Good Afternoon! I love interview authors, especially debut ones as a commitment to debut authors is a commitment to allowing change, diversity, and growth to happen within the industry! Oh and of course, new books & exciting new voices!!! Without further ado, here’s my interview with Amber Skye Forbes author of the YA Paranormal Romance, WHEN STARS DIE that came out on October 22nd!
Hi, I’m Amber!
I considering myself a dancing writer because I do both ballet and write. I am also a university student who will be transferring to an online college next year in order to complete a BA in English with creative writing. I am transferring because this college offers two English internship courses that I can take.
As for my book, it is a young adult paranormal romance titled When Stars Die. Amelia discovers her brother is a witch and wants to cleanse this taint from a family. She believes the only way to do so is to join a convent and become a nun, because the highest calling in one’s life is serving Deus, the god in her world. But there is no redemption for a witch; however, she is determined to find a place in Paradise, the heaven of their world. To do so, she needs Oliver Cromwell’s help, a dangerously attractive priest.
What is your favorite place to write?
Currently my favorite place to write is my bed because it’s comforting for me.
What is the first story you remember writing?
A crossover fanfic between Spyro, a video game about a purple dragon, and The Magic Treehouse, where Jack and Annie went on all sorts of adventures by consulting magic books in a treehouse that whisked them to those places they read about. It turned out to be a novella.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I suppose when I seriously began considering publication at the age of thirteen, when I seriously began trying to create stories that I thought were publishable.
If you could be any character from a book, movie, play, or musical who would it be?
I would be Gemma Doyle from A Great and Terrible Beauty because she’s a strong, determined heroine. She may brood from time to time, but it is her strength that pulls her through most situations. I am especially impressed with how she is able to pick herself up after a certain tragedy in the third book, because I don’t know if it would have been so easy for me to bounce back. –LOVE that series
What is the best piece of constructive criticism you ever received?
I would say that the best piece I’ve received was from Georgia McBride, founder of YALITCHAT. She told me I needed to outline, and that made an enormous difference in my writing from there.
How do you overcome “writer’s block” ?
I never get writer’s block because I outline. That outline gives me no excuse to not know what to do next.
Are you a full time writer? If not what do you do in addition to writing?
I wish I could be a full-time writer, but I do have a job as a marketing trainee and am a part-time student. I’d eventually like to work up to being a full-time writer, but we’ll see where the future takes me. –*snaps* That’s a great mindset
Coffee or tea?
Both. Coffee calms me down, and tea just tastes great.
Cats. They’re independent, but more loveable than people think. They don’t just give their love to anyone and actually have dignity. When you kick them down, they won’t come back to you to like a kicked puppy would. They want you to redeem yourself before trusting you again.
Fun Fact about yourself most people don’t know?
I used to jump horses, as in jumping them over hurdles. I was pretty gifted at it but stopped because my favorite horse had to retire from jumping.
What was the publishing process like for you?
It was really easy actually. Mariah Wilson kept encouraging me to seek publication for When Stars Die, so eventually I decided to heed her advice. I found AEC Stellar through Shannon Thompson, subbed them a blurb, they liked it, requested a partial, loved it, and signed me on from there. This doesn’t mean I won’t seek out an agent later. I’d like an agent for my YA literary contemporary that I’m outlining.
What is some advice you would impart to writers who wish to be published?
Learn the rules, but then break them. Writing by the rules just makes your writing crap, and I say that from experience. So don’t get too hung up on reading books about writing fiction. –Ah, great advice! (I do love Stephen King’s, On Writing though)
If you could have breakfast with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and what would you eat?
John Green. He is an amazing writer and seems like an amazing human being. He is the one author whose next book I am always looking out for.
What is your favorite movie(s)?
The Lion King. It is a dark movie, and the movie that I always cry during. But it’s also an uplifting story. Not everything ends happy and neat because Simba still bears scars, but he works through them to become the king he was always meant to be.
If you had a Patronus what would it be?
I think I’d be a cat, just because I love them and appreciate the way cats are.
What is your favorite childhood book and/or author?
It was Mary Pope Osborne. I loved her Magic Treehouse Series. It’s the series that got me into reading.
What is the next book you want to write?
Obviously the sequel to When Stars Die, Stars Will Rise. I also have a contemporary fantasy whose revisions I’d like to get back to in December.
Imagine you are writing your memoir…what is its title?
The Dancing Writer
You can order When Stars Die on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. For those waiting for the e-book, you’ll have to wait for some time in December.
Thanks, Amber for stopping by!