Thursday, June 27, 2013

Q and A with Amber Gilchrist, author of Into Darkness Peering, a YA Urban Fantasy

I was super excited to have Amber Gilchrist, author of Into Darkness Peering, answer a few questions about her YA Urban Fantasy. 

Check out this blurb:

*When her father died, leaving behind nothing but chaos and a secluded Gothic inn, seventeen-year-old Voirey Cruz lost control of her life and her faith in anything.  Her search for answers about her father’s mysterious behavior and sudden death thrusts her into a world of evil doppelgangers intent on destroying everything she has left.

If she believed in magic, she’d bring her father back from the dead.  If she believed in heroes, they wouldn’t be punk boys with guyliner, tattoos, and a lip piercing.  But if she doesn’t start believing in demons, she might not make it to eighteen. *

Q:   Where did the inspiration for Into Darkness Peering come from?

A:   My best friend reads nothing but YA and traditional regencies, the kind where waltzing twice is risque behavior and holding hands is super racy, and she bugged me for literally years to write a YA.  I wanted nothing to do with that.  But she wouldn’t stop bothering me.  So basically, I decided to write a YA to get my best friend to shut her pie hole. haha.  I decided that I hadn’t seen a lot of wizard books outside of Harry Potter, this was years ago, and that I would just write a wizard hero and a typical everyday girl.  However, once I started actually thinking about the story that’s not how it worked out.  The heroine informed me she was the wizard and the hero had his own story to tell.  I started the process cynical and it turned out these characters were amazing and their story was so cool.  So I guess I'm glad my bff pushed me into it ;)


Q:  Is there anything specific you would like your readers to know about this story? 

A:   I think this is the kind of story that would appeal to urban fantasy readers and to people who care about a good romance.  I do know that I had several male beta readers and they liked it a lot, so it isn’t just for girls.  Although the main character is female.  However, that does not remain true in subsequent books where there are multiple POV’s including Griffin’s and Cutter’s.  Another item of potential interest to some readers in the multicultural heroine.  Voirey is Mexican and her culture is discussed at different times in the book. 

Q:  How many books are in the Soul Guard series?

A:  There are 5 books all together.  I’m considering some spin off books in the worlds created for some of the characters you all haven’t met yet that come in at the end of the series.  They fight their own supernatural enemies like vampires, werewolves and ghosts. 

Q:  Do you have a release date for the second installment?

A:   I hope to see it out by the fall.  I have several other things on my plate right now, so I’m trying to fit it all in.  The book is already written but I need to edit and I first have to finish the second book in the ABQ.LDS.YSA series.  I have another project I can’t yet talk about that needs to be finished by September.  So it’s just a matter of performing my balancing act, but it’s my hope that by September or October it will be out.


Q:  Loved the cover of this book.  Who should I send my compliments to?

A:  The cover artist is named Lucinda Whitney.  She’s a photographer and author from Utah who will have her own book coming out later this year.  She also did the cover for “Glitch {A Comedy of Errors}”.  I love her work and love to have her do my covers whenever possible.

Q:  Are there other projects you’re working on now?

A:   I’m working on the next book after “Glitch” another religious rom com.  It’s tentatively titled “Eat, Drink, and Get Married.”  I also have that secret project mentioned above that I’m working on.  And then it’s off to edit book two of the Soulguard Series!


Q:  Which books have you read that have had the most impact on your writing career?

A:  I don’t think I can mention many specific books because I've read sooooooo many books and the ones that really influenced me were read when I was a child.  But I was very influenced by Lois Duncan, I know that for sure.  Also “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury.  I was really into horror when I was a preteen and a young teenager and I do think a lot of that bled over into all of my writing. 

Q: What book are you reading right now?

A:  Well, I’m obsessed with downloading free books for my Kindle haha.  And sometimes I definitely find new writers that I want to buy more from.  But most of the time I end up reading about three chapters and moving on.  At the moment I’m reading “Ordained Irreverence” by McMillian Moody and I’m actually really enjoying it.  So that will probably be one that makes the distance. 

Q:  Do you have any advice for other writers?

A:  Just keep writing.  I don’t think there’s any class you can take, or seminar that you can attend, or degree you can get that will do as much for you as sitting your butt in a chair and just writing. 

A huge thanks to Amber Gilchrist for taking time to do this Q and A.

Friday, March 1, 2013


I recently purchased Scrivener.  I'll admit, at first, I was skeptical. I wondered if this program could really make my writing life easier.  I doubted it, but decided to try it anyway as it came highly recommended from fellow writers. 

What is Scrivener?

"Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft."

Personally, I like it for the cork board and note cards.  At last, I can jot down random notes and view them at my leisure.  I can find pictures that remind me of a scene, character, style, or action and paste them with the coordinating story. 

This tool is amazing. 

If you haven't heard of Scrivener before, check out the following link:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Here we are again...

It seems like I end up at this crossroad a lot.  I'm editing one story, fleshing out characters from a different story, and plotting out three future WIPS, while my alotted writing time has hit negative levels.  When I figure out how to fit "prolific novel writing" into my already stacked schedule, I'm totally gonna rock at it.  Until then, I will marvel at others from afar. 

If you have a book you want me to recommend and share...let me know- even if it's your own and I haven't read it.  I like reading books recommended from people I know, so give me something...

This may be the month I FINALLY get an ereader!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's not that bad, right?

I recently saw a comic about loving your writing....then hating it....then thinking it's not that bad...then rewriting.  I smiled and shook my head at the same time, thinking that is EXACTLY how it is.

So in honor of being too hard on yourself, I decided to post a quick reminder to all fellow writers.  It is okay to be hard on yourself.  Being hard on yourself allows you to weed out the weak spots in your story and correct them.

But, it is equally as important to recognize strengths in your writing as well.  Find something you liked in one of your WIP's....witty dialogue, a great setting- whatever it is.  Refer back to this when you can't stand your current story.  It will help you feel better about your ability to write.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Zesty Italian and Relationships

Eating: Grilled sliced zucchini marinated in zesty Italian dressing.

ReadingFifty Shades of Grey by E L James

Listening to:  a mix of Cold War Kids, Mazzy Star, Sneaker Pimps, and Smashing Pumpkins

What I'm thinking:  I definitely ate too much!   and... I read books for the characters.  They don't have to be unusual, relatable, or even original.  They just have to hook me.  Whether that happens through their relationship with someone else or during their own personal struggle, it just has to feel real to me.  How characters interact with one another can put me off or make me push through one more chapter at midnight.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Red Pepper and Plot

Eating:  Marinated asparagus in olive oil, kosher salt, and crushed red pepper.  Baked in the oven for about ten minutes and sprinkled with a mixture of shredded parmesan, romano, and asiago cheese.  Enjoy!

ReadingLightning by Dean Koontz

Listening to: a mixture of Shinedown, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, My Chemical Romance, and Paramore.

What I'm thinking:  Plot or Character Driven?  As I'm taking time to savor the flavor, I'm also looking at my writing in a different perspective.  I'm a plot driven writer, which is great for pounding out numerous scenarios and adventures, but for me, my main concern is that my characters will take a hit.  I spend more time on them during edits just to make sure I don't short change anyone.  There's no right or wrong way to generate your story.  As long as it becomes a finished product, who cares how you get there, right? 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Change of course...

To be honest, I'm usually plagued by what type of posts will be deemed useful by my fellow bloggers.  Writing tips?  Book reviews?  Entertainment?

I don't know... all I've come up with is this- I can cook.  Yah for me, right?  No seriously, I can cook fantastic meals, but with the hustle and bustle of my everyday life, I choose to unthaw, warm, or even worse, prepare a packaged meal.  It's the result of an overpacked schedule in which every aspect of my life pulls at me from different directions.  I have nothing against easy, but sometimes rushing through something simpy just to get it done, isn't going to yield the best results.  I can easily relate this to writing. 

For me, it all boils down to time.  There doesn't seem to be enough of it to go around.  So along with the new look of my blog, I've decided to add a few recipes that are mouthwatering and good for the body.  Brain food.  I need to do this as a reminder to myself to slow down and savor; whether it's meals, quality family time, or whatever scene I'm working on.