Some Write It Hot

September 2, 2010

Meet Amber Green By Ali Katz

My Pal Amber

Amber Green is one of the founding members of ERA. She and I met in another critique group a few years ago, around the time her second Huntsmen novel, The Huntsmen: Bareback, was released. I was a budding, unpublished writer with one novella under my belt and a second in progress.

What impressed me most about Amber, apart from her obvious talent, was her willingness to pull no punches. She critted hard and unapologetically. I can’t tell you how many times something she said had me close to tears, but her critiques helped me grow a thick skin and get that second novella published. If Amber questions something, it would be wise to take a closer look.

She’s also one of the smartest ladies I know. Our resident Google guru, she’s the one who catches most of the industry news, calls and workshops to share with us. If you need an article on some aspect of writing fiction, she’s the go-to girl. And research? I love when she’s around during one of our nightly Power Hour sessions. Throw out a question, and she’ll have an answer or a link for you in the blink of an eye.

Yep, Amber is an all-around handy person to have on your side.

Amber branched out recently, stretching herself by moving on from paranormal to contemporary and historical romances, at least for a while. Her characters have evolved as well, but all her men, whether the hard as nails shape-shifters of Hawkmoor and Huntsmen, or the more sensitive, vulnerable KT and Ethan of Turning Point and Golden Boys, are sympathetic and richly drawn. Amber knows men and it shows in each one of her characters.

I asked her some questions for this introduction. Here are a few of her answers.

Me: Tell me about the first story you ever wrote.

Amber: I wrote a MG (middle-grades) about Hello Central, daughter of the Connecticut Yankee, who found herself unanchored in time, yanked from one era–one possible reality–to the next with little warning. It was MG because I was. I might revisit that someday.

Me: I want to know which of your published works you enjoyed writing most and if you have a favorite from your backlist.

Amber: The Huntsmen: Bareback was a flat-out blast to write. I gave myself free rein to research any point that came up, like phoning four police departments to find an average number of cops to put on each shift in a town that size in that area. I dug stories out of every firefighter, cop, deputy, and paramedic I could corner. When that wore thin, I collated a list of gay stereotypes to work in. Yogurt? Check. Cop in a Sam Browne Belt? Check. Sweaty weightlifter? Check. And so on. Before I realized what was happening, every character who got mentioned on more than one page had his or her own story, and all of those people kept elbowing each other to get my attention and more room on the page. Sometimes it felt less like a process of writing than of filtering out what fit together and what had to be left behind.

Me: See, I told you she knows how to research  Ballsy, that’s the word I was looking for. BTW, Huntsman is my favorite of her books as well. (Blog Administrator note: Read Ali’s review of Bareback here)

Me: Why are you so smart?

Amber: I have a trick memory.

Me: Did I mention she’s the also the Master of the Quick Come-back? Just read The Huntsmen: Bareback and see if you don’t agree.

Thanks, Amber. We – every one of us – are so glad and privileged to have you as part of our group.

See you tonight in Power Hour?

Read more about Amber’s latest release, Golden Boys

Learn more about Amber Green at her site, Shape Shifters In Lust

10 Comments »

  1. I couldn’t agree more Ali! If it weren’t for Amber I wouldn’t be in the group or probably even know about it. I will be eternally grateful she asked me to apply to ERA. I haven’t made it through all her backlist yet but I’m working on it. I love KT.

    Comment by Debbie Vaughan — September 2, 2010 @ 05:01 | Reply

  2. I’ve known Amber for awhile and I’m totally in awe of her writing.

    Comment by Jerri — September 2, 2010 @ 05:53 | Reply

  3. When the members of ERA accepted my membership, my initial impression of Amber Green was… she scared the hell out of me.
    It didn’t take long to understand her wit and critiques were actually a compass needle pointing me in the right direction.
    Amber is now someone whose opinion I value in the highest of regard, and a writer I absolutely respect.

    Comment by DA Kentner — September 2, 2010 @ 07:11 | Reply

  4. The only thing better than reading Amber Green, is chatting with the woman behind the riveting words. She is everything Ali said, plus a devoted wife, mother, and fur-baby mom. She makes me laugh, cry, and squirm all without seeming to break a sweat. She’s also amazingly generous with her time and expertise.

    Comment by dangerouslysexy — September 2, 2010 @ 08:08 | Reply

  5. I love the sharp images and the even sharper characterization in her stories. The scenes and people are so vivid they come back to you long after you finish the story.

    She definitely is a great critiquer, short and to the point. As a writer she is quick to see where something is going wrong and happy to ask for help. I remember her writing Bareback and discussing with her the pacing of the sexual relationship between the two main characters.

    And the world building, in Bareback particularly, is superb.

    I’m glad to know her and be part of a group she’s in.

    Comment by Ellie Heller — September 2, 2010 @ 08:22 | Reply

  6. Amber is the one I consider to be not only a close dear friend but also like a sister to me. She’s the one I turn to when I have problems with a story. We work it through and it usually shines when it’s done. Salente’ my friend!

    Comment by Judith Leger — September 2, 2010 @ 08:37 | Reply

  7. Amber’s da bomb! Anyone who’s never read her had better rush and buy a copy of her books. They are awesome.

    Thanks Ali for a great Q&A. Amber, remain this way for forever!! Love ya, hon!

    Comment by Jadette — September 2, 2010 @ 08:38 | Reply

  8. In the month that I have been a part of ERA, Amber’s insights and knowledge have helped my stories to improve and flourish. She it truly one of the most talented and generous authors I have read…EVER!!!

    Comment by DH Starr — September 2, 2010 @ 09:18 | Reply

  9. I always get a little nervous when I see Amber has critted one of my stories. She’s one ruthless chick! But I know my stories are all the better for it.

    Comment by Gillian — September 2, 2010 @ 12:04 | Reply

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