What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Brainstorming is the hardest part for me, I think. I try to conceive original stories and it’s hard to do that when everything has already been done. So it’s often really frustrating.
Can you give us a short synopsis of After Her?
To sum it up in one sentence: A broke college student with financial problems is approached by a wealthy older woman who offers her a strange financial arrangement. (Think Indecent Proposal meets Single White Female.)
What inspired you to write this book?
Oddly enough, it was an episode of the Golden Girls that gave me this idea. The episode was called Old Boyfriends and it was an episode when Sophia placed an ad in the newspaper for a date with a man. However when she met that man, she learnt that he had a sister who was extremely overprotective and insisted on going on every date with them. It’s late revealed that his sister was actually his wife. Things get even more complicated when Sophia finds out that the wife was dying and that she wanted Sophia to marry her husband after she dies.
Long story short: I was completely enthralled with that episode and wanted to explore the situation from a less comedic area. One question that circled my thoughts continuously was: What if? What if someone were to approach me with a proposition like that? How would I react? What would the consequences be? These questions fueled my creativity and pushed me to get this idea out.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
It depends how I feel on that given day. I don’t like to overexert myself, but I don’t want to end any day without writing something. So I try to set aside a good five hours a day to get some writing done.
Name your top five favorite books.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Lord of the Flies by William Goulding
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Of Mice and Men by John Stein
Goosebumps (all of them) by R.L. Stein – And yes I'm considering them all one big book.
What are you working on now?
Yes, of course! I’m always working on something. Right now, I’ve got a young adult novella, a sequel and a young adult psychological thriller in the works. All of them will be in the area of suspense/ psychological thriller since I absolutely love the genre. For more information and to of course keep up with me, everyone is free to go to my website (www.amberkaybooks.com) and sign up for my newsletter. Or you can friend me on www.goodreads.com.
Title: After Her
Author: Amber Kay
Genre: New Adult Suspense
Cassandra Tate wasn’t prepared for Vivian Lynch.
When Vivian offers to make Cassandra the sole beneficiary of her will, Cassandra’s only concern is what she’ll have to do (for this peculiar stranger) in return.
Nineteen-year-old Cassandra knows nothing about the seedy underbelly of the Orange Country high life. Born and bred within the most wholesome little city of Montana, Cassie escaped this stale monotony to California with nothing, but a few bucks in her pocket. This, she thought, was supposed to christen the start of a new life away from the emotional prison created by her helicopter mess of a mother.
As a college sophomore slaving for meager tips waitressing, Cassandra isn’t in the position to turn down easy money. At the rate she going, she’ll be up to her ass in debt until she’s sixty. Her skinflint boss isn’t willing to budge on a pay raise and there is no magic button to make bill collectors go away. When the contentious relationship with her estranged mother leaves her broke, she is forced to decide how desperate she truly is.
Vivian is planning her own funeral. Her days as “society’s queen” are numbered, leaving her to prepare for the inevitable the only way she knows how—closing bank accounts, arranging life insurance policies and assigning beneficiaries. She doesn’t have time to fall apart over “a silly little thing like cancer.” But this eccentric, aging socialite does not intend to die, not without tying up some loose ends first.
Cassandra’s life is at an impasse. Vivian’s life is coming to an end.
Vivian’s “generous” offer (of financial stability) to Cassandra comes with some strings attached. If Cassandra will agree to replace Vivian after the funeral, Cassandra will become an instant heiress worth billions. It’s an indecent proposal many college students would take without hesitation, but it’s not enough to simply step into the shoes of this enigmatic socialite. Cassandra must also marry Vivian’s husband.
It sounds simple enough…until Cassandra discovers that Vivian’s husband is a convicted murderer.
Amber has been writing for as long as she can remember. Yes, she knows how awful her fifth grade plays were, but she didn’t care as long as she had to the power to explore her imagination in the darkest ways possible. She grew up in the south where she ate a lot of BBQ and spent too much time reading.
Some would argue that she was an odd child (and an even odder adult) With her morbid sense of humor, Amber has aimed to be as true to her writing as she can by exploring the darker sides of humankind. She loves psychological thrillers and offbeat plots. Her characters might be unlikeable. Her plots might take disturbing twists and turns, but she tries (as always) to explore the most tragic parts of life with as much humor as possible.
Her favorite authors are Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, Tana French and Laura Lippman. Her favorite movies are dark, suspenseful and (sometimes) romantic. Though she hates most romantic comedies, she absolutely loves (500) Days Of Summer, The Spectacular Now and The Fault In Our Stars.