Interview with Ambro'Zia

Describe your desk
A lot, A LOT of Hello Kitty stuff.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've grown up in many different cities. I've gone to multiple elementary, middle, and high schools. It has helped because I have been able to incorporate knowledge of these areas and environments into my stories. All of my characters don't have to be from the same place, and I appreciate the ability to include such variety.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing in the second grade. My first memory is that there was a Halloween short story contest. I wrote a story about a kid who kept finding bugs in everything that he did that day. There was one part where he attempted to use the bathroom and there were worms in the toilet. I drew an illustration for my teacher and everything. I can't remember if I placed in that contest, but I still own the notebook I wrote the story in. I wasn't too bad of an artist as a child (lol).
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book (one that is not yet published and I'm still working on), okay check me out. There is a girl who is top of her tenth grade class, is an angel compared to her older sister, and is pretty and popular at her magnet school. She gets caught up in dealings that have been taking place in her neighborhood regarding an escort ring, and finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship with a college guy who is a just a bit too old for her. I came up with the plot with my high school years in mind. When you're a teen, friendships, self-image, and status among peers is so important. High school can basically encompass a teenager's entire world. I thought about how as a teen, we had this false sense of control and adulthood, because in this phase we're really modeling our actions and reactions around what we think an adult would do. But then what happens when you adult yourself into an impossible situation that you really can't handle because at the end of the day, you're still just a baby in the world, learning?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always aspired to become a prominent author, and if one day my path leads me down the road of becoming professionally published, then great! But, I do feel that with access to technology (e-readers, tablets, etc.) over-running the traditional need to get to a library in order to get a hold of a good book, the need to have a book printed on paper will become outdated. And with increasing electronic access to books, indie published books will take a precedence on the market that we've never before seen. I think it's already beginning to happen now. You may not find that much variety at a book swap, but search online and you just might find a gem written by an author in South Africa, etc. And very quickly and easily! So all in all, this was my long-winded way of saying, indie publishing is just more convenient! Besides, fulfillment as an author shouldn't rely on catching the attention of an official publishing house. If you love what you're doing, you're getting your work out, and receiving great feedback, then you're hitting the mark!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is just another vehicle I can use to distribute and display my projects to more eyes and imaginations! I am grateful for it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Recreating. Reliving. Immersing someone else mental into a place I've handcrafted. It's something like having a dream while you're asleep, but allowing others to plug in and envision the same things that you see. Having the power to do that with words is amazing, and I've appreciated every writer whose created that opportunity for me. Therefore one of my goals has been to write books and hear from the reader that I'd placed them inside a story that became real for them! I love to hear a reader tell me that they didn't want the story to end, or that they want me to create a book about a specific character just so they can look into/live as that character furthermore! That's simply awesome. It is truly a joy to know I've created a fictional person that real people meet, get to know, and can't get enough of.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are mostly friends of mine I've pushed my work onto over the years, and then some are people I've never met who've picked up on my work online. Feedback from them means so much to me. It serves as a compass to let me know if I've kept things realistic, exciting, suspenseful, or colorful enough. They let me know if a character is a bit too far-fetched, or if I've described a scene to their liking. They let me know what I need to pay more attention to or work on in more detail. Fans help an author create that much more creatively, if that makes sense. It's not as fun if I'm the only one who reads and enjoys something I've written. So fans are the best.
What are you working on next?
A whole lot of the same's hard to pick out just one. But I think I already gave fair insight into one of those projects in a previous question.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sistah Souljah, of course! I've read just about every EJD book out there, too, although I've kind of been slipping lately. I also think that Justin Cronin's "The Passage" trilogy is one of the best science fiction series I've EVER read. Stephen King is bomb, too, of course. Pure classics. Oh, and Anne Rice. That's old school.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food! I usually wake up hungry. I'm a little fatty cake. I think the PC term is "foodie". But seriously, I have to walk my dogs! If I don't get up in time they will wake me up at bedside. They don't play about that. So other than making sure they're settled and that I fill my empty stomach, I'm usually looking forward to taking on the day to find inspiration from anywhere. And also, to be a great wife (in case my husband reads this).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing a LOT of Sims 4.
Published 2017-08-16.
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Loving Keera
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 184,680. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
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