I’ve recently added another book to my TBR Goodreads list. It is WHEN STARS DIE by Amber Forbes. Along with the fact that the book’s description sounds fascinating, Amber’s interview reveals that the story is sure to be a good one. I am certain that her entertaining personality shines through in her writing as well 🙂 After you enjoy her interview, take a look at the links for her social media pages as well as links where you can purchase her book. She also wanted me to let you know that you can currently enter to win a copy of WHEN STARS DIE on Goodreads.
Me: Amber, your author bio on Amazon amused me and made me smile. Any time I read a snippet of something that you write I sense a quirky sense of humor behind the author. How does your personality play into your writing?
Amber: My writing itself isn’t quirky at all. It’s in fact very dark. There are no snarky characters in my book, When Stars Die, and there are really no quirky characters in it, either. It’s a dark book, through and through, from Amelia, to the romance, and to everyone and everything else. While I have a sense of humor, I also have bipolar disorder and really struggle from the depression aspect of it—and depression can create a lot of dark thoughts. So my writing often stems from the darkest times in my life. The sequel to When Stars Die, however, does contain snark and a few quirky characters. That book is called The Stars Are Infinite.
Me: What inspired you to write WHEN STARS DIE?
Amber: Oh, goodness, there is no one point of inspiration for this. I know a lot of authors get inspired by a lot of external things, but the only external things that inspired me were my desire to fervently write about witches, and then to write about witches in a convent. Everything else just spewed from my imagination—and, no, I don’t have a muse. I don’t believe in a muse. Perhaps there were some external things that perhaps inspired the complex world found in WSD, but I can’t currently think of anything. After all, I started this book at fifteen.
Me: It sounds like dancing is an important part of your life. Tell me a little about this.
Amber: It sounds so cliché, but I wanted to do ballet because of the movie, Black Swan. A lot of ladies started ballet because of that movie, but the difference between me and most of them is that I’ve stuck with it because I knew it wasn’t going to be easy when I started it. A lot of people heard about how Natalie Portman started ballet for the movie, and they had this misconception that she did most of the dancing when she did not. She learned ballet in six months, and even though she danced every day and had hours of other physical exercises, it takes WAY more than six months to dance at a professional level. But I’ve been doing ballet for two years and have been en pointe for about one year and a half. I can ALMOST do just about everything en pointe. It is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding things, and it gives me the confidence to take on just about anything.
Me: Write a short synopsis of your future autobiography ten years from now. What do you see yourself doing?
Amber: Amber Skye Forbes has spent her life writing stories for young adults that have ranged from paranormal to fantasy to literary contemporary. She still continues to write for young adults and has little interest for writing in other markets. She has also been doing ballet for fifteen years, and while she will probably never dance professionally, she still enjoys much of what ballet has to offer, including pointe work. Every year she has danced in her studio’s production, The Roar of Love, and has danced a myriad of roles in this production. She has also worked many jobs in publishing, most of them internships, from editing to formatting to publishing, and continues to maintain her literary magazine, The Corner Club Press. Her current jobs are writer, private tutor, and freelance editor. She is married to Jeff Ferreira, is insistent on remaining childless, and considers her cats her children.
Me: What makes your book, WHEN STARS DIE, stand out from other books in the same genre?
Amber: One reviewer said that if you’re expecting another Twilight re-hash, you’ll be in for a surprise in my book because Amelia is no Bella Swan (Stephenie Meyer, however, is largely successful for a reason, and for that reason alone, I do consider her a good writer even though I don’t like her books). The romance in WSD is dark and is arguably romantic, but it’s incredibly dark at the end. I also have a new take on witches that doesn’t exist in any other book. My witches are birthed from the Seven Deadly Sins that their parents commit on a continual basis. They also don’t have special magical abilities. They simply create fire, and that fire is merely to mark them as a witch. Of course, this fire is more powerful than at first glance, but most witches cannot control their fire. It is uncontrollable, and for that reason, it brands them as a witch and makes them known to anyone and everyone for whoever happens to see a witch cast fire. I also know people are tired of romance in paranormal, but I started this book at fifteen, well before the paranormal craze took off, and it has always had the romance aspect in it—and I wasn’t going to change that just because it became trendy.
Me: What do you like best about the main character in your story, Amelia?
Amber: I love that Amelia is determined and loyal, and while she bears a lot of darkness, she uses that darkness to push her forward in order to achieve her goals, especially at the end of the book, when she really feels like giving up.
Me: I would like to interview “Amelia” for a minute. Amelia, why should WHEN STARS DIE be the next book that readers pick up to read?
Amber: (Amelia:) I honestly wish they wouldn’t because I’m terrified of people getting to know me and my life. I wish Amber hadn’t written anything about me because, frankly, everything that happens to me is terrifying. I see things and hear things that no one else does. I bear the dark secrets of others. I have done horrible things and have betrayed people I didn’t mean to betray. While she describes me as loyal and determined, I feel anything but.
Me: Describe your dream vacation.
Amber: My dream vacation would be a tour around Europe. I lived in Italy when I was very, very young, and I do have some memories of living there, even though I was only like two or three. But I remember it being a very beautiful place, and it seems like anywhere you go in Europe is going to be much different geography wise. In America, I feel like everywhere you go just looks the same—except for like the exceptional landmarks. Otherwise, it’s Wal-Marts galore and fast foods restaurants lining every street.
Me: What can readers look for in the future from you? Any projects in the works?
Amber: I am working on the sequel to When Stars Die, The Stars Are Infinite. This will have a new main character. Amelia will still be in it, but she will be playing a lesser role; however, her role will be major again in the third book.
I am also working on a contemporary fantasy currently titled, When Heaven Was Blue. This is about Gene White, a boy living with treatment-resistant depression, who finds himself in the hands of a puppeteer and doll maker after being rescued from a suicide attempt.
Me: Favorite Book? Favorite Movie? Favorite Dessert?
Amber: The Fault in Our Stars, The Lion King, and Haagen Daz White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.
WHEN STARS DIE blurb:
Amelia Gareth’s brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.
Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They’re searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch’s signature. The shadows are after witches.
Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?
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