Author Highlight--Amber Argyle
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1) What attracted you to write in the YA genre?
I love writing YA because teenagers are still discovering life--they have their first loves, make their first choices with lasting consequences, and discover who they are. I also appreciate that young adult is generally cleaner.
2) How do you develop your characters?
I've used lots of methods. For Brusenna (Witch Song/Witch Born), I used avatars. Brusenna is a Irish wolfhound (loyal, self sacrificing, and brave). Joshen is a horse (he carries Senna throughout the novel). For Lilette (Witch Rising/Witch Fall), I used a metaphor of a falling star. Lilette is the falling star, her love interest, Han, is the darkness around the star. Everyone else tries to use her, Han simply let's her shine. For Winter Queen, I used the Hartman personality scale. Ilyenna is a blue/white. Rone is a red/white.
3) How do you find time to write? Do you work full-time? Are you a mommy full-time?
I'm a full time mommy of three people in small bodies (4-11). I write when the 4 YO is at preschool and whenever else I can squeeze in some time.
4) How long does it usually take you to write a full-length book? What about the editing process?
I'm faster than I used to be (plotting is my best friend/worst enemy). My last book took me just over a year. My current book (Summer Queen) is turning out to be much faster. My goal is to put out one full length and two short stories this year.
5) Tell us about your books and what inspired you to write your stories down.
Lots of things. Witch Song started with one paragraph: "I am a witch. As was my mother before me and her mother before that." Ironically, I eventually cut that line. But I started building my magical system (witches who sing to control nature) and my characters.
The next two books are based on a minor character from the first two books.
Winter Queen came to me as a very strong image of a girl dying as the snow fell gently around her, covering the carnage of her death in a blanket of pure white. I knew this girl had been deeply wronged, and she didn't fear death--in some ways she welcomed it. But she would survive and the whole world would be changed because she lived.
Amber Argyle is the #1 bestselling author of the Witch Song and Fairy Queens series. In her novels, good always triumphs over evil. Though sometimes just barely.
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Author of the Witch Song and Fairy Queen trilogies