RWM – “Welcome to another fabulous Friday authors interview. Today we have the wonderful Amber Lea Easton!”
RWM – “Hi Amber it’s so lovely to meet you can you tell us what your current genre is and what made you chose this subject?”
ALE – “I currently write romantic suspense and contemporary romance. I chose romantic suspense because it combines two things I love—a juicy love story with an edge-of-your-seat-hold-your-breath mystery. Life can be complicated, often messy, so why not read a book that will entertain you and make you smile? I really enjoy the romance genre as a whole. It makes me happy, pure and simple.”
RWM – “There are a lot of romance readers out there who will agree whole heartedly with you. What is your current book or work about?”
ALE – “My latest romantic suspense novel is called ‘Reckless Endangerment’. It’s about a Marine returning from Afghanistan, partially paralyzed, unsure how he fits into his ‘new normal’ as a civilian, and questioning if he wants to stay married to his feisty wife, Hope Shane. Hope’s not one to give up easily, though—not on her man and not on the human trafficking story she’s chasing as an investigative reporter. It’s an emotional story wrought with danger. The stakes are high, both emotionally in terms of fighting to keep a marriage together and physically as the human trafficking ring threatens their lives. If you like romantic suspense—stories with an edge—then check it out.”
RWM – “That sounds fantastic, very interesting story. Can you tell me who your favourite author is? Can you recommend one of their books?”
ALE – “Heather Graham’s ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ is really good, as are most of her novels. I’m currently reading ‘The Witness’ by Sandra Brown.”
RWM – “I’ve heard of Heather Graham, good to know she is a good author. How long have you been writing?”
ALE – “I started writing when I was 9 years old by scribbling in notebooks on my parents’ rooftop, staring at the horizon, and dreaming of the adventures I’d have as an adult. That love of storytelling evolved into a career in journalism and advertising. My first published novel came about in 2011 with the release of Kiss Me Slowly. Now I’m on a roll!”
RWM – “That’s amazing, what a smart lady. What is one of your pet hates?”
ALE – “Bad grammar. I don’t care if it’s a text or an email, I can’t stand it when people are lazy with language. I don’t expect people to be formal—that would be silly—but I do expect people to speak as if they have a brain in their skull.”
RWM – “LOL that’s great, UK live in a world of bad grammar, I think people’s writing style can be misunderstood sometimes, but that’s down to where and when they come from, or should that be when and where???? LOL Tell me a quality you really like about yourself?”
ALE – “I’m independent. I’m okay alone, yet enjoy being around people, too. I’ve travelled the world solo and, because of my independence, have met fascinating people from many countries.”
RWM – “That’s brilliant, so you have had an interesting life for one so young then? I would love to travel Europe, but I’m not sure how I would feel about going too far from’ old blighty’. What do you hope to achieve in your life, from your writing?
ALE – “I simply want to connect with others via my work. If I can lift someone out of a dreary day with one of my romances, then I’ve succeeded. If I can let someone know they are not alone in grief—with my memoir about surviving the suicide of a loved one—then I have succeeded. That’s it. Connection.”
RWM – “Can you please tell me how people can get hold of your work?”
ALE – “What is your favourite work? What is its link so people can buy it? Tell me about it and why you believe people should buy it?
Well, I love all my books thus far—Kiss Me Slowly is about diamond smuggling, murder, and love on the run beneath Miami sun; Riptide is set on Grand Cayman and is about stalking, betrayal, and a sizzling love affair between two damaged people learning to trust again; Reckless Endangerment is an emotional roller coaster ride that deals with real world issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and human trafficking.
Don’t buy my books unless you like romance as well as suspense. Did you hear me right? Yes. Both suspense and romance share the spotlight in my novels. The plots are full of twists and turns and the characters are raw with emotion. They’re sizzling, too, full of heat. If that sounds interesting to you, then please check me out at AmazonUK (http://amzn.to/189GVzQ), Amazon (http://amzn.to/XFtZNp), Barnes and Noble (http://bit.ly/ZyVDIq), and most online book retailers.
I’ve also written a memoir—released on September 1—about surviving the suicide of my husband. I’m receiving emails from as far away as South Africa from people who have been impacted by my story of hope. All of the messages from readers touch my heart and validate my decision to publish such a personal story. That is also available at all of the above retailers.”
RWM – “Do you believe that big publishers and their authors can charge too much for their eBooks?”
ALE – “If by big authors, you mean those from the Big Six publishing houses in New York, then they have no control what-so-ever about pricing. The house sets that bar. As for the price of eBooks in general, what people need to keep in mind is that it took hundreds of hours to write, more to edit, and that most of us are doing this as a living. Authors only receive a small percentage of that eBook price, which is usually less than it costs most people for a cup of tea, a glass of soda, or coffee.”
RWM – “Great point, I do think that indie’s get it rough but we get more for our work than the people who are hired by the bigger publishers. So lastly can you tell me a little about yourself, what made you become an author and do you have a job besides writing?”
ALE – “I’m also an editor. I’ve been writing or editing for nearly 20 years in one capacity or another. There was a time when my kids were young where I free lanced for ‘fun money’ and essentially devoted myself to being a stay at home mom. Now those kids are teenagers; which gives me the freedom to devote myself fully to writing again.
RWM – “That’s fabulous, so anyone looking for a skilled editor you now know that Amber is your lady. I am so please you took some time out for me today Amber and have to say your presence here has been both informative and interesting. May I now just wish you amazing success in your future and love in your life. You have really been a great person to finally meet!”