Monday, September 28, 2009

Interview with Author Amber Leigh Williams

Welcome guest author Amber Leigh Williams. ~~ Jeanne

· What do you have published and where?
My romantic suspense DENIED ORIGIN is available in ebook and paperback through The Wild Rose Press. Also available through TWRP is my western romance novella, BLACKEST HEART, which placed 1st in the 2009 More Than Magic Contest’s novella category. The sequels, BLUEST HEART and BET IT ON MY HEART, are contracted for release in 2010. BLACKEST HEART is featured in the paperback anthology, THE WAY BACK HOME, on sale now. My contemporary romance A SUMMER’S HOPE is on sale in ebook and paperback from TWRP while my historical romance FOREVER AMORE launched September 1st in ebook and paperback from Black Lyon Publishing!

· Tell me about some of your WIPs?
Right now I’m in the midst of my paranormal romance series. I’m also researching another paranormal romance series that involves the zodiac and other elements of astrology. During one of my promotional chats for FOREVER AMORE’s release, a reader asked what my favorite genres to write were. I answered paranormal and western, but not together. Someone came back with, “Well, why not together?” It got me thinking.

· Tell me about yourself?
I’m in my mid-twenties. I’ve been writing full time for four years now. I’m an active member of Romance Writers of America, Secretary and PRO Chapter Liaison of the Gulf Coast Romance Writers, and a monthly contributor to Romance Writers United’s Write Right newsletter. My weaknesses are floppy-eared animals and salty foods. I live on the Gulf Coast with my husband of three years and work part-time in a local bookstore.

· Where can we find you on the Internet?

· Do you like writing your hero or heroine better? Which POV do you prefer?
My heroes started out week so I definitely preferred the heroine. Then I married into a family dominated my males (the alpha kind) and it helped my range. Now I LOVE writing heroes, particularly Judd, the silent cowboy from BLACKEST HEART. He was a pleasure to write – in more ways than one ;)

· What is your perfect hero? Perfect heroine?
Flawed but well-motivated, LOL. There’s no such thing as a perfect hero or heroine. No one would read them. I like my heroes sexy and my heroines intelligent. Add some emotional damage and the capacity to heal and love—and, okay, a good sense of humor works, too—and I’m easy!

· What do you think about the future of epublishing?
I think it’s expanding. More and more people are starting to open up to the idea. Kindle sales are still high and my publisher saw their best numbers ever when the recession hit. I love the smell of my paperbacks, but you can’t beat the price of an ebook vs. mass market or trade. Not to mention the fact that more and more major publishers are turning to the e-market and mimicking small press e-pubs.

· Are you a plotter (plots and outlines) or a pantzer (by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer)? Why?
I’m definitely a plotter. But I strongly believe in a good adrenaline-infused brainstorm every now and again. Those few moments can make or break a sagging middle or a story-arc that’s lacking. I recently strengthened my opening this way. But I also have to have stability in the way of detailed notes, pre-written key scenes, and a tentative outline.

· What is the best or worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
Best: To join RWA and my local RWA chapter.
Worst: An editor gave me notes on what was wrong with my historical then went on to say that I should forget revising and move on to my next story idea. That same manuscript sold to another publisher with a 1-2% acceptance rate. Just goes to show how subjective the publishing industry really is.

· Is there a genre that you haven’t written that you would like to?
Sci-fi or futuristic. Romance readers seem to slowly be gravitating toward this sub-genre. And I’m a major Star Wars and Serenity junkie! I love me some Nathan Fillion ;)

1 comment:

Amber Leigh Williams said...

Thanks for the interview, Jeanne! I really enjoyed it!