Interview with Amber Dawn Bell

Cave of TerrorJen: Over the next couple days Book Talk is happy to have Amber Dawn Bell as our guest. Amber, will you please share a short bio with us?

Amber: Amber’s love of romance and medieval history led her to pursue her dream of writing. She is a stay-at-home mom and now that her kids are older, she’s able to spend a little time making her dream come true. She loves stories about Vikings, pirates, Scotland, and just about anything of the paranormal nature, especially vampires. Amber lives in Texas with her own knight in shining armor, her high school sweetheart and husband of 22 years, along with their two teenage kids, two dogs, and two cats. Amber believes that everyone should have a happily ever after—even vampires.

Jen: Tell us about Cave of Terror and where it’s available.
Amber: Cave of Terror is a young adult paranormal romance. It centers around a 16 year old gymnast who finds out on her birthday that she’s a vampire. She must learn to adapt to her new life while dealing with all the normal teenage angst.

Back cover Blurb:

Do you believe in vampires?

I sure didn’t. Not until I found out on my 16th birthday I’m anything but human. And to add the cherry on the freak sundae called my life, I’m the first Vânător born in over 500 years. You see, I’m destined to be a hunter of evil. That’s right; I’m a real life Buffy.

To make matters worse, I’m falling for Ryan—this new guy at school. I never thought I’d be this love struck, hair tossing, dorky teenager. It’s enough to make me want to hurl.

And on top of all this, I have an entity stalking me that wants to use my rare blood for his own evil deeds, a girl at school who lives to make my life miserable, and a gymnastics coach who is determined to see I make it to Nationals.

Yep, things are really looking up for me. Welcome to the never boring, anything but normal, you-never-know-what’s-going-to-happen life of Cheyenne Wilde.

Cave of Terror can be found online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Borders, and most major book stores.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Amber: I started writing in my teens but didn’t really get involved until my 20s. I was first published in 2006 with a short story that’s included in a Christmas anthology called Christmas Wishes. I have three other short stories published in anthologies (Romance Upon A Midnight Clear, Flames of Gold, No Law Against Love 2). Cave of Terror is my first full length novel.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Amber: No, not that I’m aware of. I guess it’s just me!

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Amber: I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t. I home school my daughter, so that takes up most of my daytime hours. I also edit and create book covers, not to mention I’m the president of 3 RWA (Romance Writers of America) online chapters. So, I write when I’m able.

Jen: Do you have a specific time or place that you write?
Amber: A specific time? No. But, I have found that I write best in the living room with the TV going and life happening around me. I can’t seem to concentrate when it’s quiet. I guess that’s from living with two teenagers.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Amber: That part was easy. I live with two teenagers, so I have front row seats to view the lives of today’s teens. My daughter was a gymnast for 15 years, so I’ve been emerged in that scene for a long time. She just recently quit this past August due to injuries. So, the cave was the only real research I needed to do. Luckily, we have an awesome cave only ten minutes away from my house. I spent quite a bit of time there.

Jen: How do you pick the character’s names?
Amber: I asked my daughter what other name she would choose besides hers if she had the chance. She picked, Cheyenne. I loved it, so Cheyenne became the main character. She also picked the name of Cheyenne’s love interest, Ryan.

Jen: What did you do to celebrate the sale of your first book?
Amber: My husband took me to my favorite restaurant, Chuy’s.

Jen: Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?
Amber: I plan to write a western romance very soon. I’ve been promising my dad for several years that I’d write him one. I will definitely stay away from Regency romances because the facts have to be absolutely 100% accurate or Regency followers will scalp you alive.

Jen: What five authors or people, from the past or present, have been important to you as an author? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?
Amber: Johanna Lindsay, Bertrice Small, my grandmother, my husband, and my daughter. I’d have to say thank you for giving me the inspiration and push I needed to pursue my dreams.

Jen: If your book was made into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the hero and heroine?
Amber: Oh wow, this is a great question. I’d have to say I’d pick Amanda Bynes for Cheyenne because she has a fresh face and has a spunky personality. My first thought for Ryan is Chace Crawford because he’s fairly tall and is drop dead gorgeous.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Amber: Free time? What’s that? LOL. When I do have free time, I love to read or watch movies.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Amber: I’m currently working on the next in the Vanator Diaries Series called A Ghostly Affair.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Jen: Do you have anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Amber: Yes! I’d love to know what paranormal subjects would be of interest to them.

Jen: Amber, thanks so much for being our guest at Book Talk. Readers, Amber is giving away 3 prizes! First one is only open to US residents. It’s the prize package pictured here. Two runners up (from anywhere in the world) will win an ecopy (.pdf) of Cave of Terror. What do you have to do to win? Leave a comment here for Amber by answering her question or asking one of her. Winners will be chosen around 5pm PDT on Thursday, January 1.