Hello SASSE Readers, let’s welcome Ambrielle Kirk to our SASSE World. Pull up a chair and tell me if you prefer tea or coffee for our little chat.
Ambrielle: Either coffee or tea will work for me. I'm a big fan of both. Coffee revs me up in the morning and also gives me that push I need to start writing or doing administrative tasks related to indie publishing. I drink tea as a way to wind down after a long day and sometimes when the day gets a little stressful and I just need time out to think a situation or plot point through. Tea is soothing and the hot herbal aroma is nice to curl up in bed with.
SASSE: Tell the readers a little about yourself. How did you get into writing? Have you always thought you would be a romance writer?
Ambrielle: Well, I write multicultural romance under the pen name Ambrielle Kirk. Like many other writers, I started reading avidly at a young age. In my pre-teens, I began reading contemporary romances. I skipped young adult romance stories as I'm not sure they were as readily available as they are today. It's been over a decade since I picked up a pencil and began writing my first romance on college-ruled notebooks. I wish I could remember what led me to write a story other than I wanted to tell my own HEA with my own set of characters who looked just like I did. I often cross genres in my stories but the romance aspect is usually a big element for me. I never thought about a career in writing when I was younger. I've always wanted to be an accountant. I feel blessed to be able to pursue my career path in accounting, but my passion is to be able to write fiction exclusively.
SASSE: What was the first romance book you ever read? What did you think? What was your first impression of the genre?
Ambrielle: Wow! I wish I could remember that detail, but once I discovered that I could have my own library card and access to unlimited books I read and checked out books like there was absolutely no tomorrow. I was in love with reading a good happily ever after. I guess I can say that my first impression was I could relate to the romance aspect of the story, but the books were missing main characters of color.
SASSE: Can you explain to the readers about the Rugged Riders Series? How did you come up with this series, what it is about?
Ambrielle: My ideas for stories come from small aspects of my life or things that I've observed in other's lives.
SASSE: Are each one of the stories in the series a standalone? Or will reader need to start at the first one to understand what is going on?
Ambrielle: Rugged Riders series stories are connected because of the link between the heroes, which is the biker club they're in. Each hero and heroine has his or her own goals and motivations. References are often made from book to book, so it may be in the reader's best interest to start at the first one to avoid spoilers.
SASSE: Bring us into the world of your latest release Taken by Temptation. Introduce the readers to Trent and Zaira.
Ambrielle: We get a glimpse of both Trent and Zaira in the first book Driven by Desire. Zaira is the best friend of the heroine in the first book and coincidentally Trent is the best friend of the hero. However Trent and Zaira met each other long before the couple did in the first book. In fact, Trent and Zaira were friends who kept dancing around this blatant attraction to each other. Trent wants to remain loyal to his brotherhood and Zaira's father, and Zaira has issues with Trent's gambling addiction and his interest in one-night stands. Trent's in love with Zaira, but he'll have a hell of time convincing her that he's a changed man.
SASSE: What was the most emotional challenging scene to write in the book? Do you normal find yourself getting emotional while you write; crying, screaming…sighing?
Ambrielle: The most emotional scene for me was when Trent finally comes clean about his past life. It's always been hard for him to talk about the fact that he was homeless, living on streets, and came from a broken home. The second most emotional scene of the book was probably the turning point when Zaira felt betrayed. I can't really give much away though.
SASSE: If you could write in any genre that you have never written in before what would it be?
Ambrielle: It would be something along the lines of a science fiction or fantasy. I really enjoy world building and paranormal romance is my favorite genre. There's something empowering about creating your own rules, boundaries, and limits and applying them to a fictional world.
SASSE: Thank you, Ambrielle, this has been just delightful to sit back with you and learn a little more about you and your story.
Multi-published author Ambrielle Kirk writes diverse, edgy and seductive romance: multicultural erotic, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. As a bestselling author in several sub-genres, she's 2012 Swirl Award winner and 2014 Romance of Novel Excellence (RONE) Award nominee in the paranormal categories. She's a PAN member of RWA, FF&P RWA, and co-founder and treasurer of CIM RWA.
She loves weaving tales where undying love is the main element. When she's not writing, she's plotting. When she's not writing or plotting, she's reading. Her reading and writing tastes varies between anything from alpha bad boys and billionaires to vampires and shifters. She's a thirty-something year old wife, mother, book hoarder, 90s music fan, earl grey tea drinker, dark roast coffee fiend, platform and stiletto shoe collector, Keurig lover, and martial arts/action movie fanatic.
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