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17 May 2011

(Blog Tour) Guest Post: Author Amy Fellner Dominy (OyMG)

Amy Fellner Dominy is a little quirky. She doesn’t like beaches, she thinks chocolate is just okay, and she has an extra bone in both feet. (Ask her—she might show you.) Amy loves writing about teens who are just as quirky in their own ways. A former advertising copywriter, Amy got her MFA in 2004 with an emphasis in playwriting. Amy’s plays have been staged across the country and she’s published in both children’s plays and short stories. OyMG is her first teen novel. Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her hubby, two teens and various pets.

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Do you have a special place where you write? Any rituals?

I’m what you might call a traveling writer. If you have good food, good coffee and an outlet, I’ll come and write at your place. (Any takers?) J
Usually, I choose a bagel shop or bookstore. I don’t need quiet; I’ll tune noise out. But I do talk out loud while I write, so I’ve stopped going into the quiet room of the nearby Starbucks because those people don’t like me mumbling to myself.
I’ll write at home—I have a perfectly nice desk in a perfectly nice room. (Which is where I’m writing this now.) But somehow it feels more like work when I do. Or maybe it’s the bribery that gets me out of the house. If I’m facing a tough scene (and what scene isn’t tough?) I’ll convince myself that a scone and a coffee will motivate me to brilliance. If nothing else, it motivates me to write. I also end up with a lot of crumbs in my keyboard, so I’m not suggesting this as a good plan of action.
My rituals are mainly things I fall back on when in trouble. Besides baked goods and caffeine, I use a pad and a pen and write longhand when I’m facing a scene with lots of emotion. I think my connection to the page helps my connection to the feelings.
Also, I change the font of my manuscript to something that feels like it fits the main character, or maybe the mood of the day. It makes it more fun for me—though once my agent had to tell me to submit manuscripts to her in a traditional font that is semi-readable. Oops. J
I don’t listen to music. I have no play lists, but it always sounds cool that other people do. I write at any time of day, and I’m fine in just about any environment—as long as it isn’t cold. I’m a wimp about the cold.
Sadly, that’s all I can come up with. I’m feeling sort of ritual-less now. Does anyone have some good ones I can borrow?

For more information on Amy Fellner Dominy and OyMG, visit:

AUTHOR: Amy Fellner Dominy
IMPRINT: Walker and Company

Ellie Taylor loves nothing better than a good argument. So when she gets accepted to the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp, she's sure that if she wins the final tournament, it'll be her ticket to a scholarship to the best speech school in the country. Unfortunately, the competition at CSSPA is hot-literally. His name is Devon and, whether she likes it or not, being near him makes her sizzle. Luckily she's confident enough to take on the challenge-until she begins to suspect that the private scholarship's benefactor has negative feelings toward Jews. Will hiding her true identity and heritage be worth a shot at her dream?

Debut author Amy Fellner Dominy mixes sweet romance, surprising secrets, and even some matzo ball soup to cook up a funny yet heartfelt story about an outspoken girl who must learn to speak out for herself.

OyMG description and cover art courtesy of GOODREADS.

I received an unbound manuscript of OyMG from the author Amy Fellner Dominy as part of the TEEN BOOK SCENE Blog Tour.

Click HERE to purchase OyMG from The Book Depository.


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