Interview with Amber Garr, Author of The Syrenka Series

Amber Garr is the author of The Syrenka Series.  She dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her books, and after the interview, you can enter for a chance to win all three books!  Amber will be giving away paperback and ebook sets of Promises, Betrayal, and Arise!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Amber Garr] A writer, marine biologist, dancer, and animal lover. I’m always busy with something when not creating stories through words or choreography.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your Syrenka series?

[Amber Garr] The Syrenka Series focuses on a hidden society of mermaids, selkies, and water sprites. At the center of the story is Eviana, a teenage mermaid being forced into clan politics and responsibilities before she’s had much of a chance to grow up. There’s an arranged marriage, an opportunity for her to run away, and a battle to protect humans that she must deal with. Throughout the series you will see her mature, accept some of her responsibilities, and become the leader her parent’s always envisioned. Of course there is also a little bit of a love triangle (square?) that resolves itself by the end of Arise.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters?

[Amber Garr] The first chapter of Promises was originally a short story. I enjoyed the selkie folklore and thought it might be interesting to write a “forbidden” love between a selkie and a mermaid. But once I had that story written, the rest of it filled my head and one short story turned into an entire trilogy!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your greatest challenge writing this story?

[Amber Garr] There were a few. First, I wanted to make sure that the series deserved three books and that the overarching plot lines were interesting, relevant, and would bring the readers back for more. Second was finding the time. I wrote Promises and Betrayal in about one month each, but Arise took a little longer because I had to focus on writing my dissertation. However, once I carved out the time, it was a welcomed relief to immerse myself in Eviana’s world. And third, was the actual publishing. It really was one of the scariest challenges! What if no one bought it? What if all the reviews are bad? It was such an experiment in learning how well I could really handle it all. But so far, I have to say that I’m very glad I did it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Eviana?

[Amber Garr] Feisty, loyal, and brave.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Eviana’s single most prized possession?

[Amber Garr] I think it would be her collective group of close friends. She relies on them to help her through some tough times and in the end she will do anything for their well being.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Amber Garr] Music. That probably comes from all my years of dance training, but I will create a story to any and every song I hear. I also think nature is a big influence for me. Being outside, in the water, on the beach, climbing a mountain…all inspire me to create a story, scene, or even a dance.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Amber Garr] Music, dedicated time (even if it’s just an hour), and my muse, Bitsy Cat.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Amber Garr] Oooh…I classify those types of books as the ones that I will (have) read several times over. So I think the last one like that was probably The Hunger Games.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Amber Garr] Probably one of the first books I remember as a kid: Where the Wild Things Are

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Amber Garr] Read, dance, watch movies and just relax.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Amber Garr] Website:


Facebook: Amber Garr Author Page

Twitter: @AmberGarr1

Goodreads: Amber Garr

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!


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12 thoughts on “Interview with Amber Garr, Author of The Syrenka Series

  • August 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I really like the covers for the books. They’re so detailed.

  • August 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you for the great interview questions!!

  • August 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • August 2, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Can’t wait to read this series! The covers are very appealing… thanks for the giveaway!

  • August 2, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I love that she included selkies, which I think are under-represented in literature. 🙂

  • August 2, 2012 at 1:47 am

    This series sounds great. I usually am not very intrigued by mermaid stories, but this one intrigues me. I think because of the interview, getting inside of her head, hearing about it from her perspective. That makes me want to read it, and try to figure out the music she was listening to at the time was, or what her muse, Bitsy Cat was doing during this chapter to make her write this. That’s why I love author interviews. They pull you even deeper into the story. Thanks for this giveaway!

  • August 2, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! All of these books sound wonderful and have GORGEOUS covers.

  • August 2, 2012 at 6:46 am

    I adore the covers, they are just captivating. I haven’t read these yet, but I love books based on selkie or mermaid myth so I’d love to give them a try. Thanks for the giveaway ^_^

  • August 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    This series sounds wonderful and intriguing. Where The Wild Things Are was one of my favorite books as a child and is one of my son’s favorite books as well. I also loved To Kill A Mockingbird. The covers for the books are great. Looking forward to reading them.

  • August 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    This series looks really good. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  • August 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I haven’t read any novel-length mermaid fiction and I wonder what I’m missing out on. I don’t know what a selkie is, so I’m off to look that up!

  • August 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Excited to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway.

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