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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Author Interview: Ambrielle Kirk

Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Ambrielle Kirk, whose debut novel A Player's Agenda was just released from Breathless Press.

I asked her to tell us a little bit about the book.

Mariah has had to work hard for everything in life, and that includes her MBA in Accounting. She doesn’t have time for promiscuous sexy jocks with only one thing on their mind. She’d have to be content with daydreams about former football player Damien, whose nightly sexual conquests made the campus rumor mill. No one is more surprised than she, when Damien approaches her after class one day with a lust-filled agenda on his mind. Does Mariah have the right mix of bedroom moves to tame this player…forever?
Ambrielle realized at an early age, during visits to her local library as a teen, that she wanted to be a writer.

"I’ve always written romantic fiction," she told me. "There’s just something about a happy or happy for now ending that satisfies me as a reader and writer."

In fact, Ambrielle said, "Even though my primary goal was to eventually become published, if I never had I would have been okay with that too. Writing is something I enjoy."

A lot of times Ambrielle sees the categories of erotica, erotic romance, and pornography lumped together, but she feels there is a definite difference.

"With pornography I think of something that is visually stimulating or turns someone on," she explained. "With erotica, the fiction leans more towards frequent sex acts on a page. There’s less plot, more action. Erotic romance, which is a genre I write in, is a subgenre of romance. While the subplot may be frequent sex, the intimacy should always progress the plot and help character development."

Some writers she thinks does this well include Kimberley Kaye Terry, Lora Leigh, and Kate Douglas. In fact, the Wolf Tales series by Kate Douglas got Ambrielle started with reading, and then writing, erotic romance.

"These writers have 'erotic fiction writing formula' down to a science," she declared.

One thing I like asking author is which comes first, the plot or the characters. Ambrielle is unique in that, in her case, the title has to come first. Although she might later change it, a title will suggest itself while she's listening to favorite songs, watching movies, or just watching people in the mall.

Once she has the title, and a plot suggests itself, Ambrielle she allows her muse to take the story where it needs to go. And, since her erotic and contemporary romances are character driven, there is rarely a need to do prior research when she begins these stories.

"On the other hand, my paranormal romances involve a bit more research because I thoroughly enjoy the world-building aspect of it," she told me. "I will research for hours to try and find the right name for a species or vampire clan in my book. I love reading paranormal and urban fantasy books that have a solid premise, which is why I aim to create intriguing premises in my own."

She never intended to classify herself as an erotic romance writer, but from the time she wrote her first romance, it contained erotic elements.

"I like to tell people that I write romance, plain and simple, but my work may fall into the erotic and/or paranormal genre," she said. "My sex scenes have always been detailed with nothing left to the imagination."

On more of a personal note, Ambrielle's favorite food is pizza. Why? "Because it is quick and easy and allows me to get work done in the evenings," she explained.

She can also tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. "Coke has a much milder, smoother flavor," she said, "but I do prefer it over the sweeter, bolder Pepsi taste."

She also has a sweet tooth, so one of the things she enjoys doing when she's not writing, or working at her demanding day job in Atlanta, Georgia, is baking delectable goodies. The other things include reading (she admitted to going through nearly two hundred paperbacks a year before she got series about her writing) and surfing the internet. She's recently developed a Twitter addiction and told me she would love for people to check out her Twitter page @ambriellekirk.

She also likes to regularly treat herself to manicures and pedicures.

Finally, I asked Ambrielle, "If you could give a new writer one piece of advice, what would it be?"

"If you want to be a published author, don’t ever give up."

Ambrielle has another book, Liaison, being released in October and she shared a little bit about it:

As hot as the fires raging in hell is an undeniable lust between a witch and a demon. Leona Moreau inherited the Ring of Power hailing her queen of her coven. The youngest leader to date, she has assumed many responsibilities to include retaining the Book of Power from the demons who stole it. To do this, she summons the son of an archdemon to bring back her book. Half human, half demon, Carrick struggles with an identity crisis and resistance from both sides. Leona must retrieve the book before the demons unleash its power. However, Carrick has held onto it in hopes of one day using it to get his soul back from his demon father. Will Leona give up everything, including the trust of her coven, to save Carrick’s soul?
You can keep up with Ambrielle on her blog,

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