy's writing exploits... I love the door carving!
    I'm a follower.
    I'm a subscriber.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  11. Carving on your bedroom door? Oh, boy, I bet your parents were super-happy! ;)

    kawaii (dot) katers (at) gmail {dot} com

    1. Forgot to say I'm a follower & subscriber, too.

  12. I am a follower!

  13. I am a subscriber!

  14. And I would love to read this book!

  15. This looks like a great book. I would love to win a copy.
    I am a follower and subscriber.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  16. I am a subscriber
    sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. I am a follower
    sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. I would love to win and read your book. You are anew author to me. I like that you worked for Dayspring; I use their free email cards for my out of town family. sharon, wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  19. I love homemade too!
    I am a follower.
    I am a subscriber.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  20. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Sounds very good.

  21. What a fun sounding book and enjoyable interview. Would love to have the chance to read this. Sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

  22. Just read the book's summary and it sounds really fun! Thanks for the giveaway.

    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

  23. This book looks fun :) :)

    Jennifer Marie

  24. Sign me up!

  25. Sounds great! Thanks for giveaway. I am also a follower and subscriber.


  26. I love Redeeming Love too!
    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com
    follower and subscriber

  27. I don't know anything about this book except what I see on the cover but that is intriguing enough for me to want to read it! Thanks for the chance to win Love Gone Wild.


  28. Entry for Janet:
    Dear Casey,
    Please enter me in your contest.
    Janet E.

  29. I've been hearing such great things about Amy Matayo! Love Gone Wild sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. :)

    iblog4books [at] gmail [dot] com

    I'm a subscriber and follower too.

  30. I would love to read Amy's book.
    I am a subscriber and a follower.


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