Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Amber Skye Forbes
Amber Skye Forbes is a dancing writer who prefers pointe shoes over street shoes, leotards over skirts, and ballet buns over hairstyles. She loves striped tights and bows and will edit your face with a Sharpie if she doesn’t like your attitude. She lives in Augusta, Georgia where she writes dark fiction that will one day put her in a psychiatric ward…again. But she doesn’t care because her cat is a super hero who will break her out.
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
I have been writing for 15 years, but have been writing seriously for 9 years. I decided to become an author during journal time in 2nd grade. We had thirty minutes every day to write about whatever came to our minds, and, out of nowhere, I had this fervent desire to tell stories. So that’s when I knew that I had to write books.
How do you find inspiration?
Inspiration mostly comes from my life experiences. I am a very emotional writer, so a lot of what I write is drawn from things I’ve felt before. And, of course, dreams can help, too, as well as reading itself.
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
I outline first. I learned the hard way that I needed to outline. So I outline an entire novel before writing it, and I generally attempt to do a chapter a day, but sometimes life gets in the way, and I can’t force myself to squeeze in writing.
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
I’ve been reading a lot of literary contemporary lately, mostly books on teens with mental illnesses. My favorite author right now is John Green. I can’t wait to read future works of his.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on the sequel to When Stars Die, a contemporary fantasy involing mental illness, and am planning another novel with mental illness, but with a contemporary literary twist.
When Stars Die by Amber Skye Forbes
Amelia Gareth’s brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.
Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They’re searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch’s signature. The shadows are after witches.
Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?