Author Interview: Amber Lea Leggette-Aldrich, author of Between Heaven & Hell series
Les: Hi Amber, welcome. Please introduce yourself, how long have you been writing, and what kind of books have you written?
Amber: Hi Les. Thank you for inviting me! I’m Amber Leggette-Aldrich, an Authorpreneur. Simply put, that means author and entrepreneur. Writing is my professional business, and as such, I wear many different titles, such as author, editor, marketer, and publisher, among others. I’ve been writing for 20 years, primarily non-fiction books, such as Faith, Hope & Miracles, and many freelance articles, though recently I have begun writing in fiction as well.
Les: How do you find time to write?
Amber: I write as a full-time job now, so I usually set a goal of 6 – 8 hours per day, sometimes more, depending on which phase I am in. But when I first began writing, I had a full-time job. So, I started getting up about 3 hours earlier to make time to write before going to work. It was pretty hard for the first few weeks. But following the same schedule every day quickly turned it into a habit.
Les: Where do you write?
Amber: Last year I had an addition built onto my cabin that included a small office, which I love. But before that, I had a desk set up in the front corner of the cabin. It worked well enough, though it allowed more distractions. I also try to keep a notebook handy for those moments of sudden ideas and inspiration when I’m away from my desk.
Les: Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
Amber: I would have to say first, study and learn everything you can about the craft, as it is an art. And then practice every day. The more you study and practice, the better your writing will become. The second suggestion is to connect with other authors that write in similar genres that you are interested in. Study their work, follow their blogs or social media, and ask questions. The writing itself is often a lonely business, and it requires time and patience. But having fellowship with like-minded individuals not only adds to the learning and exposure, it also gives a sense of comradery and friendship that can help you through the difficult moments.
Les: What is your passion?
Amber: There are a few things that I feel passionate about, but my strongest desire is to help others through sharing hope and encouragement in faith. It is at the core of just about everything I do, whether it is sharing experiences in my writing, or involvement in community projects, or a simple conversation with a stranger in the store, it is what really drives me. There is a saying, “God uses broken people, like you and me, to help broken people like you and me”. I believe that in connecting with others and sharing our experiences, the struggles and trials and how God helped us to overcome them, it gives hope and strength to others to keep going, to know they’re not alone.
Les: Do you have any other interests?
Amber: I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my family and friends, and my animals. (I have 5 cats and a German Shepherd, so they keep me pretty busy.) I also enjoy arts and crafts, reading, cooking, making people laugh, gardening, and teaching bible studies.
Les: What is your latest book?
Amber: Between Heaven & Hell: The Chosen Ones
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Amber: This is book #1 of the Between Heaven & Hell series that deals with the topic of spiritual warfare through a fictional story, inspired by an essay that my son, Christian, wrote before he passed away.
Les: Does it fit into a specific genre?
Amber: Yes, it is classified as Christian Fantasy Fiction, with the sub-category of suspense/thriller. It is similar in nature to some of Frank Peretti’s work.
Les: Who will enjoy your book?
Amber: Although the primary audience is teen/young adult, it is written for all ages. However, it may be unsettling to young children, due to the involvement of demons. Anyone with a curiosity or interest in spiritual warfare, or the fight between good and evil, in a suspense filled story will enjoy the book.
Les: What sets your book apart?
Amber: While it has fantastical elements to stir the imagination and suspense to intrigue the mind, it also elicits personal connections to the characters in the everyday real-life struggles and fears they must face and overcome. As one of the previewers stated, “It absolutely sucked me in. I actually got up in the middle of the night while reading and was afraid to look in the bathroom mirror. I really like it though. It evokes all of the emotions you are looking for. Excellent writing, I’m super impressed”. (S.R.)
Les: Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Amber: A few of the people that have read The Chosen Ones have already been asking about book #2, so I just want to let everyone know, I’ve already started writing it, and that the release is scheduled for early December.
Les: How can readers find you?
Les: Thanks so much for being a guest on my website. All the best with your book and writing career.
Amber: Thank you Les for inviting me. God bless.
Other books by Amber Leggette-Aldrich:
Faith, Hope & Miracles: The true story of a journey from tragedy through blessings
Crazy Critters #1: Short Stories