Jen: This weekend we welcome Ambrielle Kirk to Romancing the Book. Ambrielle, will you please share a short bio with us?
Ambrielle: Ambrielle Kirk’s fiction ranges from contemporary erotic to dark paranormal romance. Her vivid imagination inspired her to create stories in her pre-teen years and now, over a decade later, that inspiration continues to thrive, bringing flair and edge to everything she writes.
She’s the author of two interracial erotic romances, A Player’s Agenda and Special Client, and a paranormal romance with erotic elements, Liaison: Soul Bond Book One.
Please visit her website at www.ambriellekirk.com for more information on current and future book releases.
Jen: Tell us about A Player’s Agenda and where it’s available.
Ambrielle: Have you ever had a crush on someone you thought you could never have? Ever lusted after the cute guy who sat next to you in the cubicle at work? What about the sexy hunk of a janitor who came to clean your office while you worked after hours? Or maybe the hottie who sat behind you amongst a class full of strangers?
A Player’s Agenda is a glimpse into one couple’s steamy encounter and is published through Breathless Press. Here’s the blurb:
Mariah has had to work hard for everything in life, and that includes her MBA in Accounting. She doesn’t have time for promiscuous sexy jocks with only one thing on their mind. She’d have to be content with daydreams about former football player Damien, whose nightly sexual conquests made the campus rumor mill. No one is more surprised than she, when Damien approaches her after class one day with a lust-filled agenda on his mind. Does Mariah have the right mix of bedroom moves to tame this player…forever
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Ambrielle: I discovered writing during my preteen years. Coincidentally, this is also the age I discovered that I have a voracious appetite for reading. My very first contract was with Breathless Press for my debut story, A Player’s Agenda. I submitted the story on a whim and was completely surprised when I received the acceptance email in my inbox. From that day forward, that one acceptance has fueled my soul and my days are now filled with excessive writing to get more of my work out there to readers.
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Ambrielle: Diverse, Edgy, and Romantic. LOL! This is actually my slogan, so that was pretty easy.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Ambrielle: I write every day, so I guess one can call this a routine. Some days I make it to about a couple thousand words while other days only a couple hundred. I have several WIPs going at once and I have target dates for their completion. Writing is my habit and an addiction, so a routine is the norm for me.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest?
Ambrielle: The most challenging part of writing is determining whether a completed project is actually ready to submit to agents/editors/publishers for consideration. This business is so subjective that you never know how anyone will respond to you or your work. The easiest part I would have to say is the actually writing. I find that if I write from the heart and not try to write like others around me then in the end I have a project that I love and believe in.
Jen: What’s the most rewarding aspect?
Ambrielle: The most rewarding aspect is seeing the end product, after you’ve edited it, after critique partners or beta readers have provided constructive criticism, and after editors have worked with you on round after round of changes and additions. It is a rather tedious process to go from first draft to a manuscript that is as perfect as it’s going to get.
Jen: Do you become attached to your characters and have a hard time letting them go, or are you happy that their story is told and you can move on?
Ambrielle: Yes, I become very attached to my characters. I do let them go in the end, but if they are strong, real-life characters, they usually do stay with me for a while. As for the story, I generally don’t create another book with the same characters unless I am working on a series or trilogy and it was my intentions to do so. I see it this way: if I become attached to characters, then I know I’ve done my job in bringing them to life on the page.
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?
Ambrielle: I’ve always been a fan of Anne Rice, of course. Her vampire/witch books got me started with reading paranormal. I respect her for staying true to her heart. I am also a fan of LA Banks and her vampire series. I feel that she opened up the doors for writers of multicultural paranormal romance and urban fantasy. There are so many other authors that have influenced my writing and reading habits, but honestly there are more than just five. However, these two have always been on my automatic buy lists.
Jen: Do you do anything special to celebrate a sale, new contract, or release?
Ambrielle: Am I supposed to do something special? LOL! Seriously, on my first sale, my husband and I did go out for dinner and drinks. Nothing off-the-wall, though. Now to celebrate, I just open up a blank word document and start writing on a new project.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Ambrielle: Where do you find free time? Is that something you buy? When I’m not writing, I read in my free time. I also love trying out new recipes, especially anything having to do with cakes and cookies.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Ambrielle: I hope to reach a very diverse group of readers with my writing. Not just contemporary romance readers, but paranormal readers as well. And not just e-book readers, but mass market paperback and hardcover readers, too. I have love for almost all genres of fiction, so who knows, maybe you’ll see a thriller on my backlist in the distant future.
I do have another one of my works that will be published on September 24 through Breathless Press. Special Client is also an interracial erotic romance. Here is the blurb:
Tiffany may be one of Martin’s most difficult clients, but her business isn’t the only thing he wants from her.
Burned once before, Tiffany Winters made a promise to herself–never let another man dictate how she lives her life. But when her business obligations throw Martin Johansson in her path, the attraction is too strong to be ignored. As their passion ignites, will the intimate moments shared in each other’s arms be enough for Tiffany to trust Martin with her heart?
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Ambrielle: My website: www.ambriellekirk.com
My Blog: www.ambriellekirk.wordpress.com