Amber Daulton’s got a sweet Regency romance for the holidays. On sale for 99 pennies for a limited time!
What do you write? What’s the fun part of writing and why?
I write in a variety of romantic sub-genres, including: historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, western, and time travel. Some story ideas can fit in multiple settings and sub-genres, but others fit in only one or two categories, so I like to keep my options open and let my muse flow.
The easiest part of writing is creating a new world or researching a real town and then twisting it enough to fictionalize it. Research, in my opinion, is sometimes more fun than writing. I love to learn about new places, cultures, and people. Although I’d rather travel to do hands-on research, in-depth reading is second best.
I’ve always enjoyed graphic design and creating teasers, so why not create my own cover for Forever Winter? I had a clear idea of what I wanted from the beginning—a snowy background and a woman (or couple) in the foreground.
After spending hours searching through photos at depositphotos.com, I realized there aren’t many good models that fit my characters in correct time-period clothes. I finally chose a young woman that somewhat worked, but I couldn’t get the lighting and color scheme to match the background. And she was wearing a short-sleeved dress. That was a big problem since I chose a winter background. So after I got some constructive feedback from people in my book design groups, I broadened my search terms and finally found the model featured in the cover. She’s dressed appropriately for the winter, and the overall cover gives off a sweet vibe, which is what I was going for.
What secret do you use to blast through writer’s block?
Writer’s block is definitely a challenge. Sometimes I feel brain dead and exhausted, and it’s impossible to create a complete, cohesive sentence. It’s like a huge weight is on my shoulders, and the only thing I can do is step away from the project to find my zone. I usually have to play video games, clean, do house repair projects, or work in the garden to get my creative juices flowing again. I also try to read in the sub-genre I’m writing in to find inspiration. After a few weeks, my creative muse starts flowing, and I can finally get back to work!
Where do your story ideas come from? If they come to you in the middle of the night, do you get up and write them all down?
I get story ideas from everything around me. Sometimes I watch a TV show or read a book, and inspiration strikes. The characters keep talking to me in my head, and I can’t think about anything else until I at least write down a basic plot. Ideas often come to me when I’m sleeping, so I keep a notebook in the nightstand, which I’ve put to good use at all hours of the night. My dreams are usually pretty vivid and wild, and it’s a lot of fun twisting a dream into a story.
We’d like to know more about your book. Is it part of a series?
Forever Winter is a sweet standalone romance novella set in Regency England at Christmastime. It was originally published in 2012, but now I’ve re-released it with a fresh edit and cover.
Susanna Lorican must marry the man she loves before the truth is discovered, or face the gossip of the ton. With an unexpected snowstorm injuring the minister, her future hangs in the balance.
Viscount Camden Beckinworth vows to keep his bride safe, even if he must betray her confidence. When their love is put to the test, how will he uphold her honor without jeopardizing his own?
Excerpt from Forever Winter
In the scene I’m about to share with you, it’s Susanna and Camden’s wedding day, and he needs to talk with her about a potential problem that could derail the ceremony…
As he lifted his fist to knock, the bedchamber door swung open, and the loveliest woman he had ever seen scowled at him. Then a shriek split her lips and damn near ruptured his eardrums.
She halfway closed the door and ducked behind it. “Camden, why are you here? Do you wish for bad luck? The blasted snow is already an omen!”
“Susanna! Language.” Lady Lorican hissed at her from somewhere in the room. Footsteps resounded, then she pushed opened the door and pursed her lips at Camden.
He fidgeted under her intense scrutiny and dropped his gaze. After she stepped back, he crossed the threshold and nodded his gratitude at the baroness. At least her presence established a semblance of decorum and would silence any wagging tongues.
“Now, Susanna.” He held up his hands to placate her as Lady Lorican closed the door. “Before a string of unladylike curses flies from your lips, allow me to explain. The—”
Susanna stomped toward him and poked him in the chest. Then she sniffed and wrinkled her nose. “You cad. Have you been drinking and smoking? You should not be here.”
Camden expelled a long breath. “I know, darling, but I’m relaying a message from your father. There’s been a slight change of plans.”
She rolled her dark eyes. “I already know we must have the ceremony inside. I’m not happy about it, but I accept it.”
“I see.” Camden arched his eyebrow. How was she so calm? His dear fiancée had been daydreaming about marrying him under the ivy-festooned latticework in the courtyard and even sketched how she imagined the scene to look. Lady Lorican had probably already pulled the younger woman back from the edge of panic. “There’s something else.”
Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through Daulton Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.
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