Amber Marshall


I’m a writer. I’ve been writing off and on most of my life but decided I wanted “to be a writer” by 12 years old. Ever since then I’ve been writing, taking writing classes (I got a bachelors in English at UNH), and steadily improving.

A couple years ago, my friend Kris and I started passing a story back and forth as a writing exercise. That story became our novel, The Trident of Merrow. You can find out more about that at our page, Tavern Tales from the Laughing Maggie. It’s out now in paperback and on Kindle. We’re planning on a few sequels eventually.

In the meantime, I’m still working on my own stuff. I have a novel, Negatives, still pre-publication, and I’m working on its sequel, Apertures (which has nothing to do with Portal, by the way). I also have some short stories and novellas I may release at least on the Kindle as inexpensive downloads. Stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, this space is just for me to go on mostly about my own writing (I’ll try and keep it to that) as opposed to my projects with Kris.

I mostly write and read young adult fiction and have a fascination with the supernatural, the occult, dystopias and post-apocalyptic worlds. I love romance but not romance novels. My vampires don’t sparkle, my boys are bad and angsty and golden-hearted and my heroines kick ass. My bookshelves are aching to the point where a Kindle is starting to look like a good idea.

I told a friend once when he asked what demographic my writing aims for: “I don’t aim, I just land.”

Besides Tavern Tales…, I’m on Twitter @talesofaquan, and on Goodreads and on Google+ (under the name Amber Sutton, my married name) so feel free to “encircle” me on the latter, or whatever we’re calling it now ;). I also recently opened a page on Diaspora so search for me there as well.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing pretty much since I learned to write. My sister and I used to take scrap paper and write and illustrate "books" that we then stapled together. My mom might still have some of them. It wasn't until sixth grade that I really started writing in earnest, though. My teacher had us write short stories using our vocabulary words, and I really got into that. Her encouragement and praise really set me on the path, I think. By the time I graduated grade school, I knew I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love when the words flow out just as easily as I can think them - I call it a "writergasm." When I sit down to the page and my fingers can hardly keep up, when the "translating" from mind to paper is flawless, that's the most satisfying thing.
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Where to find Amber Marshall online

Where to buy in print


The Price of Longing
Price: Free! Words: 9,930. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
A short story of 9700 words. A retelling of the Rapunzel story. When a witch claims a couple's newborn daughter in exchange for the father's trespass and theft, she finally has the daughter she's always wanted. As Rapunzel grows and matures, however, the witch finds that even with all her powers, she cannot keep her child from growing up.

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adaptation    fairy tale    female    folktale    magic    rapunzel    retelling classics    romance    witch