Ami Blackwelder – The Hybrids of 2050

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

The Hybrids of 2050, this book is a sequel to The Shifters of 2040.

Alaska 2050

Hybrids caught between two worlds. Shifters on the verge of extinction. Humans divided on either side.

Summary: Love and betrayal continue. Set in Alaska 2050, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder continue their work for the SCM under the hard, maddening General Raul. With military life now a cat and mouse game between Melissa and the General, the hybrids and the SCM, will she still have room for Bruce in her life? Will she ever see her twins again? After betrayal strikes the General for a second time, is Melissa safe?

Since the annihilation of the shifters, only two elders remain in Anchorage, and an uncertain future awaits the hybrids. Will Diamond overcome her heartache and loss and find a family with Unseen? When a human joins the team, will he prove to be trustworthy? Will Melissa aid the hybrids in their survival or will she deliver the ultimate betrayal?

With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages

Tell us something about yourself.

Ami Blackwelder is a forbidden romance writer in the paranormal and historical romance genre. Growing up in Florida, she went to UCf and in 1997 received her BA in English and teaching credentials. She traveled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand.

Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University;), her fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the country. Later, she achieved the Semi-Finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.

What inspired you to write this book?

Shifter Evolutions began with a single book in 2010: The Hunted of 2060. Inspired as I watched my Siamese cat Lotus jump from our front garden to the tree in Thailand, while I was a teacher there.

Metamorphosis, prejudice, wildlife conservation circled in my mind and then solidified into the shifters. I played with the idea of where these shifters could have emerged from, having heard many times before authors skipping the issue altogether or attaching some kind of ancient Native American Magic to the notion. I decided on aliens -a concept I enjoy.

Plot lines developed and Hunted of 2060 was born. Knowing a sequel was in the works, the story, far from complete, begged more of me -day and night- but when I returned back to America, a tragic loss in the family put the writing on hiatus.
Later…I continued the story in prequels.

The second book to be released, The Shifters of 2060 eased some of the nagging characters in my head and then I wrote Hybrids of 2050.

2011-Currently, I am working on SCM of 2030. Then I will finish The Revolution of 2060. Then I will write the very first book in the series, Invasion 2020.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I was picked up by an ePublisher who was my first experience with publishing in 2009. She was and is great. I am still with her, but only my elfin romance saga is with her. I was accepted into Whiskey Press Publishing, but turned them down and that goes for a few other small presses. I decided I would rather start my own publishing company and thus began Eloquent Enraptures.

My books are listed under my company. I went this route because in the process of being accepted, I learned that the small/indie/epublishers could not do anything I could not do and in fact did them worse. I know my stories and characters best, love y novels. I am the best person for the job to distribute, promote, and print. With one exception, a Big House Publisher. If one comes my way, I may consider, but has to be the right match. I’ve heard horror stories from writer friends even with them. They accept, your book sits on a shelf, because they don’t promote. They only have so many dollars to go around.

Why give to others what you can do yourself? That said, I only sign non-exclusive contracts unless the deal is too good to give up.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

When I could lift a pen. Wild imagination, and teachers always read my stories aloud.

Do you have any writing rituals?

My MAC, tea, and a window. Or outside.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I like real names or real names I play with. Believe it or not most of the names in Shifter Evolutions (the saga name for the books in that series like Shifters of 2040) are based on real names from kids I taught overseas.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I learned that getting to know your characters is very important and writing four books thus far on these characters helped me to see how vital that is and will aid me in future books.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would not have released my first three books before thorough editing. (Gate of Lake Forest, the sequel and Day the Flowers Died) They have since been corrected. Now I know.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I like historical, sci fi, paranormal, romance. Fav author? Jane Austen and George Lucas

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

SCM of 2030, it is a prequel to Shifters of 2030 and we learn so much more about the diabolical General Raul….including his first love. He does have a soft side.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Do what you love and never quit. Believe in yourself. Sometimes you have to take the road less taken, or do most of the work yourself, but in the end, it is worth it!

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

YA and adults, those who like sci fi, paranormal, and romance.