Author Interview & Review: Amy Sue Jackson Black

Author Interview:
Amy Sue Jackson Black

Book: Mercy Said No
Length: 16
ISBN-10: 0615167438
ISBN-13: 978-0615167435

Amy Black Bio:

I am 25 years old and I am married. I am graduating from college in May of this year. I have struggled with depression and because of this, I hope to help others. I really have a passion for helping children. I feel that I have experienced many of the things children face nowadays, and I hope to use this to help them. I feel that I am a sensitive and compassionate person. I have many desires to help in various ways. I want to work with children, hopefully in protective services. I also enjoy being with and working on the development of infants. I also hope to work with the criminally insane as I feel they don’t get fair and proper treatment. I trust in God to direct me in my career.

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Amy Black: I will be graduating in May of this year, as I said before. I plan to work with children or infants. I am currently working on starting an infant daycare. If that works out, I will probably stick with that starting out. I will go where God leads me.

What compelled you to write your first book?

Amy Black: I have only one published book with an ISBN for now. I didn’t write it to make money, I wrote it to help teenagers everywhere. It is a devotional for teens and it tells about a time in high school when I paid the price to be popular.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Amy Black: Yes. I have always written short stories growing up. My elementary school had a small “publishing company”. I probably “published” a story every week.

Are you currently working on any writing projects our readers should watch for release soon?

Amy Black: I am working on my first novel, but it will probably be awhile before it is published. I am thinking about publishing a collection of short stories though.

Have you ever won any writing awards? If so, what?

Amy Black: Yes, actually I have. When I was in the eighth grade, I won an award for a research paper I wrote. I was the only student in my county to win. I even got an autographed award from the state senator.

How did you feel the day you held the copy of your first book in your hands?

Amy Black: I felt proud. I know it is a short book, but I still felt proud that I accomplished it.

What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?

Amy Black: I always loved writing. I guess I have always been creative. I love to read and a lot of the inspiration I get comes from the books I read.

What one thing are you the most proud of in your life?

Amy Black: Oh gosh, just one? I would have to say getting through five years of college. (My foremost accomplishment is mentioned in my book, but it is too long to explain quickly)

What about your family? Do you have children, married, siblings, parents? Has your family been supportive of your writing?

Amy Black: I am married. I met my husband in 1999 and married him in 2006. My mom and I are very close. I have a stepfather who is proud of me. My grandma passed away ten days after my wedding day in May of 2006. I am an only child, which probably makes me spoiled. My mom and husband always encourages me to keep writing. They are very proud of me.

When growing up, did you have a favorite author, book series, or book?

Amy Black: Growing up, I loved R.L. Stine and all of his book series. I still do, actually.

What about now: who is your favorite author and what is your favorite genre to read?

Amy Black: I have many favorite authors, but probably Dean Koontz, John Saul, and most of the authors who write for the Inspirational Suspense series.

Hey, let’s get morbid. When they write your obituary, what do you hope they will say about your book/s and writing? What do you hope they will say about you?

Amy Black: Oh goodness. I hope to have written many books. I hope they will say I am the best writer of all times…. LOL. Just kidding. I just hope my books and/or writing in general are acknowledged. I’m not seeking a title.

Location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in your writing. Tell us about where you grew up and a little about where you live now – city? Suburb? Country? Farm? If you could live anywhere you want to live, where would that be?

Amy Black: I grew up in Terre Haute, IN, which is where I still live. I have lived in various places. Suburbs, the city, out of the city limits. Right now I live a little out of the city limits in a nice neighborhood.

Do you have any pets? What are they? Tell us about them.

Amy Black: Right now, I don’t. I had a hamster named Chip, but he passed away a couple of weeks ago. My husband got him for me for Valentines Day of 2006. We are thinking about getting another one. We also plan to get a little dog in the future. One that stays little.

Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting, handwriting?

Amy Black: I don’t really have a specific writing environment. Right now, I write at both my PC and laptop. It depends on the mood. I can right if it’s quiet or with music and/or television.

Do you watch television? If so, what are your favorite shows? Does television influence of inspire your writing?

Amy Black: I do. I enjoy watching comedies like Two and half men, Frasier, Reba, and even Golden Girls. I don’t really think television inspires my writing. My reading does that.

What about movies? Same as above.

Amy Black: I enjoy many genres. I like suspense, horror, comedies, and romance. My favorite movies are Transformers, The Passion, and others.

Focusing on your most recent (or first) book, tell our readers what genre your book is and what popular author you think your writing style in this book is most like.

Amy Black: The genre would be self-help and devotional along with nonfiction. I don’t really think Mercy Said No is similar to any certain writer.

How long did it take you to write your most recent (or first) book? When you started writing, did you think it would take that long (or short)?

Amy Black: I wrote it a couple of years ago. It didn’t take me very long to write it. I just didn’t do anything with it until this last year. I don’t really ever think about how long a story will take to write, I just go with the flow.

Is there anyone you’d like to specifically acknowledge who has inspired, motivated, encouraged or supported your writing?

Amy Black: First and Foremost, God. Then, my mom has supported me throughout my life in not just my writing, but everything. My husband has been very supportive also.

Now, tell us more about who you. Anything you want your readers to know.

My book, titled Mercy Said No, is available on online bookstores like Amazon and B&N. It can also be purchased via My blog has the specific links. The blog address is

You can find out more about me at my blog and at AC by going to:

Thank you, Amy Sue Jackson Black!

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