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