Author Interview: Amber Skye Forbes

Welcome to an interview with Amber Skye Forbes, author of When Stars Die, a young adult paranormal romance novel recently published by AEC Stellar Publishing.


Amber also has a blog at, where she writes about writing and publishing and also about mental illness, her own struggles, as well as others.

M:  Amber, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview and for coming here from your home in Georgia.  Please have a seat here on my couch and make yourself comfortable.

ASF: This couch is quite cozy. Feels like the one at my psychiatrist’s office, although I hope you’re not here to change my meds. (more…)

NaNoWriMo: Classic Novels Written in a Month

I so needed to read this [interesting] post!

Interesting Literature

Which classic novels were all written within a month? And which writer would take all his clothes off as a way of coping with writer’s block? We’re here to inspire you in your writing quest whether you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo or merely trying to complete (nay, perhaps start) a writing project.

This month, many people are taking part in NaNoWriMo, or ‘National Novel Writing Month’, which takes place every November. The idea is to write a novel – to start one if not to complete it – by writing 50,000 words across the month of November. Here at Interesting Literature we thought we’d offer some support for those undertaking NaNoWriMo by showing how even famous and established novelists have had to cope with writer’s block, deadlines, and writing quickly.

Douglas Adams memorably remarked, ‘I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.’…

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Inspirational posts now at the Rome Construction Crew’s new website!

Check out these two new inspirational posts–one by yours truly and the other by ever-thankful and always-awesome Pamela Beckford  Consider becoming a member of the RCC and share your story of inspiration and motivation!


Check it out! The RCC is back and it’s awesome 🙂

Writing and Fear (A Reblog of a Reblog of Sorts)

This morning I had the good fortune to come across this post from Dave at According to Dave.  He shares a post from a NaNoWriMo forum.  You can read the original post at, or go to Dave’s blog for the full text.  In short, the post is about a fear that many writers have:  the fear of being thought ridiculous.  Not unskilled, not inexperienced, but ridiculous as in your writing can be “laughed at, scorned, lampooned.”

I’m currently participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and am going through the usual “this novel is s**t” roadblock.  And I recognize the fear that the poster writes about, the fear that makes me question every page, every paragraph, every word I type.  I know I’ve written about this in other posts of mine and in comments about writing workshops and the like, but apparently it’s not a dead subject for me.

In a college-level workshop that I took about 20 years ago, one of my stories–the ending, specifically–was laughed at, mocked.  The mocking was led by the professor and I assume since he was known for getting young writers hooked up with agents and publishers, some students took his cue to impress him.  At least one student saw the devastation and humiliation writ large on my face and tried to comfort me later.  I’ll admit the ending was melodramatic and the story had a lot of problems overall.  But I’m not convinced it was necessary to humiliate me.

Ironically, my final story for that semester was one that the professor crowed about, to the point of introducing me to someone important (an agent, maybe?  a publisher?) at a writing conference.  If he was offering me an opportunity at that point, I missed it because I couldn’t reconcile his willingness to humiliate with his willingness to praise one and the same writer.  I remember standing in the room, between him and this important person, and being dumbstruck because I hadn’t anticipated his praise.  I had no 3-minute elevator pitch.  I had nothing.  I just smiled at him.  I might have said thank you. They walked away.  The important person was obviously unimpressed.

Although the wound still aches and I still fight the fear of being found unworthy, of being found a figure for ridicule, I also now feel unimpressed by the professor and his connections.  I realize that some of the dynamic in that workshop, in that whole writing program, was based largely on his influence, his power to anoint the next “golden boy” or “golden girl” writer.  It wasn’t to guide us into becoming better writers, but for him to find the diamonds in the rough and nurture them.  Like many in academia, professors seek out those students who make them look good.

Fortunately this professor was not my only access to guidance.  And I did learn a lot in his workshop, technically speaking.  It’s a sorry state to be past my mid-fifties and still coming to a near froth over that experience.  But it’s time to move on, to write my “ridiculous” novel, if that is what it is, to take a cue from a young woman who, although still afraid, “cannot shut [her] mouth from shouting the music that has swelled in [her] lungs.”

Not Too Old to Have a Debut Novel

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Not too old to have a debut novel

Tootsie Tuesday

Inspiring post from RunningtoHerDreams: “You can do anything you want to do. So set a goal and just keep putting one foot in front of the other, keep moving forward. It may, or may not take a while, but I promise you, you will reach that goal.”

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Tootsie Tuesday

This was on top of one of my favorite mountain trails. There is a bench atop the lookout and I decided to put my feet up and close my eyes for a moment to reflect. I was going to hit gym and the trail today, but I am still feeling pretty funky and depleted from not being able to eat much the last couple of days. So I am taking another day off to rest and recharge. Anyhow, back to the tootsies. I remember the first time I made it to the lookout after my heart stuff, I thought I was going to collapse. I felt amazing because I had actually made it. But a little anxious too, everything hurt and my legs didn’t feel like they wanted to hold me up anymore and I still had to get back down. Thoughts of having to be airlifted out of…

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The Seed of Light Award

seed-of-light-award1Many thanks to Jade Reyner for the lovely The Seed of Light Award.  I feel very honored to receive this from Jade, and am happy to pass it on to other bloggers who have inspired me.

To the others that I will pass this award to:  this simply is another way for me to say thank you.  There are no rules (as far as I can tell) to this award beyond passing it on, so enjoy and know how deeply you inspire me.

I suspect that both RunningFather and BusyMindThinking are well-known to those who follow my blog.  They both inspired me to write poetry, to reach and realize that some things, some ideas, some feelings are best expressed in poetic form, that a few lines can say much more a 500-page novel.

I am learning so much by following the publishing adventures and writing insights of Sarah Cradit, Shannon A Thompson and Victoria Grefer.  All three are wonderful young writers who freely share what they are learning as they follow the tortuous road of publishing (whether its traditional or self-publishing, either route seems tortuous ;))   They inspire me by their efforts and their generosity.



Keep the Boat You Were Given

The Writer’s Resource Center has a very special guest blogger today.  Lizzie is making her “passage through life dragging a diagnosis of bipolar along.”  Her post, Writing from the Boat, is an powerful testament to her inner courage and strength.  The boat metaphor comes from a scene in Jaws (one of my favorite movies), and Lizzie encourages all of us to accept the boat we’ve been given and ride the waves.  Click here to read her post.

Let a Newbie Stimulate Your Creativity

Sebastian Keller, guest blogger at the Writer’s Resource Center, has a stimulating post on using art to inspire one’s writing.  To keep inspiration alive, we must challenge the rules of our craft, which Sebastian admits is a lot easier for a newbie to do.  He encourages writers to “develop that magical perception. Everything is meaningful, everything is inspiring.”  Even a blank computer screen can be inspiring … hmmmm … I’ll have to think about that one.  But I take his point that even the most mundane circumstances, the most ordinary people can be vessels for inspiration.  So go and get inspired:  Read Sebastian’s full post by clicking here.

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