2K18 Member Spotlight: Amy Trueblood
BOOK TITLE: Nothing But Sky
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2018
About NOTHING BUT SKY
Eighteen-year-old Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she's dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.
No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.
After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick
Amy Trueblood grew up in California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling. As the youngest of five, she spent most of her time trying to find a quiet place to curl up with her favorite books. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism, she worked in entertainment in Los Angeles before returning to work in Arizona. Fueled by good coffee, and an awesome Spotify playlist, you can often find Amy working on the next post for her blog. Her debut, NOTHING BUT SKY (Flux) releases March 27, 2018.
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR BOOK?
I saw an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
BEST ADVICE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
Don’t compare your writing journey to anyone else. Everyone has their own path.
WHAT DOES FEARLESS MEAN TO YOU?
Knowing there is risk, but still taking a chance.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR TEEN SELF?
Oh man, my teen self. Well, I guess we could start with the hair. It was very 80s. It was graduated, so very short on one side and longer on the other. After eighth grade, I went to a private Catholic high school. The nuns were not very fond of the hair and they told my Mom I had to cut it or be suspended. I cried, but I agreed to go to the hairdresser later that week. It was very dramatic at the time! LOL!
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
Spiders, snakes, scorpions and rodents of any kind (YUCK!!).
CAN YOU GIVE US A PEEK INTO YOUR RESEARCH PROCESS FOR NOTHING BUT SKY?
The red biplane belongs to a local pilot in Arizona. He let me climb inside and all over it to get an idea of what an open-air cockpit was like.
The other picture is a sampling of all the items I used to research the book: clothing from the time period, a book on World War One, and fliers that were used in the 1920s to promote the flying circuses.
HOW DO YOU APPROACH FEAR IN THE WRITING PROCESS?
I remind myself of how much I’ve already accomplished in spite of the fear and self-doubt that always shows up.