Welcome Zoe Ambler to Author Spotlight Interviews!
Zoe Ambler is 44 years old and broke through into writing by way of role-play gaming, which she still loves to this day. She has traveled the world, being a ‘military brat’, but always finds her way back home. Her hobbies include sketching, playing violin (badly), collecting oddities and office supplies. Zoe is often found spoiling her fat cat, obsessing over coffee and the coming zombie apocalypse.
Where are you from? Enterprise, Alabama
What inspired you to write your first book? I’ve been writing for a long time now. It started with Role-play gaming writing. Then I took some of those stories and elaborated on them. My friends and family have seen some over the years and were constantly saying ‘publish that’. You don’t want to come under the wrath of my mother. 🙂 That is so cool, I’ve always wanted to get into RPG or LARPing but never gone and tried it.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have about 15 books. Some are in the horror genre, most are erotica…some are both. 🙂 . ‘The Road of Darkness’ and ‘The Path of Redemption’ are looking to be my favorites. I’ve babied and nurtured them along.
What are your current projects? ‘The Path of Redemption’, the continued story of Addison and ‘The Road of Darkness’. “The Road of Darkness is about Addison, just out of her teens in early seventeenth century Louisiana, is the victim of a vampire attack. She is turned. Unlike most, she embraces it rather than fight it. Over her long years, she watches mortal man and their ways, fascinated with the evolution of their conflicts. Moving from country to country, war to war, immersed in the bloodshed and destruction. The road of darkness is a bitter one. From a deal gone bad with the Voodoo demi-god Baron Samedi to encounters with other supernatural beings. Time brings her heartbreaking loss of would-be love and few triumphs. The darkness grows. At the peak of her self destruction in a war torn desert she meets a Slayer bent on saving her rather than destroy her. Sounds Awesome!
What books have most influenced your life most? Oh, wow. There are so many books, I can’t pick just one. I love all genres as well. The horror genre is my favorite thought. Stephen King, Anne Rice, Mira Grant, Eric R Lowther to name a few.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always been a huge book lover. Fiction and non-fiction. And then I discovered RPGs and found that I had a real talent for crafting a tale.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? That we all have a bit of darkness within us. It’s up to us as individuals to either fight it, or embrace it. Embrace it! It’s the fun side.
What book are you reading now? Sadly I’m not reading anything at the moment. I’m busy promoting, making new friends, and getting book two in the series completed. I’ve also become a blog stalker….lol
What is your preferred medium of writing? MSWord on my PC or laptop. However, I always keep a little notebook with me for jotting down random ideas when they strike me.
Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I have made a ton of mistakes. I totally ‘pantsed’ this first book. And I know so little about social media and using it to my advantage…but I’m learning. And there have been so many people out there helping me along the way.
Do you ever experience writer’s block? Writers block is a rare occurrence for me. When I get stumped, I close what I’m doing to keep myself from getting aggravated. I open something else. I usually have 10 – 15 different books in progress. Same here.
What is one random thing about you? I am really looking forward to the zombie apocalypse. I don’t care what science says..it could happen. ;] I’m on your team when the time comes! lol
What is your favorite motivational phrase? If you can’t blind them with brilliance, baffle them with bullsh*t. >_>
What is your favorite book and why? Ugh! I have so many! Anything from Stephen King, especially ‘The Stand.’ That is so epic. Eric R Lowthers ‘Area 187: Almost Hell’. If you like zombies, it is worth the time. Same with Mira Grants ‘Feed’ trilogy. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked. And Anne Rice. Her vampires are beautiful and deadly, just lovely.
What is your favorite quote? ‘Death is the Road to Awe’, from the movie The Fountain.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Stephen Kings, The Stand
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Research. A lot of my writing takes place in different times throughout history and then there are other factors like Voodoo and Voodoun. I want to be sure I’m accurate, but research can be tedious. So true.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Netflix binges. I love to sit down and watch a series from beginning to end. Of course, I get no sleep. I also love Text-based RPG games. It keeps me writing, and gives me a different take on writing since you are writing with others.
What does your writing process look like?
Like a box of squirrels. Really, I’m pretty erratic. I do chronicle everything, however. How many words I’ve written for the day, new twists I could add, etc..
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I talk things out with my cat. And answer for her. Sometimes we argue. >_> Animals can be a big help…even if they are wrong sometimes.
How important are names to you in your books?
Very. I don’t just slap names on my characters. I give a lot of thought to naming them according to their personalities.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad? I do read them. I haven’t gotten many yet, but most have been positive. I wouldn’t comment on them though. That would make me feel…narcissistic? As for negative or bad reviews…it’s all part and parcel of the package. It hurts, but we have to pretty much suck it up. We can’t please everyone’s expectations.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? Keeping the folklore fresh, and giving it my own twist. I took a bit from here and there in different works and folklore to create something I hope is uniquely different.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Never give up and don’t let anyone tell you what you’re doing is silly or a waste of time. Put yourself out there, overcome the fear. You may not have a best seller, but you put it out there, for others to see. That takes courage.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Blog: http://zoeambler.com and http://zoeambler.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com Zoe Ambler@ZoeAmbler5
Lnkedin: LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/zoe-ambler/a3/34a/b9a/
Amazon Author Page: http://smile.amazon.com/Road-Darkness-Ambler-Zoe-ebook/dp/B00QZFBV6Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1420731493&sr=1-1
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-road-of-darkness-ambler-zoe/1120913816?ean=9780990870500
Also available in the iTunes store.