Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Amy Willoughby-Burle & Even If Nothing Else is Certain

Posted April 3, 2024 by meezcarrie in Amy Willoughby-Burle, Author Interview, Christian, clean, giveaway, historical, Kentucky, romance / 12 Comments


Even if Nothing Else is Certain JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Even If Nothing Else Is Certain by Amy Willoughby-Burle, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I loved book one in this series & I’m delighted to welcome Amy to the blog today to chat about book two!

Even If Nothing Else is Certain

EVEN IF NOTHING ELSE IS CERTAIN by Amy Willoughby-Burle
SERIES: Love for Certain #2
GENRE: Historical Romance (clean)
PUBLISHER: Fireship Press
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2024
PAGES: 315

Even if nothing else is certain … love still is.

Ruby Foster loves her job as a Pack Horse librarian, but secretly she dreams of being a nurse. Since there are no schools for nursing in the hills of rural Kentucky in 1937, Ruby contents herself with harvesting medicinal plants, delivering her beloved library books, and dreaming. Dreaming mostly of a life that doesn’t leave her living in the past. Until one day she discovers that “past” camped out by the Hell for Certain creek. Could it really be Cole, the one who left her heartbroken so many years ago? Just when she starts to believe in her dreams and hope for love again, Cole reveals his true colors. Or is the truth she sees only another illusion? When nothing else in the world seems certain, can the bonds of friendship bring one searching heart and one lost soul together again?

 

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Amy Willoughby-Burle interview

Hi Amy! Welcome back to the blog!

Amy: Summer! I love to garden and grow flowers and wear flip flops. Socks and coats are my enemy. I have to say though, I do love scarves. But if I had to choose… Summer!

Carrie: i do love the flowers of summer … but not the heat 🙂

Amy: Hallmark! I’ll find a good one on Netflix here and there but with Hallmark I know I’m going to get a happily ever after and these days, I’m looking for happy.

Carrie: same!

Amy: Audiobooks, which is new to me this year. A friend turned me on to the Libby library app and I’m listening up a storm!

Carrie: I wish I could pay attention to audiobooks but my mind wanders and I miss the whole book lol

Amy: OVER! I will totally take the roll off (at my own house) and put it over if someone has put it under. But let’s face it, most of the time if it’s on the roller at all it’s because I put it there. LOL)

Carrie: LOL valid point!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Amy: I think my superpower is finding lost things. I’m forever finding someone’s cell phone, keys, or wallet that have been left behind. Or someone’s cash back at the U-scan! Or some little toy or trinket that is probably important to some little child. I turn them in at customer service and hope for the best! Customer service because mostly, I find these things at the grocery store because apparently other than work and home that’s where I am most of the time. I think I spend so much time “knowing” where everyone’s lost everything is (perhaps that’s another superpower) that everyone’s lost everything everywhere catches my eye.

Carrie: haha! I love it!

Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Amy: Fern from Charlotte’s Web. She and that book are among my first really solid childhood book memories. I read and was read to many other books before that, but Fern stole my heart. I saw myself in her and that’s what we strive for as writers to create characters that other people identify with. Her love for unwanted animals, her belief in amazing and magical things, her determination to believe! That was so me as a child!

Carrie: I have always loved Fern too ♥

Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?

Amy: That I go to the grocery store too much–way too many receipts! That I love to read–there’s always a book in there. That I have sons–there are rocks and sticks and let’s hope no spiders. That I still write things down on paper–my day planner and a notebook where I keep all my dates, lists, and random story ideas that come to me throughout the day. That I have a bit of a sweet tooth even though I claim I like salty things best– candy that I’m hiding from my kids. And that I’m getting to the age where I need readers over my contacts–about 4 pairs of glasses in different colors because why not make getting older fun!

Carrie: oh boy i can relate to having those readers over my contacts – I have colorful pairs everywhere too lol

Q: Which character in Even If Nothing Else is Certain was the most difficult to write?

Amy: Ava, one of Ruby’s (the MC) best friends. Ava’s not the “main” character in this book, but she factors in heavily and I’ve set her up to be the main character of the next book. She’s the most difficult to write because she’s a little like me–she plays her cards close to her chest and doesn’t let too many people in. Not because she doesn’t want to, but because she doesn’t want to burden people with her problems. She’s been a hard nut to crack.

Carrie: I can’t wait to meet her!

Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce Even If Nothing Else is Certain as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles?

Amy: Hey Hollywood, listen up–this would make a GREAT movie! I love to fantasy cast my stories! For this book I’d cast Jessy Schram as Ruby (but she’d have to dye her hair brown!). I love the sassy but sweet vibe that she brings to roles. I’d cast Benjamin Hollingsworth as Cole. (Yes, I watch alot of Hallmark movies to come up with these two.) Ben has been in a myriad of different things and he sometimes is cast as the spoiled rich guy, which isn’t Cole at ALL, but whether he’s that character or the bad boy like in Virgin River, he’s often got this softer inside that comes out when he lets his guard down and that’s Cole exactly. He’s putting up a front, but he’s really just looking for love and acceptance on the inside. And of course, Ben’s a cutie which doesn’t hurt.

Carrie: Benjamin Hollingsworth is never a bad idea 🙂

Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote this book?

Amy: Writing this book was definitely me continuing to follow God’s lead. As authors we always hope that our books are going to hit it big and make a splash (and get that Hallmark movie) but sometimes we’re on a more quiet path. Smaller, but not less important. As I wrote Ruby dreaming about being a nurse but not thinking she had what it took, I saw myself continuing to follow my dream (and the dream that I do believe God put in my heart) to write and share my stories with the people who needed to read them. Sure, I might not be on the bestseller list right now, but I’ve heard such wonderful things from people who have loved my books–saying that they loved the stories, that the stories hit home for them, made them see God’s love, felt real to them… all those things are so much better than being on a list. This book taught me to keep trusting in God and to be content right where he has me.

Carrie: i love this so much ♥

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Even if Nothing Else is Certain & why do you love it?

Amy: It was a gift that our little library here in Certain was filled with cast-offs and donations of well-worn old books read so many times the words were a little lighter on the page somehow. And shouldn’t that be what a library was anyway, the preservation of imagination across time?  –Ruby

I love this quote because I grew up in my neighborhood, school, and church libraries. I love a good bookstore, don’t get me wrong, but one of the special things about libraries is it’s not just the newest books or the ones that sell the best–the shelves are filled with stories that were loved and chosen over years, decades, centuries at this point. Libraries are amazing portals through time!

Carrie: yes!!!! I feel the same way!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Amy: Thank you so much for having me! Your review of my previous book is one of my all time favorites that I hold dear in my heart.

Coming up next is Ava’s story! Book 3 in the Love for Certain series! You’ll find all your favorites from Book 1 and 2. Mattie, Daniel, Ruby, Cole and all the gang as we see what God has in store for Ava and new arrival Josh!

And after that… who knows. (Well, God, that’s who!) I’ve got a few contemporary novels to shop around and more stories building in my head! I’m going to keep on writing and hopefully keep publishing so I can share those stories with the readers who need them.


Amy Willoughy-Burle

Amy Willoughby-Burle is an award winning fiction author living in Asheville, NC with her husband and five children. Her fiction focuses on the importance of family and friends and centers on the themes of forgiveness, second chances, and finding the beauty in the world around us. She is the author of the novels The Lemonade Year, The Year of Thorns and Honey, The Other Side of Certain and Even if Nothing Else Is Certain. Her short fiction has been published in numerous journals and in her collection, Out Across the Nowhere. 

Connect with Amy by visiting amywilloughbyburle.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


Even If Nothing Else is Certain JustRead Tours giveaway

(1) winner will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, signed copies of The Other Side of Certain and Even if Nothing Else is Certain, and librarian & plant themed bookmarks, stickers and postcards!

(1) additional winner will win a signed copy of Even if Nothing Else is Certain!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 1, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 8, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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12 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Amy Willoughby-Burle & Even If Nothing Else is Certain

  1. Rita Wray

    Amy sounds like me. I also love working in the garden and dislike socks and coats. The book sounds great, I’m looking forward to reading it.

  2. Janice Moore

    I also LOVE the Libby (public library) app! I can read books or listen to audiobooks offered, and even can request some!

  3. Roxanne C.

    This was such a fun interview. Even if Nothing Else is Certain will be an enjoyable book.

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