Today I’m interviewing Amber D. Tran, author of “Moon River”. Thank you so much for taking the time to be interviewed today, Amber!
Leigh: Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Amber D. Tran, and I was born and raised in Hundred, West Virginia. I started writing when I was in the 5th grade. I write as a hobby. I am a senior technical writer and Scrum Master full-time for a software company in northern Alabama.
Leigh: What was the first book you remember reading?
I know I read many books before this one, but the first book that came to mind is called (hopefully) Larry the Alligator. It was my favorite book as a kid.
Leigh: Can you tell us anything about your current project?
My current project is my debut poetry chapbook. I’m currently in the works of trying to get it published. Aside from that, I’m also currently working on my second novel, which is about deaths that occur out of queue.
Leigh: What was your hardest scene to write in “Moon River” and why?
To avoid spoilers, the hardest scene was when Abigail and Ryan are in the back of the Camaro and Abigail learns that Ryan is still abusing morphine. Because this scene was inspired by real events, it really hurt me having to live that moment again. I inserted a lot of myself in Abigail, and I recall how I felt when I saw the medicinal gloss in his eyes. That was painful to go through again.
Leigh: Do you have a special time to write? How is your writing day structured?
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, I spend a few hours each evening writing. It does not always include writing. Sometimes, it includes projects that I need to read or updates to my social media accounts. On weekends, it is a free-for-all, and I am lucky to get some time to read or write.
Leigh: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
This is going to sound cliché, but do not give up on your writing. Many times, I considered throwing away my love for writing, thinking that it wouldn’t amount to anything, but here I am with a debut novel and multiple poetry publications under my belt, all of which would not have happened if I had given up. It is going to be tough. The journey is not easy. However, it is worth every bit.
Leigh: Where can readers learn more about you and your work?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Amber-D-Tran/e/B01M1FTQI0/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Thank you very much, Amber, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
Amber D. Tran’s Bio:
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a concentration in creative writing, Amber moved to northern Alabama. She married her husband after meeting him in a Dragon Ball Z chat room. She is currently employed as a senior technical writer and Scrum Master for a software company. In her free time, she enjoys playing League of Legends and discovering dive bars with her girlfriends.
She is featured in Calliope, Sonic Boom Journal, HeartWood Literary Magazine, Speculative 66, Blue Stoat, and Spry Literary Journal. Her novel Moon River was released in September. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Cold Creek Review literary journal. Her essay “Saltwater” will be featured in the upcoming anthology This Bridge Called Language, available in print in 2017.
Amber currently lives in Alabama with her husband and two dogs, Ahri and Ziggs.