Margaret Fieland: Poetry and Prose


Interview with Author Amy Guth

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the September 18th, 2006

Folks, I was lucky enough to be able to interview Amy Guth, author of “Three Fallen Women”.  Here is the description  of the book from Amy’s website, www.guthagogo.com:

Three Fallen Women peers in on three women – a frustrated painter newly-aware after a breakdown; a heroin addict whose organs are attempting to warn her she’s dying; and a woman who finds serious catharsis in prostitution, castrations and mercy kills – as they individually fall apart, reconstruct, rinse, lather, repeat.

MLF: Can you tell me something about your life as a writer?
AG: Of course. I freelance entirely, so I work from home, which suits me. I keep to a pretty regular writing schedule, but sometimes, an idea will wake me up in the middle of the night.

MLF: When did you know you wanted to write?
AG:My whole life. My dad gave me a little blue plastic typewriter when I was little and I used to sit and write out a little newspaper every week, withut fail.

MLF: Your book sounds interesting — I’m looking forward to reading it. I take it that ATM the only way to get it is to order it from the  publisher — is that right?
AG:No, right now, you can buy it at my readings or through the publishers website, but in 2-3 weeks, pre-release sales will come to a halt and it will be availabel through Powells.com and Amazon.com and all the usual sources.

MLF: How long did it take you to write it?
AG:About six months to write it, but then about another year and a  half to tinker with it and get it how I wanted it before I put it out there for anyone else to see.

MLF:How did you get the idea for the book?  Why did this idea grab you?
AG:I saw a lot of peole around me at the time unwilling or unable to  enforce their personal boundaries and then ending up in these really extreme  and dire situations, and I sort of explore that through the mouthpiece of  thee characters.

MLF: And speaking of publishing, how did you find your publisher?
AG: I wish I had an anectdote, but honestly, I researched and took note of where books I enjoyed were being published and researched some more and knew exactly where I wanted to publish.

MLF: What’s it like now that your book is finally coming out and you’re  out and promoting it?
AG:It’s all been a lot of fun so far. It’s been really hectic, don’t get  me wrong, but it’s wonderful.

MLFHave you gone back and reread your book lately and if so how did it strike  you?
AG: I read it and re-read it so many times during the editing process, and then I re-read it once more a few months ago just before it went to the printer. Really, at that point, it was like an anvil was listed off my shoulders to have it ready to go.
MLF: Do you have a next project in mind?
AG:Yes! I’ve already started my next manuscript. It’s coming along  alarmingly fast.

launch of femme vip ezine

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the September 6th, 2006

The first issue of Femme VIP   a new ezine for women for which I am a contributing writer is now online.  Check it out.

And note my father’s continuing influence on my grammar above .