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Interview with Creative Amy Ephron (Best-Selling Author)

Interview with Creative Amy Ephron (Best-Selling Author)

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I am Riddhi Bhattacharya, a student, freelance blogger and writer and editor at The Teen Pop Magazine. My passion resides in etching down feelings of my heart and notions of my mind – conveying them to the world with my speeches, debates, articles and blog posts.

Today I am in conversation with Best-Selling author, Amy Ephron.

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Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.

Interview with Amy Ephron

Talk to us about your writing routine; what’s a typical writing day for you?

Books get written a sentence at a time. They live in your head. You write them down when you can. You might pull over to the side of the road and jot something down or wake up in the middle of the night. I am not someone who always adheres to a schedule. Deadlines are excellent though.

How do you balance between writing and your personal life?

Honestly, books get written a sentence at a time. Trust me, this can be true. When I was a single mother with sole custody of three minor children…. I know that that is true. Hire an assistant or find someone to help when you can. And a very wise person once told me, “Relax into being highly functional.” Remember to breathe.

How do you make sure that your writing style meets the audience of your piece?

The most important thing about writing anything is to find the voice you want to tell it in. In a way, the piece defines both the voice and its ultimate audience, whether it’s period, contemporary, adult, or for younger ones. My hope is always that you can reach an audience beyond what a standard marketer might consider a target audience. I’ve always been so happy that the Other Side series has also captivated an older audience at times and we sometimes joke that its target audience is 8-80.

Your Tess and Max series have received phenomenal credits and huge success around the world. How did you come upon the idea?

I wanted to do a modern, almost fantasy, version of an old-fashioned children’s book. In a way, it’s a mash-up of both. I wanted to celebrate magic, siblings, love, self-empowerment, girl-empowerment, and the moment when real life and fantasy merge into a kind of magical realism that resonates today. The carousel at the castle in The Castle in the Mist inexplicably plays punk rock. The orange cat’s eye marble in The Other Side emits bright orange vectors, almost like lasers, that morph into sometimes geometric steps….

In your book, The Castle In The Mist, you painted beautiful images of the castle, the carousel and the culture garden. Do you relate to any of these locations in your real life and did you draw inspiration from them?

Strange things happen when you go to England which is where all three books are set. The castle was an enclosed brilliant space, and the idea of a boy who might not be able to leave seemed possible and magical to me. All three of the books are set in different parts of England, with completely different adventures. The only constant characters are Tess and Max, their Aunt Evie, and their parents. So even though it’s a series, the books are considered “stand
alones.”

The Hawthorn trees are of great importance in the first book, why did you choose that particular tree?

Hawthorn trees are thought to be, in Ireland, the gateway to the land of fairies, although Tess realizes they’re not in Ireland, they’re in England. Hawthorn berries were thought to heal broken hearts (I wish someone had told me this when I was a teenager). In a way the books are about healing hearts and in a way, each of them is a love story. And Hawthorn trees grow in abundance in England and form hedges around roads, houses, and castles, so it was a logical choice for The Castle in the Mist and almost a magical accident, as I didn’t know all of these relevant qualities when I first picked the hawthorn trees.

You have three children, two girls and a boy – do you relate any of them to your books’ characters, Tess and Max?

Absolutely. Especially the way they sometimes fight and their deep-seated love for each other.

Are you currently working on any projects?

Yes, but it’s a secret! Also, contributing to Air Mail Weekly and Time Magazine.

What would be your advice to young writers?

Write

Rapid Fire:

  • Favorite short story?
    A Cup of Tea.
  • The most unique thing about your writing style?
    It’s flexible. I like to tell stories in period (I think even contemporary times are period, as is 1917 or 1985…or a fantasy land) and in the context of that, in a suitable voice for the piece.
  • Best thing about writing?
    Feeling that you may have touched someone’s life.
  • If you could describe your books in the series with 3 words each, what would it be:
    • The Castle in The Mist
      Believe in magic!
    • Carnival Magic
      Touch the sky!
    • The Other Side of The Wall
      Make a wish!

Special thanks to Amy Ephron and Talia Benamy from Penguin Publications for bringing this interview to life!

– THE TEEN POP TEAM

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Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.

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Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.

Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.

Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.

Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.

Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.

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Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.

Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.

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Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.

Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.Screenwriter, producer, and novelist Amy Ephron is part of a venerable writing dynasty, being the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron and the sister of Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally). Her novels include the New York Times-bestselling A Cup of Tea and the stirring One Sunday Morning.

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