Category: Interviews

Interview with Kathryn Ormsbee

Interview with Kathryn Ormsbee

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely day. Today, I am sharing with you this fantastic interview I had with Kathryn Ormsbee as part of The Sullivan Sisters blog tour! First, here is some information about the book: Goodreads Summary Time changes things. That painful fact of life couldn’t be truer for the Sullivan sisters. Once, they used to be close, sharing secrets inside homemade blanket castles. Now, life in the Sullivan house means closed doors and secrets left untold. Fourteen-year-old Murphy, an aspiring magician, is shocked by the death of Siegfried, her pet turtle. Seventeen-year-old Claire is bound for better things than her Oregonian hometown—until she receives a crushing rejection from her dream college. And eighteen-year-old Eileen is nursing a growing addiction in the wake of life-altering news. Then, days before Christmas, a letter arrives, informing the sisters of a dead uncle and an inheritance they knew nothing about. The news forces them to band together in the face of a sinister family mystery…and, possibly, murder. The Interview What was the inspiration behind The Sullivan Sisters?   There were three inspirations behind The Sullivan Sisters.    First, I myself am a sister! My sister and I […]

Posted June 16, 2020 by Amber in Blog Tour, Interviews / 15 Comments
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Blog Tour: Interview With Gae Polisner

Blog Tour: Interview With Gae Polisner

Hi everyone. I hope we’re all staying safe and healthy during this time. I’m breaking my blogging hiatus with a lovely blog tour interview with Gae Polisner. You can read about the book below and it will be published tomorrow! 1. What struggles did you have when writing Jack Kerouac Is Dead To Me? What struggles didn’t I have?!  Okay, that may have been overly dramatic. But really, I started the manuscript for JACK a long, long time ago. Some early BETA readers and my agent saw its potential, but, for me, besides some pretty writing and some sensual scenes, I didn’t really get what the point of the story was. Not until I snuck a copy of the manuscript to my awesome editor, Vicki Lame, and said, “tell me whether this has potential, or whether I should put it to bed once and for all.” She fell in love with JL and also helped me to see just where the story needed to go. She unlocked the key to everything I was hoping to “say” by the story. So, it was many years of many many rewrites that brought it to publication. 2. What was your inspiration for Jack […]

Posted April 6, 2020 by Amber in Blog Tour, Interviews / 187 Comments
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Poetic Justice Featuring: K. Y. Robinson

Poetic Justice Featuring: K. Y. Robinson

Hi all. Happy Mother’s Day and to those whose this day is hard for, I’m sending love. ❤️ I cannot believe it’s the end of Poetic Justice, there were some unexpected bumps, but I think it worked out okay.  I’m closing out this year’s Poetic Justice submissions with an interview from K. Y. Robinson. I’ll be doing an official closing post tomorrow as well. Poetic Justice is a month long event, beginning April 1st to April 30th in honor of National Poetry Month. Throughout April there will be interviews, guest posts, excerpts and other poetic posts. I hope you will follow along. To read the introductory post, you can find out more here. How do you go about creating a poetry collection? Example:  Do you set out to write about a certain theme or topic, do you examine your previous work and see patterns, etc.? I start with themes in mind but during the writing process, some may fall to the wayside. I have to go where to muse takes me. For my upcoming collection Submerge, I did reexamine The Chaos of Longing to see what I missed or what I could expand on because my thinking has evolved on […]

Posted May 12, 2019 by Amber in Interviews, Poetic Justice / 225 Comments
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Poetic Justice Featuring: Cyrus Parker

Poetic Justice Featuring: Cyrus Parker

Hi everyone. Today I have Cyrus Parker on my blog. They were on my blog last year as well for Poetic Justice with a guest post. This time they did a lovely interview which I really enjoyed reading. Poetic Justice is a month long event, beginning April 1st to April 30th in honor of National Poetry Month. Throughout April there will be interviews, guest posts, excerpts and other poetic posts. I hope you will follow along. To read the introductory post, you can find out more here 1. How and when did you begin writing poetry? I’ve dabbled in poetry since my teenage years, though I didn’t start writing it seriously until the spring of 2016. It was around this time I had first picked up and read poetry collections by modern day poets, milk and honey by Rupi Kaur and The Dogs I Have Kissed by Trista Mateer being two of the first. It was reading these books that helped me realize what poetry could be, and that it didn’t necessarily have to conform to any certain set of rules. At this point, I was also about halfway through the semester of my first creative writing class at Brookdale […]

Posted May 7, 2019 by Amber in Interviews, Poetic Justice / 188 Comments
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Poetic Justice Featuring: Ashley Jane

Poetic Justice Featuring: Ashley Jane

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so happy to kick off this weekend’s Poetic Justice post with interview from Ashley Jane. I hope you enjoy it and you can check out her books below! Ashley also participated last year with an amazing guest post on finding inspiration. Poetic Justice is a month long event, beginning April 1st to April 30th in honor of National Poetry Month. Throughout April there will be interviews, guest posts, excerpts and other poetic posts. I hope you will follow along. To read the introductory post, you can find out more here Do you ever deal with writer’s block and if so, how do you deal with it? Absolutely. Sometimes, it’s like a brick wall goes up. Nothing is getting out of there. When that happens, I go re-read old stuff and edit those. And if that isn’t working, I put it all aside and go do something fun. Commune with nature, play video games, anything that isn’t writing. Inevitably, in doing something else, inspiration strikes. What advice would you give to someone trying to build up their platform on social media? Don’t focus solely on numbers. Sure, we all want thousands of followers. But, numbers are empty […]

Posted May 3, 2019 by Amber in Interviews, Poetic Justice / 46 Comments
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Poetic Justice: Blessen Brocke

Poetic Justice: Blessen Brocke

Hi everyone!  It has been such a hectic month for me. I needed to put Poetic Justice on a hiatus which lasted longer than anticipated due to that. I am back though and I’ll be sharing what’s been up with me at a later time. Now, let me share Blessen’s interview. You can also see their previous post here. Poetic Justice is a month long event, beginning April 1st to April 30th in honor of National Poetry Month. Throughout April there will be interviews, guest posts, excerpts and other poetic posts. I hope you will follow along. To read the introductory post, you can find out more here If you read fiction aside from poetry, how does that affect your own writing? It forces me to think in opposition to avoid unintentional copying (in my mind at least). I don’t apply that to romance (or a lack thereof) or deep emotional experiences. Where do you gather inspiration to write? I people watch, and create hypothetical situations or draw from my own limited experiences. Do you ever deal with writer’s block and if so, how do you deal with it? I walk away, trying to force anything isn’t useful or genuine. […]

Posted April 30, 2019 by Amber in Interviews, Poetic Justice, Uncategorized / 18 Comments
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Poetic Justice: Featuring Christina K. Hart

Poetic Justice: Featuring Christina K. Hart

Hi everyone. Today for Poetic Justice, I have Christina K. Hart doing an interview. You can check out Christina’s post from last year’s event here. Poetic Justice is a month long event, beginning April 1st to April 30th in honor of National Poetry Month. Throughout April there will be interviews, guest posts, excerpts and other poetic posts. I hope you will follow along. To read the introductory post, you can find out more here 1. What has the published journey been like for you? Were there any surprises or expectations? When I turned 18, I self-published my first poetry collection. That was 12 years ago. I wrote it during high school and wound up removing it from distribution several years ago because I was not proud of it. I wrote it while I was so young. I had no idea what I was doing. I then self-published Empty Hotel Rooms Meant for Us in 2015, which I did not expect to do as well as it did. That was definitely a surprise. Honestly, it surprises me every single day that people buy my poetry books. I had no expectations, other than expecting them to not sell. The response to my poetry […]

Posted April 16, 2019 by Amber in Interviews, Poetic Justice / 37 Comments
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Poetic Justice: Interviewing Anne Chivon

Poetic Justice: Interviewing Anne Chivon

Hello everyone! Today for Poetic Justice, I have Anne Chivon. Anne has written one of my favorite poetry books, Cottontail Games: Monsters and Lovers. It’s about fantasy and abuse and so well-written. She also wrote a chapbook called In Your False Kingdom, it is a companion to Our Own Battles by Ashley Rose. Poetic Justice is a month long event, beginning April 1st to April 30th in honor of National Poetry Month. Throughout April there will be interviews, guest posts, excerpts and other poetic posts. I hope you will follow along. To read the introductory post, read about my poetic background as well as the schedule for the month, you can find out more here. How and when did you begin writing poetry? This is short, but I just need you all to know the first poem I ever wrote was about a Gundam Wing character, and I still have it somewhere I think, and it’s horrifying to read haha. What challenges do you face when writing poetry? Aside from the usual writers block, and trying to find the right feel of words, I find that self doubt it one of the biggest challenges for me. I’m often anxious over […]

Posted April 28, 2018 by Amber in Interviews, Poetic Justice / 44 Comments
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Poetic Justice: Interviewing Melissa Jennings

Poetic Justice: Interviewing Melissa Jennings

Hi all. I hope your week has been going well. If you’re in the U.S. there’s only one more day until the weekend, that’s always(?) exciting, right? If your week hasn’t been going too well, I can relate to that too. I hope this interview will make you a little happier then. I am really happy to have Melissa on my blog. While I have yet to finish their first poetry collection, Afterlife, I have really liked what I’ve read. Poetic Justice is a month long event, beginning April 1st to April 30th in honor of National Poetry Month. Throughout April there will be interviews, guest posts, excerpts and other poetic posts. I hope you will follow along. To read the introductory post, read about my poetic background as well as the schedule for the month, you can find out more here. Q. Poetry has meant so much to me since I was a teenager, what does poetry mean to you? A. Poetry is breathing to me. I need it. I sometimes think about it. Most of the time, it just comes to me like a whisper from the universe. When speaking I have never been an articulate person; I […]

Posted April 26, 2018 by Amber in Interviews, Poetic Justice / 45 Comments
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Poetic Justice: Interviewing Courtney Peppernell

Poetic Justice: Interviewing Courtney Peppernell

I could not be happier today for this Poetic Justice post. I have Courtney Peppernell for an interview. Courtney’s book, Pillow Thoughts has been one of many that’s sparked a flame in the poetry world. I really enjoyed Pillow Thoughts when i read it. I hope you all love this interview. Poetic Justice is a month long event, beginning April 1st to April 30th in honor of National Poetry Month. Throughout April there will be interviews, guest posts, excerpts and other poetic posts. I hope you will follow along. To read the introductory post, read about my poetic background as well as the schedule for the month, you can find out more here. How did you go about writing Pillow Thoughts? Did you start out with having a theme in mind? Do you remember where you were? I was standing in a supermarket store in Australia, trying to find a romantic card for my girlfriend for our upcoming anniversary. I couldn’t find anything that I felt was representative of my feelings to her, from one woman to another, so I decided to try and write my own. I also really wanted to create a book, that people could pick up […]

Posted April 24, 2018 by Amber in Interviews, Poetic Justice / 8 Comments
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