Tonight I have a special blog for you.
I had the pleasure of interviewing author, Amber Dane. Amber recently released Gem of Gravane, a medieval romance and the first in her Northern Knights Series. You can click on the photo to the left to view the description on Amazon.
Although her Northern Knights Series is an historical romance, Amber Dane is multi-genre author and screenwriter. But, instead of me going on and on, why don't I let Ms. Dane speak for herself.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
When I was 10 years old and I realized the bubble above my comic book characters limited what I wanted them to say or do. I found myself writing out the details on the back of each frame.
What genres do you enjoy writing, and why?
I write in several, but Historical romance, sub-genre-medieval is number one. Others: horror, romantic suspense/thriller/crime and non-fiction.
What’s been the hardest thing on your journey as a writer?
Time, confidence in my writing and working around family life.
What’s the most enjoyable thing on the journey?
Always will be writing ‘The End.’ To date: Getting comments from wonderful fans that they enjoy my writing. It’s an incredible feeling that they take time out of their busy lives to tell you. A great gift I treasure.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I know we all say it, but it never gets old: perseverance. No matter which route you plan to publish, never give up and stay the course. Write from your heart, dreams and believe in it. The passion will show in your writing. Above all else read and write as much as you can.
Plotter? Or Pantster?
Both. Lol, depends on the genre and characters. Some wake me at 4 am to get their story told.
Describe your ideal “writing room” -- and your real one.
Large circular window, curved desk and oceanfront. Real one~ L-shaped desk, garden view and use it sparingly. I write mostly in my raised bed. Best spot!
Writer’s block and how you overcome it:
I don’t get it. There’s always something churning in my head. But I do get bouts where I need to calm myself from a hectic day, clear my head to get in the writing mode. Just a few things I find most calming for me- music in my ears, meditation, tai-chi or a drive
Tricks you use to stimulate your thinking:
Hands down, Research! One word can trigger a whole novel from beginning to end in my head. This I think comes from writing scripts.
About your book:
Conquering the Dark Axe~Release date will be announced on my website.
Who is your favorite character from the book, and why?
Rourke (The Dark Axe). He is modeled after my real-life soul mate. Big and strong with a beautiful heart. The only difference is my character’s hair is blonde.
How did you choose your title?
When writing a novel, I let the characters tell me. Usually 4 or 5 ideas will pop up. But the more the novel unfolds, one fits in perfectly.
What research was involved?
History of England and architecture tomes from my bookshelf and some online tidbits.
What do you hope readers will get from your novel?
An afternoon or two of enjoyable fiction escapism.
Will there be a sequel? If so, tell us about it.
Yes. There is one more novel in the Northern Knights series. I can’t reveal too much without giving it away, so I will just tell you: It involves the last knight of this trio, old wounds are addressed and it is very different from the other two. Some familiar faces may re-appear.
Give me the blurb for the book in 140 characters or less:
Fearless and battle-scarred, Norman warlord, Rourke Thorsson accepts his fate…he must take to wife the sister of his dead betrothed. But the Saxon hellion has not accepted hers and Rourke vows to bend her to his rule~no matter what it takes.
What’s next for you?
I will be releasing a single title (historical romance) right before the debut of Book 1 in my Viking series.
Amber Dane is a multi-genre author and screenwriter, but her first love is Historical Medieval Romance. She enjoys the old style, bodice rippers, charging knights, alpha males and more.
If you would like to interact online with Amber Dane, you can at the following websites.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Amber-Dane/e/B007MXU7VU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Thank you, Amber, for a wonderful time getting to know you.