Interview with Amelia Wilde, author of Richer Than God
04 Aug 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Richer Than God?
My new release Richer Than God is a dark, sexy romance with an unforgettable antihero! He’s the brother of the hero from my book King of Shadows, and things are only getting darker.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always loved to read and write and when I found out it was possible to self-publish, I jumped in with both feet. My dad shared a lot of books with me when I was growing up and I just thought storytelling was the coolest dream career.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
It’s really hard to pick five books, but if I had to choose… My top five right in this moment would be American Queen by Sierra Simone, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Feed by Mira Grant, and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
If I could host a literary talk show I would invite Erin Morgenstern on and ask her how she wrote such a perfect book. I’m on a Night Circus kick lately—my husband and I just finished the audiobook and I’m still stuck on it.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing about writing is when I come up with something completely awesome for a character to say. Or when I leave my future self clues about characters’ true selves, and only come upon those clues when I’m re-reading.
What is a typical day like for you?
It depends on the season 😂 In the summer I like to get up early and go on a long walk. After that, I write while intermittently hanging out with my three daughters, and then we go out in the afternoon, and then in the evenings I write again and do other book work slash binge Netflix and play Nintendo Switch. In the winters, I find it impossible to get up early at all and going outside in northern Michigan is really hit or miss, so I usually don’t. Lots of writing at all times of year, though.
What scene in Richer Than God was your favorite to write?
My favorite scene in Richer Than God was this scene where the hero briefly leaves the heroine alone, thinks she might be gone, and goes to find her. It turns sexy (no surprises there) but first there’s this moment of worry on his part that opens the door to everything that follows. That one. That was my favorite one to write.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
So, the book Code Name Verity is about this Air Transport Auxiliary pilot and a British spy in World War 2, and they’re both women, and they’re best friends. I can barely talk about this story without giving away a bunch of spoilers and/or crying, but obviously the pilot, Maddie, she learns to fly, and it’s the war, and she does this even though she’s scared to death. And no matter what happens, she just keeps telling herself—fly the plane. At one point she’s flying over occupied France, it’s dark, and the plane is broken. She’s probably going to have to crash-land it or bail out. But she just keeps flying. Fly the plane. That’s probably a weird motto, but I think of it every day.
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