|Who is your favorite author and why?
My favorite author is Helen Kirkman. She hasn’t written many books recently but i come across her books in a job lot of Mills&boons romances i bought, and i was hooked! I adored the amount of details she gave (even if some times it was excessive) and I took this and applied it in my own work, (though, a little more toned down than three pages of detail over one action.) But i love her ideas, her writing, her inner voice. She is, the reason i write today.
What is the most difficult for you to write: Characters, conflict, emotions?
Believe it or not, i feel oddly detached from the world, while writing my stories. I feel almost numb during the whole process. I stop thinking as myself, and even though i think as the character and some how apply myself, I don’t feel the same emotional attachment as alot of my readers do! I suppose this doesn’t help me promote myself as an author admitting this, However, I would never be able to advise someone on the best way to write a certain scene, or a certain feeling, because no two writing styles are the same. I struggle the most with writing the ‘sex scenes’ to my stories. It’s not that they lack detail, or are terrible. But more so because i am a young romance author at only Twenty Two years of age, and when i write the sexual scenes even in my mind, i find myself getting a bit shy about putting them onto a page! It ends up hindering me almost, worrying about what people might think. whether it’s right. It’s no easy feat.
Are you self-taught, or did you study writing in school?
I am completely and utterly self taught. I left school at the age of fourteen to help look after and provide for my family, and so, essentially i left with no qualifications at all, and what i did know of English, whether it be writing or reading, was very poor. I started off role playing fantasy horses as a pass time. It become my escape from the world, and even though my father would tell me that i needed to think about writing a full story, and publishing my work, I never quite believed him that i had a gift. He believed in me far earlier than i ever believed in myself.
To this day my lifetime goal is to show that those less privileged than others, whether it be with education, or through the hurdles of life. If you love something enough, you will do whatever it takes to learn your craft. Don’t give up because teachers tell you that you wont go anywhere because you have no qualifications. Don’t give up because your family is against you, and most importantly don’t give up because you are afraid. I battle with this every single day. I taught myself grammar (even though it’s far from perfect, I understand the basics) and i taught myself to write, through the web and through the library, but without truly applying yourself by writing, you wont achieve your dream.
Are you in introvert or an extrovert?
I am actually an Introvert. I suffer from Post traumatic stress disorder, which means i bottle things up until they become overwhelming. It’s very rare that a person is privileged enough to see the true, raw me, and I’ll admit that, when they do see it and point it out or explain it to me, It scares me just a little. Not because it’s bad but, because i don’t like being readable, i like being somewhat closed off, and i have hundreds upon hundreds of built up walls within myself.
If you could switch places with one of your characters would you?
Oh now this question is the motherload… I would absolutely adore on so many levels to become the heroine of the current book i am writing “To subdue the Viking.” Mostly because i am thoroughly in love with Teare and his strong manly characteristics, but his softness towards the women in his life, and that irresistible boyish charm that he harbors. (Never mind the fact he is based upon a truly handsome man) James D Magnussen
What do you wish you would have known when you first started writing that you know now?
How much work truly goes into being an author. It’s not all glamorous. There is alot of research, alot of plotting, alot of writing, and worst of all alot of deleting. Then there is the marketing and promotional side, and the horrible waiting period before hearing back from publishers, and if you are like me, I’m terribly impatient. I am also determined, and you need a huge batch of this to get yourself through to the end. It takes years upon years to learn how to write successfully, but the truth is, you can write all your life and never truly know whether you’re good enough or not. It’s all luck.
Where can we find more information about you and your books?
You can find more information about me, Amber Maynard, and my up and coming releases, along with my published work, here on my blog.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about me! and thank you Livia for offering me the opportunity to be featured on your blog!