Friday, July 16, 2010

Feature Friday: Author Interview (3) & Giveaway

Amber Riley

Amber Riley grew up in a small town in Central New York and is still proud to call it home. She was raised by her grandparents, who constantly encouraged her creativity. In her spare time, Amber loves to cuddle up with her cats to read a good book, or spend time with friends and family. She hates the heat, and waits all year for the snow to fall. The Flash of a Firefly is her debut novel and the first in a trilogy.
The Flash of a Firefly:

Trying to put his past behind him, Kaden moves to New York City where he creates a new life for himself. And that isn't easy, considering the fact that he's a six-hundred-year-old vampire who hasn't fed on a human in more than a century. Unfortunately, the past isn't something you can always escape from. When old enemies resurface, they come with a message. His master wants him back and refusing isn't an option. Confronted with losing both his freedom, as well as the human that has captivated him, Kaden struggles to hold onto his humanity while controlling his darker side. He knows the showdown is inevitable. He must find a way to stand his ground.


Q: Many readers may not have heard of The Flash of a Firefly, can you tell us about it?
A: Sure. The main character, Kaden, is a vampire with a very violent past. He moved to NYC to start over after learning he had been lied to for centuries. Just as he gets comfortable, the master vampire decides that he wants him back. He has to struggle to keep his freedom and hold onto his humanity, which he is just rediscovering.

Q: I love the fact that you chose to go with the dark vampire story rather than the "I love you" vampire. Why did you go with the darker vampires rather than "love"?
A: For me, it’s part of their attraction. Many of the new vampire novels are straying so far from the original myth. I wanted to write something that stayed true to the real thing, but with a new perspective.

Q: In YA fiction, there seems to be a trend of vampire fiction. What sets your book apart from the rest?
A: The vampires in my novel are relatable. They aren’t love stuck teens, but are dealing with deeper issues. They all have their flaws which makes them surprisingly human.

Q: The Flash of a Firefly is an interesting title. Where does that come from and did you come up with it?
A: It actually comes from a quote I found. “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” – Crowfoot. It has a dual meaning for my novel. One being that, to immortals, a human life is just a blip on the radar. The second, I will leave for the readers to discover.

Q: In writing, what is your most/least enjoyable topics to write?
A:The most enjoyable is fantasy because it lets your imagination run free. I don’t really dislike writing a specific topic as long as I have the inspiration.

Q: Setting is a huge part in placing a book somewhere that the readers can relate. What made you choose New York City as a setting for this book?
A: It’s The City That Never Sleeps, which seemed fitting. It’s such a diverse and populated city that it was easy for the vampires to blend in.

Q: Every great book involves tension and conflict. What is it about your book that will compel others to want to pick it up and not put it down until it's finished?
A: My novel gives a fresh feel to an old topic. The story is told from Kaden’s point of view so the reader gets to feel what he feels. He really takes you along for the ride.

Q: Coming from a readers perspective, I enjoy meeting authors and learning the story behind their works. What is it that you love about meeting your readers?
A: I love their enthusiasm. It’s a great feeling to know that they got attached to the characters I created and were rooting for them.

Q: F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, "The reason one writes isn't the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say." Why do you write and what is it that you love about writing?
A: Writing lets you go anywhere, and do anything. I love to see the characters grow and interact with each other.

Q: Writing is a difficult industry to enter and go forward in. How long did it take for you to get in and why did you want to do it in the first place?
A: It took awhile, actually. I researched how I wanted to go about breaking into the industry for a long time before going forward. Writing is my passion, so there was never a doubt about wanting to go for it. I want to share the stories I write with people who love to read.

Q: Other than writing, what do you enjoy doing?
A: I love to travel. I’ve visited four other countries, as well as multiple U.S. states, so far. I also love to snowboard in the winter.

Q: "Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration" (Edison). We all know that writing take work, but what inspires you to write?
A: My characters. I love to see where they go and what adventure they’ll take me on.

Q: What was the first book you read that made you think "I want to do this [write a book]"?
A: For my 2nd birthday, my aunt gave me a copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I heard the stories over and over again before bed every night. I grew up wanting to enchant people with a story, just like the fairy tales did to me as a child.

Q: Are there any authors that have really inspired you to write? How did they inspire you?
A: J.K. Rowling. She was writing on napkins and now she’s an international phenomenon. It’s very inspiring.

Q: In closing, what can you tell us about what you are working on next?
A: I’m working on The Well of Truth, which is the second book in the Kindred Blood series. It picks up about a week after The Flash of a Firefly ends. I can’t say much without giving anything away, but I hope to have it available within the year. The Flash of a Firefly ends with a cliffhanger, so I don’t want to keep my fans in suspense too long.

I want to give a big thanks to Amber for doing this interview for me. I love meeting new authors and supporting them and their debut novel! It thrills me more than anything to see Amber's book published and on the shelves for the world to see! And in honor of her and her book, I am giving away a copy of The Flash of a Firefly courtesy of Amber! To enter, just leave a comment telling me your favorite vampire novel or series and why you love it. Don't forget to leave your email address! There will be no +1 for sharing this giveaway but I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks for following and show Amber some love by following her @AmberR_Riley  on Twitter. You can also follow her blog here. Contest ends 7/30.

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  1. Well, I have so many vampire series that I love, but I think that the bests are Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward and Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
    And the reason is simply that I like the way that they talk about vampires and that all the books are awesome! =D

  2. whoops, my email is

  3. I like Twilight because of the chemistry between Bella and Edward.

  4. Great interview! My favorite vampire novel would have to be The Vampire Lestat by Anne delicious and scary!

  5. Sounds like a great novel! My current favorite vamp series is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and I'm looking forward to its conclusion with the final book in December.

    ahoffman1979 at gmail dot com

  6. And I would so love to win the giveaway! Thank you so much :)

  7. I haven't read many vampire books. So I have to say that my favorite vampire series among the ones I have read is obviously the Twilight series. Cliche I know. Though there are certain things I didn't like about the book,I must say the execution of the story was wonderful! And personally,I love Jacob :P

  8. i love Vampire Academy! It has everything I want in a good book: adventure, romance, great characters!


  9. Thanks for the interview / contest
    my fav vampire series is The Chronicles of Vladmir Tod by Heather Brewer because its different from all the other vampire books Vlad is a half vampire and there is no heavy romance like most of the vampire books i have read, its more action. it is one of my favorite series

  10. I haven't yet found a vampire-centric series to love, but the vampires in Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series are pretty dang great.


  11. Opps. Forget my email!

  12. Great interview! The series sounds very good. Although I am a lover of the vamoire "love". I love the Vampire Academy Series. It's romantci and interesting and it's great to learn about another world. The main character is great and the books have alot of action!

  13. Great interview. I absolutely love vampire books and definitely will be getting this one to read.
    So far my favorite vamp book would be the Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost.
    I love how the main character isn't the typical vampire, but half vampire with a beating heart. Even though there is romance between her and the lovely's also actioned backed withe zombies and what not.

  14. I adore the Vampire Diaries, it is my guilty pleasure :) It is something I do not tell alot of people about because I am utterly embarresed that I watch it LOL but it is so romantic :)

  15. Oh so happy to find your blog! It's always good to see guys blogging. My favorite Vampire novel? That's a hard one but I adore Anne Rice's "Interview With A Vampire."

    Great giveaway and so nice to read about a new to me author!

  16. I love Twilight, I love a great vampire book with some romance. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Debbie D

  17. I have many series I like but I'd have to pick Lara Adrian's Breed series. She has a different breed of vampire. Very good Paranormal Romance series. I do read YA and your series sounds really good...looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the contest.

  18. I think my favorite vampire series (so far) is Evernight by Claudia Gray. For me characters are the most important part of a book and I definitely connected with Gray's.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
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  19. My favorite is The Twilight Saga books because besides the awesome story, they are the first books that have ever affected me in any way, every since i read them i have not stopped reading since - i cannot go to sleep without reading first now. I NEVER used to read at all now i love it.

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  20. My favorite would have to be Vampire Academy or Vampire Diaries.. I simply loved the writing and I connected with the characters and fell in love.

  21. I love the Twilight series. I love the romance and chemistry between Edward and Bella. I love how the book draws you and keeps you in the story. I couldn't put any of the books down. Please enter me in contest. Thank you.

  22. My favorite vamp novel is probably Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost--it's urban fantasy, so it's got plenty of action and not too much anguish.

    Great interview, Amber!


  23. (Nice interview! I just had to say that her quote regarding the origin of the title is made of win!)

    My favorite vampire series... There are so many nowadays, it’s hard to pick. Does “House of Night” count? It’s my current guilty pleasure. I breezed through the first seven books in 4 days and am [very] impatiently awaiting the next! The concept of vampyre finishing school was what reeled me in initially. What kept me? The romance, and the underlying hints of a possibly bigger plot. The former actually drove me crazy – the love quadrangle made me NUTS. I’m a total Stark fan, though. The latter somewhat disappointed me, because it moved away from the finishing school concept into another entire “world”. I love the characters (Stevie Rae’s, mostly), although I was a little put off by everyone being “gorgeous”. But still, it remains my favorite. House of Night became my most quotable book for a while.

    If that doesn’t count, I’ll have to sayyyy... The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith. I’ll admit that I was initially drawn in by the TV series, and I went crazy when the series stopped at 10 (before continuing earlier this year) so I began to read the books, and have preferred them ever since. I loved the relationships Elena had with Stefan, and even Damon. The only pet peeve I had was I had no sense of time while I was reading it.

    Anyway. I left two entries just in case my House of Night one wasn’t applicable.


  24. My fave vampire novel of all times is Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles) by Anne Rice.
    Why? It's the most fascinating vision on vampire myth, how the immortality temptation can be alluring and dangerous at the same time, leading only to loneliness.

    Fantastic interview! Can't wait to read The Flash of a Firefly!

  25. I enjoy the vampire academy series. I also have enjoyed the vampire diaries - for damon only. Elena drives me crazy.

    Flash of a firefly will be a nice change for the vampire story. (I enjoy a good inner struggle)

    I added your contest to my sidebar and would like to be entered to win.
    Thanks for the giveaway and interview.

  26. I am always up for a new vampire book. Thanks for the suggestion.
    follower :)

  27. My favorite vampire series is Brian Lumley's Necroscope. It's like Anne Rice on crack.

  28. Hmm. I read quite a many novels that have vampires in them, but I don't think that I have yet found a favorite vampire-centric series.. Well, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series has vampires and I absolutely love that series. My reasons to love any book are compelling characters, interesting plot and fascinating world.

    musmekipi at gmail dot com

  29. I loved "Sucks to Be Me" by Kimberly Pauley. It was light, fun, and Kimberly is releasing a sequel too.

    Thanks for the contest.


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