Exclusive Bitten by Books
Interview with Author Amber Benson
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Welcome to Bitten by Books, we are excited to have you here today!
I would like to thank you taking the time to join us for the question and answer session with our readers. It has been very interesting to get to know more about you and what makes you tick as a writer! Readers, if you haven’t done so already please stop by and get your copy of Amber’s latest release Death’s Daughter.
BBB: What do you find the most challenging and the most rewarding aspect of writing?
AB: The most rewarding and the most challenging part of writing are intertwined. When someone reads what you’ve written and are moved by what you’ve created, it is the best, most wonderful feeling in the world. On the other hand, someone else can read those same words and be disgusted by them and therein lies the Catch-22. You end up having to learn that no matter how wonderful or terrible someone else thinks your work is, the only that really matters is how you feel about it. And THAT is the most challenging part of the job.
BBB: Your books seem extremely well researched. Do you enjoy this part of writing? What resources do you find most helpful?
AB: I love doing research. It’s funny, but for Death’s Daughter, I ended up doing more research about clothing designers than I did about anything else. I went to more malls and stores than I’ve ever stepped foot in before. It was both frighting and elucidating at the same time. Probably the website http://www.couturecandy.com is where I did the most lurking. I love religion and mythology, so I knew a lot of that stuff already. Joseph Campbell is a big influence on me and he kind of inspired the use of the hero’s journey in the book.
AB: I don’t have a Kindle, but I know people that swear by them. Sorry, but I just love the feel of a book in my hand. Call me old school, but I get excited by the crack of the spine and the smell of newly printed pages. Maybe I’m just a book fetishist! I do think that anything that gets people reading is positive. You have to change with the technology and it seems that this is the way publishing (and entertainment in general) is going. I just hope they never stop printing books, even when they become obsolete. I’ll miss them terribly.
AB: I think that remains to be seen. The one thing that isn’t cool (and there was a great article in The New York Times by Roy Blount, Jr. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/opinion/25blount.html is that Kindle 2 now has a voice feature which could begin to undercut a publisher’s ability to create and sell Books On Tape.
BBB: Okay the Buffy fangirl in me has to ask…what was it like working with James Marsters and David Boreanz?
AB: I never worked with/or met David Boreanaz until last year when I read for his show Bones and he was directing the episode. He was super nice and we kind of laughed about how strange the whole thing was. Isn’t that crazy? I worked with James Marsters for three seasons on Buffy and I had the honor of directing him in my first feature film, CHANCE. He is an amazing actor and human being. Just a real sweetie and a real professional.
BBB: What called you to pursue writing paranormal fiction?
AB: I love Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse books. I blame her entirely for me getting interested in the genre. I had always read straight sci-fi and fantasy and then I discovered Sookie. I also have to say that Chris Golden introduced me to the amazing Ginjer Buchanan (Charlaine’s editor and now mine, too) so gets some of the blame, too!
BBB: Can you tell us what your next release (s) will be? And do you have stand alone titles forthcoming?
AB: The next book in the Calliope Reaper-Jones series will probably be out the next Winter/Spring. I also have a middle grade book called, The New Newbridge Academy, that Liesa Abrams over at Aladdin picked up. It will be out next year, I’m hoping.
BBB: Acting (as well as directing and producing) must exercise different creative muscles than does writing. Which do you find the most exhausting, or that takes the most out of you?
AB: Doing the press for the book has been a lot of work. Very rewarding, but a lot more energy exerted than I would’ve thought. After that comes directing. Making a movie is like having a baby; a really colic-y, overwhelming baby that requires all of your attention 24/7.
BBB: Do you think your acting career helped or hindered your publishing career?
AB: My acting career helped, no doubt about it, but it also hurt me, too. The big question I get asked a lot is: Did you really write the book? I have to laugh when someone asks this becuase I literally spent 9 months hunched over my computer giggling to myself about this plot point or the other.
BBB: What plans do you have for Calliope in the future will she get a HEA?
AB: I actually had to look up what a HEA was. 🙂 I don’t want to give away the ending, so I will say that Calliope ends up getting what she deserves. That’s mean, isn’t it?
BBB: What is your all time favorite paranormal/urban fantasy book?
AB: Dead Until Dark
BBB: Do you plan future collaborative writing projects with anyone?
AB: I definitely want to work more with Chris Golden. I like to joke that I went to Chris Golden University where I learned the finer points of prose writing.
BBB: Are there plans for more installments in the Ghosts of Albion series?
AB: Chris Golden and I would love to do more, but that is entirely up to Del Rey.
BBB: Is there a particular person who you look up to as a role model or mentor as far as personal growth? If so, who is it and why?
AB: I would have to say, Adam Busch, my partner and co-director on the film, DRONES. I’ve spent my life with first child syndrome, aka, the people-pleasing bug. Adam showed me that I had to make myself happy first. That, invariably, when I was happy, it made other people happy, too. And that is a hard lesson to learn for someone like me!
BBB: What is your favorite quote of all time?
AB: That’s easy. “To thine own self be true.” – William Shakespeare.
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Ghosts of Albion: Accursed
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