Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?
My latest book has not yet been released, but here is the blurb for it:
Alice Sheraton is slated to be executed as a witch; however, her father spares her. He sends her to Finight Hill, a safe house for witches. Here a Shadowman begins to pursue her, and from this Shadowman she learns she has been bound with a terrible fate since birth: either be a martyr to free witches from their misery, or choose to live knowing her existence will bring on more chaos.
So there will be a new main character in The Stars Are Infinite, the sequel to When Stars Die. Amelia is the protagonist in the first book, and her main goal is to protect the ones she loves. At every turn, the antagonists of this book are constantly threatening her, so she is always in a state of hypervigilance.
When Stars Die came out last October, and you can get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, Smashwords, and even order it from your local library, which several of my readers have done. (NOTE: This book is currently in the process of being re-released so you may not find it in all of these locations.)
Oh, goodness, it’s been so long, as I started the sequel first before When Stars Die. It started out as a simple dream of Amelia—she was different then—going around and killing all of my friends. Then somehow it evolved into so much more, where I wanted my witches to be different from the witches that currently exist in literature. The A Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy inspired me throughout, mostly through its writing style, dark story, and some details of Victorian life for a girl going to an elite finishing school. Everything else just sprang from this crazy mind of mine.
Are there any words you'd like to impart to fellow writers? Any advice?
For aspiring authors, I want you all to know that it IS great to be published, but don’t wish to be in the place of a published author. Wish to be in your own place as an aspiring author. It doesn’t get any easier once you’re published. It gets harder, especially because of sales. After your first book is published, it’s about sales and promotion. Keep writing, but sales and promotion become a crucial factor, ones you will wish that you don’t have to worry about. Published authors are still in the same boat as you, seeking new publishers, trying to hawk their wares, essentially. Being published once doesn’t guarantee publication ever again. Of course I’m having another book published, and then likely the third in the trilogy, and you should keep dreaming, but you also know NEED to know the realities of what happens afterward. If you’re trying to seek glory or fame, you’re in the wrong profession.
“Yet, even when stars die, they leave a lasting impact through their light, their diamond brilliance as they scatter their material to form new stars. When people die, they leave the same impact with the footprints they leave on people's hearts. Even the ones who feel insignificant go out, leaving behind dust that can nourish the world anew."
Amelia Gareth's brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims in the snowy city of Malva. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.
Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They're searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch's signature. The shadows are after witches.
Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?
Amber Skye Forbes is a dancing writer who prefers pointe shoes over street shoes, leotards over skirts, and ballet buns over hairstyles. She loves striped tights and bows, and will edit your face with a Sharpie if she doesn't like your attitude. She lives in Augusta, Georgia where she writes dark fiction that will one day put her in a psychiatric ward...again. But she doesn't care because her cat is a super hero who will break her out.