Today we have Amy Engle with us! Disclaimer: Amy is a school teacher so I may have to go easy on her. I’m sure we can find a middle ground.
Question 1: So, who are you, and what do you write?
My name is Amy Engle. I write social science fiction.
Question 2: What is “social science fiction,” and how is it different from normal science fiction?
Social science fiction takes place in futuristic societies, but the focus is on people and social issues. Most other science fiction usually focus on technology and the adventure of the hero/heroine.
Question 3: I still laugh at the word “heroine,” I think I’d fit in with your 7th graders. Speaking of which, do you have one that is your favorite?
Question 4: Do you have any students where you’re just like.. “Ugh, fuck this kid,” every time you see them?
I definitely have some that push my buttons. I think I’ve only ever had one student that I just couldn’t stand. But considering that I’ve taught hundred of kids, I pride myself that there’s only been one I couldn’t win over.
Question 5: So, outside of teaching 7th graders and writing social science fiction, do you have any other hobbies?
I love baking. My cookies–in my own humble opinion–are the best in the world. I also use to do martial arts. I’ve got a black belt in American Kenpo. However, I had to stop my lessons after a hiking injury. But I’m working on getting back in shape so I can eventually resume my training. Also, I’ve been a license massage therapist for 8 years. So, yeah, I stay pretty busy.
Question 6: Oh, massage therapist? Where can I sign up? Also, if you gave me a massage, would you require me to be naked, because if not, I’d like to be. How do you manage to be a black belt in kenpo, but injure yourself walking? lol
Question 7: Well, my genitalia will be uncovered because I am from Florida and have diplomatic immunity. PS: I am doing this interview from inside my car, I’m already on the way over. Aside from horrible walking skills, have any other bad habits?
Question 8: I like correcting people too, but for the opposite reason. I just like annoying them. So are you married? Single?
Oh, there are times when I like to give people a hard time too! I’m single–probably because of that horrid habit I have.
Question 9: Moment of truth, have you fantasized over any of your student’s dads? lol
Question 10: I’m picky too, I only like what holds still. Any moms? =D
Naw I’m straight.
Question 11: Geez, I thought teachers loved experiments. So, the apocalypse has happened. Everyone on the Earth is dead except you and your classroom, what’s your next move?
Question 12: Teaching a bunch of kids anything is pretty much my worst nightmare, especially since everything is so PC now. What would be a job that you’d absolutely hate?
Question 13: What do you like more, being an author or being a teacher?
There are pros and cons of each pros of writing: I don’t have to deal with people as much and am in control of my own schedule. Pros of teaching: being challenged every day and working with some wonderful staff and students. Cons of writing: it’s lonely and hasn’t paid very well yet. Cons of teaching: well I can honestly write a whole book on the struggles of teaching. If I could choose, I’d probably a full-time writer. So yeah, final answer is author. Definitely like writing more, but I still find joy in my job as a 7th grade English teacher.