Saturday, 30 October 2010

Author Introduction - Meet AR Norris

STEPH: Amber, welcome to Desert Breeze. Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up?

AMBER: This is exciting! Thank you Steph. A little about myself…I live in the Northern California Bay Area with my husband, 4 kids, 2 dogs, and cat. Surrounding us are dozens of family members, vineyards, and Valley Mountains. Funny, I think my soul needs to be near mountains because I spent my childhood mostly in Colorado with the Rocky Mountains saying hello every morning from the West.

STEPH: Who were some of your favorite authors growing up?

AMBER: Oh boy! I loved to read from the first Dr. Seuss story so have a lot of favorites. Every week (sometimes twice) I’d run down to the second hand store and pick up an old, torn book. I do have my most influential author, H.G. Wells. He introduced me to the world of SF with the Time Machine. It blew my mind. After that I was picking up books from the likes of Robert Heinlin, Isaac Asimov. I then spread into horror and more speculative with authors like Stephen King.

STEPH: What genre do you write?

AMBER: My novels are SFR but my short stories usually end up being speculative fiction.

STEPH: You have an upcoming release with Desert Breeze. Can you tell us when, the title, and let us know what it's about?

AMBER: My debut novel, Duty and Devotion, will be released June 2011 through Desert Breeze.

Sisters Nettie and Rinny Matterville head off to war, discovering true love can be found even in a time of conflict. Nettie learns true love isn’t always obvious; sometimes it’s right in front of your face. Rinny learns that love at first site can and does happen, but the real challenge is keeping it.

STEPH; Do you have an ebook reader? If so, which one?

AMBER: I just barely decided which one I want, so it's on my Christmas list. I have a huge ebook library through PDF format.

STEPH: Do you have any other books that are available?

AMBER: No other novels, but you can find my published short stories and free reads at my blog. I do have a trilogy coming out with Desert Breeze starting October 2011 through Spring 2012, titled The Telomere Trilogy.

STEPH: Can you tell us a little about the state you live in?

AMBER: Oh, could I! I'll try to keep it short. I live in the wonderful, diverse state of California. State budgets and political craziness aside, it's perfect. Specifically I live in the Northern California Bay Area of Napa. Right now it's harvest season in the Wine Country so many mornings the Valley has smelled like wine. For vacations, we love to hit up the rocky Northern Coastline. The wind gets so wild, you're never sure if California is trying to blow you out to sea or just showing off her might.

STEPH: Just for fun: pick your favorite: Monet, Picasso, or Renoir?

AMBER: I will respectively have to chose none of them. My favorite artist is Salvador Dali. He is the most amazing Surrealist I've ever come across.

STEPH: Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Have you done it in the past?

AMBER: This is my first year participating. I'll be using the goal to finish the first draft of the second book in the Telomere Trilogy, Echoes of Regret.

STEPH: Where can we find you on the web?

AMBER: I'd love for you all to drop by my blog, Adventures of a Sci-Fi Writer at:

Thank you so much for letting me come and hang out today, Steph.

STEPH: Thanks for popping in.


  1. Amber, SFR is not my genre, but I did enjoy your interview, and your descriptions of your home state are awesome. I could almost taste the wine, and the wind... well some of it has crossed the pond and hit the east coast of the UK becaause although we've had sunshine, the wind has stolen all the heat from it this summer.
    Best wishes with your debut novel and your upcoming trilogy.

  2. Thanks Sherry!

    Sorry about the wind hitting your way. We haven't had much of a summer this year either. I guess the world's just feeling wonky.

  3. We've got the Santa Ana's blowing down here in Southern California. (That's how I can tell its autumn in CA.) I've been to Napa several times and I love visiting each time. Last time we visited the Sterling Winery and took a tram up the hill. That was really cool.

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