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.