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Amy Gentry

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Amy Gentry is the bestselling author of two novels of suspense, GOOD AS GONE (2016, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and LAST WOMAN STANDING (2019, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), as well as TORI AMOS'S BOYS FOR PELE, a book of music criticism in the 33 1/3 series. Her writing and criticism has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Austin Chronicle, Paris Review, Salon, LA Review of Books, and the Best Food Writing of 2014. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Amy Gentry I almost always have something I'm supposed to be working on, since I freelance as well as writing novels--so my novel-writing procrastination typical…moreI almost always have something I'm supposed to be working on, since I freelance as well as writing novels--so my novel-writing procrastination typically takes the form of working on a book review or freelance article. Hard to argue with a deadline! But when it comes time to buckle down and work on fiction, I find a change of environment, accompanied by my writing music on headphones and a timer set to 25 minutes, works wonders.

When completely at a loss, I remember advice my best friend, who is a terrific writer, gave me in college: "Write the scene that can't happen." A lot of times writer's block comes from pulling your punches. When a character has to do something awful you don't want her to do--lie, die, sleep with someone horrible--you can sometimes feel it coming, and writer's block is you refusing to let it happen. If you write the scene you're afraid of letting happen, you take away its power to scare you--there's no obligation to use it, but more often than you'd think, it's the thing that needed to happen, and now you can move forward.(less)
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Last Woman Standing

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“This is why people need God—because people are awful, even the good ones.”
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