Today we’re pleased to welcome Amber Daulton to the 20QS spotlight.
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I published my first book in 2012 (I write for Books to Go Now and Resplendence Publishing) and hope to publish countless more in the future. As a fan of contemporary, paranormal and historical romance novels alike, I can’t get enough of feisty heroines and alpha heroes. My mind is a wonderland of adventure, laughter, and awesome ways of kicking a guy when he’s down but I probably wouldn’t be too sane without my computer and notebooks. After all, what’s a girl to do when there are people jabbering away in her head and it’s hard to shut them up? Write! Nothing else works.
My Valentine Adventure is a story about love, forgiveness, and learning to live again. It came out in February 2016 from Resplendence Publishing and is my first book with the publisher.
Claire Lauer divorced her husband a few years ago and spends most of her free time fighting for animal rights. As a single mother, she’s determined to set a good example for her 10-year-old daughter and teach her compassion for all living creatures. Parker Townsend still mourns the death of his beloved wife, and he buried himself in work and raising their two children to combat the pain. To their children’s prodding, Claire and Parker meet for a blind date on Valentine’s Day. Sparks fly, and they seek shelter in each other’s arms after a protest takes a turn for the worse.
Will they finally realize what they need to heal and move on with their lives, or continue to live in a world of gray?
3. Please share a little about your previous books.
I’ve written six books prior to My Valentine Adventure. I love all subgenres of romance and, so far, I’ve written historical, time travel, romantic-suspense, contemporary western, contemporary romance, and new adult. My books range between sweet (no sex, sex behind closed doors, or mild petting) to spicy (explicit scenes with dirty language). They can be found on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords and Kobo.
If you’re interested in the sweet variety, check out Forever Winter (historical), Lightning over Bennett Ranch (western), and Cinderella’s Enchanted Night (contemporary romance with a magical twist). Or the spicy: A Hero’s Heart (romantic suspense), Mistletoe in the City (NA), Timeless Honor (time travel) and My Valentine Adventure (contemporary romance).
Also, check out the Cinderella Treasure Trove. It’s free on Amazon and at other retailers. Last year, 15 romance authors, including myself, formed the Glass Slipper Sisters and we produced an excerpt book to showcase snippets of our Cinderella-themed stories. Recipes and party ideas are also part of the freebie.
4. Have you always written in the romance genre?
I’m a romance writer through and through. I like to traverse the various subgenres, but I don’t think I’d be happy if I wrote something strictly non-romance. But still, it would all depend on the plot.
5. What or who inspired you to be a writer?
I read my first romance book, True Blue by Ingrid Weaver, when I was 12 and found my calling. Ideas buzzed around in my head and the words poured out of me once I grabbed up a pencil. I just wanted to write my own story about two people finding adventure and falling in love. As an adult, the ideas are still flowing.
6. Where in the world are you?
I’m from the foothills of North Carolina, and I’m so lucky I don’t have a typical Southern drawl as most people do around here. About everyone I meet for the first time will ask me where I’m from, and it’s funny to see their shocked expressions when I say, “I’m from around here.” They always think I’m from up north or from a foreign country since I sound so different. It’s a laugh!
7. What do you love best about being a writer?
I love the research and creating new worlds. I love the freedom to live dozens of adventurous lives from the safety of my home. To go through some of the things I put my characters through wouldn’t be a walk in the park. Yeah, I can be pretty mean to them sometimes.
8. What’s the biggest challenge being a writer?
The biggest challenge for me is marketing. It’s difficult to divide my time equally between promoting one book, sometimes more than one at a time, and writing another book. I also have my regular life to live, too. With five cats and a husband to take care (thank goodness the hubby is the cook in the household), I stay busy.
The second challenge is deciding on character names. The name has to fit with the character I see in my mind perfectly or I can’t use it. I’m very picky (especially with the heroine and hero) and I sometimes spend hours, if not days, just scouring through baby name books and websites for the best names.
9. What’s your favorite romance trope?
I don’t really have one, but I do seem to write a lot about second chances. You know the story: the h/h fell in love years ago, broke up due to a misunderstanding, and reunite as mature adults who are finally strong enough to chase after what they want. I just love happy endings.
10. What’s your typical writing day like?
Wake up, clean the house a little, play with the cats, write, eat the lunch Greg (my wonderful husband) makes for me, write some more, watch a movie with dinner, go to bed. See, not very exciting but I’m happy with it.
11. Where do you usually write?
My location changes every few months. I tend to get bored with the same surroundings and I can’t write, so I have to move to a new room in the house. Right now, I’ve invaded Greg’s man cave and I’m using his desk.
12. When you’re writing, is it coffee, tea, soda, or water?
Usually flavored water.
13. Do you have other creative outlets? If so, what?
I love to scrapbook and dig in my flower gardens.
14. What books are you reading now?
I’m in the middle of reading Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series. I read most of the books a few years ago, but I started the series over again to catch myself up before I read the new-to-me books.
15. Name three of your favorite television shows.
“Supernatural,” “True Blood,” and “Lost”
16. If you could have dinner with any author — living or dead — who would it be and what would be on the menu?
There’re so many authors out there who I would love to chat with so I can’t pick just one. The menu, though, will be Italian. I’m in the mood for eggplant parmesan so my mystery guest will just have to deal.
17. If you couldn’t be an author, what other job would you choose?
I’d love to be a librarian or work in a museum.
18. What are you working on next?
I have so many projects on the table. I’m thinking about turning My Valentine Adventure into a trilogy, focusing on other characters, but I haven’t decided yet.
My next publication, Timeless Beginnings, will come out this summer with my other publisher. It’s a time travel romance set in the 1960s and a prequel to Timeless Honor, another time travel story but set in eighteenth-century England. In each story, the heroines, Leonora and Jaye, jump through time to find her soul mate. The catch: they’re grandmother and granddaughter.
19. Anything else you’d like to share?
If you’re interested in my latest release, My Valentine Adventure, you can learn more about it here: http://amzn.to/1TQ37mt.
20. How can people find out more about you?
I love to chat and meet new people, so come on over and stalk me.
Blogsite – http://amberdaultonauthor.blogspot.com/
Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/amber.daulton.author
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AmberDaulton1
Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/amberdaulton5/
Amazon Author Page – http://amzn.to/14JoZff
Photos courtesy of the author.
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