Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Interview with Author Amber Daulton

Amber Daulton
The Beautiful Foothills of North Carolina

Good morning, Amber, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors.
Please tell us about your most recent release, when it was published, and what it’s about? 
My Valentine Adventure is a story about love, forgiveness and learning to live again. It came out on February 10th, 2016 from Resplendence Publishing and is my first book with the publisher.
Claire Lauer divorced her husband a few years ago and spends most of her free time fighting for animal rights. As a single mother, she’s determined to set a good example for her ten-year-old daughter and teach her compassion for all living creatures. Parker Townsend still mourns the death of his beloved wife and he buried himself in work and raising their two children to combat the pain. To their children’s prodding, Claire and Parker meet for a blind date on Valentine’s Day. Sparks fly, and they seek shelter in each other’s arms after a protest takes a turn for the worse.
Will they finally realize what they need to heal and move on with their lives, or continue to live in a world of gray?

What else have you written? 
I have seven stories currently published in these romantic sub-genres: historical, time travel, romantic-suspense, contemporary western, contemporary romance, and New Adult. My books range between sweet (no sex, sex behind closed doors or mild petting) to spicy (explicit scenes with dirty language). They can be found on Amazon, B&N, ARe, Smashwords and Kobo.
If you’re interested in the sweet variety, check out: Forever Winter (historical), Lightning over Bennett Ranch (western) and Cinderella’s Enchanted Night (cont. romance with a magical twist).
Or the spicy: A Hero’s Heart (romantic-suspense), Mistletoe in the City (NA), Timeless Honor (time travel) and My Valentine Adventure (cont. romance).
Also, check out the Cinderella Treasure Trove. It’s FREE on Amazon and at other retailers. Last year, 15 romance authors, including myself, formed the Glass Slipper Sisters and we produced an excerpt book to showcase snippets of our Cinderella-themed stories. Recipes and party ideas are also part of the freebie.

What are you working on next? 
I have so many projects on the table. I’m thinking about turning My Valentine Adventure into a trilogy, focusing on other characters, but I haven’t decided yet.
My next publication, Timeless Beginnings, will come out this summer with Books to Go Now, my other publisher. It’s a time travel romance set in the 1960s and a prequel to Timeless Honor, another time travel story but set in eighteenth century England. In each story, the heroines, Leonora and Jaye, jump through time to find her soul mate. The catch: they’re grandmother and granddaughter.

I've read your Timeless Honor book and I loved it! I love Lenora and Jay. What is your favorite genre to write? 
My favorite genre to write is romance, any sub-genre.

Favorite food

Tea or coffee? 

Pizza or ice cream? 
Do I have to choose? Hmmm… ice cream.

Oh, my kind of person! Wine or beer? 

Where would you like to visit? 
I’d love to go to Greece!

Favorite musical artist.  Do you listen to music when you write?  What? 
I like a lot of music but I don’t really have a favorite artist. My musical preference is ‘80 metal and hair metal and ‘90s alternative and grunge. I need silence or the hum of car engines or the washing machine when I write. Talking and music distracts me. 

What makes you laugh?
My kitties. They’re playful and too arrogant for their own good.

Favorite work of art or sculpture.  
My mother-in-law creates these whimsy window hangings with pieces of glass and plastic glued on with some kind of epoxy. I’m not sure what she calls them but my hubby and I have a few in our living room. When the sunlight catches on the glass, colors spiral through the room.

How old were you when you started writing? 
I was twelve when I first snuck a Harlequin romance book out of my mom’s room. After I read it, a light bulb flipped on in my head and I wanted to write my own story. And that’s what I’ve done ever since. 

Describe your perfect evening.
A perfect writing evening would be no distractions, a comfortable environment and my creative juices flowing. A romantic evening with my husband would be a quiet dinner, an empty movie theater so we can be all cuddly and walking around downtown at night.

Where do you get your inspiration? 
The world around me. Anything can bring an idea to life, and I’m always open to the unusual.

What do you do when you get a writer's block? 
I read in the genre that I’m trying to write. If I’m writing a romantic suspense, for example, I have to read RS books and nothing else.

Who is your favorite author?
There’s way too many to count. 

Best book you ever read. 
I don’t think I have one. I’ve read a lot of books and most of them are memorable, but I can’t say I have a favorite.

Last book you read.  
The Darkest Craving by Gena Showalter.

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer? 
I’d like to be a librarian or work in a museum, anything to do with books and history. 

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
 Make friends with other authors and readers via social media. Don’t be shy. Start a blog even if you aren’t published and join blog tours. A tour is a great way to get a free ebook as long as you write a review and post it on your blog. The author’s readers will then come to your blog to read the review. They’ll know YOUR name. And that’s what you want. To get your name out there.

Just keep trying. I know it sounds cliché but there’s nothing else to do. If you don’t try, you won’t succeed. Period. Keep your hopes high, take rejection letters in stride and if a publisher or editor gives you feedback on why he/she rejected your work, listen to their feedback. They know what they’re talking about.

About the Author

Writing is the fruit to happiness.
Amber Daulton lives her life by that one belief even though she normally isn’t so Zen.
Author of several novellas, she published her first book in 2012 and hopes to publish countless more in the future. As a fan of contemporary, paranormal and historical romance novels alike, she can’t get enough of feisty heroines and alpha heroes. Her mind is a wonderland of adventure, laughter and awesome ways of kicking a guy when he’s down. She probably wouldn’t be too sane without her computer and notebooks. After all, what’s a girl to do when there are people jabbering away in her head and it’s hard to shut them up? Write! Nothing else works.

Social Media Links

Facebook Author Page - www.facebook.com/amber.daulton.author
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the interview, Carol! I love stopping by your blog!