Interview with Amy Eye of Christmas Lites
Tis the season. For what? For Christmas cheer, sure, but also for important things too. The things that you might not remember, but are still vitally important nonetheless. And that's where Christmas Lites comes in: it's an annual charity anthology, in its third edition, with all proceeds going to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It lets you take care of your gift list, while also doing something important.
The book was organized and edited by the amazing Amy Eye, interviewed below by the illustrious AM Harte. And by "illustrious" I mean she forgot her login to the 1889 site and asked me to post this.
A little about you, first. Do you have any hidden talents?
AE: Not sure if these are really hidden talents or not, but I used to be a dancer as well as teach dance, and I was a vocalist for many choirs back in the day. And I edit books for a living in order to pay the bills. LOL
Tell us about the anthology Christmas Lites III - what kinds of stories can readers expect to find?
AE: Just about everything, really. We have romances, horror, fables, fairy tales, paranormal stories – even one about a kelpie! And of course we have the general fiction Christmas stories as well. That is one thing I have always been proud of with the Christmas Lites books, there is literally something in there for everyone!
All profits from this anthology go to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Why is this cause so important to you?
AE: There are more people out there than you can ever imagine who have suffered from this. And I think it’s a very worthy cause to help people to get back on their feet as well as show them there is hope out there. They aren’t alone, and there are people out there who totally understand what they are going through.
What would you say is the most little known fact about domestic violence?
AE: I would say that it affects so many people. It’s is very often a silent crime. One that many women deal with in shame or suffering alone because they want what is best for their kids financially or maybe because they truly fear for their lives. Whatever the reason, the NCADV gives these women and children HOPE.
Lastly, what question should we have asked you, and why?
AE: “What can the people out there do to help?”
Because we aren’t doing this just so we can say we wrote a book and sold it. We really want to make a difference out there. So, all of you out there, if a Christmas book isn’t up your alley, maybe there is another charity that you can help donate time, effort, or awareness to. Do something to help your fellow man. If this book IS something you are interested in, stop by any of your online retailers and pick it up. Read it, share it, talk about it and maybe go out and be inspired to do something good!
ABOUT CHRISTMAS LITES
The Christmas season is upon us yet again. Yes, my friends, it is a time of giving, loving, and sharing. Within these pages is a way you can help many people desperately in need of love, support, and goodness: the victims of domestic crime. By purchasing this anthology, you are sending every last dime made off this book to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The NCADV is an amazing charity that saves these people and lets them know there is still hope, still goodness, and still a reason to carry on.
Twenty-one authors have joined in this year, giving their time and their stories to these people – and to you. We all hope you enjoy our holiday tales captured in bite-size pieces. Whether you read this on the bus, before bed, or snuggled by the fire, please, do read – and share.