Friday, September 28, 2012
Guest Blog: Amber Skyze: Write What You Know
It wasn’t until I was an adult with small children of my own that I began traveling. Aside from Canada I haven’t left the country. I have traveled to California, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, and PA to name a few. Most of my books take place in a New York or Rhode Island location, because I’ve lived in both places.
If I wrote only what I knew when it came to places it’d get boring. You can only write about the mountains and beach so much. I had to branch out and explore ideas for places I’d never been. Take for instance my book Hit Me. It takes place in a casino in Vegas. I’ve never been, but I have friends who had and gave me some ideas. I’ve been to a casino in NJ, so I could picture that part of the book.
When Katalina Leon and I decided to write a series I chose Africa as the main part of the setting. Remember I’ve never left the country. I did a lot of research and with the help of Kat we created an awesome location that will leave readers breathless. The book is called Claimed By Dragons.
If I had stayed in my comfort zone and only wrote what I knew, I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of escaping to some great places if only in my imagination.
What’s your opinion on writing what you know? Should you only stick to the tried and true, or do you think you should branch out?
Kat and I are offering a copy of Claimed By Dragons to one lucky commentor today. Please be sure to include your email address so we can contact you if you should win!
From a very young age, Amber Skyze began making up stories–the only child syndrome. Telling tall tales to all her friends she never dreamed of putting words on paper. In fact if anyone asked her if she would write when she grew up, she’d have laughed.
It wasn’t until raising children and reading all those romances that she decided–hey, I can write these. HA! Easier said than done.
When not crafting hot, steamy tales, this New York transplant now resides in Rhode Island with her husband, four children (who force her to work a day job), and three dogs.
She currently writes for Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id and is self-published.
In an odd Wiccan shop in Salem, Jael pulls an unusual stone from a witch’s wish bag. Little does she know her wildest dreams of becoming a respected photojournalist and enjoying a torrid affair with two gorgeous co-workers are about to come true—in spades.
Jael’s dreamy boss, Roarke offers her the photo assignment of a lifetime – a safari to Mount Kilimanjaro. The African scenery is stunning but even more so is the unexpected arrival of her two office crushes, Roarke and Kypton.
Alone for the first time, things heat up fast. Just as the trio is getting steamy at a beautiful waterfall, fate intervenes. The guys are forced to take dragon form and abduct a terrified Jael. She's whisked away to their mountain liar on Kilimanjaro.
The cave is really a love nest. Jael becomes the semi-willing captive of two Marduko dragon men. She discovers the truth about their origins and explores the many erotic possibilities two devoted lovers can offer.
The men want to claim her forever and expect a lifetime commitment. Jael’s thoroughly seduced but doesn’t know the guys are withholding a life or death secret that will push her heart to the limits.
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