Interview and Contest with Amber Benson

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Interview with Author Amber Benson

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Interview:

Hi Amber!

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.

BBB: What do you feel are the benefits of the new electronic readers such as Kindle 2 orSony Digital Book Reader to the environment?

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.

BBB: What impact do electronic readers create on the bottom line for authors in the end? Do you feel they have a negative impact or positive, or no impact at all that you can see?

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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  1. Hi Amber!

    Welcome to BBB! I know I am looking forward to reading Death’s Daughter!

    You said that the Sookie Stackhouse books were what got you started in paranormal fiction, have you read any other authors since then and if so, what are some of your favorites?

    My other question would be, if you could be any paranormal creature, what would it be and where would you like to spend your immortality?

    Thanks for stopping by! I loved the interview (and I did enjoy watching Buffy!)! :)

    (Rachel-twittered and posted to mark and dakota’s yahoo group)

  2. wow I am friends with you and follow you on my myspace twitter and face book but really wanted to say this is a FUN interview, I cannot believe how multi talented Amber is,,, when does she find time to sleep!!

  3. Hello Amber,
    I am curious to know; who is your favorite Buffy character?

  4. Hi Amber!!! First I need to say thanks for stopping by. I’m glad to see I am not the only person who enjoys reading an actual book. I just don’t think cuddling up on a rainly day with a little screen would be as fun.
    Before the book, I have to say that I loved you as Tara on Buffy!!! It was terrible when she was killed, and is still #1 saddest moment of the whole show. At the time, Willow & Tara were the only lesbian couple to be featured on mainstream TV. You, Alyson, & Joss did such an excellent job bring their relationship to life, and that really meant a lot to me.
    For the book, I am really curious where you came up with the idea for Death’s Daughter. I am a big UF reader,(I enjoy Kim Harrison and Laurell Hamiliton.), so I frequent sites like BBB. (BBB is my fav. :) ) I have to say that DD is one of the most unique stories I have come across.

  5. Hi Amber,

    I always liked doing research too. I used to love it when we’d spend a whole class in the library.

    Posted link here:

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1084897775&ref=profile

    http://www.myspace.com/bridgetlaprairie

    http://bridget3420.blogspot.com

    Joined Amber’s facebook

    Following Amber on Twitter

    Tweeted and asked to retweet http://twitter.com/bridget3420

    Added Amber’s official site to my blogroll http://bridget3420.blogspot.com

    Bitten By Books is already on my blogroll

  6. Hi Amber! I was so looking forward to this interview! I loved you as Tara in Buffy and I am looking forward to reading your new book. I hope to see lots more from you in the future. I am already “following” you on Twitter and I just requested to add you on Facebook. Best of luck with the book!
    Lisa

  7. Had no idea what HEA meant either, lol, thank goodness for Google.

    Congrats on the book! :)
    Real books are sure the best, so other than finding your way to paranormal. What are some other books you love?

  8. Death’s Daughter sounds wonderful. I’m really looking forward to checking it out. I was wondering if you listen to music when you are writing and if so who are some of your favorite artists.

  9. Hello Amber,

    Have you discovered fans of your books that have had no idea you were on BTVS? meaning, those that have come to know you only as an author? And if, so, did it give you a different feeling, or rush of excitement?

    David Boop
    Author – She Murdered Me with Science

  10. Welcome to Bitten by Books… congrats on the book. Excellent job as Tara.

    Death’s Daughter does sound very intriguing and you have me curious on the whole HEA “she gets what she deserves”

    Tell me if the books was made into a series who do you envision as your dream cast?

  11. Oh yeah… I became a facebook fan (marniecolette) and I am following you on Twitter (marniebelle)

  12. Hi Amber. First off, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Ghosts of Albion books. You and Christopher did such an excellent job of bringing modern sensibilities to the Victorian setting, and Tamara was the kind of strong female character I like, without feeling anachronistic. In collaborations such as that series, how did you divvy up the writing responsibilities? Did you and Christopher write alternate chapters, or write different characters, or use some other technique?
    I’m also a big fan of Charlaine Harris’s books. If you were asked to be a guest star on the series True Blood, which is based on the Sookie Stackhouse series, would you, and which character would you like to play?
    Congrats on your excellent portrayal of Tara, and your success as a writer!

  13. Hello Amber. I just finished “Death’s Daughter” and look forward to posting my 5 star Amazon review soon. I have a few questions:

    1. I have sent you several @replies on Twitter. I have never received a response to any of my questions or comments about your book. Are you inundated with so many replies these days that you cannot respond to but a few people?

    2. The “Death’s Daughter” reviews have stalled on the U.S. Amazon site in the 40 range. Are you counting international reviews(i.e. U.K.) toward your goal of 85 to do the Macarena on You Tube?

    3. I live in Detroit. We have a lot of celebrity book signings here. Are you trying to schedule one here in 2009 at Borders, for example?

    Thank you for your time!

    Patrick Green

  14. Hello Amber,
    Thanks for stopping by BBB. What a great interview!

    I loved you on BTVS and I’m looking forward to reading your book. Death’s Daughter sounds very interesting. The character is totally like able.

    I also love Charlaine Harris works and wonder what other authors you read in the paranormal genre? and who is your favorite?

    Thank’s again for taking the time to stop by!
    I’ll look for your fan site on facebook :)

  15. I never knew about this site until you Tweeted (MicWithAMac) about it. Great site, by the way! I love that you prefer reading books that you can physically touch and that you did more research on fashion than anything else for DD! I actually have a picture of you and my younger sister wearing practically the same ensemble.

    I have to admit I’m on my lunch break and broke out of the office to ask you a question that a lot of people have asked me…

    If you weren’t an actress/writer/director/musician (insert all other job titles here), what other profession would you want to be in?

    I am an engineer by trade, and I love my job, but if for some reason I couldn’t do it for a living, I would want to teach English at the college level (It’s more fun and less restricted.).

    Best wishes and back to work I go!

  16. Zita Hildebrandt

    Wonderful interview! So, tell us this. If you could only do one thing out of acting, directing, and writing, which would it be?

    Zita

  17. Hi Amber! The book looks great! I am seriously jealous of Calliope’s ‘puppy’ on the front. :) Can’t wait to read it.

  18. Hey Tina! I just read Deader Still by Anton Strout and I loved his male perspective take on paranormal romance. It’s funny and quirky and just good reading. If I could be any paranormal creature in the whole world, it would be a zombie – but a cool, “Breathers” by S.G Browne one and I would spend immortality hanging out in New York City!

  19. Sorry! I meant Virginia, not Tina – I am comment dyslexic! :)

  20. And Tina, I don’t sleep…I drink coffee instead :)

  21. Hey Beet :) My fav Buffy character is probably Drusilla.

  22. Howdy Amber!

    When discussing your writing process at the Mysterious Galaxy signing, you talked about making an outline and “breaking the book down.” Please explain what “breaking it down means.” How does this help you in creating the story?
    (I hope I remember what you said correctly; I’ve slept since then.)

    What do you do when you get stuck as a writer?

    And how do I enroll in Christopher Golden Writing University? :-)

    Beck from Dallas
    aka, fictionfiend

  23. Thanks, Heather :) You know, I have to say that I have always been obsessed with the Afterlife (maybe scared of it is more accurate) and Death’s Daughter was kind of my way of making Death anodyne. I wanted to present the Hero’s Journey from a female perspective, but make it funny and accessible. I have to say that Mary Janice Davidson was also a big influence on Callie’s voice. I loved her protagonist in the “Undead and Unwed” series and I borrowed a bit of her snarkiness for Callie.

  24. It’s all about the research, Bridget. I can’t agree more – although I think I spent more time researching fashion than I did researching myth and religion. Pretty sad, huh? :)

  25. Hi, Amber. I really can’t wait to read your book and I love the name Calliope, it’s unusual and fun to say. Do you have any tips for someone who is trying to write a book? My writer’s block is driving me insane. Thanks so much.

  26. I got the book, read it, and really enjoyed it. You do a really good job with expressing Calliope, and I got a kick out of the fact that it wasn’t all maudlin and emo like most urban fantasy is anymore.

    Also, my own question: If you were a Star Wars alien, what species would you be?

  27. Hey Amber!

    What is it that you enjoy most, personally, about writing? For example, is it an escape or is it fun, etc.

    Also, if you had any advice for someone who wanted to become an author, what would it be?

  28. Hi Amber, I have not had a chance to read your book, but I am looking forward to reading it. Have you kept in touch with any of the casts on Buffy?

  29. Just wanted to say G’day from Down Under, Amber.

    Might’ve missed out as it’s 4.20 am here. My alarm didn’t go off and only woke up for a nature’s call (prolly more info’ than you need, heheh!).

    You Americans will insist on ever so inconveniently having your daylight hours in the middle of the night down here, so I usually miss out on this stuff, but have to admit to being a (middle-aged) fan, so wanted to make the effort :)

    As to the afterlife you mentioned earlier, I’ve already decided that next time round I’m coming back in an alternate Wheedon-verse with a flat earth (and no shrimp :) ), so that we can all have the same time zone. Then I wont have to go without sleep any more to chat with the US :)

    ‘Kay, rambled on enuf.

    Just wanted to say congrats on the new release, hope it does really well. It’s great to see the written word is actually getting stronger, in my opinion, these days, despite all the electronic media. Or maybe because of it, given so many new publishing op’s these days. Much more accessible, (and hence a lot more competition for you :) ) As you said, the promo’ stuff is a lot more than most writers first expect, but part of the biz.

    Now I’m getting cold sitting here in my jimmy-jams and old slippers, and need my zzzz’s, so I’ll toddle off and get out of your hair.

    Best wishes, Mark.

    PS Don’t have a question for you, so here’s your ideal opportunity to give an answer to the one question that you’ve always wanted someone to ask but they never have.

    So, what is it?

    (Oops, guess that is a question after all.
    Bu**er.) :P

  30. Hey, this is Mel the friendly Canadian stalker here with love for Amber!

    After reading most of Death’s Daughter and reading the reviews of the negative sort, I think a lot of people are talking Cali’s humor and her inner musings much to seriously. I think the tone of the book works as a great steeping stone for character development in future chapters of the series. Some books are just meant to be a fun ride instead of oozing with some greater meaning to decode.

    Excuse my long winded banter, now for a big honking question: Is there chance of one of your future book or movie characters possibly being more “rainbow” friendly? I can’t deny my reason for loving one of your characters in the first place being on the other team myself. So may the GLBT fans get a little more form you? :)

    Love and Cupcakes!
    Mel!

  31. I added you as a friend on myspace and facebook, and I followed and tweeted you on twitter. I posted her links and your link on my facebook and my blog (amberesworkinprogress.blogspot.com). I already follow Amber on Twitter. Lastly, I subscribed to your newsletter.

  32. Hey Amber, thanks for being question and answer girl.

    Out of curiousity, which do you find more challenging (though both are definitely challenging) – writing books, or writing for tv/movie/screenplays?

  33. Hi Amber!!! Thanks for answering my question, and I hope you don’t mind, but I have a second. My ADD just doesn’t let me have 1 complete thought at a time. :) You are a writer, director, and actor, so what do you do in your free time? What are your hobbies? Any pets around? Plus, I am also very interested on your take on LGBT in UF that Mel mentioned above. Very little in the way of f/f in this world. Thanks again!!!

  34. Hey Amber!
    I don’t really know what to aks you because I haven’t read your book Death’s Daughter yet. I haven’t found it an any bookstore her in Germany but I will buy and read it as soon as I find it :-) I thought Ghosts of Albion was amazing!

  35. I’ll be honest–I never saw Angel, so I had no idea who you were when I first saw this book mentioned. And still, it’s on my top list of books to read this month. Everyone I’ve talked to has said how wonderful of a book it is. : )

    For the official information:
    1. Done
    2. Done
    3. Done on Blogger (http://avidafemmina.blogspot.com) and LiveJournal (http://coffeeisgod.livejournal.com)
    5. Posted over at Paranormal Romance Lovers. : )
    7. Done
    11. Done

    *whew*

  36. Hi Amber! You said you mostly read straight scifi/fantasy before getting into Charlaine Harris. Who is your favorite fantasy author and/or fantasy series?
    What about for scifi?

    Also, do you prefer to write by typing or actually writing with a pen and paper? Why does that way work better for you?

  37. Oh and…what do you miss most about the south? lol.

  38. Hey Amber,
    I just started following you on twitter..that is a great way to keep friends and fans updated. At least it led me to what you’re doing here. I’ve been a long time fan since Buffy, and now I’m going to buy up all your books!
    Hope you don’t feel bad that I didn’t know you wrote books…here’s a small story to make you feel better: so Charlaine Harris is from my small Arkansas home town and I had absolutely no idea that she wrote at all until True Blood came out on HBO. That’s insane.
    anyways
    I don’t really have a question so I’ll just ask you to follow me on Twitter? I’m good for a laugh or two every week.
    Matches1

  39. Hi Amber, have you ever read any Mervyn Peake or Isaac Asimov? There’s nothing to touch them in their respective fields. Oh, except maybe Tolkien and Banks.

    Best of luck with the book, thanks so much for giving your fans this opportunity and thanks for taking the time to read this.

  40. Hi Amber — congrats on the release! I have an ill-formed but sincere question: Do you ever feel limited or confined by the whole “genre fiction” thing? You say (totally correctly and awesomely) that the most challenging thing about writing is to please yourself first. But isn’t that “you” necessarily restricted, if you’re writing in a genre that has clear parameters and an audience with well-defined expectations? I’m sure I’m overthinking, as Willow might say. But thanks in advance for your thoughts!

  41. I posted about this interview in a BtVS community on LiveJournal (here: http://community.livejournal.com/btvsfans/767934.html)
    Following bittenbybooks and amber_benson on twitter, and tweeted my friends to check out the interview.

  42. Hi Amber!

    I just watched you on Private Practice last night — it was great to see you play such a troubled character, I loved it.

    I haven’t got a hold of your book yet (starving college student and all that jazz) but I am curious why you chose to write about Death’s Daughter? I wrote a short story about Hades daughter, Persepholos years and years ago, but I digress… in short, what was your inspiration, and what kept you inspired?

    Thanks for taking the time to answer questions!

    ~Hannah

  43. I have 2 very important questions.

    #1 Yes, Adam is A role model of yours, but are there others? Like *cough* someone from Chicago?

    #2 Knowing how much you LOVE 80′s hair metal, who do you feel is a more accomplished guitar shredder, Yngwie Malmsteen or Joe Stump? Sure Yngwie had the commercial success but Stump is just insane on the fretboard. So, thoughts?

  44. Hey, Amber. You really seem to be diving into the interwebs recently! Nice to see you around.

    I think one of the aspects of ‘Death’s Daughter’ that interested me the most was your exploring how immortality works a little bit in regards to not being able to kill immortal beings.

    I read Greek mythology as a kid and I always thought it was interesting that in the drawings of the gods and goddesses the children of Cronus and Rhea (Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, etc.) were depicted as looking older than their offspring (Ares, Athena, Apollo, etc.). It always made me think, “But they’re immortal. So how do they age?” I mean, I would assume they aren’t born adult-sized so they must grow and age, but since they aren’t approaching death how does the aging process work? Do they stop aging at a certain point?

    You mention that Callie’s mother looks very young in ‘Death’s Daughter.’ Do you plan to tackle explaining the immortal aging process in your sequels? If not, how do you think it works?

    Also, I’ve recently noticed how often in ‘Buffy’ there’s a shot of Tara opening a door or being behind a door that’s opened or standing in a doorway. I’m a little obsessed at the moment trying to make it mean something, and in season four at least I think it actually does mean something. :-)

    Thanks for taking the time to answer questions!

  45. Hi Amber!

    So nice to see you on here (and on Private Practice last week)!

    If it wasn’t for Twitter and Facebook, I wouldn’t have known you were an author too! I LOVE Web 2.0!

    I’m also a fantasy author (Rowan of the Wood), and I’m in the middle of promotion as well, so my questions are based around that:
    *What do you enjoy most about the book promotion process?
    *Do you get assistance from you publisher and/or agent?
    *Do you find that internet marketing such as blog tours, Twitter, GoodReads, Facebook, etc., work better than bookstore signings?
    *Do you think your celebrity status helped you find an agent/publisher just by being more visible?

    I look forward to reading your book, and I hope you decide to come on to my BlogTalkRadio show for an interview! (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/christinerose

    Links:

    Tweeted and asked to RT: http://twitter.com/christinerose

    Added Amber’s blog, book, and BittenByBooks to my “Recommended” links at http://www.christineandethanrose.com

    Put link to review, Death’s Daughter, and this conversation in my blog: http://www.christineandethanrose.com/?page_id=54

    Added Amber & Bitten by Books in Facebook. Also put the event on my wall this morning.
    http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=757837181

    Added Amber & Bitten by Books on Twitter: http://twitter.com/christinerose

    Spread the word about this contest on Facebook, my blog, and Twitter. (links already posted here)

    Posted comment under review on this site.

    Wow! That’s a whopping 95 entries! I can’t wait to read it!

  46. Hello Amber -

    I was wondering what role you read for in Bones?

    I love to see you in anything you do. I will be sure to check out Death’s Daughter.

    You are immensely talented, and I can’t wait to see what you do next :)

  47. Are you a big fan of Dog Whisperer? I had to giggle at that reference in the book–I do the Cesar thing on my dog, too. :)

    Also, what’s your favorite Greek (or other) myth?

  48. Hi Amber!

    Wow! Little did I know when I enjoyed watching you on Buffy what a talented woman you are. I enjoyed reading more about you in this interview. I especially enjoyed your comments about your “old school” attachment to books. I feel exactly the same way and find myself in a bit of a techy crises because of it. Usually I LOVE new gadgets but the bibiophile in me just doesn’t want to let go of the real thing. It was nice to hear someone else verbalize the conflict.

    Your books sound very interesting and I look forward to reading them. Again, I had no idea! Well, now I do!

    Thanks,
    Kia

  49. Hi Amber!

    I never knew that you had published some books but now that I do I will be raiding my library and hoping to find some of them :D

    I completely agree with you about the smell of printed books. I try to be as environmentally friendly as possible but the day books stop being published will be a day that my nose mourns.

    I mentioned that i haven’t read your books so i don’t know if there are any sex scenes in them, but if there are I was just wondering how do you go about writing them? Whenever I do I get very coy (and strange) and just can’t find the right words. How do you go about it?

    I also want to ask, was it difficult for you to get a publisher/agent?

    Thanks!!

    Roshni

  50. Hello, Amber. I noticed you are doing book signing tours all over California. Any chance of coming back to the East Coast? Specifically NY?

    Thanks,
    MikeD

  51. Oh I just noticed that I do have a question: Can I order a signed book ;-) And if I could do that would it be more expensive than a normal copy?
    ?? Livi

  52. Hi Amber! Wow, wow, wow! I’m a big fan! Have watched Buffy and Angel. I am sad to say that I have not read your work yet, but it is on my TBR pile!
    Rach twittered,
    BBB is on perm blog roll and posted here
    http://nicholandria.wordpress.com
    BBB is on blog roll on google as well
    commented on review

  53. I joined…my user name is Ambere Riggs.

  54. Hi Amber. I’m almost finished with Death’s Daughter. Loving it. I’m also a Joseph Campbell fan. And agree about books. I’ve got over 1000 in the paranormal genre alone.

    What other genre(s) would you like to write in?

    Why is death’s daughter not capitalized on the book cover?

    (BBB is permalinked on my blog: http://qwillery.blogspot.com)

  55. Hi Amber, Welcome to Bitten by Books!

    Like most everyone else here, I loved you as Tara on Buffy. Since fiction is my first love I think you’re even cooler as an author. :)

    I have two questions about being a celebrity:

    1. Now that you’ve worked with so many amazing, famous people (and could be described that way yourself), is meeting other well-known people old-hat? In other words, have you lost your inner fangirl or does part of you still go “squee!” when you first meet someone whose work you admire?

    2. How do you balance taking some time for yourself and the people you truly care about with work, promotional opportunities, and talking with fangirls like me (Squee!) online or at cons?

    Thanks again for visting!

  56. Hi, I haven’t read the book as yet but will definitely be doing so-seems like a good read! I’m curious to know if you read Terry Pratchett and if his novels (particuraly Soul Music) had any influence on the novel? It also concerns a girl taking over from her (grand)father as the reaper although in a completely different world of course!
    I watched chance and thought it was an excellent movie and will be watching drones as soon as I can.
    Keep up the good-and I’m sure exhausting!-work!

  57. Hey Amber!!!

    I’m a huge Buffy fan, and LOVED how you pulled off the role of Tara.

    I have to be honest, though, I had no idea you were an author, too, until Rachel Smith announced the interview here on Bitten By Books!

    And then to find out you do movies, too!!! What a very impressive resume!

    You mentioned that one of the hardest things for you has been marketing the book. That, I am finding, is the hardest part for any author, and most of us don’t have the movie and tv platform to begin with.

    Here’s my question: What sorts of things do you do to market your books, and how can a fledgling author learn from your experience?

    Thanks for the interview, Amber and BBB!!! :)

  58. I forgot to note this earlier, but I am following Amber on Twitter.

  59. Thanks Lisa M! If you follow me on Twitter than you know I’ve been at the dentist’s being novocained! But I am back to answer some questions :)

    LINDA Ak: I love Michael Marshall Smith and Christopher Golden and Dostoevsky. Weird group there, but basically a good story is a good story…whatever the genre.

    Hey Lisa W! I listened to an awesome singer songwriter named Angel Correa during the writing of Death’s Daughter. She was the singing voice of Jenna Fischer in “Walk Hard” and her own stuff is amazing. I love the band Common Rotation and not just because my bf is the harmonica player and singer (!) and then when I’m writing spooky stuff Arvo Part’s “Tu Deum” is a favorite.

    To fellow author David Boop: I read a girl from Kuwait’s blog and she had no idea who I was and she said some very nice stuff about the book. Made me VERY giddy. It’s nice that folks like your stuff regardless of whether you’re on TV or not :)

    Marnie Collete: “She gets what she deserves” refers more than anything to the idea of Callie growing up and learning to accept responsibility for herself and her own actions. She’s been hiding out in normal life and now that she’s been forced to deal with her past and her family, she’s got a lot of adult catching-up to do. Is it silly to say that I have a soft spot for Callie and would love to play her myself? Okay, yes, I’m a dork :)

  60. I have heard about Death’s Daughter from a few people and can’t wait to read it.

    I am following and retweeted on twitter. carmen_R
    I’s already friends with BBB on facebook and myspace.

    I’m a member at The Blood Bank user name carmen_R

    I befriended Amber on twitter

  61. First and foremost I hope your tooth and mouth feel better soon. I must admit I havent’t read your books YET. No question that they will be on the TBR list!! I have added you on twitter and facebook and posted the link on both asking the friends to retwitter too…. My question is before staring on Buffy did you have any idea you would be into writing paranormal romance/fiction?? Thanks Shell

  62. CORRECTION: ANGELA CORREA (not Angel)

    Hey Kimberly B! I am very proud of the Ghosts of Albion series. It was an honor to work with Christ Golden. He is a major talent who is just about to hit the big time, I think. We alternated chapters for the writing of the Ghosts books, but we worked on the outline together so that we were always on the same page, plot and character wise. As far as True Blood is concerned, I am a huge fan of the fairy Claudine from the books.

    Hey Patrick Green! I am OVERWHELMED on twitter. It’s insanity :) I try and reply, but, damn, sometimes it’s a flood! With that said, I will try very hard to say hi to you on Twitter now :) I am definitely counting international reviews and reviews on the barnes and noble site, too! Would love to come to Detroit, but right now I am paying for my tour myself, so it’s a funds issue.

    Shifter: Aside from the Sookie Stackhouse books, I also like Marjorie M. Liu “The Iron Hunt” books, too. Kim Harrison is a fav, as well as the Anita Blake, Laurell K. Hamilton books.

  63. Hiya, fellow caffeine lover!
    I’m about half way through DD now, and have a couple of questions I’ve been itching to ask.
    #1 You describe the North Gate of Hell as being the enterence for pagans, athiests and satanists and that there are only small numbers using this enterence. Is this because there are only small numbers of these groups of people; that people from these groups are unlikely to be sent to hell, or a touch of mischevious ambiguity?
    #2 You chose the name “Daniel” for the character of the Devil’s Prot

  64. Yeah someone who still loves Anita!!!!!

  65. Amber, your voice on the Buffy musical was phenomenal. Did you have any professional training?

    I had no idea you were so multi-talented. Your work looks really good. Great interview, and thanks to BBB, for putting another book on my “to read” pile!

  66. Hi Amber! First off, you’re a fantastic author and actress.

    Question: If you could play ANY Buffyverse character (Whether they be on Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel), who would it be and why? It can be either a female or a male character.

  67. Oops! Just want to clarify: If you could play any Buffyverse character OTHER than Tara, of course. ;)

  68. Hi Amber, just wondering how you felt about what they did to poor Tara. After she and Willow finally got back together.

    And what your next move, be it acting, directing or writing will be.

    I’ve retweeted this contest.
    I’m following Amber on Twitter now.
    Reposted this contest on Facebook.
    Already following Bitten on Twitter and Facebook.

  69. so…u like the anita blake series by laurell k. hamilton. that flippin’ awesome. i’ve read almost all of them. which one out of the series is ur fave?

  70. Wow, talk about multi-talented. I mean this in the nicest way but I hate you, Amber (please note that is the envy talking, the rest of me thinks you’re great).

    (sitting hard on my inner fangirl & not asking any questions about Buffy)
    Have you ever read any Terry Pratchett (because Death in his Discworld series has a granddaughter)?

    I’m really looking forward to reading Death’s Daughter (fingers crossed that I win).
    I twitted: http://twitter.com/Sewicked
    and follow Amber on Twitter (how cool)
    I now friended Amber (wow!) on Facebook
    made a comment on my blog http://sewicked.blogspot.com/
    I’ve told every fellow Buffy fan that I know (& some who may not know who Tara is/was but do like paranormal/UF books). And apparently I cannot say anything without a parenthetical thought. BTW, Amber, good luck with that tooth.

  71. Hi Lady Amber!

    I wondered about Girl Trash? IS it still on hiatus or is it totally over?

    (I’m not entering the contest, already got the book…:) )

    And do you imagine Death’s Daughter becoming an animated serie like Ghost of Albion or even a movie? Or do you prefer it stayed in a novel form?

    Thanks! Have a nice day!

    Julia =)

  72. Oh, and I left a message in the Book Review.

  73. Hi Amber :) My hubby, daughter and I loved you in Buffy. Especially your wonderful performance in Once More With Feeling!

    My daughter (who is 10) would absolutely LOVE the chance to get one of your books and attend a signing. Do you know if you will be coming to Arizona?

  74. Hey Amber I have read all your books and I love them all your voice comes thru in all of them. I follow you on twitter as well as te_bone23, hit me up sometime. If you want to come do some signings in Cleveland you can totally stay here with me to save on cash (he he). Keep up the good work. Tianna

  75. The premise of this series is one of the most original yet. I look forward to reading it one day. I saw DEATH’S DAUGHTER prominently displayed at my local B&N and almost bought it, but thought I’d wait to see if I win a copy. = )
    Now, obviously, if I don’t win a copy, I’ll hotfoot it up to the store and get my own copy for Mt Git’r'Read.

    I commented on the great review of DEATH’S DAUGHTER, I am a member of facebook BittenByBooks, BloodBank, I subscribe to your email.
    Getting ready to post the interview on my blog.

  76. Here are my entries for the contest:

    1. I commented
    2. I reviewed the review :)
    3. I posted a link to the review on my blog: http://thewitchescupboard.blogspot.com/2009/03/review-of-amber-bensons-new-book.html
    4. I posted a link on my own contest page http://www.thewitchescupboard.com/3-5promo.html. The link is right below the giveaway rules.
    5. I follow you on twitter!
    6. I follow Amber on twitter!
    7. I tweeted the event @witchescupboard

    thanks so much!

  77. http://iyamvixenbooks.blogspot.com/2009/03/bittenbybooks-and-amber-benson.html

    And I have had Amber’s blog on my blogroll for a few weeks now. It’s a fun one.

  78. Sorry I could not be here as I had to work but looking forward to the interview made my day seem shorter.

    Amber is such a loverly person and so talented :)

    Thank you BBB for sharing her with us :)

  79. Thanks to Amber for coming over to BBB!

    A lot of writers play the “if I were casting my characters as actors, here’s who I’d pick” game. Having worked as an actor and a director, I imagine you’d play that game a little differently! Does casting the characters sound like fun or work to you? And if you were to cast your MCs, who would you choose?

    (As always, BBB is on my blogroll at http://alanajoli.livejournal.com, and I’m following you guys on twitter now.)

  80. I absolutely love Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse books. How influential have other vampire writers been? I myself am a huge fan of Anne Rice. Do you like her books?

    Blogged here: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/03/23/book-giveaways-0323-0329/

    I am a friend on Facebook and Twitter. The Tweet is here: http://twitter.com/morbidromantic/status/1384646321

    I am a member of The Blood Bank!

  81. well im quite sure your aware at what an amazing and inspiring person you, so i’ll just get right to the questions.

    buffy question: what was it like to make out with alyson hannigan? xD

    normal question:whats the one movie you can watch over and over again?

    and also did you ever just hit a dead end while you were writing, like anything book, movie, comic book, just have like complete writers block?

    thanks :]

  82. Hey Michelle! I hope you got a chance to eat during your lunch break :) If I had to be something other than what I am (professionally speaking) I would choose to be a theoretical physicist. I suck at math, but I love thought problems.

    Zita Hildebrandt: If I had to choose one…hey, that’s not fair! Okay, if I had to choose one it would be…director. I love making movies. It’s an addiction.

    Hey Missy S., I’m partial to Hellhound Pups myself :)

    Beck S. (aka fictionfiend): When i talk about breaking the book down, I’m actually referring to the “beat sheet”. It’s basically how I begin the outlining process. I break the story down into plot points (or beats) that I have to hit in each chapter – usually about three plot points per chapter. Chris Golden U is like Hogwarts: not plot-able on any map, you have to find it with your heart (like Neverland) :)

    Christina O: When I am blocked, I go out and have a crazy new experience (taking a yoga class or going on a road trip). If you just live your life and ignore your muse, I find that she gets annoyed with being ignored and starts bugging you with good ideas.

    Skotti Kimble: Thank you so much. I really wanted the book to be fun. I’m glad it translated :) Any alien, huh? A wookie! hehehe…

    Ambere: I know that name spelling, twitter friend :) Uhm, it’s half escape/half fun. I like to make myself laugh when I’m writing. The best advice is to write what interests you. If you like a story and it engages you then it will engage your readers.

    Lisa F: I see the Troika on a regular basis and I email with Juliet Landau occasionally. :)

    Hey Mark Turner-down under: It was an accident, but I still don’t regret anything about the cat or the pink lemonade.

  83. Hi Amber, welcome to BBB. Really awesome interview. i really loved u in buffy, btw. Your book seems really cool. Charlaine Harris is one of my fav writers as well. I really think one of the coolest jobs to have is to be a writer. Kudos 2 you for being a writer.

  84. Love and Cupcakes to you, too Mel. Look for more GLBT themed stuff in the third book. :)

    Jessica: Anytime :) Books are harder. Definitely. For me, at least.

    Heather (Take #2): my hobbies are reading, taking mooon lit walks on the beach, sipping pina coladas and puppies. Okay, for realz…I’m all about the reading and going to see movies and doing dishes…don’t even ask…ok, it’s cathartic. :)

    Livi: The books are actually going to be published in Germany (auf Deutsch) soon.

    Thanks, Jackie B. You just made me day. Seriously :)

    Jessie M: I am a computer gal through and through. I can make do with Pen and Paper in a pinch (ah, alliteration), but I am happiest when I’m digital. As for scifi writers: Heinlein’s, Stranger In a Strangeland is sooooo good. And anything by Neal Stephenson makes for good reading.

    Ambere (Take #2): I miss Chick-Fil-A!

    Matthew J: You didn’t know Charlaine was the True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse writer? That’s awesome. She really is a stealth supernatural goddess!

    Mary: Have read Asimov and you are so right – amazingness. And if you are referring to Iain Banks then I am huge fan! The Wasp Factory is a personal fav, though not really one of his scifi books, per say.

    scribegrrrl: I don’t think that’s an ill-formed question at all. I know exactly what you mean…and in some ways you are right about the limitations placed upon an author in genre fiction, but honestly, I just let the story dictate what happens. Although, in some ways I flouted the conventions of the urban fantasy genre with Death’s Daughter and I actually got some flack for it.

  85. you caught me. lol. i realize some questions get by you on there since u get so many so i decided to ask it here. I write for the same reasons. This past year has been a tough one when it comes to “friends” and writing became my escape, a world i enjoyed. I enjoyed it so much that I changed my major to English. :D Thanks for the advice. Hope I could meet u someday…you seem like an awesome person (as well as an awesome writer, actress, director…well you know your own credentials. lol.) Keep it up.

  86. oh and i’m gonna try and call in tomorrow with a super special question. ;) it’s one that might make u have to stop and think, unless you’ve had it before which would severely disappoint me. lol. jk. i just gotta calculate the time difference correctly.

  87. haha…just read ur other reply…i caught a chik-fil-a sandwich at a mardi gras parade. lol. and it was nice and hot and yummy. :)

  88. “Call me old school, but I get excited by the crack of the spine and the smell of newly printed pages.”

    I know exactly how you feel. I just can not get the same satisfaction from from an an ebook reader. But I know that they are environmentally friendly and that leaves me between a rock and hard place. I’ve told myself that maybe I can get an ebook reader for long trips and enjoy the books I already have, then I see a great cover and my selfishness kicks in :(

  89. Hannah Moser: I love mythology and I’ve always dug Greek mythology in particular. The idea of an anthropomorphized version of Death just seemed like something I’d enjoy writing about. And then Calliope just sort of popped into my head fully formed, demanding to be written about :)

    PATRICK BROWER IS MY other HERO! AND HE RUNS A DAMN FINE COMICBOOK STORE IN CHICAGO called Challengers Comics + Conversation, too! (It’s fun when friends pop by your online Q&A)

    stephanie b: Good question! The second book in the series details the immortality thing much more in-depth. Curious to see what you think of how I address it after you read it…probably out next year at this time. I have never thought about the Tara in doorways thing before, but now that I am thinking…yes, she does spend a lot of time in doorways and it IS kinda weird. Hmmm….

    Christine Rose: Congrats on your book! Uhm, let’s see… #1. I enjoy getting feedback on the book. That’s the best part. #2. My representation has been very supportive of Death’s Daughter. My amazing editor, Ginjer, especially. #3. I think you have to do both: internet promotion and signings. Though, I think you reach a wider audience online. #4.of course it helped. I wouldn’t be where I am without all the work I’ve put into my acting career. With that said, though, Chris Golden was instrumental in helping me get Death’s Daughter out there. I met my editor through him.

    Amy: I was reading for a murderess! It was a really neat role, but alas, it was not to be mine. Next time :) And thank you for your very sweet comments.

    NYX: We are obsessed with the Dog Whisperer at my house…ironically, we have no dog. :) Echo and Narcissus is a favorite of mine.

    Kia G: Bibliophiles, ho! I think we should start a club :)

    Roshni: I actually met my editor through Chris Golden. So, I got pretty lucky on that front. Sex scenes make me giggle. I just keep thinking these words “great throbbing mass of manhood” over and over no matter what I do. It really gets in the way!

    MikeD: I’m trying to set something up for the rest of the country, i.e booksignings. Keep your fingers crossed. :)

  90. Wonderful interview, Amber. :) I have to admit that I am a pretty big Buffy fan (although my daughter trumps me) and was excited to see your book in Barnes & Noble. I snapped it right away and read it cover to cover. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next installment in the series. :)

  91. Hey Livi, if you email the guys at Mysterious Galaxy Books, I know they have a bunch of signed books (same price as unsigned) there and they are lovely peeps.

    Hi Nichole Hicks! :)

    Qwill: I am also a mystery nut. PD James, Christopher Fowler, Henning Mankell, Agatha Christie, Nancy Atherton, Sarah Caudwell. I adore a good detective story. I don’t know why it’s not capped on the cover. Good question :)

    Hey Rosa: I turn into a fangirl when I meet famous people I respect. Read for Francis Ford Coppola once and babbled at him like an idiot about the Beat Poets (the audition was for a movie version of ON THE ROAD) for like twenty minutes. It’s hard to balance real life and work life. I find that having a good cuddle with the one you love in front of the TV while watching a horror flick can be a very restorative thing.

    Hey Karen, I had no idea Terry Pratchett had a Death’s Daughter until my book was about to come
    out and someone made a comment about “Susan” on a message board. I’m not gonna read anything about her until I’m done with my third Callie book. I’ve read some disc world novels (no Susan stuff) and Good Omens and no one does it better than Terry Pratchett.

    Avily Jerome, it’s all about Twitter, Facebook and Blogging. Use the online Social Network for your book promotion and you can’t go wrong. It is time intensive though. :) PS: Good luck with your writing!

    Hi Carmen R! :)

    Shell Bryce: Not a clue! :) I thought I was going to be Hemingway or Dostoevsky or Stephen King.

  92. Amber-
    I’m an aspiring writer and newly-founded Buffyholic. I thought you’re portrayal of Tara was fantastic, and I look forward to see you’re new projects. You’re book, I am ashamed to admit, I have not read, but I have been searching madly for it. In a small town like the one I’m in, it’s difficult to find anything slightly awesome. ;)

    Anyways, I wanted to know: If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you’re basic nesessities were already provided, what three things/people would you bring with you and why?

    Sorry this is so late, but I haven’t been able to touch my computer all day. :)

  93. Daniel Tipler: I vote for mysterious ambiguity! Although, I have to say that the North Gate is my favorite gate :) You are right about the name Daniel having a dual meaning, although not the Hebrew one. Daniel is named after Daniel Webster :)

    Lisa Lane: Here, here for the coolness of Bitten By Books :) I took lots of singing lessons as a good and even did a sent in the Children’s Chorus of the Orlando Opera.

    Daniel Clemens: Spike! Cause he has the most fun :)

    Bea Chan: I still think Tara should have lost an arm, screw the death stuff :) Rite now I am in post-production on a film I co-directed with Adam Busch called DRONES and I am writing the third installment in the Callie series.

    Sewicked: You shouldn’t sit on your inner Buffy love. Ask any Buffy question you like! :)

  94. And here I thought the beat sheet was the blank sheet of paper upon which I bang my head when I’m trying to write!

    Would you possibly post a beat sheet and/or outline (or a part thereof) from DD’s on your blog? I think that would be really interesting, and possibly inspiring, for us neophyte writers to take a look at. Pretty please? :D

    Beck

  95. I second Beck S request… Please?

    Ju’ :)

  96. Hey Julia, my French friend, I would love to do more Girltrash, but that’s all up to the producers. Callie would look pretty good animated, huh? :)

    Sandy: I have no plans to come to Arizona at the moment, but there are signed copies available via Mysterious Galaxy Books and Dark Delicacies if you email them. Tell your daughter I said hi! :)

    Tianna: Thanks for the offer…you never know. I might hit you up for your couch when I’m next in Cleveland!

    Thanks -V- :) Fingers crossed that you win a book!

    Hi Gayle Jackson! Hope work wasn’t too rough today. Glad to see your comment. :)

    Alana Abbott: I hate the casting process. I like hiring my friends, no auditions. I feel like a dope, but what is an MC?

    Valorie T: I was an Anne Rice junkie. Read Interview With A Vampire when I was thirteen and it totally opened my eyes. I was hooked.

    PAUSING FOR A MOMENT TO TELL TRENT FROM PINKISTHENEWBLOG.COM thank you for letting everyone there know about BittenByBooks and this interview!

  97. Luckily for me, I only live a few blocks from where I work and I had lunch as I was typing away. I know it’s a poor etiquette, but what can I say, I’m used to multi-tasking?! Also, if you if there are ever math problems, call me…lol. 95% of my day is spent working on mathematical calculations. Seriously though, I love what I do, and, in what other field would I be able to combine math, art, reading, and computers? Okay, I digress…

    I’ve had the opportunity to meet you twice now, both in NY: Huntington (with my little sister & Marina) for the LL&L screening (Nov 2007) and NYC (July 2008 w/ Marina & her cousin, Michal) when CR played @ The Living Room. Both times I met you, you and Adam were uber-nice.

    I felt so bad after the first trip that I sent a really long letter explaining why I was apologizing. Did you ever get it, as I’m not sure I sent it to the right address; c/o your entertainment company?

    Second, I’m told SoC is no longer, which I was sad to hear because a friend of mine wrote for SoC and she really seemed to enjoy it. The first time I met you, we actually talked about SoC. Will you still be working with Mike and Amy on any future projects/ events/ etc.?

  98. If you decide to visit Cleveland, can we get some Twitter action on that?

  99. Contest stuff:
    1 – Done – 2 questions – listed as just ‘Heather’

    2 – Done
    3 – Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=798764554&ref=nf
    & Twitter
    5 facebook – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=798764554&ref=nf
    7 – facebook friend & twitter
    8 – all 3 – forum name: Heatwave316
    9-done
    10 & 11 – facebook – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=798764554&ref=nf
    13 – already a member heatwave316

  100. andrea: Aly Hannigan = good kisser! Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and when I get writer’s block I try and do something crazy and out there to shake things up.

    Ruth Violet Moran: Being a writer is really one of the best jobs around. You can go to work in your footsie pjs and no one will ever know!

    Magaly Guerrero: I think that makes perfect sense. You CAN have your cake and eat it, too! :)

    JessicaCoulterSmith: Thank you :) I’m glad you enjoyed the book! Say hey to your daughter for me :)

    Claire: Better late than never! The three things are: Adam Busch, french fries and my computer :)

  101. Beck and Julia…okay, yeah. :)

    Michelle: No letter received :( BUT no apologies. Ever. I won’t accept them. You could never do anything you would need to apologize to me for :) Mike and Amy are awesome and no SoC makes me very sad.

  102. Calliope (please take note of how I pronunce the Ls) would definitely look good animated! Oh your director self has to put this idea somewhere in her brain, ok?
    I do hope we’ll see more of girltrash ’cause you were a bad guy and I can’t think of another time you’ve been one but for the psycho in The Inside. (never aired though… :( ). Oh and it was a great acting you did there!

    Julia :)

  103. Amber,

    Just got your book and I must say I haven’t laughed aloud while reading in a long time before this (and I’m just a few chapters in).

    DD question: Did you intend to write DD in a style really different from the GoA ones? I mean, I think it’s very modern the way it is “conversational” and to me it’s quite refreshing, although some readers may not be as used to first-person narrations.

    Buffy aside: I just want to say thank you for Tara. If I didn’t grow to love that character (and not because of the gay storyline although I have no problem with that either), Buffy will probably be my most favorite TV show ever, but alas! ;)

  104. Thanks, Lizzy B. :) I was just very lucky to get to walk in Tara’s shoes. I like writing in first person. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s the only way to really get inside your character’s head. And if I made you laugh then I did my job! yay! :)

  105. Hi, again! :P

    Do you have a favorite of the work you’ve written? Whether it be your novels, Ghosts of Albion series, films, comics, short stories, etc.?

  106. Ha, ’42′!

    So that’s the answer. Now we just gotta figure out the question…

  107. thanks for the interview, Amber!

    rachel : bbb on my blogroll, following amber on twitter, friends with her on FB, twitted and asked people to RT. :D giving my FB status too. :D

  108. Thanks for answering my question! Looking forward to jumping for the third book! :) I’m back again with another question or two but first I hope the soreness in the face region goes away, I hate the dentist they give me nightmares. :( Feel better soon! (You have work to do!! *cracks whip* )

    First: Where do we send the 30 page love letters? I can’t send the thing out with no proper address! hehe!

    So number two is a book recommendation: http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/moonCalled.shtml

    This series is amazing and I think you would highly enjoy Mercedes, Adam the hunky werewolf and the vampire Stephan that smells like popcorn!

    Last: What types of music do you listen to while you write?

  109. Hi Amber. Thanks so much for joining us here today.

    I really enjoyed the book and its fresh feel. I look forward to the next one.

    Do you enjoy fan conventions? Are there differences in the experience attending as an author or actor?

  110. “Sandy: I have no plans to come to Arizona at the moment, but there are signed copies available via Mysterious Galaxy Books and Dark Delicacies if you email them. Tell your daughter I said hi!”

    Oh bummer :( If you ever do come to AZ hit me up on twitter @witchescupboard if you think of it. I think she would enjoy the experience of actually being at a signing. I took her to see Allison Dubois once, but she was much younger and barely remembers it. And she didn’t quite understand who she was at the time since it was the person behind the story and not the actual person she sees on TV. She was about 6 at the time, so I think the concept was a bit much for her.

    My family is rather nuts about books. I converted our 3rd bedroom to a library. We have (9) 6′ bookshelves and (2) 3′ bookshelves in there. Plus shelves in each of our bedrooms, in the garage and piled on the floor in the library because we are out of space. She is very into books, and I want to do all I can to foster that :)

    Myself, I am very into religious books, from all religions. Especially early Christianity, the lost books & Wicca. I saw you mentioned something similar in your interview and thought that was a neat thing to have in common. Most people think I am nuts to want to learn, seek and compare the different religions.

  111. To Sandy (and to Amber ’cause it’s about something she said after all :) ): It isn’t crazy at all to be curious about all that exist. It’s pretty wise I think. I am also very curious about all the religions that has existed and those existing now. For me it started with growing up with so many different religions around me, and now it is sort of a fascination: between the religions themselves and their History.
    Plus it makes you write something pretty neat Amber! Yay!

    Julia :)

  112. I apparently have more to say as the evening wears on… it’s 10:45pm here and I keep coming up with questions… Random thoughts or something I read prompts yet another line of questions…

    If you could pick any country other than the US to live in, what country would you choose and why?

    In the past, your tweets have talked about not being much of a drinker, so I have to ask, what would possess you to order an Irish Car Bomb? I’m an Irish girl and I’m pretty sure that even when we aren’t drinking, alcohol still runs through our systems.

    I haven’t mentioned DD yet, but after searching every book store within a 50 mile radius, I was beginning to think it was Mission:Impossible. I finally found it and there were points when I was laughing so hard I was crying because I could hear the tone of Callie’s voice, and having friends that are “fiction” writers has prompted me to question, “How much is really fiction?” Is Callie’s character tone based on your personality? Someone else’s? Or a combination of both?

    What would you like people to notice about you shy of everything you are on the surface?

  113. Hi Amber,

    Loved you in Buffy, I do miss that show. :)
    Looking forward to your book.

    Rachel, you’re a perm fav on my blog:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?id=584925454&ref=profile

    posted the link on myspace:
    http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&bID=478896937

    also facebook:
    http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&bID=478896937

    and my blog:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?id=584925454&ref=profile

    also re-tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/dlsmilad

    also added Ambers blog link to my fav blogs:
    http://dinasthoughtblog.blogspot.com/

    also yor friend on myspace, facebook and twitte :)

  114. heh i had a strange feeling that alyson hannigan would be a good kisser
    and whats up with the whole vegetarian thing?
    are you still one?

  115. You did a fine job, Amber. At the risk of fawning, you’ve really been an inspiration. I’m so glad I found Buffy (even if just recently) and was able to follow your other works. Made me intent on working on the things I love as well and in trying to accomplish something out of it. So thanks! :)

  116. I do not have another question, so I just wanted to say that you were great as Tara :)

  117. what is your favorite genre to read?
    what is your favorite genre to write?

  118. To Julia DeRoussie “I am also very curious about all the religions that has existed and those existing now.”

    Exactly :) I find it facinating studying the similarities, and the timelines. How things morph from one thing to another. And especially, how a lot of things we think we “know” were never true in the first place… never even said in the places we think they were.

    I saw a very interesting program on Nat Geo or History channel a few years back about the 3 wise men. You would be astounded, if you haven’t read up on it yourself, or seen the program. Did you know the bible never says there are 3? It also never says they are kings? The program had a bunch of interesting debunkings (if that is a word lol.) And it even used the stars they followed, timeline, etc to calculate when the birth would have really been. April I believe.

    Non fiction is often as facinating (or even more so) than fiction!

  119. Thanks a lot!
    ?Livi

  120. wow – I had no idea Amber Benson was an author as well as an actress – I look forward to reading her

  121. Amber — Eeep! Sorry. MC is main character. I get so used to using short hand on book sites and blogs that I forget to use real words!

  122. Hi – Thanks for the interview. One question….If you had to pick one character from any of your books to spend the rest of your life with, who would you choose and why?

  123. Hi Amber!!! Not that you are not busy enough, but do you see yourself doing any more singing…movies/tv/theater? I LOVE the musical Buffy episode. You have an amazing voice. Also, are you doing a bigger book tour? It would be great if you could make it to the mid-west. Its getting warmer, so we are defrosting here in Indiana. :)

  124. Amber, you love the Greek stuff; how much have you dipped into other mythologies? Are you going to stick with the Graeco-Roman (she says with some ignorance) or have considered touches from other mythos? There are some interesting Deaths out there.

    Believe me, you want me to sit on my not-so-inner fangirl. I ran a BTVS game (role-playing game, published by Eden Studios), for goodness sakes. I can gush like a broken water main.

    Biblioholics, unite! They can only take away our bookshelves, not our books.

  125. Amber, great interview, gives some good insight. Seems you have accomplished so much and always on the move. Loved watching you on Buffy. So cool that you worked James Marsters on Buffy and later after the show, I think he’s great. Death’s Daughter sounds different, in a good way, very interested in reading it.

  126. For the contest, I have added you and Amber Benson as my friends on twitter and I have asked a question here!

  127. I love that you are an author. How fantastic is that.
    Congrats! The premise is fantastic :D
    Can you tell I like the word fantastic? :D LOL

  128. Great interview, Amber! I came late to Joseph Campbell but love his take on myths, and the world in general. I’m also a research junkie.
    Congrats on your release! Sounds intriguing.

  129. Hi Amber! Wow so many people came by for this interview! My question is: If you could have one paranormal ability what would it be and why that power?

  130. Hello Amber,
    During your acting career did you ever meet a guy named Ty Arnold? He’s usually an associate producer or some such title.
    I’m familiar with Joseph Campbell. My Mom has several of his books and they are very interesting.
    It’s nice to “meet” you here on the BBB blog. I hope I’m one of the lucky three who win your book. You’re a new author for me.
    I invited some friends but I can’t guarentee
    their safety. LOL!

    D :-)=

  131. Hi Amber!

    Welcome to Bitten By Books. I hope you feel thoroughly welcomed and like us so much that you’ll come back later for more interviews and what not!

    I enjoyed you on Buffy and am so glad you were introduced to the paranormal world in books. Charlaine is awesome.

    Sorry I didn’t get to this sooner. I just got home from an ultrasound and found out the hubs and I are having another little boy. :)But anyway, my question is:

    What’s your guilty pleasure? LoL

  132. Hi Amber,
    Thanks for the new book! I am looking forward to reading it. I’ve really enjoyed the Ghosts of Albion – and I agree on the “University of Christopher Golden”. I would like to know if you will be doing any other films like ‘Chance’?

  133. I am know following Amber on Twitter, you on myspace, and Amber on Facebook. Thanks.

  134. Joe aka AmberAddict

    Hi Amber

    First of all I love Death

  135. Just ordered Amber’s book from amazon! Can’t wait to read it. I posted the link on my FB page again. :)

  136. JUst ordered another book through the amazon link. I hope I’m not too late for more entries!

  137. Daniel: I love Shadowplay and the first Ghosts of Albion web series Chris and I did for the BBC.

    Hey Carol :) I do enjoy fan conventions! I thought it would be easier going as an author, but I got slammed at NYCC this year.

    Michelle, I would love to live in Venice, Italy. And I’ve definitely zipped a boob into a sweater more than once.

    Andrea: No more veggie :(

    Donna S: Thorne Smith was very influential for Death’s Daughter, as well as Neil Gaiman. Both authors I read for pleasure. Just read The Graveyard Book. So fantastic.

    Lexee: I love detective fiction to read and fantasy to write :)

    Alana Abbott, I had to have a friend explain it to me last nite at dinner! :)

    DeeAnn S: Definitely Runt. Everyone needs a Hellhound pup in their life.

    Heather: No singing plans, other than tomorrow AM in the shower.

    Sewicked: The second book is all Egyptian mythology :)

    Natasha A.: I like the word fantabulous :)

    RachaelfromNJ: The ability to know when my eggs are done. I’m always burning the bottom of the pan!

    Lyda: Congrats on the baby! :) My guilty pleausure…hmm…french fries with mayo.

    Shelley H.: I just finished co-directing a film called DRONES. And it’s really good!

    Joe aka AmberAddict: Not a silly question at all. There will be closure in the 3rd book, but I will definitely leave it open for more books in that universe.

    THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR A WONDERFUL 24 hour INTERVIEW! amber :)

  138. And the winners of the contest are:

    Heather C.
    Sandy
    Andrea

    Congrats ladies, you have been notified via email. :)

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