Thursday, July 15, 2010

Author Interview: Amber Riley

Hey everyone! I want you to welcome Amber! I was lucky enough to have gotten the chance to interview her on her debut novel, The Flash of a Firefly. You hear that all you who are participating in the Debut Author Challenge? Here's another one you can add to your list!

The Flash of a Firefly was released at the beginning of June and here is the cover and summary:

Summary: Trying to put his past behind him, Kaden moves to New York City where he creates a new life for himself. And that isn't easy, considering the fact that he's a six-hundred-year-old vampire who hasn't fed on a human in more than a century. Unfortunately, the past isn't something you can always escape from. When old enemies resurface, they come with a message. His master wants him back and refusing isn't an option. Confronted with losing both his freedom, as well as the human that has captivated him, Kaden struggles to hold onto his humanity while controlling his darker side. He knows the showdown is inevitable. He must find a way to stand his ground.

Sounds awesome, right? Well here is Amber Riley herself!

Hey Amber! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog and thanks for having this interview. You have just had your debut book published, so you’re new to the published world. Tell us a little about yourself and your book.

Thanks, I’m glad to be here. Well, a little about me - I’m 23 and I live in a small town in central New York. I love my cats to pieces and have had a passion for writing since I was little. The Flash of a Firefly is my debut novel. I approached the vampire angle in a new way, trying to give a fresh feel to an old topic. I think that most people will relate to at least one character.

How did you get into writing?

I guess you could say that writing got into me. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have some sort of plot running around in my head. It just came naturally.

Where did you get inspiration for your book?

I’ve always had a thing for vampires, but I give credit to the main character for my inspiration. When I began writing, I had absolutely no plot. I had ideas for a few scenes, but they only came after Kaden. In a way, he told me the story.

Who was your favorite character to write? Why?

I loved writing them all! My favorite would have to be Sullivan, though. He’s always so calm and collected, but it comes from a rather tragic event in his past. He’s mysterious, even to me.

Which character do you most relate to?

I would probably say Lyn. It’s not just because she’s human, but I don’t want to give away any details by explaining what I find most relatable.

So, why were vampires your choice to write about? Why not another supernatural creature?

There’s just something about vampires. They’re immortal and strong, not to mention sexy. I’m actually planning something with skin walkers after this series, but I’m more partial to the vamps so they came first.

When I first read the title of your book vampires did not immediately come to mind. Is there a meaning behind it you can explain to us?

I get that a lot, but yes. The title actually comes from a quote by Crowfoot – “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” It has two meanings. To an immortal, a human life fleeting. It would give something away to say the second. But, as a hint, I will say that there is more to life than living.

What are some books you have recently read and/or recommend?

The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris is my favorite. I also just finished Fallen by Lauren Kate, which I loved.

Describe you book in one sentence.

The Flash of a Firefly is about a vampire who has to fight to stay free of his past while holding onto his humanity.

Quick Fire!

Hot or Cold? Cold
Up or Down? Up
Tea or Coffee? Tea
Angel or Demon? Angel

Thank you so much for doing this interview Amber! Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you! It was fun. I would like to say that if you love to write, don’t let fear of criticism hold you back. Even the best writers have people that don’t like their work. Go for it.


Doesn't she sound wonderful! I want to thank you again Amber for doing this interview and the best of luck on your new book!

You want to get a copy of The Flash of a Firefly?

Link to Barnes & Nobles: HERE
Link to Amazon: HERE

Also Go check out Amber's blog! HERE

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1 comment:

Amber Riley said...

Thanks Caitlin! It was a pleasure!

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