Author Interview - Amber Crawley

Thursday, February 7, 2019

I am THRILLED to have Amber Crawley visiting with us today! If you haven't read my review of On Luna Time yet, you can find it HERE. And don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!!!

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Amber: England! My dream is to rent a cottage in the countryside for a summer before my kids grow up and leave home. Social media free with lots of reading, writing, and baking. 

Rachel: Oh that sounds absolutely lovely!!! Sign me up too!

If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?

Amber: When I’m not writing books I’m homeschooling my kids and dyeing yarn for my business, Makers Haven. Owning my own business where I can be as creative as I want is a dream and I’m so thankful for it every day. 

Rachel: I just love that you are living your dreams! 

How many books do you average per month?

Makers Haven
Amber: It depends on how much free time my kids give me, but I listen to a lot of audiobooks while I work (and clean, and shower, and do all the things). I prefer to read with a physical book in my hand, but I also love getting lost in the world while listening. I’d say on average I read one physical book per month and listen to anywhere from 2-3 audiobooks. 

Rachel: Oh, I adore audiobooks! Multi-tasking at it's finest!

How do you organize your books?

Amber: By color! I don’t have a huge selection of books that are solely mine, but we have two large family bookshelves that are filled with all the books - from Harry Potter to Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin. 

Rachel: I love the LOOKS of shelves organized by color...but for my own...I don't know if I could do it...How do you find anything? LOL!

How many books have you written? Published?

Amber: From start to finish, 3, all written in the past year. But the number of stories that are lingering with a couple of promising chapters all the way up to nearly finished - I’m not sure. So many.

On Luna Time is my debut novel, it will be self-published on February 17th!

Rachel: YAY!!!! I'm so so excited for you!!!

What genre(s) do you write?

Amber: YA with a touch of magical realism.

Rachel: That is the PERFECT description...and I absolutely love it!

What are you working on now?

Amber: The second book in my On Luna Time series! As well as a really fun novella that will be coming out in December of 2019!

Rachel: YES!!! I can't wait!!! <3 

What is your next release?

Amber: I’m aiming to publish the second book in the On Luna Time series in fall of 2019.

Rachel: Oh good!!! Because I can't wait much longer than that to find out what happens next!

Do you have any strange writing habits?

Amber: I’m not sure if this is strange or not, but I get all my best ideas in the shower or when washing dishes. It’s something about the contact of the warm water and the sound that just moves my characters into action. 

Rachel: Hehe, this seems to be the frequent place for good ideas! 😉

What part of the publishing/writing process do you most struggle with?

Amber: Editing and grammar. I have struggled with this from day one, way back in high school. I’ve always known I wanted to write a book but the fear of not being taken seriously because of my lack of grammar skills has stunted my growth as a writer for years. I’m trying my best to put it behind me and let my editor help me along the way. 

Rachel: Editors work wonders and miracles don't they?

Which aspect is most natural for you?

Amber: Drafting, hands down. I’m a big pantser and I love the entire process of feeling myself get lost in the story. I truly believe that my best writing comes from letting my characters come alive on the page and surprise me with the plot twists as I write. The plotting I spend hours on before I begin never ends up being where the story wants to go.

Rachel: Our "fictional" friends really do like to run the show don't they? I absolutely love where they took you in On Luna Time

Oh! It has been such a pleasure to chat with you, Amber! Thank you for writing and being here today!

About the Author
In my non-writing life, I’m a homeschooling mom of three, a wife, and an indie dyer of watercolor-inspired yarns in the Piedmont of North Carolina. In the midst of daily life and various hobbies that have come and gone, I’ve been writing. From the minute I knew how to put words into sentences, I’ve had a story to tell. After nearly a decade of hiding this passion, I'm ready to share my words with the world. But through it all, I'm still only tiptoeing.

Amber Crawley and I are proud to offer TWO giveaways! One: 1 (ONE) winner will receive a box of goodies from Amber Crawley, including a PRINT copy of On Luna Time. This is open to US mailing addresses only. Two: 1 (ONE) winner. INTERNATIONAL ONLY. Open to residents OUTSIDE the US. Prize will be 1 eBook copy of On Luna Time. Giveaway will be open 2/4/2019 - 2/11/2019 11:59pm EST. Both giveaways are sponsored by Bookworm Mama and Amber Crawley. Amber Crawley is the sole provider of the prizes. Void where prohibited. Please enter via the Rafflecopter forms below.

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