A little about Amber: Amber Garza lives in California with her amazing husband, and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years. She writes young adult thrillers.
Hi, thanks for joining us today, Amber! Can you tell us more about your latest book?
Dazzle is the first book in the Delaney’s Gift Series. The series is about sixteen-year-old Delaney Scott who lives in the fictional town of Edenly. She has a special gift that she is supposed to use to save her people, however all Delaney wants is to be normal. That’s what attracts her to bad boy Sam Peterson. Only he has secrets that could destroy her.
Dazzle sounds interesting! You have mentioned in your Author bio that your children are your inspiration…can you share a funny story or two about them?
Well, to be honest the older they get they are not as funny anymore. My son is now a teenager so he’s not making me laugh much these days. Ha! But actually, I do have a funny story about my ten-year-old daughter. A couple of weeks ago she was singing, “Aint no rest for the wicked, money don’t grow on jeans.” When I told her that it’s actually trees, she said, “No, I’m pretty sure it’s jeans.” Oo-kay!
LOL! I like that version! 😀 So, can you tell us about your writing process, do you have a daily writing routine?
I wish. I’m too distracted to have anything resembling a routine. But I do make time to write every day. Sometimes I get a good 6 hours in if I’m in a good writing groove, but most days I get in a good 2-3 hours. I write while the kids are in school, on my laptop while listening to music.
Sounds like my schedule, lol. What are your top five favorite books?
That is so hard because I like so many. Yikes…I will pick one from each of my favorite genres:
Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman, The Oath by Frank Peretti, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Oooh – good ones! If you could pick any Author, living or dead, to review your book, who would you choose and why?
Alice Hoffman, because she is my all time favorite author, and if she liked my work that would be so incredible!
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
So, just for fun – If you woke up rich tomorrow, what would be the first thing you did?
First I’d go to Temple Coffee and get a mocha! Ha! But then I would probably start house hunting. We lost our home a few years ago to foreclosure and we now rent a duplex. We definitely need a bigger place and it’s something we’re saving for.
I’m sorry to hear that. I hope you can expand your living quarters soon! 😀 Do you have any advice for budding authors?
Yes, write what you love. Write daily, and never give up! Also, read a ton.
Yes! All of that! So, Amber – What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?
I am about to release my Prowl Trilogy as a one-volume special edition book just in time for the holidays. It will come out November 23 (black Friday). After that, the second book in the Delaney’s Gift Series entitled SHATTER will release spring of 2013. You can find all my books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords. All my titles are available in both paperback and ebook.
Thank you! A last question for you before we wrap up the interview…If you could choose any fictional character to spend a day with, who would you choose and why?
That’s so easy! Jace from Mortal Instruments because he’s my book boyfriend!
LOL ‘book boyfriend’ – love it. It is time for our Rapid-Fire round – here we go:
Wine or Chocolate? Wine
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Tent or Hotel? hotel
Beach or Pool? beach
Shoes or Bare Feet? shoes
eReader or Paperback? paperback
A Partner That Does Laundry or a Partner That Gives Massages? massage
Sixteen-year-old Delaney Scott possesses a special gift. Ever since she was a child she has known about her calling and the duty she’s expected to fulfill. However, all Delaney wants is to be normal. That’s why she is drawn to Sam. He can offer her the life she’s always desired. Only Sam has secrets of his own. Secrets that are deadly. Secrets that can change everything.