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Now let's revisit with novelist Amber Stockton, author of Stealing Hearts (Barbour/Harlequin, October 2012).
Amber, please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
-- I published my first novel before the age of 30.
-- My career as a web designer (and now a virtual assistant) began while working for actress, Jane Seymour (of Dr. Quinn fame).
-- Before I married, I was the only living female Miller in my family (name given at birth, and not married into it).
-- My husband was my first kiss, my first relationship, and my first date, and we didn’t meet until I was 27.
-- With my children, it makes for the 4th generation of Washington Redskins fans in our family.
I don't think I knew that about you and Stuart, Amber. What a cool story. And now you two have such a cute family!
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Stealing Hearts.
When Grace Baxton comes face-to-face with the thief who broke into her uncle's home, she isn't prepared for meeting Andrew Bradenton—not a young boy out to cause trouble and no hardened criminal, either. The judge sentences Andrew Bradenton to work for the Baxton family, and being forced to see him almost daily, Grace struggles with forgiveness.
Out of guilt, Andrew offers to help Grace search for an heirloom book. When a handsome stranger appears with the book in hand, warming Grace's heart and finding favor with her uncle, Grace is torn over her growing attraction for both men.
Andrew tries to prove the stranger is up to no good, but after key documents and money go missing from her uncle's safe, Andrew is seen as the guilty party. How will Grace discover the truth?
What is it about Andrew that will make your readers care about him?
Andrew Bradenton is a victim of circumstance, and he does everything he can to make amends. His pride is still bruised a bit, and he eats a bit of humble pie, but he doesn’t let it get him down. He also has a rascally side that was fun to write.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
and Ashley Johnson.
What would you say was the turning point in your path to becoming a published author?
Without a doubt, it was sitting down with then-editor Jim Peterson in 2004 at the Denver ACFW conference and chatting about some book ideas I had. One struck a chord with him, and 2 years later, that story became my first book sold. Jim and Tracie Peterson took a risk on me, and 6 years later, I have 13 books sold. They both encouraged me, guided me, and helped me grow into a professional writing career.
What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?
Love Finds You in Wildrose, North Dakota by Tracey Bateman. She paints an able-bodied heroine with faults who is also likeable and vulnerable in her headstrong nature. The hero is grieving but draws out your empathy as he struggles to care for his daughter in the wake of his wife’s death. His devotion to his daughter is endearing, even if his distant behavior toward his wife’s sister is aggravating.
What are you working on now?
I have a trilogy requested for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical, and thanks to editor Tina James, I have detailed notes that is making the entire plot and characters stronger. Now, all I need is the time to finish the revisions for her. *grins* I’m also working on revisions for a trilogy for Harvest House, and a potential novel for Summerside/Guideposts in the Love Finds You line. All of those are under speculation right now. No contracts yet.
Busy woman! That's fantastic. Where else can readers find you online?
The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:
Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
If someone in your life ever betrayed you in some way, yet your paths still crossed on a regular basis, what would you do to make working together possible?
Thank you, Amber, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Amber has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 18. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Amber's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
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