Amy Lane talks Bitter Moon Saga ~ Guest Post & Giveaway

I would like to thank Amy Lane for being on PBA today talking about the re-release of her Bitter Moon Saga.  Book 3, Triane’s Son Fighting, was released by Dreamspinner press yesterday.  She is also giving away set of the 3 Bitter Moon Saga books to one lucky commenter!

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The Bitter Spring of the Three Moons

Have you ever ugly, snot-cried, machine-gun sobbed while you were reading a book?

Have you ever done that while you were writing a book?

That was the experience of writing the second half of the Bitter Moon saga.

I started the Bitter Moon books right after the birth of my fourth child.  When I returned to work I was not only hormonally crazy, I was… well, let’s just say my work environment was sort of chaotic.

In what ways, you ask?

Well…

  • Before going off to maternity leave, I was asked which classes I wanted to teach.  My response was any grade but 10th—I’d never taught it before.  When I got my schedule, I had two tenth grade classes, two eleventh, and an AP 12.
  • The wanker who gave me that schedule wanted me fired.  He kept showing up in my classroom and counting how many kids were falling asleep.  This was the semester when he wrote me up for calling him “dude”.  I called him “dude” because I wanted to call him “asshole.”
  • My computer routinely ate my data.  My administration (including aforementioned wanker) kept telling me it was my fault.  At the end of the year, we discovered they hadn’t updated my computer at the server level in two years.  NOT my fault.
  • My AP students staged a revolt.  I was actually more structured than they were used to—I expected something from them.  One of the kids had a mom who worked in the library and as a security guard.  She tried to have me fired when I gave her kid a D.

I could go on.  In fact, I could fill a book with how miserable I was at that school pretty much from that moment until the time I was asked to leave.  The year I wrote the first two books of this series was dismal—so dismal, in fact, that my body rebelled, and I spiked a fever for the last three months of school.  The doctor’s couldn’t figure it out, I couldn’t figure it out, but to this day, I’m prepared to believe it was stress.  And to add to this, our summer vacation got cut short for some ungodly reason that I can’t remember now.  Summer vacation was writing time.

I took all that strain, that painful charge of leaving my children to come to this place where it felt like people were literally trying to kill me with bullshit rules and ungodly prejudices, and I wrote.

I wrote about Torrant Shadow, who left the people he loved and became somebody else to travel to a hostile place where people wanted him dead and tried to change the world.

Gee… I wonder where that came from?

I finished the second half of Bitter Moon nearly seven years ago, and it really didn’t get a whole lot of notice—which is too bad, because it would have been nice if all of that pain managed to entertain somebody.  So when my publishers at Dreamspinner Press agreed that it really was a Young Adult epic fantasy—which was just the sort of thing their imprint, Harmony Ink was interested in—and that the bisexual relationships were right up their alley as well, I was thrilled.  

And part of the thrill was that I’d get to visit that time again, because whether it hurt or not, it was a time I felt passionately about, and that’s always fun to read.

But as I was editing the book, ugly-snot-machine-gun-sobbing over my own damned story, I couldn’t help but remember my husband, back when I was writing these stories the first time.

The older kids would wander into the living room (after realizing I was not paying attention to them when I was in the kitchen, and that the sobbing sound was actually me!) and say, “Dad?  Is she going to be okay?”

Mate would look at me and shrug, and say with a deep sigh, “Yeah, don’t mind mom.  She’s writing again.”

I’m awfully glad I’m happier now than I was then—but I always hope I’m that passionate about my writing.

Where to Buy Amy Lane Books

Dreamspinner Press

Amazon

About the Author

Amy Lane is a mother of four and a compulsive knitter who writes because she can’t silence the voices in her head. She adores cats, Chi-who-whats, knitting socks, and hawt menz, and she dislikes moths, cat boxes, and knuckle-headed macspazzmatrons. She is rarely found cooking, cleaning, or doing domestic chores, but she has been known to knit up an emergency hat/blanket/pair of socks for any occasion whatsoever, or sometimes for no reason at all. She writes in the shower, while at the gym, while taxiing children to soccer/dance/gymnastics/band oh my! and has learned from necessity to type like the wind. She lives in a spider-infested, crumbling house in a shoddy suburb and counts on her beloved Mate to keep her tethered to reality—which he does, while keeping her cell phone charged as a bonus. She’s been married for twenty-plus years and still believes in Twu Wuv, with a capital Twu and a capital Wuv, and she doesn’t see any reason at all for that to change.

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Blog: www.writerslane.blogspot.com

E-mail: amylane@greenshill.com

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Twitter: @amymaclane

Giveaway

Amy Lane has kindly offered 1 lucky commenter a set of all 3 Bitter Moon Saga books!  Comment below to be entered.

Contest ends 6 Feb 2014 @ 11:59pm

 

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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21 thoughts on “Amy Lane talks Bitter Moon Saga ~ Guest Post & Giveaway

  1. We are all glad you are happier now, too, and still passionate about your writing! Thanks for this blog and all the other wonderful things you write!!

  2. Amy Lane’s books are some of the few (though not the only) that make me cry like that. You have to be careful where you read those ones!

  3. Yeah – I totally missed out on this series too. Going to remedy that now. I love Amy’s books – she can write in any genre and I’ll buy them. Loved the background information – being a teacher cannot be easy especially with an asshole boss.

  4. Hey all! I love that you’re interested! These are epic fantasy– so they’re not going to follow the expected paths of romance– but I hope you enjoy them anyway 🙂

  5. I am not surprised that these books came from a place of anguish, I have only read the first one at the moment but I found it amazing. I often dont connect with books based on younger characters but I adore Torrant and Aldam and can totally get- “who left the people he loved and became somebody else to travel to a hostile place where people wanted him dead and tried to change the world.”
    Thanks for your imagination.

  6. What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win the series. I guess I had better stock up on more Kleenex. Again. 😀

  7. I’m sorry to hear that you had such a tough time during that time. I have a friend right now who lives in Australia who is kind of experiencing the things you already went through. It sad that these type f things are a common occurrence. At least something good come out of all your hardships and you’re happier for it.

  8. Amy, after reading your post I wanted to give you a big hug! I love your books; they make me laugh and cry. I have been looking at this series, and while I have been reading mostly romance, high fantasy is what I started with way back when. What age range would you recommend this to? Strictly older teens or would they be suitable for preteens as well?

  9. Teresa–I’d say strictly older teens. Even if the content wasn’t geared for older teens, I’d say the prose was a little hard for the preteen set– it would get frustrating to read. And thank you so much for you interest!

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