Thursday Word-Slingers – Guest Ambrielle Kirk

Let’s give a warm round of applause today for my guest, and fellow Evernight author, Ambrielle Kirk.

1.  How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil. J I’ve been writing fiction stories since high school. My love for writing stems from my love of reading. One of my favorite places as a ten was at the local library, believe it or not.

2.   How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

The thing is, I don’t keep all my balls in the air. Sometimes they do tumble on my head and shoulders. I just pick them right back up and start back all over again. But yes, I juggle a full-time job, writing nearly full time to keep up in this industry, as well as a family life.

3.   When is your next release due out and can you tell the audience about it?

I recently contracted two books Winter 2011. Unleash to Breathless Press for the second book in my Soul Bond series, and The Protector to Evernight Publishing for the first book in my Blood Legends series.

The Soul Bond series features demon heroes and the heroines who just can’t get enough of them. They also drive their heroes to do life-altering things unintentionally. A chance meeting in the first book, Liaison, will lead to an inter-connected chain of events to set off the series. Oh, and the heroes in these ones were my most favorite to write.

The Protector (Blood Legends Novel, 1) is a UF based on Mayan mythology. It is kind of bittersweet in that each main character has a goal, but must give up something they want most to help them achieve it. I’ve posted the final blurb on my website for this one here: http://www.ambriellekirk.com/urban-fantasyparanormal.html  

4.   You appear to have a wide variety of genres that you like to write in (contemporary, paranormal and erotic romance along with UF). Why such an assortment and do you think you’ll end up going primarily with one or the other, or continue the broad spectrum?

I’m all over the place in genres, I know. Lol! Actually I have a few WIPs in genres other than what I have published now. I’m a very eclectic reader, so try my best to be an eclectic writer. I never actually sit and down with a pre-determined genre in mind. I sit down, plot and write, and let the characters and plot go where they. I’ll most definitely continue with the broad spectrum. I would never be a happy writer if I just wrote in one genre, but that’s just me.

 5.   Sweet or sour?

The first thing that came to mind was Sweet and Sour Chicken. Lol! So is it okay to answer Both. I love Chinese food. Can’t you tell? I love how the sweet offsets the sour taste

6.   Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

Vanilla. And most definitely Breyers. Natural Vanilla Bean ice cream to be exact. With a cherry on top!

7.   Your upcoming release, The Protector, a Blood Legends Novel, looks to be paranormal romance. Can you give us a bit more about it? From the description, it doesn’t look to be your standard vampire, shifter or angel book.

Looks can be deceiving. The Protector is actually an Urban Fantasy. One difference between a paranormal and UF lies in the plot and in the book ending. In an UF, the girl doesn’t really need the male to achieve her goal, and the heroine in The Protector fits this bill. I don’t want to give too much away though 😉 I can say that the romance in this book is a subplot. Maybe it is a mixture of both. Maybe Urban Fantasy, with a romance? I’d be interested in what readers have to say though. It’s definitely not your standard vamp book.

8.   What led your decision to go to an e-press instead of trying for a “traditional” publisher? And why so many different presses, instead of just one? 

As a reader, I love the variety that you can find with an e-publisher. E-pubs can stand to take risks that may result in greater rewards. With a traditional print only or print first pub, I don’t see that they are able to take too many risks. I sense this when I’m browsing books to read on Amazon or other online retailers. With E-pubs I can definitely find some variety, and diversity, in books.

CONTACT 
Twitter: @ambriellekirk
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment on your way out and c’mon back  next week for an interview with Sourcebooks Casablanca author “Aunty Cindy” Loucinda McGary.
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11 Comments

  1. Nice interview ladies!Ambrielle, it was nice to learn more about you and your books. I love that you can balance writing in so many genres. I can only manage 2…lol.Love the cover of your book and I wish you much success!Happy reading and writing 🙂

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  2. I think you're right in the flexibility epublishers have. I also write in different genres – wherever the story takes me. I like that your stories share the element of "sacrifice" which amps your conflict. Great interview and best of luck!

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  3. Ambrielle, your answer to the last question got me nodding in agreement. While I do like the idea of selling a book and getting an advance, I also like the fact that ePublishers are able to take risks that traditional publisher won't take.your book sounds interesting. I'm not heavily into vamp fiction (although I love the TV-series The Vampire Diaries, which is what made me start paying attention to paranormal in the first place). I like the idea of your book not being your typical vamp story.

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