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Amber Stockton

Amber Stockton

Genres:
Historical
,
Romance
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning best-selling author, speaker, and virtual assistant who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Australian shepherd/retriever mix named Roxie. Her books also appear under the name "Amber Miller".
Q&A: Amber Stockton (Stealing Hearts)

Q&A: Amber Stockton (Stealing Hearts)

(January 2013)

"Where thieves break in and steal" is how the Bible describes this world. But, even if you are trying to store up riches in heaven, how do you handle being face-to-face with the thief who tried to take your earthly treasures? What if you had to face him every day? In author Amber Stockton's newest book, Stealing Hearts, that is exactly the predicament in which young Grace Braxton finds herself. Will she find it in her to forgive him? Will she learn to trust him before it's too late?

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION DRIVING THE STORY IN STEALING HEARTS?
This is book 2 in my latest Brandywine Brides series, and I had already established the connection between the 3 novels to be a family heirloom book that first appeared in Promises, Promises, book 1 in my Liberty’s Promise series. The book was read by the heroine of that story to the hero, and it was passed down through the generations. Along the way, however, it was lost, and the heroine in Bound by Grace (book 1 in Brandywine Brides) located it again. I needed a way for that book to play an integral role in the meeting of the hero and heroine of Stealing Hearts, and what better way than to have the hero steal it? So that’s what he did. But instead of making him a common thief, I actually had him come from a family of means and his theft be a one-time rash decision. The story that followed is the result of his mistake.

Q: HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH STORY TO WRITE?
Some authors plot out the tiniest details of their stories in an outline or detailed synopsis before they ever start typing or writing the first word of their novels. I tried that once, and it didn’t work. I felt blocked and restricted to the plot I’d developed. So, instead, I now jot down a basic summary with the primary points, then I start writing. The books I write come as a result of the characters taking the story and running with it. Stealing Hearts happened the same way. Secondary characters, dialogue, specific events, meetings, conversations ... none of them are planned to any extent. I put my two main characters into a situation and let them take the story where they wish. In the writing world, the official term is “intuitive” writing, though some also call it writing by the “seat of the pants.” I suppose that could be true, and it makes writing that much more fun!

Q: WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES FROM THE STORY WHERE YOU DREW ELEMENTS FROM REAL LIFE?
The family interactions contain quite a bit of truth in them, though the dynamics might not match my life exactly. My heroine (Grace), has an excellent relationship with her aunt and uncle (her parents were killed when she was a little girl) as well as her extended family. This is shown in her interactions and how often she seeks the counsel of her elders when facing difficult decisions. The same can be said of me, as I am very close to my own parents and siblings. I also have quite a temper and can be known for reacting instead of responding, so when Grace lets a few insults fly at Andrew, wounding him with her words, I regretfully admit that’s been me more times than I wish to count. Then again, my own personal experiences help me make scenes such as that more real.

Q: WHO IS THE CHARACTER IN THIS STORY WHO SURPRISED YOU MOST?
Without a doubt, Andrew, the hero. Because he began the story as a thief sentenced to serve time working for the Baxton family, I expected a great deal of humility and contrite behavior to be commonplace in his interactions. But it turned out he had quite a commanding presence and was a bit of a rascal too. His forthrightness and even confident demeanor ended up being some of the more enjoyable scenes to write ... especially when was able to put Grace in her place.

Q: WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
Book 3 in the series, Antique Dreams, releases in March, and I recently finished the galley proofs on that one. Galleys are the manuscript formatted exactly as it will appear in print, and it’s the author’s last chance to make any minor changes before a book goes to press. In October, I sold a trade-length novel to Abingdon Press, and it’s due in June, so I’m working on getting that one written. I’m also working on proposals for two other editors in the hopes of selling two more 3-book series’, but I can’t give any further details at this time. What I can say is one series is set in southwestern Colorado and one in Wyoming, both post-Civil War settings, and both containing a great deal of western flavor. Aside from that, I’ve had recent requests for two shorter novels to be adapted from novella-length stories, so those proposals will be my focus for completion by the end of January. In this business, you’re usually only as good as the next book you write, so you must stay writing at all times to keep the contracts coming. That’s not easy for me, with two little ones under the age of 4, but I do the best I can.
 
 

 

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