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In The Virgin Cure, the writing life by ami10 Comments

I’m often asked, how much research goes into your historical fiction? And more specifically with this new novel, was it difficult to write about New York City, (even the New York of another era,) while living in Nova Scotia?

The answer to the first question is loads. It takes a tremendous amount of research before I feel that I can even begin to create a world that will not only satisfy readers, but hopefully make them feel as if theyve been transported to another time and place. (good thing I love libraries so much.)

The answer to the second question is, I couldnt have written this novel any place but home.

I took three wonderful trips to New York for research, where I spent much of my time burying myself in pages from the past, but I couldnt get down to writing until I was settled back at home. There is something about the landscape here that allows my imagination to fly. Theres something about being surrounded by laughter and love that gives me the confidence to carry on with putting my pen to the page.

Now its time for me leave my nest so I can give this new story a proper send off. To those at home, I miss you already. To those Ill meet on the road, please forgive the ramblings of a homesick author.

And so I give you…

The Virgin Cure


  1. Cat

    happy trails Ami
    I love your style of writing…and you do indeed transport…it is brilliant!

    love and light

  2. Kate Strauss

    I love that you are giving your book a “send off”. I love your writing so. Can’t wait for my copy of The Virgin Cure.

  3. Nicole

    Awesome news! Have been waiting for your next novel and am going to order from Canada. Wishing you much success.

  4. Laura

    Hi Ami,
    I just found you at my local bookstore. A long time romance reader, I decided it was time to broaden my horizons a bit. I saw “the birth house” on the feature wall and picked it up.

    What can I say? You have a brand new fan! I cannot put the book down. Part of me doesn’t want it to end and another part can’t wait to finish so I can start your new book! I haven’t felt this way about a book since “Twilight!”.. (sorry!) 😛
    I’ve even emailed my sister in law, telling her all about it and asking if she wants to read it when I’m finished.

    To touch upon the topic of this blog post, I can really tell how well you research for you book(s). The story has such a ring of truth about it-even though it’s fiction. It is so well written, so alive that it’s obvious you did not just throw it together.

    Awesome, awesome work! Congratulations on all of your success!


  5. Melanie Messer

    I am so looking forward to reading your new book. Please tell me that your publisher has plans for you to come to Boston and/or NYC in the next year! Coincidentally, I just recently finished Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn’s non-fiction book, “Half the Sky,” which deals with some of what, I’m guessing, is a central theme in your book, and I’m thinking that your book will be just the medicine that I need after crying through some of the stories in that. Moth sounds like a wonderful character, and I’m so interested to hear the story of your ancestor who worked in the Bowery and how you developed this new character based upon her. Congratulations, again, Ami, and I wish you a wonderful journey with this new story!

  6. Ami

    Thanks everyone! It’s been a whirlwind tour so far (and it’s just starting.) It’s so wonderful to connect with readers along the way.

    The Virgin Cure is due to launch in the US June 26th and I’m not sure yet what my plans are for touring in the States. I’ll be sure to list any dates and locations as soon as they’re in place. Thanks so much for your kind words!


    I am looking forward to seeing you in Wolfville ,it will be grand to listen to you read and discuss your new novel. I read it all in one sitting. It was a wonderful

  8. Barbara Scott

    Good luck with the tour, and thank you for another wonderful book. I passed The Virgin Cure on to my doctor who is another wonderful woman doctor who cares about people … and about literature.

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