Happy Monday morning, folks! Today I'm happy to introduce special guest Amber Leigh Williams, celebrating her recent May release SUMMER'S HOPE.
Amber, welcome to Happy Endings, where we love happily ever afters. What inspired you to write romance? What romantic genre do you write?
I always gravitated toward happy endings, even before I discovered that there was a whole genre dedicated to them. I read my first romance at fourteen, Nora Roberts’ Carnal Innocence. Needless to say, I was hooked for life.
I write a little bit of everything. My debut novel is a romantic adventure. I’ve published a romantic suspense, a western romance novella going to print in an anthology this summer, and I just celebrated the launch of my contemporary romance, A Summer’s Hope, on May 27!
Congratulations on your new release! For everyone, here is the blurb for this new book:
Briar has spent half her life upholding the family business. As another summer rolls around, it looks like her luck is running dry and she’s dangerously close to losing the only thing that matters, Hanna’s Inn, her late mother’s bed and breakfast. Amidst deep financial difficulty, a shaky relationship with her estranged father, and a non-existent social life, hope is all she has left.
Enter Cole, a new guest at Hanna’s. Fresh from the turmoil of a bitter divorce and haunted by his mistakes, he’s desperate for escape. In a matter of weeks he captures the lonely innkeeper’s heart and together they discover a passion as hot as the southern sun and as unstoppable as the bay tide.
Do they dare trust this wellspring of hope they’ve found in each other’s arms?
What is your biggest challenge as a writer?
Juggling all the stories in my head, by far. There are just so many in there. I’ve completed nineteen romances, but for every novel that I finish I have three more concepts to choose from if I don’t have another WIP lined up immediately after. I wish I was one of those people who could write more than one at a time, but no way! I’ve tried it! It’s crazy!
On the flipside, what is the one thing that gets you most giddy as a writer?
When I sit down and can write for hours without interruption and be truly satisfied with what I’ve done when I walk away from the computer later on. That sense that I’ve done my job for the day…there’s nothing better. Okay, five star reviews feel good, too. Really good!
If you could possess the body of a historical person for 24 hours, who would it be, when would you choose to do it (in their time), and what would you do?
Elizabeth Bennet. I know she’s fictional, but come on: a day with Mr. Darcy? What’s better than that? I’d probably choose the day he first tells her he loves her. That conversation would’ve gone a heck of lot differently. And, he-he, it probably would’ve defied convention. Glad Mr. and Mrs. Collins conveniently decided to go on an outing 🙂
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and would you use it for good or evil (or totally selfish personal gain for at least 24 hours)?
You mean, besides the power to summon my muse at will? Hm…probably teleportation. I’m terrified of flying. You’d have to tranquilize me to get me on a plane. But I still dream of seeing Europe one day. With teleportation on my side, I could wiggle my nose and voila! I’m in Paris! Squeeee!
What did you want to be (when you grew up) at the age of 6? 13? 20? Now?
At the age of six, I wanted to be Ariel, the Little Mermaid. My parents couldn’t get me out of the pool and I spent quite a few years wishing I were red-headed. At 13, I wanted to be a marine scientist and work at Sea World so I could work with the whales, the dolphins, and the penguins. (Just leave out of sharks! Eek!) At 20, I wanted to be exactly what I am now. I’d just begun to write fulltime and fulfill my dream of writing romance for the rest of my life. My hubby’s a heck of a support system!
If they made a Made For TV movie of your life, who would you want to play you? Would this be a comedy? A tragedy?
It’d take place in my head because my imagination would make much better television than my real life. I don’t know anyone who wants to watch Amber tap it out on the Toshiba all day, LOL. A new love story would air every week! Right now you could tune into a dark paranormal romance featuring a shape-shifter and a psychic. It’s just starting to heat up too so don’t forget the popcorn!
If you could become the heroine in a favorite book, which book would it be and how hunky is your hero?
I dream of being one of those tough, kick-butt heroines. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished I was more like Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s In Death series. And Roarke? Rrrrrr! That’s some definite man candy!
Okay, next question: I’m sending you on a date with the hero character from ANY romantic entertainment – book, movie, TV show. Who would you want to go on the date with and what would you do (err, PG rated)?
Okay, as much as I love Roarke, I’m going to have to betray him for John Matthew from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. We could be fighting lessers for all I care…as long as he’s looking at me the way he looks at his female, Xhex. Yoohoo! John, I’m over HERE, honey!
Because this IS Happy Endings, I have to ask: What is your favorite fictional romantic happy endings — either from a book, a movie or TV show. Why that one?
I’ve read a lot of great happy endings. I’m split down the middle. First I’d go with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. No matter how many times I read that book or watch the movie, I still get ridiculously giddy and weepy at the end. My hubby thinks I’m nuts!
I’m also going to go with Eve Dallas and Roarke again. No matter how many books there are in the series, no matter how many serial killers or marital spouts are between the beginning and the end of each book, I know at the end of the day that Eve and Roarke are going to be together forever always. And that just makes the reading experience all the more enjoyable! And, sorry hubby, but any excuse to dream about Roarke at the end of the day… Sign Me Up!
Roarke is dreamy beyond belief! In fact, a few friends and I have a long standing argument about who would play Roarke in a TV show or movie. We've yet to come up with ONE single actor that all four of us can agree on. Any suggestions here? Thank you for sharing with us, and I look forward to reading SUMMER'S HOPE.
Be sure to visit Amber's website at: http://www.amberleighwilliams.com
Or hop right over to The Wild Rose Press to get a copy of SUMMER'S HOPE: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/a-summers-hope-p-1255.html
And for today, we'll leave you with her book video: