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Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished?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 It’s unpublished but will be released on Oct 1.
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