I had the lovely opportunity to do a mini interview (hence my naming it a “mInterview“) with Amy Plum, author of Die For Me (newly out in paperback) and the upcoming sequel Until I Die (available May 8th).
Keep reading to see what Amy has to say Paris, her books and her recommendations for what I had to see while I was in Paris!
1. You’ve lived in a lot of places before making your home in Paris. Besides the City of Light, what has been another city you’ve enjoyed living in?
My favorite city besides Paris is New York. They couldn’t be more different, but both have an amazingly creative and sophisticated atmosphere to them. I like to think of Paris as a sultry older woman who likes to toy with her inhabitants and New York as a man: a young, energetic and very eccentric artist.
2. The dedication in your book is to your mom. Did that influence you at all in making Kate and Georgia orphans?
I decided that I needed to use the orphan trope for Kate in order for her to have such a strong response to death: one of the central features of a revenant’s lifestyle. So my mother’s death wasn’t involved in deciding to orphan Kate. However, I drew very heavily from my own feelings and reactions after the death of my mother in order to do justice to Kate’s own grief.
3. What was the most surprising thing you encountered (good or bad) as a debut author?
I was just so clueless when I got my book deal, so everything was surprising. I think that the bad surprise must have been the amount of editing I was expected to do. And the good surprise was discovering how rewarding it is to have readers respond positively to my book and to interact with them on a one-to-one basis.
4. As I’m going to Paris for the first time, what is your #1 favourite spot that I must see/visit/eat at?
My must-see monument is La Sainte Chapelle, which is on the Ile de la Cite (and which is featured in UNTIL I DIE). As for eats, you have to get hot chocolate at Angelina’s, which is on the rue de Rivoli (it almost showed up in UNTIL I DIE, but I had to cut that section). And visit: you must go to Sacre Coeur at sunset. (Yes, you guessed it…Sacre Coeur is in UNTIL I DIE!) I can’t resist including my favorite places in my books!
(Michele: I definitely tried to make it to all those places! Sainte Chapelle had a huge line to go in, it was cloudy and overcast the day we were at Sacre Coeur so didn’t see much of a sunset BUT I did enjoy the most decadently rich chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) at Angelina’s… WOW.)
A big thank you to Amy for her time and I’ll leave you with the newly released trailer for Until I Die – a beautiful love letter to the gorgeous city that I already miss!