Romantic Suspense / Satire
Date Published - February 15, 2015
Marriage is bliss for newlywed Jude Clayton. Lord knows she could use it. After years of battling a destructive mental disorder, she’s hungry forsome sense of normalcy. Little does she know, she will find the complete opposite with her new husband Bryce. On the surface, Bryce Clayton is every woman’s dream—make no mistake about it. Handsome, intelligent, wealthy and accomplished, Bryce only has one problem. An obsession.
Poor fragile Jude knows nothing about her husband’s “extracurricular activities.” What she’ll discover about herself in the process is much scarier than anything either of them can imagine. Jude, with her grotesque sense of humor and her many mental abnormalities, has developed an obsession of her own.
As their unconventional “romance” blossoms into a toxic relationship, truth and lies clash. And some begin to wonder: Is Jude a helpless victim to her husband’s deceitful ways or is she a dutiful accomplice?
Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
I wouldn’t say that I have any particular lesson or “message” in mind as I was writing the novel, but I guess the only thing I can think of the one most obvious to the overall tone of the novel: you can’t help who you love or why you love them.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Brainstorming sessions are the worse. Sometimes they downright suck.
Since every idea has already been done, it can get almost impossible to splash a dash of originality into your story especially when a thousand other stories just like yours has already been written. So if I could bypass any part of the writing process, brainstorming would likely be the one I’d love to minimize so that I can get straight down to writing.
How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
This might sound like a copout, but I don’t like to pick favorites. There’s a piece of something in all of my stories/books that I write.
If You had the chance to cast your main character from
who would you pick and why? Hollywood
Hmm, this is a really cool question especially since I already know exactly who I have in mind. As I was writing this particular book, the one actress that repeatedly popped into my head was definitely Zoe Kazan. I don’t know why, but something about her look reminds me so much of my main female character in Secret Somethings. She has a docile, meek and demure thing about her that perfectly embodied Jude. I think that the movie Ruby Sparks finalized this decision for me.
When did you begin writing?
This could sound cliché, but it’s true. I started writing as a kid in fifth grade.
I knew from then on that I wanted to be an author someday.
How long did it take to complete your first book?
About six months.
Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
My childhood favorites are R.L. Stein and Stephen King.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Characterization interests me most. I like creating people and making them interesting. I’m also a big fan of anti-heroes and characters that aren’t necessarily likeable. I don’t believe you have to like characters to enjoy a book. The only rule, I think, is that you have to be fascinated by their story.
Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Dark. Suspenseful. Twisty. Unconventional.
Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
Secret Somethings is a little story I like to call an “unconventional romance.” On the surface, it definitely isn’t an average romance, but more so a psychological romance in which the main characters are two people who should not be together for very good reasons. In fact, neither of these characters should be pursuing romance in any form. It’s (I hope) a cool story that explores everything than can go wrong when people make all the wrong decisions.
Amber has been writing for as long as she can remember. Yes, she knows how awful her fifth grade plays were, but she didn't care as long as she had to the power to explore her imagination in the darkest ways possible. She grew up in the south where she ate a lot of BBQ and spent too much time reading.
Some would argue that she was an odd child (and an even odder adult) With her morbid sense of humor, Amber has aimed to be as true to her writing as she can by exploring the darker sides of humankind. She loves psychological thrillers and offbeat plots. Her characters might be unlikeable. Her plots might take disturbing twists and turns, but she tries (as always) to explore the most tragic parts of life with as much humor as possible.
Her favorite authors are Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, Tana French and Laura Lippman.
Her favorite movies are dark, suspenseful and (sometimes) romantic. Though she hates most romantic comedies, she absolutely loves (500) Days Of Summer, The Spectacular Now and The Fault In Our Stars.