A native Arizonian, Amber Walter was born in Phoenix, educated in Arizona and continues to call the city home. Fascinated with the written word from early childhood, she was the kid that got scolded by teachers for “always having her nose in a book” rather than paying attention, doing assignments, standing quietly in line and even playing during recess.
“The entire process of bringing a story to life had me totally enthralled. I was addicted to the fantasy genre and authors like Tolkien, CS Lewis and Terry Brooks. I loved authors like Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Sartre, Camus, Steinbeck, Hemingway and others. And, quite honestly, books took me away from my present. Books allowed me to experience a better time and place than the one I was in.”
Viewed with this understanding, her future as an author seems to be not necessarily one of choice, but of an avocation that merged into a concentrated and sustained effort as she matured.
In college Walter studied abnormal and behavioral psychology while taking every available writing class offered. She wrote for the college newspaper, submitted and published articles for local magazines and, above all, wrote simply for own happiness.
After college she modeled for a short time and then began ghostwriting for private individuals as well as writing for numerous local and national companies. Walter wrote everything from corporate communications to How-To manuals. “Technical writing is a bit like taking the creative out of creative writing. Not very stimulating but it paid the bills” is how she describes this time – while openly acknowledging it was the utter boredom of technical writing that set her on a fully committed path to where she is today.
So began her midnight scribbling’s of the first of many rough drafts of her debut novel, The Three Year Lie – a “fictional” graphic memoir of her childhood between the ages of eleven to fifteen.
Just a little over a year later Walter, who has since admitted in television and radio interviews to being the Brooklynne Crown, the main character in her first novel, followed up with her second book, Ingrid’s Prison, the non-fictional prequel.
She is currently working on the final novel of the trilogy, A Precocious Life, intended as the sequel to The Three Year Lie.
In addition to her full time writing career Amber is a dedicated advocate for children and active with a myriad of organizations that work to protect children.
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