Book Feature: “Pixels & Bit” by Amy Lynn McConahy

Today I’m featuring a local author from Western Pa – Amy Lynn McConahy of Sunset Valley Design!

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Amy is the author of two speculative fiction picture books: Spots and Pixels & Bit. She’s also one of the people who inspired me to look into publishing, way back in 2014. I love her can-do attitude, and I’m delighted to interview her on the blog today!

What was your first published book?

First book was 2011 a poetry book called Life’s Melody. I was inspired by my love of children and my love of rhymed verse.

What spurred you to keep writing?

A miscarriage I had in the fall of 2014. We had to wait 3 months to try again. So I had a choice, to use those months wisely or waste them. I chose to make something beautiful out of something ugly. Thus Spots was born. This has been my mantra ever since.

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What inspired Pixels and Bit?

My pregnancy with my son, which began December 2014. His womb name was Pixel.

How long did it take to write Pixels and Bit?

11 months. I made a mockup with craft paper and the words for the story in a day. Then spent the rest of the time refining the story and digitizing then printing. I used Photoshop and InDesign.

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How has your business been so far?

I am doing okay. Self-publishing isn’t the hard part, it is reaching your target audience that becomes a problem. I am half way through selling the second printing of Spots, but I have yet to sell a Pixels & Bit book to the general public. I can’t seem to reach the young people in our area who would be interested. Small town problems.

Where can someone buy your books?

My books are carried in one local store as well as in my Etsy store.  You can also find me on Facebook at Sunset Valley Design or Sunset Valley Books.

What’s your next project?

My next book is about a goldfish named Gilbert who wants to be a hero.

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