11-21-2011: Never to be forgotten! Today is the day that Ian Somerhalder responded to me on facebook! Hey, that may not be a big deal for you, but for me.. HUGE. *swoon*
Conversation copied from FB:
ME: Finally! After an hour of searching facebook, I find the REAL you. Hi Ian!
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you.Nice to meet you
ME: My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to notice. :)
Ian Somerhalder: you're welcome
Ian Somerhalder: I try not to disappoint my fans!
ME: Well, you're doing a wonderful job. :) It's nice (and a bit scary) to talk to someone like you!
ME: lol... (I'm secretly freaking out cuz I got to talk to Ian! *sigh*)
Ian Somerhalder: Thank you Theresa!
ME: lol... you're welcome! Just do me a favor and don't knock when you invade my dreams tonight. The husband probably wouldn't like that. hehe!
Ian Somerhalder: well I will not:)
ME: Perfect! Thanks. LOL
Author Interview: Amber Argyle
by Amber Argyle
The world is changing. Once, Witch Song controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons-but not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by a traitor. All but Brusenna. As the echo of their songs fade, the traitor grows stronger. Now she is coming for Brusenna. Her guardian has sworn to protect her, but even he can’t stop the Dark Witch. Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the traitor. Fight her. Defeat her. Because if Brusenna doesn’t, there won’t be anything left to save.
by Amber Argyle
Brusenna thought it was finished.
She defeated the Dark Witch, saving the Haven Witches from imprisonment and death. She found love and a place to belong.
She was wrong.
Haven is not the sanctuary it appears to be. Even love is in danger of slipping away like water through cupped hands.
Some things can’t be saved.
A new threat merges with the old as the Witches’ dark history begins to catch up with them. Only Brusenna knows the extent of the danger and how to stop it, though doing so might cost her everything.
Including her life.
Will Brusenna be required to make the ultimate sacrifice?
What part of the writing process is the easiest/hardest for you?
Plotting is the hardest, but also the most fun. Usually in the beginning, I’m struggling to get the opening just right. Then I start picking up speed until I hit the middle. Then I feel like the end is so far away I’ll never get there. At the end, I usually buy myself something as a reward.
Who is your favorite character (that you’ve written)?
Joshen, obviously. He’s very easy to get along with, unless Senna is in danger, that is.
Is there anything you’re working on now?
a. Witch Wars, which is a short prequel to Witch Song, follows the events that lead up to Brusenna’s time.
b. Winter Queen, the first in the new trilogy: With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power—forever.
Do you listen to music while you write, or do you prefer quiet?
I listen to music to cover up the kid’s noise.
If you could jump in to any book and live there, which book would you choose?
A book I’m working on right now, called The Forbidden Forest. I won’t tell you what it’s like cause I don’t want anyone taking my idea (paranoid much?).
Where did the idea for your book come from?
A scene in the book. The Witches are harvesting glowing pollen from flowers in the middle of the night. Moths are attracted to the light the flowers give off. When Senna starts shinning with power, they come to her instead.
Are any of the characters inspired by someone in real life?
Joshen is inspired by all the cowboys I chased in high school.
Do you follow a writing schedule, or just write whenever you get the chance?
I have three young kids. Whenever I can get them to leave me alone long enough, I work.
What was last book you bought?
Partials by Dan Wells
Does writing come naturally to you, or did you have to work harder in order to get that story in your head down on paper?
Writing is like pulling threads of magic from the ether.
How much research went into your book?
Lots. I had to research the time period, especially ships and muskets.
- Coffee or tea? Tea
- Summer or winter? Summer
- Werewolves or vampires? Vampires
- Morning person or night owl? Neither. I like to go to bed on time and get up on time.
- Pantser or plotter? Both. I plot as much as I can, then make up the details as I go.
- Pepsi or Coke? Cherry Pepsi
- Dogs or cats? Horse.
- Movie—Last of the Mohicans
- Book—The Hollow Kingdom
- Writing tools—a computer and chocolate
- Vacation destination—Hawaii (I’m going in November!)
- Way to relax—reading
Amber Argyle grew up with three brothers on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains. She spent hours riding horses, roaming the mountains, and playing in her family’s creepy barn. This environment fueled her imagination for writing high fantasy.
She has worked as a short order cook, janitor, and staff member in a mental institution. All of which has given her great insight into the human condition and has made for some unique characters.
She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Physical Education from Utah State Uiversity.