February is the perfect month to celebrate romance writers and that is just what we've been doing for the past few weeks. Today we present another writer who writes romance, but she is also bringing in a touch of suspense. That's always been my favorite type of romance. My guest in My Writing Corner is Amber Daulton.
Tell us about how you became a writer.
After I read my first romance book when I was 12 years old, I realized what I wanted to do with my life—write my own stories! And so I did. I got to work on a romantic suspense novel and finished it within six months. It’s my first attempt at writing, and though I've revised the MS several times over the years, it’s currently not published. My first published book finally hit the digital shelves in 2012, when I was 26. Lyrical Embrace is now my eleventh publication, and I have about ten more manuscripts on my computer just waiting to see the light of day.
Have you always wanted to write fiction?
Oh, yes. Fiction is so much more fun to me as both a reader and a writer. The real world is hard enough, so I gravitate to fantasy.
What are some of the challenges of being a writer?
For me, I sometimes have a hard time finding the time and the drive to write. Then there’s all the promoting and marketing I have to do. It gets overwhelming.
How do you come up with characters?
I’m not really sure. I just think about the types of people I admire, and sometimes I think about bad situations and the type of person who would be strong enough to come out the other side still standing.
Tell us about your new release and what made you want to write it?
Lyrical Embrace is book four in the Deerbourne Inn series (a multi-author collaboration of stories), and one of the requirements for submitting to the series was that the story has to have a “small town” feel. With that in mind, I right away pictured a young woman running away from the big city to escape her abusive boyfriend. It just kinda popped in my head. Since I mostly write romantic suspense, this idea worked.
My heroine, Erica, was in a bad relationship and finally found the courage to break free. Even though she found help, a new love, and a chance for a better future, the past was still looming over her.
I think a lot of readers can sympathize with such a situation, especially those who have experienced abuse and neglect from someone claiming to love them.
I also love stories about music and rock stars, but I don’t like the cheating and drugs that go along with the lifestyle. I haven’t published a story featuring a musician yet, so I figured I should get on the ball and do it.
My hero, Dylan, has retired from the New York music scene, and he now teaches kids how to play instruments. He’s gotten his life back together after all the drama of being a semi-star, and he and Erica have an instant connection.
Despite the dark undertones, this story is fun, uplifting, and hot. The characters are real and flawed. I really enjoyed writing it, and I hope readers will love it.
What are you working on right now?
I’m currently revising book 2 in the Arresting Onyx series for submission to The Wild Rose Press. Arresting Jeremiah follows hardnosed parole officer Jim Borden and his obsession Calista Barlow as they stick their noses where they don’t belong and fall deep into the trouble with the criminal organization known as Onyx.
What different genre would you love to write in the future?
Sci/fi romance. I love stories about aliens, world invasions, and kinky sexual habits. Unfortunately, I don’t have any ideas for a story like that, but maybe one day my muse will speak to me about it. *Fingers crossed*
Let's hear more about Lyrical Embrace. Here's the blurb:
Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.
Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.
Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?
And here are the buy links:
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2ChIhNT
Barnes and Noble – https://bit.ly/2ChIhgR
iTunes – https://apple.co/2M3T9mW
Google Play – https://bit.ly/2DqXlsV
The Wild Rose Press store – https://bit.ly/2AIkSFk
Books2Read – http://books2read.com/u/m0MYaV
If you would like to get in touch with Amber or learn more about her, here is her contact information:
Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/amber.daulton.author
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AmberDaulton1
Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/amberdaulton5/
Amazon Author Page – http://amzn.to/14JoZff
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/amberdaultonauthor/
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/amberdaulton
Google Plus – https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AmberDaulton
The Wild Rose Press – https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/2362_amber-daulton
Thank you, Amber, for introducing us to your latest work and the Deerbourne Inn series.
Comments or questions for Amber?