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Spotlight Interview with Romance Suspense Author Amber Lea Easton

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Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published fiction and nonfiction author. For 20 years, she’s worked in the fields of journalism and advertising with a brief detour into the financial industry. Although she holds a BA in Communications: Journalism, she is a perpetual student of life who enjoys taking courses on a wide variety of subjects when time allows. Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes about strong female characters who have their flaws and challenges, but who ultimately persevere.

Easton first started writing when she was a nine-year-old sitting on her parents’ roof. “Yes, I was naughty,” shared Easton. “I would scribble in notebooks and dream big dreams. Now I’m far from nine years old, a published novelist and freelance journalist who is still dreaming those big dreams. Yes, I’m still naughty more often than not.”

Some of the things that have influenced/inspired Easton’s writing are the experiences from her own life. “I attract chaos to me like a magnet, which has brought a lot of adventure and interesting characters into my life. All those experiences have enhanced my writing, given me more depth, and truly been worthwhile even if I doubted it at the time.”

For some writers things come quite easily, like creating the setting, and other things aren’t so easy, like deciding on a title. Easton, who loves writing strong female characters, shared that the ending of her novel is difficult to write. “I change them constantly, right up to final submission. I think endings are one of the most important aspects of a novel. A disappointing ending leaves a bad taste in a reader’s mouth and can ruin a perfectly good story.” As the author continues, “There are about five different endings to Riptide sitting on my computer right now, but I’m happy with the one that made the final cut.”

Riptide is Amber Lea Easton’s recently released contemporary romantic suspense novel from Siren. It is about Lauren Biltmore, an anchorwoman who finds her life shattered after a violent attack. She goes from reporting the news to the lead story on all the headlines. She escapes the spotlight by fleeing to her brother’s home in the Cayman Islands. Haunted by nightmares, all she wants is a distraction from reality.

Distraction arrives via sexy screenwriter, Noah Reynolds. His take-me-to-bed looks mask a past ripe with scandal. He knows he should stay away from Lauren, especially when the worst night of her life unlocks his writer’s block as he’s dealing with a stalker of his own, but ethics are his weakness.

Attraction sizzles beneath Caribbean sunshine. As their relationship grows, Noah’s stalker intensifies her torment. Lauren wonders if her paranoia is justified or a carryover from her past. What’s real? What’s imagined? Tentative trust is tested as their love is swept up against a riptide of deceit, murder, and revenge.

Her characters and story plots are all inspired from life, people she encounters, and just plain old human nature. Easton writes mostly romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and mystery/thrillers, both in print and eBook. “I think the electronic medium is a plus for the publishing industry because it creates a broader readership base,” shared Easton.

However, she is quick to share her thoughts on the ever-growing print-on-demand and self-publishing book industry. “I think self-publishing is good for established writers who have gone through the process and know the business. This is where people may get ‘sensitive’ on me… just because someone has a computer and can push the enter button, however, doesn’t mean they should upload their book and call themselves an author.” As Easton explains, “Quality is what I worry about down the road of publishing if people snub the idea of publishing houses and editors–which we all NEED.” And quality is what you get when reading one of Amber Lea Easton’s novels. You can tell she puts her heart and soul into every novel, chapter, character, scene and word. I’m sure her fans are happy to know how important quality means to this romance author.

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