Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Interview with Amy Lyle (The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures)

What inspired you to write The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures?

A failure! I was marketing a screenplay (#fakemom, out in theaters as soon as Judd Apatow returns my calls) to an entertainment attorney and he said that I couldn’t work with me until I had a platform. He advised me to start a blog or write a book. I asked what I should write about, as I had just finished the screenplay, and he said “Write what you f****** know,” and hung up.  “I have had a lot of failures,” immediately popped into my mind.

How long did it take you to write your book?

The entire process took about a year. At the six month point I had 50,000 words and hired a content editor to help edit and organize it.  During the editing process I worked on the covers (shot by Andrea Ferenchick) and started reading and watching  everything I could about book promotion. 

How long have you been publishing your work?

I’m a playwright by profession for a non-profit, so the plays do not get published. The book is my first published work besides industry articles from my talent aquisition days. I have recently starting writing for a large digital magazine www.littlepinkbook .com and My Forsyth Magazine, that serves the community I live in. The Book Of Failures was released in May and hovers in the top ten of ebooks for humorous essays alongside my idols, David Sedaris, Tina Fey and Trevor Noah. It’s a surreal feeling.

What does your writing environment look like?

A pantry. To the right is a door to our street and to the left are lots of snacks. I’m within arm's length of all things Little Debbie. I like to write with the doors open, dogs by my feet, and the occasional “Hello!” from a passing neighbor.

Do you have any routines to help you write?
Yes. I start writing everyday around eight am, after taking my two dogs for a walk. Since I work in the pantry,  I grab a snack at noon and continue working until around 4:00, when my four kids get off the school bus. 

The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures
By Amy Lyle
Genre: Funny Memoir

THE AMY BINEGAR-KIMMES-LYLE BOOK OF FAILURES is a humor memoir. If you have ever failed at love, finances, been fired, not fit in, self-diagnosed yourself with disorders and conditions and/or said, "I really need to get my s*** together," this is the book for you.

You may appreciate your own dysfunction a little more as you take a journey through Amy’s debacles including: “I Was Not Talking to You,” where Amy mistakes a handsome man waving at her as a potential suitor but in reality, he was only trying to inform her that her belt was dragging on the freeway and “In the Neighborhood,” where members of a cult moving in concurred with a suspicious decline in the cat population. You will relish the chapters entitled “Calls from Sharon,” where Amy’s best friend rants about her kids not getting a fair shot because public schools are ‘so political,’ as her OB/GYN reported her vagina was ‘too clean’ and how the most eligible bachelor from 1982 married a whore. Enjoy “I’m Going to Kill You,” where Amy compares her lack of sleep from her husband’s snoring to CIA agents extracting secrets from a POW. Feel 20-32% better about your own life after reading “Getting Divorced Sucks,” where 911 was called after Amy had an adverse reaction from taking Xanax.

The book has been featured in Scoop OTP, Georgia Followers, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Points North Atlanta Magazine, Just4Fun Radio and the WXIA-TV morning show, "Atlanta & Company.”

Ten percent of book proceeds are donated to The Place of Forsyth County, a non-profit helping people to become self-sufficient.

About the Author

Amy Lyle is an author, comedienne, actor and screenwriter who works as a playwright for a large nonprofit in Alpharetta, Ga. Obsessed with fellow female comedians, Amy developed a writing style that is self-deprecating, hilarious and slightly neurotic.

Although she describes her book, The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures, as a “how not to” book, her message of “You are not a failure, you’re just having a little bit of trouble right now” is prompting people to share how the book made them feel (#bookoffailures), including the relief of knowing they are not alone in the world of missteps. Fan posts of people reading the book have been popping up from all over the world, including Lake Como, Italy, Amsterdam and The Great Wall of China.

The funny memoir, dealing with everything from getting fired to trying to blend a family, has been described as relatable and authentic, while sparking conversations about how we all handle failure.
The author has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Points North magazine and the WXIA-TV morning show, "Atlanta & Company,” in addition to writing a monthly column for My Forsyth magazine.

Amy grew up in Marietta, Ohio, in the heart of Appalachia, a place known for a population that is partial to moonshine and prone to acts of violence. She currently lives in Cumming, Ga., with her second husband, Peter, lots of teenagers and a large dog. Ten percent of book proceeds are donated to The Place of Forsyth County, a non-profit helping people to become self-sufficient.

To learn more, visit www.amylyle.me/.
Twitter: @amylyle
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/amylyle.me/

On Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2woXefR

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