Interview with Amber St. Clare

What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad. I love it!!
Describe your desk
Which one?! My work spaces are everywhere, the front porch swing, the closet floor, the kitchen table, any place where I can work in quiet and not disturb anyone else who is trying to sleep or what the weather is like. My idea space would be a nice room in a old house of all windows where I could have a nice big flat surface on which to work and have my notes spread over it with a nice cool breeze coming in the window. Maybe some day.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in midtown Kasnas City and I miss it very much. I moved to the small town where my husband is from and that has more greatly influenced my writing as several of my stories take place in small towns. I found it fascinating how people act in small towns though my personality does not quite jive with theirs, as is apparent in several books.
When did you first start writing?
I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing. Ever since I was a little kid I would make stories up in my head. For a very long time I did not have the confidence to share them. For many years I would write them (by hand mostly back in those days) and then after they were done I read back thru and didn't think they were very good so I would throw them away. However many teachers did comment on my creative writing so I think somewhere in my mind I knew my writing had merit.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have always been really intruiged by the storyline of "starting over." When I took classes at UMKC I took them at night and there would be people in their fifties who were coming back to get a degree and I thought that was awesome, the idea that it's never to late to get what you want in life.
So the idea of picking up and walking away from a life you don't like, especially one that becomes a real issue of safety. But I felt the story had been told before and there was nothing new I could bring to it. That was until I considered the amount of people who probably feel the same way - wanting to reinvent your own life when you're not satisfied in the one you are living. The story took several turns from there as far as how closely it began to mirror my own life, which I had not intended, but I felt that it was something many people could relate to, the idea of starting over, having a fulfilling job, and most of all - being truly in love.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I can't stop writing. There are periods when I've tried and I just can't get it off my mind. I have to write a story to get it out of my system and I don't feel relief until I do. I've spent so much of my life writing and thinking how great it would be if people saw in my work what I hoped could be there. I finally decided I was tried of dreaming and wanted to try some "doing."
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone reads it and says, "I get it." Just that idea that they connect and even more so when they feel good about what Iwrote, not just entertained but that it touched them in some way, hopefully a postive way!
What do your fans mean to you?
Well if I get any then I would have to say everything. It's not much use being an author if no one's reading it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to cook/bake and try all sorts of new foods. I enjoy sewing vintage styled clothes though I often find the process frustrating. I love to do work with my hands, make things - like sewing but I like to finding older things that have lost their purpose and with some sanding, staining, painting, revamping come up with a repurposed item that's fun and unique.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I usually only communicate stories comfortably by writing, I'm not an audible story teller - I just can't think that way. However the first story that pops in my mind was when I went to preschool and came home to tell my family all about my classmate Sissorslegs. She was a naughty girl that Sissors legs and ALWAYS got into trouble. Apparenlty I was so convingnig at my tales of her that my mom and sister actually asked the teacher about this apparition. Looking back I found it intersting that the only imaginary person in my life was a scapegoat.
What is your writing process?
Notes. Lots and lots of napkins, sticky notes, scrap paper, texts to myself. I used to start out with storylines but while I wrote I found I would go in a new directrion so I just abandoned that. I think of an idea, consider if it has merit or something unique about it. If the story has been told many times then I don't feel like pursuing it, it has to be unique or something I feel that "pull" to. Sometimes I will file away the idea if it only has a little bit of interest to me and see if more develops. If it does I'll go back and start to mull it over more and then begin to write it, and thus starts the series of post its and texts to myself.
Published 2013-10-30.
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