Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday Thoughts with Amber Kell

Thank you to Cup O’ Porn for hosting me today. I’m Amber Kell author of several paranormal and contemporary m/m romances. I’ve recently published a short story with Dreamspinner Press, Cookies for Courting, and I’m in the process of working on a steampunkish fantasy series with them now. Yeah, not a great description but hey it’s my first book over sixty-thousand words which I’m excited about.

Blog posts are always difficult for me. I can never think of pearls of wisdom to share or fascinating insights. I’m a pretty ordinary person who is lucky enough to be able to do what she loves.

Over the years I’ve had people ask me how I put out so many books, as if I had some magic technique that helps me be productive. You’d think after writing so many stories I’d have a clue about what I’m doing, but I’m sorry to tell you I don’t have a replicable technique. If I can find clean clothes in the morning I consider it an accomplishment. If my children have clean clothes I ponder the chances of achieving sainthood.

Other writers, we’ll call them people with a clue, have excellent plotting skills and solid pathways to get from chapter one to the end. I veer back and forth like a hand glider careening out of control and hoping she doesn’t crash. Sometimes I even jump manuscripts and work on something entirely new.

My best writing technique is dreaming. When I’m asleep my mind wanders and asks questions my waking brain doesn’t think to question. Magic and flying make perfect sense to my sleeping alter ego. Why wouldn’t a dragon be walking down the street heading for his mansion home? Of course elves and fairies would be in the forest when I go camping. Strange, spooky house? Let’s go in and explore! Sleeping Amber is much more adventurous than awake Amber who’d probably turn tail and run.

Writing is like dreaming. There are no rules I have to abide by as long as I’m consistent. If the fae lord had ice magic in chapter one he’d best not have fire magic in chapter two. So in a way the daydreaming my teachers were always chiding me about did pay off in the end. People buy my books to find out how the dragon, wolf and raven shifters got together and if they could possibly get their happy ending.

I encourage my children to follow their dreams. My older son is currently a bassoon playing gamer who does karate and enjoys anime. While my younger son makes posters for imaginary movies and redesigns corporate logos when he’s not building new worlds in Little Big Planet. What will they be when they grow up? I have no idea. I told me older son that maybe we could decide what we wanted to be when we grew up together. He sighed and said. “You’re never going to grow up, mom.”

To be a writer I think it is important to never grow up. Grown ups don’t wonder if there’s a dragon in the tunnel downtown or consider the chances of trolls living beneath the bridge. I like to think I’m still like that child sitting in algebra class and daydreaming about the possible colors of magic. As you can guess it wasn’t my best subject.

You can find a list of my books and more of my ramblings at

Cookies for Courting

A Tale of the Curious Cookbook

After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room.

Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family.

When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl?

The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.

Amber Kell has made a career out of daydreaming. It has been a lifelong habit she practices diligently as shown by her complete lack of focus on anything not related to her fantasy world building.

When she told her husband what she wanted to do with her life, he told her to go have fun.
During those seconds she isn't writing, she remembers she has children who humor her with games of 'what if' and let her drag them to foreign lands to gather inspiration. Her youngest confided in her that he wants to write because he longs for a website and an author name—two things apparently necessary to be a proper writer.

Despite her husband's insistence she doesn't drink enough to be a true literary genius, she continues to spin stories of people falling happily in love and staying that way.
She is thwarted during the day by a traffic jam of cats on the stairway and a puppy who insists on walks, but she bravely perseveres.


  1. Hi Amber, glad to see you here!

  2. Aloha Amber. :-). Great blog post. What fun. :-). Loved it. :-). I'm also a pantser writer. My favorite thing? The cut and paste buttons. Lol. My muses rock up and I write down what they say. Then it's up to me to arrange it so it reads well. Lol. Love the sound of this book too. :-).

    Thanks and aloha Meg Amor. :-)