Writing is the fruit of happiness.
Amber Daulton lives her life by that one belief even though she normally isn’t so Zen.
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 people are jabbering away in her head and it’s hard to shut them up? Write! Nothing else works.
What inspires you to write?
Everything around me. Sometimes I can watch a TV show or read a book, and I think of a story idea that’s both completely different and along the same lines. When this happens, the characters keep talking to me in my head, and I cannot think about anything else until I at least write down a basic plot or idea. Inspiration often strikes when I’m sleeping. My dreams are usually pretty vivid and wild, so I take what I can from the dream world and create a story around it.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m both a pantster and a plotter. I plot as much as I can, but sometimes I get new ideas after I start writing. I usually follow the new path but always try to spin the story back on track. To plot, I use a pen, lots of paper, and highlighters. Sometimes I jot notes down in a Word doc. Before and during the writing of the MS, I write up character descriptions for every character in the book (no matter how minor) in a Word doc which usually defines the character’s name, age, height, hair and eye color, important miscellaneous facts, and what articles of clothing they wear in each chapter. Doing these character write-ups helps me keep little mistakes down to zero. For example, it’s frustrating for me as a reader to read a story where the heroine is wearing a blue shirt in one chapter and then wearing a green shirt in the next chapter, and she wasn’t supposed to have changed her clothes. Little mistakes like that always draw me out of a story, so I definitely don’t want to make similar mistakes in my own writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time. If I go a few days without writing, my characters are harassing me in my head, demanding I get my booty in gear and get back to work. Even when I’m slaving away on the computer, they’re still dictating to me. Sometimes they deviate from the plot and force me to write something I hadn’t planned on. Most of the time, these new ideas usually work out great.
Who are your favorite authors?
There’s so many I like, but I don’t really have a favorite. My go-to authors are usually Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Maggie Shayne, and Marie Harte. Books from all of those authors have kept me awake at night countless times.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve been sending query letters to publishers since I turned 18 and finally received an acceptance letter when I was 26. At the time, I wasn’t very familiar with self-publishing, so I figured going the traditional route (even with small, indie presses) was the best option.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The industry has changed so much over the years. Twenty plus years ago, there were only big presses that published books in mainstream genres. Nowadays with small and indie presses and with self-publishing, there are so many sub-genres widely available to a growing public. While variety is a good thing, quality in writing, grammar, and style has dropped since it’s easier to get published now than it was back then. Also, ebooks are the new vogue, and print books are on the out. Since ebooks are easier and cheaper to create and reproduce, there are countless more books in the market than ever before.
What genres do you write?
Most sub-genres of romance, including: contemporary, romantic-suspense, historical, western, time-travel, paranormal, and holiday stories. The heat level ranges from sweet to erotic. Most of my books are considered Adult, but a few are New Adult.
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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