Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Author Interview: Amber Stokes

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Amber Stokes, author of (among other books) the newly-released How a Star Falls. (Bonus: There's more info about the book and the author and even a giveaway at the end!)



What first inspired How a Star Falls?

It was a little impression of an idea—my “star story” that would explore a community of stars personified and follow one star’s journey to earth. But you could say the inspiration behind How a Star Falls as it actually turned out to be (a new-adult contemporary romance novella) came from a combination of my life experiences after college (living at home for two years and moving out for the first time this past summer) and a love for my home county (and dancing). I think it ended up being a way for me to express my feelings from the life transtion and to spend some time remembering things I love about where I grew up.

What are your ‘author quirks’?

Well, I ended up returning to my journal when I first started writing this novella. (I used to write more story scenes by hand when I was in high school, but I’ve become a computer fiend of late.) I didn’t write out the whole story with my pen, as it eventually became faster to straight-out type, but it helped to get the story flowing by avoiding the Internet a bit more and taking advantage of the lunch hour at work.

But none of that really lists any real quirks, does it? I’d say one of my author quirks is incorporating music into my writing process. Singing and/or dancing to certain songs helps me to more deeply feel my characters’ emotions and get into their frames of mind—and it especially helps when I actually include dancing scenes like the ones in How a Star Falls. :)

What do you most want your readers to know?

I want them to know they’re not alone in their frustrations and longings. I want them to be reminded of hope and happiness, even in the midst of those difficult feelings.

About the Book

Sweet NA Contemporary Romance Novella


How does a star fall?
Quickly. Completely. Unexpectedly.

Derrick Knolane escapes to Trinidad Head most evenings, avoiding his apartment and planning for the day he'll break free of Humboldt County. Working in a music store might be fine for a while, but it's far from the goal he had in mind when he got his college degree. Not to mention the fact that his roommate is a jerk and his family won't stop trying to run his life.

Then Brielle falls into his world.

She claims to be a star. Not from Hollywood, but from heaven. He thinks she's crazy. Certainly delusional. Yet, he can't just leave her alone on the cliffs. So he takes her home.

And his whole world falls apart.

A heartfelt and fanciful contemporary romance novella, How a Star Falls explores the uncertain season of new adulthood and shows that sometimes the worst inconveniences make for the best miracles of all.


Author Bio


Amber Stokes works as a content writer (marketing services) for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor's degree in English and to run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this new chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she's always considered home. Learn more about Amber’s books at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.


Social Media Links

Goodreads: Amber Stokes
Google +:  +AmberStokes

Endorsements

"Perfect for when you want a whimsical, heartwarming read, How a Star Falls is more than an inspirational romance...it's a wink and a smile."

- Joanne Bischof, award winning author of This Quiet Sky

"Amber Stokes has perfectly expressed the challenges of twenty-something life in her sweet contemporary new adult novella, How a Star Falls. Brielle and Derrick's journey reminds us all of the search to find ourselves in the midst of young adulthood. Their story is charming and wistful with emotions we can all relate to experiencing at some point in our lives. It is a tale about letting go in order to find yourself once again while never losing the importance of who you are...and who you can be."

- Cerella Sechrist, author of Gentle Persuasion and The Paris Connection

"Though not typically a reader of contemporary fiction, I found How a Star Falls to be a wonderfully told story of both sweet romance and coming to terms with the fact that even though life doesn't always turn out exactly as we dreamed it would, even our undesirable circumstances can lead to a bright future."
- Jaye L. Knight, author of Ilyon Chronicles


Rafflecopter Giveaway

Share in the excitement of Amber’s new release with a special starry giveaway! You can enter to win one of three prize packs using the Rafflecopter form below. Open to U.S. residents only.


3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much, Jansina, for the opportunity to be a guest on your sweet blog! It was fun responding to your questions. :)

    ~Amber

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    1. Thanks for including me in the tour, Amber! I've enjoyed following your blog the last few months. :)

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    2. Of course! I appreciate you being a part of it. :) And aww! Thank you very much for following my blog; I'm thrilled you enjoy visiting there. You're always welcome. :)

      ~Amber

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