What inspires you as a writer?
Music. Rock. Pop. Angsty indie. Any song that pulls me into an emotional or physical reaction. For every novel I write, I create a soundtrack. Each character gets a theme song and I love to pick songs for the hot scenes. “Electric Feel” by MGMT, “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine, and “Come Undone” by My Darkest Days are a few of my current faves.
When did you have that ah ha moment when you knew you were a writer?
I was about four years old. I couldn’t even read yet and I didn’t have a firm grasp of what writing entailed but I vividly recall answering my mom’s what are you going to be when you grow up question with that answer. A writer. It wasn’t until I became a stay home mom that I decided to actually try it. I had that moment Stephen King talks about where I finished a book and thought, hey, I can do that!
What is your writing process?
I get a little whisper of an idea from my muse, Milla. I let myself daydream about it. A lot. I think of the characters, try to listen to them, then I look for music. I decide on a length and commit to a daily word count and a goal finish date, then I plot using Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet and 3x5 cards. I make lots of lists and sometimes journal in the character’s point of view. Little by little, day by day, I get to the end. Then I share, edit, set aside, edit, and publish it, hopefully without putting so much pressure on myself that I shut down.
Tell us about your favorite character and why you chose to write about them?
Ooooh. Just one favorite? My favorite tends to be one that I’m in deep writing. So right now, it’s Lyric. He’s a secondary character in Fierce Dawn and is fighting his vampirism, trying to recover from blood addiction. But he’s a bit dark and reckless and he tends to follow his good intentions through the wrong path. I adore him. He often gets his shirt torn off.
What are you currently working on?
Stealing Dusk, the second book in the ParaRealm series where we see human changelings starting to really start to populate the human realm. More and more realm lines are becoming less stable. In his search for Crusoe, leader of the Illeautians, Lyric has stumbled upon an underground ring exploiting immortals and changelings alike. He gets a nice shock to the system when his best friend’s ex-flame shows up on the wrong side of fighting lines and the entanglement that lust always creates ensues.
Any upcoming events?
In addition to this amazing tour, I’ll join eleven other indie authors for Masquerade this October, the next Blog Tour de Force. I’m really looking forward to masquerading as another author and seeing how many readers guess who is who correctly.
If you could be anyone you like, who would you be?
Joan Jett. She comes accross as so deliciously cocky. Thankfully, a part of me is like Joan. Milla, my muse, might kick Joan’s ass. Or make out with her. Who knows?
Do you have any advice for new writers and something that a seasoned vet can learn?
Grow a pair. No, really. It’s the best accidental advice my bff and career coach ever gave me. Your doubts will never go away. You just get better at ignoring them. So don’t ever let that niggling fear that you aren’t good enough, or that you will never ‘make it’, get in the way. When it comes down to it, if it’s fun for you to write, it will always be worth writing it.
Where can your followers find you?
I’m online everywhere. Twitter, Facebook, chatting with my secret Facebook reader group, the HOT Club where all are welcome. I just joined The Next Best Book Club on Goodreads and am getting to know everyone there, too. I love going to conferences, too, and now that the kidlets are getting a bit older, I can attend more. I update my weblog with dates and events every month.
Any last words?
Thank you for reading. An author once told me I’m not supposed to do that, but it just goes against who I am. So, I do it anyways. Without readers, I’m just a chick and her laptop. That is why my motto is “Spoil the HOT” in the HOT Club. Readers deserve it. Don’t you think?
Thank you for stopping by Amber and I could not have said it better, grow a pair! Love it. To learn more about this best selling author and her muse, Milla, stop by her website to find out just who the eff she is (okay I stole that from her muse).
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