Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I'm so excited to introduce author Bill Loehfelm for today's World's Quickest Interview (WQI)! His novel, THE DEVIL SHE KNOWS, is coming out in exactly one week.

And the exciting news is: he's giving away a signed copy of his book to one lucky winner on this blog! Giveaway details to come....

And now, without further ado, here's Bill:

What's your book about?

A worn-out NYC cocktail waitress sees something that puts her on the wrong side of some very bad people.

How long have you been writing?

Since the third grade. That's when I first noticed I could tell a good story on paper.

Who or what inspired your book?

I've had the protagonist, Maureen Coughlin, around for a while. I finally found the right story for her.

How long did it take you to write this book?

Between a year and eighteen months. That's the usual pace for me. Writing is the only thing I do quickly.

What do you enjoy doing besides writing?

I play the drums in a local band. I also run, practice yoga, and watch a lot of baseball.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I'm a pantser. I usually don't know much beyond the next scene.

What's your favorite novel of all time?

Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY. Perfection. And a truly American story.

Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.

Two dogs. A goofy, lovable ridgeback/lab/pit mix (she's a rescue) and a really smart Aussie/Border Collie mix. She's a princess.

Do you play croquet?

I do not, but my friends and I do play some Bocce, usually on the neutral ground (the streetcar tracks). 

Any advice for aspiring writers?

Get back to work. You can catch a break, but there are no shortcuts.

Thank you, Bill! Great advice and your book sounds awesome. I'm excited to read it.

Now, for the Easiest Contest Ever rules:

1) You must have a mailing address in the U.S. or Canada to enter. (Even if you live overseas, if you have a friend or relative in the U.S. or Canada who could receive the book for you-- enter the contest!)
2) Leave a comment. (1 entry)
3) Leave another comment if you blog about the contest. (Another entry)
4) Leave other comments if you tweet or facebook about the contest. (Potentially two more entries)

The contest runs until 11:59p.m. (PST) on May 24. I'll announce the lucky winner on May 25.

So, go ahead -- comment away! Congratulate Bill on his book and tell him how great he is. And treat yourselves to a wonderful day.


  1. Great interview Amy! The book sounds good - I will keep an eye out for it. GREAT picture Bill - love the composition of that shot!

    Jodi R.

  2. I love how he found the right story for his MC! That is a lesson a lot of writers can take with them. SOmetimes the character comes first and that's not a bad thing. I enjoyed this!

  3. I'm always looking for new authors and this story sounds intriguing! It would be great to win!

  4. I love these short and fact-filled interviews! :o) And I like Bill's writing advice... it just might become a quote! LOL!

    Thanks, Amy and Bill!

  5. I like that he kept a character until he found the right story, too. Great advice in there! Nice interview!

  6. I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  7. Wonderful interview, Amy and Bill! Congratulations on your new book. :-)

  8. Sounds like a great book - I love when we finally have a story for those characters who've been hanging out with us! :)

  9. Great interview, Amy! I'm a new follower. So happy to have stumbled upon your blog!

    Bill, your book sounds very intriguing and dare I say you are quite the dashing gentleman in that photo! ;)

  10. This book sounds great. I'm fascinated when men write stories from a female's pov. Sometimes they do a much better job than women. Amazing.

  11. Sounds great! Count me in :)


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  13. I like the title...The Devil She Knows ... it makes me think of that old saying 'the devil you know is better than the devil you don't know' and I wonder what is going to happen to her - love these quick interviews!

  14. What?! No croquet? But Bocce does help make up for it.

    Fun interview and great advice!

  15. Wow, thanks everyone for checking in, and for the kind words about the book (and the photo). I'm excited about the contest & thanks again, Amy, for having me. And to Tana and Kelly and everyone, yes, I'm glad Maureen and I waited till the time was right. Made all the difference.

  16. Great interview, Amy! Too bad I live in the UK. Sighs.

  17. Lovely interview, Amy. Can't wait for this one.

  18. Great interview! I love the to the point ones. :D

    The book sounds great, but don't enter me in the contest. My YA bookshelf is already threatening to throw books at me if I don't hurry up an read what's already on it (and not buy anymore first). ;)

  19. Great interview! My Golden Retriever is a rescue and a princess all rolled into one. :)

  20. First- I haven't been online and missed your post about your adventure in Portland. I'm so glad you are OK.

    Second- I love your WQIs. Please keep doing them. This was the part that I liked this time:

    Are you a plotter or a pantser?

    I'm a pantser. I usually don't know much beyond the next scene.

    I think God keeps me humble and dependent on Him by not giving me the whole picture up front. I have a vague idea of where I'm going, but the way I write is scene by scene, and I thought that was wrong. I'm so happy to hear it works for other writers. It gives me hope. : )

    See you soon, Amy!

    Congrats Bill. Your novel sounds fantastic. Thanks for the writing inspiration and advice.

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  22. Is the book adult or YA? Thanks for the interview. The premise sounds interesting, and I liked his answers.

  23. The book sounds great Amy :) I'd love to read it!

  24. Okay, I Tumblred: http://palamino.tumblr.com/post/5803177269/wqi-and-book-giveaway-with-bill-loehfelm

    Twittered: http://twitter.com/#!/babalou09/status/73062461992992768

    And Facebooked: http://www.facebook.com/babaloual/posts/226479667362524

    Is it okay if they are in the same comment? :)


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