Interview with Zoe Ambler

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King
Anne Rice
Mira Grant
Stephen Knight
wow...loads more...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Who said I ever go to bed to begin with? >.>
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Online gaming, Movie and series marathons, sketching, being bullied by my cat.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth and friends suggestions really.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a defined process. My mind never jot everything down, from there I expand. I have all the time in the world, and no, I don't sleep. I start with the main character, who and what they are, the setting, time period and general direction I would like to see it go. Then I expand. More characters, research if needed, sub-plots or twists. Then I expand more. I rarely get 'writers-block', but when I do, I open one of my other unfinished stories to see if the change of scenery gets things moving again. And...~gasps~...sometimes I don't sit at my desk! I go to my local coffee shop, I walk, I cook. Oh, and I keep a writing journal and goal book. I track my progress. Lists. I love lists.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Flowers for Algernon. This book moved me so much as such a young age. I read it now and again, because its so wonderfully written and so poignant. You love it, you hate it. It brings you to tears. The impact? It opened my eyes to differing styles of writing. Narratives and whatnot. From there, I fell in love with books.
How do you approach cover design?
I look for something appealing. The cover should convey a glimpse into the story. A visual teaser.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Stand, by Stephen King. Why? Its just brilliant!
2. It, by Stephen King. Why? Another piece of brilliance, and loads of scare.
3. The Vampire Chronicles, by Anne Rice. Why? Vampires, I love them. The different styles and takes on them, their immortal struggles and captivating characters and their personalities.
4. The Feed Trilogy, by Mira Grant. Why? Zombies, politics, thrills, has it all. Did I mention zombies?
5. Area 187 Almost Hell, by Eric R. Lowther. Why? ZOMBIES!
What do you read for pleasure?
I love a variety of subject matter. Vampires, zombie, apocalyptic, supernatural/paranormal; but I also love great non-fiction as well. Generation Kill, Mop Men, Aftermath Inc., just to name a few.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle.

To be quite honest, when I find a book I truly love, of course I read it on my Kindle, but then I buy the actual book.
There's just something about having the actual book.
Describe your desk
Wow...lets see. One big 33" monitor directly in front of me, one big 25" monitor just to the right of that. A cat continually on my right, on my 'mouse arm', or trying to lay on the keyboard. Noveling notebook, Post-its, pens, tape, books in the cubbies over-head. Coffee to the right, behind the cat giving me the stink eye.
Should I describe my other desk on the other side of the room?
When did you first start writing?
I never thought of actually writing until late in life. I've always been an avid reader and artist. I love sketching and whatnot. It wasn't until later that I discovered 'hey, I'm pretty good at this writing stuff!'. It started off with 'fan-fiction', now mostly vampire, but a little demon, and a couple erotica stories...okay, maybe more than a couple, and they aren't about vampires! Gasp!
What's the story behind your latest book?
A female vampires journey through the centuries, embracing her inner darkness and her unusual fixation on the wars of man. Its a unique perspective on the historical wars over the centuries and how they have evolved, all from the eyes of a little vampire with a taste for voodoo.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In short, family and friends. They are my support and confidence. They keep saying 'publish that!'.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have too much time and creativity in my little head, words just flow. I love taking an idea and expanding on it, evolving it, adding new things, new places.
What are you working on next?
Book Two, to conclude the events in Book One. Then a whole new story, or ten.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a simple fan-fiction on, in its early days. Back when you had to wait on your internet connection through a phone line listening to that horrid squawking and squealing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Coming from a military family, we moved quite a bit, but the South (USA) is home. Many of my stories play into the South, or the characters are Southern. The charm, manners and dramatics of Southerners is endearing. I also have a love for Germany, so that will pop up in some of my other stories later on down the line.
Published 2014-10-06.
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