Please welcome Amber T Smith to the virtual offices today! Amber is here to chat about her new book, It The Shoe Fits.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Amber T Smith] Wife, worker, & writer, mother of two children, two cats, and two lizards. Tries not to procrastinate too much, but usually fails abysmally!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about If the Shoe Fits?
[Amber T Smith] IF THE SHOE FITS is a modern comic spin on Cinderella. My Ella is a fun and flirty heroine, with a fondness for vodka and swearing, and an unfortunate habit of tripping over fresh air and flashing her body parts. She’s also under the impression that she’s losing her marbles, owing to the fact that her cat has started talking to her, claiming to be Ella’s fairy godmother. There are lots of giggles throughout as Ella flies from one disaster to the next in her quest to hook her very own Prince Charming!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Amber T Smith] Honestly, I have NO idea!! I’m a pantser when it comes to writing, and ideas tend to come out of the blue. One day I woke up and decided to write a modern fairy tale. My beautiful cat was in her usual place (on my lap), and she has such a quirky nature that I thought I’d include her in the story, too. Next thing I know, I had a feline fairy godmother who spoke to the heroine, and the modern fairy tale became a comic caper!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Ella?
[Amber T Smith] Cute, clumsy & cheeky!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Muse had a theme song, what would it be?
[Amber T Smith] Ha! What a fab question! Let me see… the theme from Mission Impossible, I would think, as she plainly thinks that her quest to get Ella hooked up with ‘Prince Charming’ is bordering on lunacy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Ella is never without.
[Amber T Smith] Her sarcastic wit!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Ella’s purse?
[Amber T Smith] Bottled water, a hairbrush, and a diary. She’s SO disorganized!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Amber T Smith] I have several, spread across a few genres. J.K.Rowling is one, as I admire her determination so much. J.R.R.Tolkien, as the sheer scale of his storytelling is phenomenal. In the romance genre, I’m a sucker for historicals, so Mary Balogh and Julia Quinn are my top picks. Both characterize beautifully, and often have a fabulous witty undertone in their writing, which I adore.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Amber T Smith] Social media – I have several windows open on my laptop at all times, and when I feel stumped I take five minute breaks to clear my head. Other than that, I’m not really needy – I like to have a couple of coffees, maybe, and also a pen to chew at while I’m thinking (bad habit, I know, but there we are).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Amber T Smith] I read Robin Hobbs’s Farseer Trilogy, and it blew me away so much that I read it again within a month!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Amber T Smith] I’ve been a bookworm since I was about eight years old, and I’d probably say that my first ever favorite book was Louisa M. Alcott’s ‘Little Women’. I still love that book, it’s a classic!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Amber T Smith] I read. Not very original for a writer, I know, but it’s what I do whenever I get any spare time. Other than that, I love interacting with different people on social media sites.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
My Twitter handle is @Amber_T_Smith_ , plus I have an author page on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amber-T-Smith/358024857544848?ref=hl
Thanks for hosting me and having such fabulous questions!!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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