The 4th author up today is Amber Morant.
Bio: Amber Morant lives in the “quiet” town of Springfield, Ohio. She is a mother of one and wife for 3 years. She is the author of the Kalla Series and an avid fan of all subjects related to fantasy and the occult. Since a young age she has studied different religions all over the world and read different young adult books which influenced her over the years for her own writing. She has also written different flash fiction works which can be found on her Tumblr and Wattpad account.
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.ambermorant
- Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/AMorant
- Tumblr: http://creativelydraco.tumblr.com/
- WordPress: http://www.ambermorant.wordpress.com
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ambermorant
Interview – Amber Morant
What are you addicted to?
I’m addicted to caffeine. Actually, when I was a few years younger and felt the world revolved around me I drank a bottle of “Bawls” energy drink (you know the one with like 90% caffeine) and literally a few minutes after I passed out. It was then that I realized I had to go a little cold turkey and stop drinking so much. So now I have maybe a bottle of soda every two days instead of a 2 liter every two days.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Ok this will sound cheesy but I’m most proud of my son and my capability of self-control with him. He was born back in February of 2014 and was super adorable from the day he was born until now. He’s been a really smart kid and advancing in his developments far quicker than doctors expected of him. He’s my pride and joy and honestly love showing him off to people. Then again he loves showing off and seeing people anyways.
What other jobs have you had in your life?
Well, back when I was 17 I enlisted into the US Army Reserves as a “computer geek” basically. For a few years that was my only job until my parents opened their pizzeria and I got a job there. Working as a waitress you would think would be horrid but for me meeting different people and seeing how they interact is probably the best way for me to create new characters constantly.
If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
Honestly I would love to just be a full time writer and make a living off of it. That’s what I really love doing and it would give me a chance to plan vacations around my schedule and my husband’s since I would just bring a laptop to keep working sometimes. For me to create new stories is the best job in the world.
Are you a city slicker or a country lover?
I was born in a small city so definitely can say I’m more a city girl, but I do have some roots in the country. Of course they’re nowhere near an ability to survive. I get squeamish just thinking of bugs still.
Last book you purchased? Tell us about it.
My last book was actually “Dancing with Dragons” by DJ Conway. I have an entire shelf dedicated to all things dragon in my house from books on dragons to statues. Seeing his book with the amazing art dawn in and the idea of conjuring dragons through magic just amazes me.
Why do you write?
A lot of times it’s for release of stress. Ever since I was a teenager I wrote on my personal inner demons. Actually one of my stories I looked back on and it was just really dark and depressing. Though now I also write to inspire others to write and read more books out there.
What books did you love growing up?
I loved the Harry Potter books. It was actually what got me to write back then and all I wrote was fanfiction based off of the books. Besides that I love the Goosebumps series. I think I read almost all of them at least twice. I was just a little bookworm back then and spent more time reading compared to doing anything else.
Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author is and always will be JK Rowling. Her books and life were just really inspirational for me as a person and as a writer.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Showers. Lots of showers. If I could bring my laptop into my shower with me I’d probably pump out the next “Great Gatsby” with enough time. Someone invent a waterproof laptop for me!
Do you find it hard to share your work?
Extremely! Even when it’s up on shelves I’m terrified when someone looks at it. I’m always scared someone will just tell me I’m crap and will never equate to anything.
Do you plan to publish more books?
I plan to continue to publish books until my readership just tells me to stop and I’ll continue writing even then. I’ll be like King with all the books he has out that could fill a library on its own.
Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry?
My husband likes to say he’s my support but honestly all he likes to do is try to mimic what I’m writing or just make me feel awkward as I’m writing. If anything my friend, Tiffany, has been the best support. I’ve found myself down in the dumps on writing and she’s found ways to cheer me up and keep me going. Though she’s only an aspiring writer right now but I have faith she can one day get her books out there too.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
What I’d like to say is being able to survive off of the money from the books. Instead it’s more so when you have strangers telling you they enjoy your writing or its impacted them in some way. It could be the only reader you ever hear from or they could be the only positive voice but that’s what makes it a success when you touch at least one individual.
What’s your next project?
Once the Kalla series is over with I plan to work on my novel series “Succession of Narishma” which is a medieval epic fantasy. Originally it was aimed at young adults but I think it’s going to turn out to be a little darker and be more suited for the older young adults and new adults. I really am excited to get back to it too.
How do you feel about self-publishing?
Go ahead and self-publish all you want! All I ask is don’t have your friends be the only ones to edit your book and don’t design your cover yourself. Seriously it looks bad and makes self-published writers look bad as well. Though definitely try to get an agent or get a publisher first before becoming self-published. It’s definitely a lot less work on your part and very little money out of your pocket.
Title of Book: Kalla and the Abyss
Kalla is a young woman with no memory of her past and only a bleak future in front of her. She spends her nights in a tiny cell with a lone window she can barely reach and spends her days with three people she calls the Witches and a scientist who loves to torture her named Thales Mercer.
What is so special about Kalla? She is a tech, a type of person born with a malfunction in the brain that alters the way things affect them. Her ability? Cryotech, the ability to control the heat (or lack thereof) around her. At the time she doesn’t understand her gift but as she discovers more who are similar to her in the organization Myst she begins to train and perfect her ability.
However, she is still stuck in her current prison and has to escape. Will the Myst be there or she be trapped within the abyss of this hell forever?
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