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Monday, 6 October 2014

The Amy Metz Interview



Please welcome the amazing AMY METZ  to our blogspot.

Q. Thanks for joining us, Amy, and many congratulations on the recent re-release of your novel. But before you give us all ‘goose bumps’ could you tell us a little of your background? Where do you live now and what leads you to write?
A. Thank you for having me here, Paul. I live in Louisville, Kentucky, and I write because it’s what I love to do. In other interviews, I've said I had my dream job of being a mom, and that’s true. But with both kids out of the house now, I’m pursuing me second dream job.

Q. How did you select the names of characters for your novels?
A. The main characters actually named themselves. When I started writing book one, I didn’t even think about it, that’s just what their names were. As I add more and more characters, I draw from a list of names I keep. My sister got me started watching the obits for interesting names. Whenever I see or hear of a name that’s unusual or interesting, it goes on the list, and when it’s time to name a new character, I usually take a name from that list. I do try to use Southern names, since the book is set in the South. And the name has to fit the character, at least in my mind. I’ve had a few instances where I couldn’t match a name with a character, so I started a default method. I pick from names of counties in Kentucky whenever I can’t come up with something suitable. I’ve also given a few of my characters the names of former students of mine.

Q. What can you tell us about the plot – without giving the game away, of course?
A. The book is a murder mystery, but it’s also chock-full of humorous Southern sayings and interesting characters. It has multiple layers and isn’t just about the mystery. One reviewer said she was “Enticed by a mystery, riveted to the swoon-worthy romance, and tickled by the “countrified” life.” That’s the way I’d hoped readers would feel.

Q. Am I right in thinking this is the first of a new series that you plan? What can we expect in the future?
A. You are correct, sir. Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction will be released in a few months, and I’m currently writing book three, Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction.

  
Q. Do you have a particular writing regime such as days or times to write and do you have an office where you escape to in order to work?
A. I do have an office, but now that I live alone, there’s no escaping myself. Still, it’s where I do most of my writing now. I’m a very boring person, and I write or market or edit at all hours pretty much all the time. The one thing I don’t have is a schedule or deadlines. It’s done when it’s done.

Q. When not writing, what hobbies or interests would you like to tell us about?
A. I love photography, and I love turning my pictures into coffee table books. Of course, my favourite subjects are my sons, but besides them, I shoot mostly landscapes, trees, flowers, and birds. I really like designing page layouts for the photos I take and producing books with them. I also love to bake—or maybe I just like to eat desserts—in any event I do both—bake and eat. And I love to attend my son’s concerts. He’s majoring in music performance and it’s pure joy to watch him play. It’s a bit harder to do now that he’s in college and the concerts are two hours away instead of twenty minutes, but I wouldn’t miss one.

Q. Now I must ask you what inspires you to run your website ‘A Blue Million Books’? It is a fabulous site and you must have interviewed scores of authors and promoted hundreds of books by now.  What do you look for in choosing who to feature on your website?
A. Thank you so much. When Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction first launched in 2012, I contacted at least a hundred bloggers, asking if they would feature my book on their blog and/or read and review the book. I learned that marketing an indie book is not easy. Some people never replied to my emails, some said they were too busy, some said flat out no, and some were nice enough to have me on their blogs. The experience spurred me to want to try to help fellow authors promote their work. I think blogs are a great way to get the word out about a book. To date, I’ve done 420 posts on A Blue Million Books. I hated to do it, but I’ve had to stop accepting review requests. However, I am happy to post a feature on any PG-rated genre. I don’t do many young adult posts because I don’t think that’s who my audience is. I work with several blog tour organizers, and I say yes to all individual requests for a feature or spotlight, provided the book is family friendly.

Q. Thank you for joining us, Amy. May we wish you well in the future.

A. Thank you so much for hosting me, Paul. You are always so supportive and encouraging. Thank you!

To visit Amy's Amazon pages follow the links below to amazon.co.uk and amazon.com. You won't be disappointed.


The Cotswolds

Bourton on the Water
There's always a literary festival somewhere - for example Blenheim Palace in September - and there's always evidence of someone somewhere being inspired to take up the pen and write a book, or a poem, or an ode. This particular blog is no ode - it merely represents a small collection of photos to be shared following a short break at Home Farm, Ebrington, near Chipping Camden. And, here and there, you will always find a trace to the wonderful world of literature. Even in this unique area of England that we know as the Cotswolds. 

The Cotswolds is an area in south central England containing the Cotswold Hills, a range of rolling hills which rise from the meadows of the upper Thames to an escarpment, known as the Cotswold Edge, above the Severn Valley and Evesham Vale. The area is defined by the bedrock of Jurassic limestone which creates a type of grassland habitat rare in the UK, and which is quarried for the golden coloured Cotswold stone. The area, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966, is considered to have unique features derived from the local Cotswold stone; the predominantly rural landscape contains stone-built villages, historical towns, and stately homes and gardens.
There is evidence of Neolithic settlement from burial chambers on Cotswold Edge, and there are remains of Bronze and Iron Age forts. During the Middle Ages, the area became prosperous from the wool trade - indeed the name is usually attributed the meaning, sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides, and large "wool churches" were built. The area remains affluent. Typical Cotswold towns are BurfordChipping NortonCirencesterMoreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. The Cotswold town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
The Cotswolds is roughly 25 miles (40 km) across and 90 miles (145 km) long, stretching south-west from just south of Stratford-upon-Avon to just south of Bath. It lies across the boundaries of several English counties; mainly Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, but also parts of WiltshireSomerset,Worcestershire, and Warwickshire

Elmington

Stow On the Wold

Stow on the Wold


Moreton in Marsh





Bourton on the Water

Cycling in the Cotswolds?


Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford Upon Avon



Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Broadway Tower, near Chipping Campden

Tower Press, Broadway

The Tragic story of a WW2 Bomber that crashed at Broadway

Deer in the Park

Broadway

Walking the Cotswolds Way

Monmouthshire from Broadway Tower
Stratfor Upon Avon
Hamlet
Stratford Upon Avon
Shakespeare
Touchstone The Jester
As You Like it
Stratford Upon Avon
Stratford Upon Avon
Lady MacBeth

Elbrington




Blenheim 

'In the Stocks'
at Stow in the Wold
(How to really finish that book you are writing)
''Locked to Desk?''

A Day in Blenheim Palace


The Entrance
Bleneheim Palace is home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, The Palace is a true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture and has been a World Heritage Site since 1987. It is set amongst over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens near the quintessential English village of Woodstock, Oxfordshire. I know that my photos from a recent break in the Cotswolds do not do justice to this wonderful building and its grounds so if you are ever in the area - you must visit - you will not regret it. You could walk miles around the Palace itself and enjoy every second of discovery - This is just a taste of a remarkable place.....  How would I describe the Palace - A definition of British History...   Come walk with me through Blenheim and taste BRITAIN with every step....

The Queens Pond

Leading to the Column of Victory















The Roman Emperor Vespasian 

Winston Churchill



WINSTON named after Britain's greatest Prime Minister

The present Duke greets President Clinton

The Chapel

One of the many State Rooms

The Battle of Blenheim

The Queen Anne Statue


The Column of Victory


The following text is one of many found inscribed at the Column of Victory and tells the story of 
the Battle of Blenheim

The Castle of BLENHEIM was founded by Queen ANNE,

In the Fourth Year of her Reign,
In the Year of the Christian Æra, One thousand seven hundred and five;
A Monument designed to perpetuate the Memory of the Signal Victory
Obtained over the FRENCH and BAVARIANS.
Near the Village of BLENHEIM,
On the Banks of the DANUBE,
By IOHN Duke of MARLBOROUGH:
The Hero not only of his Nation, but his Age:
Whose Glory was equal in the Council and in the Field:
Who by Wisdom, Justice, Candour, and Address,
Reconciled various and even opposite Interests;
Acquired an Influence, which no Rank, no Authority can give,
Nor any Force, but that of Superior Virtue;
Became the fixed, important Center,
Which united in one common Cause,
The Principal States of EUROPE.
Who by military Knowledge, and irresistible Valour,
In a long Series of uninterrupted Triumphs,
Broke the Power of FRANCE,
When raised the highest, when exerted the most;
Rescued the EMPIRE from Desolation;
Asserted and confirmed the Liberties of EUROPE.
PHILIP, a Grand-son of the House of FRANCE, united to the Interest, directed by the Policy, supported by the Arms of the Crown, was placed on the Throne of SPAIN. King WILLIAM the Third beheld this formidable Union of two Great, and once Rival, Monarchies. At the End of a Life spent in defending the Liberties of EUROPE, He saw them in their greatest Danger. He provided for their Security in the most effectual Manner: He took the Duke of MARLBOROUGH into his Service.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
To the STATES-GENERAL of the United Provinces,
The Duke contracted several Alliances, before the Death of King WILLIAM. He confirmed and improved These, He contracted Others, after the Accession of Queen ANNE; and re-united the Confederacy, which had been dissolved at the End of a former War, in a stricter and firmer League.

Captain General and Commander in Chief
Of the Forces of GREAT BRITAIN,
The Duke led to the Field the Army of the Allies. He took with surprising Rapidity VENLO, BUREMONDE, STEVENSWAERT, LIEGE. He extended and secured the Frontiers of the DUTCH. The Enemies, whom he found insulting at the Gates of NIMECHEN were driven to seek for Shelter behind their Lines. He forced BONNE, HUY, LIMBOURG, in another Campaign. He opened the Communication of the RHINE, as well as the MAES. He added all the Country between these Rivers to his former Conquests.

The Arms of FRANCE, favoured by the Defection of the Elector of BAVARIA, had penetrated into the Heart of the EMPIRE. This mighty Body lay exposed to immediate Ruin. In that memorable Crisis, the Duke of MARLBOROUGH led his Troops with unexampled Celerity, Secrecy, Order, from the OCEAN to the DANUBE. He saw. He attacked, nor stopped, but to conquer the Enemy. He forced the BAVARIANS, sustained by the FRENCH, in their strong intrenchments at SCHELLENBERG. He passed the DANUBE. A second Royal Army, composed of the best Troops of FRANCE, was sent to re-inforce the first. That of the Confederates was divided, with one Part of it the Siege of INGOLSTADT was carried on: With the other the Duke gave Battle to the united Strength of FRANCE and BAVARIA. On the Second Day of AUGUST, One thousand seven hundred and four, He gained a more glorious Victory than the Histories of any Age can boast. The Heaps of Slain were dreadful Proofs of his Valour: A Marshal of FRANCE, whose Legions of FRENCH, his Prisoners, proclaimed his Mercy. BAVARIA was subdued. RATISMON, AUGSBOURG, ULM, MEMINGHEN, All the Usurpations of the Enemy were recovered. The Liberty of the DIET, the Peace of the EMPIRE were restored. From the DANUBE the Duke turned his victorious Arms towards the RHINE and the MOSELLE, LANDAU, TREVES, TRAERBACH were taken. In the Course of one Campaign the very nature of the War was changed. The invaders of other States were reduced to defend their own. The Frontier of FRANCE was exposed in its weakest part to the Efforts of the Allies.

That He might improve this Advantage, that He might push the Sum of things to a Speedy Decision, the Duke of MARLBOROUGH led his Troops early in the following Year once more to the MOSELLE. They whom He had saved a few Months before, neglected to second Him now. They who might have been his Companions in Conquest refused to join Him. When He saw the generous Designs He had formed frustrated by private Interest, by Pique, by Jealousy, He returned with speed to the MAES. He returned; and Fortune and Victory returned with Him. LIEGE was relieved; HUY retaken. The FRENCH, who had pressed the Army of the STATES-GENERAL with Superior Numbers, retired behind Intrenchments which they deemed impregnable. The Duke forced these Intrenchments, with Inconsiderable Loss, on the Seventh Day of IULY, One thousand seven hundred and five. He defeated a great Part of the Army which defended them. The Rest escaped by a precipitate Retreat. If Advantages proportionable to his Success were not immediately obtained, let the Failure be ascribed to that misfortune which attends most Confederacies, a Division of Opinions were One alone should judge, a Division of Powers where One alone should command. The Disappointment it-self did Honour to the Duke. It became the Wonder of Mankind, how He could do so much under those Restraints which had hindered Him from doing more.

Powers more absolute were given Him afterwards. The Increase of his Powers multiplied his Victories. At the opening of the next Campaign, when all his Army was not yet assembled, when it was hardly known that He had taken the Field, the Noise of his Triumphs was heard over EUROPE. On the Twelfth Day of MAY, One thousand seven hundred and six, He attacked the FRENCH at RAMELLIES. In the space of two Hours their whole Army was put to flight. The Vigour and Conduct with which He improved this Success, were equal to those with which He gained it. LOUVAIN, BRUSSELS, MALINES, LIERE, GHENT, OUDENARDE, ANTWERP, DAMME, BRUGES, COURTRAY surrendered. OSTEND, MENIN, DENDERMONDE AETH were taken. BRABANT and FLANDERS were recovered. Places which had resisted the greatest Generals for Months, for Years; Provinces disputed for Ages, were the Conquests of a Summer.

Nor was the Duke content to triumph alone. Solicitous for the general Interest, his Care extended to the remotest Scenes of the War. He chose to lessen his own Army, that He might enable the Leaders of other Armies to conquer. To this it must be ascribed, that TURIN was relieved, the Duke of SAVOY re-instated, the FRENCH driven with Confusion out of ITALY.

These Victories gave the Confederates an Opportunity of carrying the War on every side into the Dominions of FRANCE. But She continued to enjoy a kind of peaceful Neutrality in GERMANY. From ITALY she was once alarmed, and had no more to fear. The entire Reduction of this Power, whose Ambition had caused, whose Strength supported the War, seemed reserved to Him alone who had so triumphantly begun the Glorious Work.

The Barrier of FRANCE on the side of the LOW-COUNTRIES, had been forming for more than half a Century. What Art, Power, Expence could do, had been alone to render it impenetrable. Yet here She was most exposed: For here the Duke of MARLBOROUGH threatened to attack Her.

To cover what they had gained by Surprise, or had been yielded to them by Treachery, the FRENCH marched to the Banks of the SCHELDE. At their Head were the Princes of the Blood, and thir most fortunate General, the Duke of VENDOME. Thus commanded, thus posted, they hoped to check the Victor in his Course. Vain were their Hopes. The Duke of MARLBOROUGH passed the River in their sight. He defeated their whole Army. The Approach of Night concealed, the Proximity of GHENT favoured their Flight. They neglected nothing to repair their Loss, to defend their Frontier. New Generals, new Armies appeared in the NETHERLANDS. All contributed to enhance the Glory, none were able to retard the Progress of the Confederate Arms.

LISLE, the Bulwark of this Barrier, was besieged. A numerous Garrison and a Marshal of FRANCE defended the Place. Prince EUGENE of SAVOY commanded, the Duke of MARLBOROUGH covered and sustained the Siege. The Rivers were seized, and the Communication with HOLLAND interrupted. The Duke opened new Communications, with great Labour, and greater Art, through Countries over-run by the Enemy, the necessary Convoys arrived in Safety, one alone was attacked. The Troops which attacked it, were beat. The defence of LISLE was animated by Assurances of Relief. The FRENCH assembled all their Forces. They marched towards the Town. The Duke of MARLBOROUGH offered them Battle, without suspending the Siege. They abandoned the Enterprise. They came to save the Town: They were Spectators of its Fall.

From this Conquest the Duke hastened to others. The Posts taken by the Enemy on the SCHELDE were surprised. That River was passed the second time, and notwithstanding the great Preparations made to prevent it, without opposition, BRUSSELS, besieged by the Elector of BAVARIA, was relieved. GHENT surrendered to the Duke in the middle of a Winter remarkably severe. An Army little inferior to his own, marched out of the Place.

As soon as the Season of the Year permitted Him to open another Campaign, the Duke besieged and took TOURNAY. He invested MONS. Near this City, the FRENCH Army, covered by thick Woods defended by treble Intrenchments, waited to molest, nor presumed to offer Battle. Even this was not attempted by them with Impunity. On the last Day of AUGUST, One thousand seven hundred and nine, the Duke attacked them in their Camp. All was employed, nothing availed against the Resolution of such a General, against the Fury of such Troops. The Battle was bloody: The Event decisive. The Woods were pierced: The Fortifications trampled down. The Enemy fled. The Town was taken.

DOWAY, LETHUNE, AIRE, St VENANT, BOUCHAIN, underwent the same Fate in two succeeding Years. Their vigorous Resistance could not save them. The Army of FRANCE durst not attempt to relieve them. It seemed preserved to defend the Capital of the Monarchy.

The Prospect of this extreme Distress was neither distant nor dubious. The FRENCH acknowledged their Conqueror, and sued for Peace.

These are the Actions of the Duke of MARLBOROUGH,
Performed in the Compass of few Years,
Sufficient to adorn the Annals of Ages.
The Admiration of other Nations
Will be conveyed to latest Posterity,
In the Histories even of the Enemies of BRITAIN.
The Sense which the BRITISH Nation had
Of his Transcendent Merit,
Was expressed
In the most solemn, most effectual, most durable Manner.
The ACTS of PARLIAMENT inscribed on this Pillar,
Shall stand as long as the BRITISH Name and Language last,
Illustrious Monuments
Of MARLBOROUGH'S Glory
And
Of BRITAIN'S Gratitude.

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With thanks to Blenheim
www.blenheimpalace.com/