By A.C. James
Welcome back Ambrielle Kirk! If you like what you read, please investigate her books on Amazon
A.C. James: Hello, Ambrielle. Please tell my blog readers something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Ambrielle Kirk: Hi, A.C. thank you so much for having me on your site for the blog tour. I’ve been writing romance for a long while now since I was a teenager. I mainly wrote for myself after being inspired by numerous romance stories. At that age, I didn’t really have a favorite. I could read on average a book or two a day, so I read too much to really pinpoint any favorites. It wasn’t until a little over four years ago that I decided that I wanted to share my writing with someone besides myself. I took the first step by joining a critique group and the rest is history… Oh, and I live in metro Atlanta, GA.
A.C. James: Taking that leap from reading and writing for yourself to sharing your writing with others is difficult—sometimes so difficult it’s what separates writers from becoming authors. What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date? What do you think of eBooks?
Ambrielle Kirk: I write romance and this may include contemporaries, erotic, paranormal, and urban fantasy. Anything with an HEA or HFN is pretty much game for me. When I first learned that there was such a thing as Kindle and eBooks, I went wild! Lol! I’m such a book geek and my mouth just waters at the prospect of having ANY book available to me in seconds at the touch of a button. So cool. My backlist is below:
A Player’s Agenda
Rekindling the Flame
Risking It All
Driven by Desire (Rugged Riders)
Liaison: Soul Bond Book One
Unleash: Soul Bond Book Two
Donor (Dresdan Coven)
Wolf’s Haven (Caedmon Wolves, 1)
Wolf’s Promise (Caedmon Wolves, 2)
Wolf’s Touch (Caedmon Wolves, 3)
Caedmon Wolves (3 in 1 Book Bundle) (Caedmon Wolves, 1-3) (ebook edition)
Wolf’s Desire (Caedmon Wolves, 4)
A.C. James: Wow you definitely have given me some new reading material with that colossal backlist of yours! Have you self-published? If so, what lead to you to become an indie author?
Ambrielle Kirk: I first became self-published in late 2012. In real life, I’m very independent, a go-getter, and business savvy person. I also like having control over certain aspect of my writing and marketing decisions. My goal as a writer is to always strive to become better and learn more and more about the craft. I’ve learned so much about this industry by self-publishing and I don’t regret my decision to self-pub at all. In fact, I’m proud.
A.C. James: I agree with you about self-publishing. I only wish that some of the stigma that’s still attached to that term would finally disappear. There are so many resources out there that enable self-published authors to put out quality material that there really is no excuse for those who don’t. It makes me angry that there are a few that spoil it for the rest. Do you have a favorite of your stories or characters?
Ambrielle Kirk: You know what, my favorite story is usually the story that I’m working on at the time. I become so immersed in the world and characters that I become attached to them when working with them. Sometimes I become so attached to a set of characters that I can’t really let them go so soon—this has become the case with the Caedmon Wolves series. There are 4 books out write now, and still counting.
A.C. James: I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the series. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Ambrielle Kirk: Some of my favorite authors are LA Banks (Leslie Esdaile Banks), Lora Leigh, Kimberley Kaye Terry, Dyanne Davis (FD Davis), Bette Ford, Kayla Perrin, and Anne Rice. These authors inspire me to push myself further in this industry.
A.C. James: I’m a huge fan of Anne Rice myself. Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
Ambrielle Kirk: My writing has turned from a hobby into an actual career, which means that I must write frequently. This doesn’t mean each and every day. I might take a day off here and there just like I do my regular job, but for the most part, I have a release and writing schedule that I try to stick to. I’m pretty much a hybrid. I’ll get an idea and sort of run with it, even if it’s just in my head. There is a certainly time in my writing that I absolutely must stop to plot out the remainder of the story. In the end, I may end up trashing what I wrote on a whim or what I wrote before plotting gets revised drastically. So I would say at some point that I do plot my stories out.
A.C. James: I can never decide whether I like intricate plots or character driven stories more. Do you do a lot of editing or research?
Ambrielle Kirk: I do editing and research for every single book I do. There is this saying: “Write what you know…”, but I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know everything. If I’m unsure about something such as the setting, a place, an object, medical or police procedures, I do the research. There are various stages of editing that I go through for each book: critiques, beta reads, content, and grammatical/structural edits.
A.C. James: And what point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Ambrielle Kirk: Most of my stories are in third person point of view. I would like to write in first person, but I haven’t had a story idea that would be best told in first person, quite yet. I have not tried second, but have read it.
A.C. James: I prefer reading stories told in third person limited as well. Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Ambrielle Kirk: I’m on Facebook as well as Twitter. I love getting news and information from them. They are sometimes effective for marketing to an extent, but for the most part it’s good to be surrounded by like-minded authors. If I didn’t know any other authors, I would think that I was a crazy person surrounded by relatively normal people. This way when I update my status about having deep conversations with a fictional person, I know at least one person gets me.
A.C. James: LOL… What are you working on at the moment or next?
Ambrielle Kirk: I jump from project to project so I’m always working on at least 2 stories at once. Preferably two different genres at a time. Wolf’s Strength is the fifth book in the Caedmon Wolves series. As we speak, the draft is currently being fleshed out to fold in a secondary plot to the main story line. I’m also currently writing Donor Reloaded, the second book in my vampire romance and Tempted by Temptation, the second book in my biker romance. There’s plotting for a new story in there somewhere, too. Lol! J
A.C. James: Tell us more about Driven by Desire.
Ambrielle Kirk: My newest release is Driven by Desire. It’s an erotic contemporary about a biker club. Each book will focus on a single brother. I love writing flawed characters in all my stories, and this series is no exception. Here’s the blurb for Driven by Desire:
Tanya gets in way over her head when she decides that the cure to her lovesickness includes playing the field to her advantage. She vows to enjoy one reckless night with a man to help rid her mind of the ex who trashed her heart. There is one who fits the bill…
Marcus is the complete opposite of Tanya’s ex. As a member of Rugged Riders, a notorious biker club, he and his brothers are known for their street-savvy swagger and their wicked ways with women. When they first meet up, Tanya and Marcus attain a mutual understanding, and she knows just what to expect from him—a thrill ride when she needs it and nothing more. When Tanya finds out that Marcus has more in common with her ex than she thought, she sets up even more barriers to guard her heart.
Not only is Marcus a beast in bed and a thrill seeker behind his bike, he dominates in the boardroom as CEO of multi-million dollar company, Svelte Technologies. He’s no stranger when it comes to the game of pursuing what he wants. And Marcus wants Tanya for real and in his life exclusively.
Tanya will need more than just a helmet when she’s driven by desire.
A.C. James: That sounds intriguing. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Ambrielle Kirk: Visit me on my website at http://ambriellekirk.com
A.C. James: Thank you for interviewing today on my Paranormal Passion blog! Good luck with your next release, Wolf’s Strength, and we look forward to having you back when it’s released.
Tour Wide Caedmon Wolves Giveaway:
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Wolf-Shifter Romance
Number of pages: 418 print
Tamara would risk her life to gain freedom. She’s finally built up the courage to escape from a world of abuse by the hands of man who promised her the world. One night she makes a break for it, but her plans backfire. She begins to believe that she was never meant to be happy. When all hope of freedom fades, she stumbles across a wolf that brings her to safety. She learns to trust the wolf, but has yet to trust the man.
Devin, potential future leader of the Caedmon Pack, returns to the foothills of his Virginia home after five long years as a lone wolf. Rivals within the circle challenge him and threaten to strip him of his true birthright. Being bound to lead the pack was not something Devin had planned for his life, but letting his people fall prey to turmoil under the rule of his cousin Darius is out of the question. The night of Devin’s rise to Alpha leader is approaching. Despite opposition, he’s gained an impressive following. That is until he brings a human among the pack.
Tamara can’t deny the attraction she feels toward Devin. The Alpha leader-to-be simply cannot resist Tamara’s lure. When they are together, their tribulations take the backburner. Their desire for one another grows as they consummate their passion in wolf’s haven. Will Devin forfeit the most coveted position within the Caedmon Pack to bond with his chosen mate? Can Tamara trust Devin with her mind, heart, body, and soul or will the memories of her abuse dissuade her from being bound to the wolf?
Selene is thrust into the aftermath of Caedmon pack rivalry when determination to help a friend leads her to the foothills of the Virginia mountains. She doesn’t anticipate that her generosity would earn her a place behind bars and at the mercy of man who saves her from a sentence worse than death. Soon she discovers that Nick is far from ordinary. Under the façade of his commitment to protect her from evil hides a secret that shatters her faith in him.
Nick knew his life would be forever changed when Devin, the new Caedmon leader, honors him with the title of Second-in-Command. With this responsibility, he’s introduced to a web of pack politics and threats. Darius, the banished wolf who lost the most coveted title within the pack, turns out to be a sore loser, and he demands either complete dominance or total destruction. Someone must stop him before he tears down the unity that has held the pack together for decades.
In the midst of it all, he meets a tempting brazen beauty. Selene is not just any woman, and the wolf inside reminds Nick of this fact every time she’s in his presence. She awakens raging passion within him, and he desires her like no other. Nick’s past misfortunes has taught him many things. For one…never trust a woman with his heart.
True love awaits in the path of danger, but will Selene and Nick let the chaos destroy their bond?
Jayson Truman is captivated by his boss’s daughter. He finds himself fantasizing about the many ways he’d like to have his way with Arianna Klein. Despite Mr. Klein’s strong connections to the Caedmon community, he and Jayson have never seen eye to eye on any matter. Lusting after his daughter only adds fuel to the flames. Their long-standing business relationship begins to unravel. Secrets are exposed, and loyalty is tested. Jayson is warned to stay away from Arianna…
Cutting family ties seems like Arianna’s only recourse to regaining control of her life. Yet, steering clear of her father is easier said than done, especially when she holds the key to his business’s success…or failure. And as if her life weren’t dictated enough by men with oversized egos, add Jayson to the equation and his many attempts to lay claim to her. If he thinks she’s going to swoon at his feet like a sex crazed maniac, he’s got another thing coming. But Arianna is not the only one with a key. Jayson may very well be the pawn she needs to get her out of the mess that her father has built.
Jayson will put his life on the line for Arianna, but will he gain her love and acceptance in return?
Multi-published author Ambrielle Kirk writes erotic, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. Ambrielle lives in Atlanta, GA where she works in the accounting and finance industry. She holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting. Since graduation she’s worked in the public and private accounting sectors. She is the wife of a loving husband, and the mother of a beautiful girl. She works and writes full-time. A bestselling author in several sub-genres at ARe and Amazon, she has also earned a 2012 Swirl Award in the paranormal category. She’s a member of RWA, FF&P special interest chapter of RWA, and co-founder and treasurer of Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural special interest chapter of RWA. Ambrielle Kirk is also an admin at the blog, IRMC Books.