MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR AMBER LACIE🌟
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Amber Lacie. I’m a contemporary romance author who loves to delve into suspense thrillers, book hangovers, and romantic comedies.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My newest release is Indigo. It’s a romantic comedy with a twist. Indigo is a strong independent woman who is full of sass and sarcasm. We are used to heroes coming into save the damsel in distress. Not every girl needs a knight in shining armor. Sometimes it’s the knight who needs to be saved.
The idea came to me while I was watching a romance movie. The plot and twist to the movie felt old to me and overplayed. An independent heroine who could take care of herself seemed like an intriguing idea.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Romance is one of my favorite genres. I love the emotion that plays throughout the story. I’m also a big young adult, sci-fi, mystery, suspense, thriller, fantasy, and paranormal fan. If it’s fiction with a decent plot, I will read it.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
The main plot of this books takes place around Huntsville, Alabama. It’s a very familiar place for me so I was able to pull details from memory.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I currently have one series out. A Love Ever After Series is currently a two book series with third book releasing early winter of 2018.
The first two books, Shadows & Light, have been combined into a boxed set. The story revolves around Theron and Eve. It’s a roller coaster romance filled with suspense, secrets, and twists around every corner.
While the first two books follow the story of Theron and Eve, the third book will focus on Evan. He goes through a lot in the first two books. I felt he needed his own happily ever after.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Light is my favorite book from A Love Ever After. However, I haven’t finished Reflections, Evan’s story, yet. I may end up changing my mind.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
The series takes place around the southern tip of Lake Michigan in Indiana. The idea came to me while I was sitting on the beach one. An older couple had walked past me following the edge of the water. I started to wonder about how they met and what might have brought them together. From there Shadows grew.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I mainly focused on the area it takes place as well as legal research for businesses.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Originally it was meant to be one book, but the story continued to grow as I wrote.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My ideal place to write is a small little cafe near my house. I live in a quaint town surrounded by state parks and beaches. I find the cafe to peaceful.
As for a daily goal, I have learned I cannot be forced to write. The story will come when and where it wants to.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
My current work in progress is title, The Pieces That Built Me. It’s an emotional story that follows the life of Arlington Byres.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I research names for days sometimes weeks before I finally choose one. I love names that are uncommon. I avoid names for people I may know or am associated with.
Where do your ideas come from?
It’s a secret. I’m only kidding. I love to people watch. I find I’m most inspired when I’m surrounded by large groups of people moving around while focused on their own lives.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time to write with as little distraction as possible.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love book trailers. They have a tendency to grasp the imagination. I have two trailers a reader made for me complete with music her friend composed.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I followed my dream.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to create a world where others can escape to. I love reading and hearing about readers’ reactions to my stories.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully still writing and perfecting my craft.
Have you always liked to write?
Writing and reading has been something I have always clung to ever since I figured out how to write my own name.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write from the heart. Always work on improving your craft and never give up. Accept the negative feedback along with the positive so you can grow as a writer.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would love to paint again. Now that I’m thinking about it. Perhaps I will do it anyways.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Reading reviews is not for the weak. While, I enjoy all feedback it’s hard when someone knocks your work down. However, I take the time to process it and see it from their point of view. Not everyone will like what I do and that’s okay. It would be awful if we were all the same.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I’m not very good at marketing myself or writing a blurb for that matter.
What are you working on now?
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I’ll leave you with a small quote; “If I could have cured the world from disease, healing the sick, and saving those who needed more than the world could offer, I would have started with you…”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I work with whatever genre I feel drawn to at the time. I love shocking my readers. It’s kind of my thing.
Where did your love of books come from?
There has always been a sense of peace whenever my fingers have flipped through the pages of a book. I believe it’s just a part of me.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I’m a huge fan of JK Rowling, John Green, Neil Gaiman, and Marie Lu. Harry Potter, Looking for Alaska, Stardust, and Legend are just a few of my favorite from them.
My favorite romance authors are Callie Hart, KM Golland, and Lesley Jones. They are an automatic one click for me.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I relate to Carsten the most, but my favorite character is Isa from Shadows. She knows exactly what she wants and she’s brutally honest. I adore her.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
Readers can find me on Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. My books are also available on nook, iBook, and kobo.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It really depends on the scene. Sometimes I find myself laughing, and others I may feel overwhelmed with sadness.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My kids. I hate putting them on the backburner to my books. They come first and often it leads to it taking me a little longer than most to finish a book.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what comes to me. I’m not sure I have any particular goals to be met by anyone other than my characters.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m friends with several authors indie, hybrids, and traditionally published. My friends are always supportive and are a great backboard for bouncing ideas off of.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
My Crazy Little World
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I have no clue.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️