Author Spotlight

A wonderful author took time out of her busy day to chat with us here at Joyfully Reviewed, so, without further delayÖ

Amber Dayne/Amber Scott

It sounds like you have always wanted to be a writer. When and how did you get published?
Itís true. Iíve wanted to write romance for as long as I can remember. Iím a sucker for fairytales and happily ever after, not to mention spice. My first manuscript sold this year after many, many, many rejections and set aside manuscripts. Soul Search, a time-travel werewolf love story, is available now with Cobblestone Press.. A part of me will always be in love with the hero, Cash.

Tell us a little about what makes AmberÖAmber.
Thatís a hard one. Sugar and spice? Iím genetically prissy. I canít help it. But, thankfully, friends and family see beyond my uptight ways and help me let my hair down. Writing lets me do the same. As Amber Scott, I get to blush all I want with no one the wiser while filling the pages with my naughtiest ideas.

What are some of your favorite food, authors, books, movies, and anything else you want to tell us?
Food? Chocolate. I cannot live without chocolate. Or wine.

Authors? That changes from time to time. Right now, I adore trying new e-book authors. My local RWA chapter membership gives me access to a lot of talent like Cierra James, Mackenzie McKade and Cheyenne McCray.

Movies? Any romantic comedy. Latest fave has to be Imagine Me & You.

Actor: Adrien Grenier of Entourage woos me in my dreams. (sigh.)

Do you find it difficult to write under two names and how did you choose your two pen names?
You know how Stephen King describes his muse as a guy in the basement? Well, Iíd say I have two muses in the basement. One is a gorgeous, built, Adonis like gay man who loves to feed me dirty thoughts. The other is an early twenties goth chick that really just wants to be loved. And bitten. She gives me my paranormal historical ideas.

You write in several different genres. Do you have a favorite and why is it your favorite?
The two are very different. But alternating seems to really recharge my creativity. Every manuscript is my favorite while Iím writing it and each, once finished, becomes like a child out in the world. I fiercely hope for each to be welcomed, accepted, to excel.

If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be and why?
Taos. Heís mysterious, dark, elusive but vulnerable. Heís a half vampire street fighter that has been sitting in my brain, whispering his secrets to me as I tell his story. I canít wait for everyone to meet him once I complete and sell it.

Is your family supportive of your writing and do they read your work?
I honestly donít know if anyone has read my stories. I get to shy to ask. They are all supportive though. Even the men, the no romance for me thank you very much kind of guys, pat me on the back and ask about my latest work. Iím extremely lucky.

How do your stories develop? Slowly, page by page, or does the whole story come to you at once?
Mostly like an itch. I get a person in my head and then little threads begin to form and weave. I always know the ending but discover the journey as I go. Iím sort of a pants-plotter. A little of both styles.

When writing, do you need complete quiet and an office like setting or can you write anywhere?
I can write anywhere except in the same room as my pre-school aged little boy. Heís too sweet a distraction and wants to see exactly what Iím doing.

Once I start writing, like with a good book, the world disappears.

What would a perfect day for you include?
Chocolate, wine, a spring day and lots of laughter. The best thing in life is laughter. My husband is a card and my son quite a character. The three of us together can make any day fun and laughter filled.

How do you promote your books?
Iím still learning this side of the business. Right now, Iím trying to be open and outgoing about what I do. I have a myspace page for each persona and find a lot of help with my RWA chapter, the Desert Rose in Phoenix, AZ.

Do you enjoy hearing from your readers and how can they contact you?
I LOVE to hear from readers.  It's easiest to email me,although my myspace pages are accessible too.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write every day. If you do, youíll know if you really love it or really hate it. In doing so, you will develop style, voice, confidence. And be your own fan. If you canít love what you do, who else will?

I read that you have been fascinated with the paranormal for quite a while. How did the fascination begin and do you think it will continue?
Probably with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis. I truly believe in magic, ghosts, other realms and love to study it as well. It would probably take a lot to turn me on the subjects.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Just how grateful I am for every single reader and for sharing all of this with me. I have big dreams that are coming true because of you.





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