“I feel that you certainly have to have an understanding of what you are writing, and you do that by immersing yourself in the scene, the emotion, the character, the memory you are trying to describe. I don’t feel you can describe something or show the reader why they should care about what you’re talking about if you don’t believe in what you’re writing. I don’t feel you can detach from your subject and simultaneously convince your readers to care.”
“For me, writing helps me work through what I am thinking and feeling. It clarifies what feels all jumbled up inside – like rolling a desperately tangled skein of yarn before you can keep crocheting. It takes work, patience, and time. Sometimes you come out the other end with something you were expecting, a belief that holds true. And sometimes, your whole world perspective shifts. But then, that is the magic of books. Is it not?”
“It starts as a stream of consciousness, a mind movie. When I decide to make it public, I think I go through a process of making anything like style transparent, so that you just read and get lost in the dream. If you wake up and think, oh, that was beautifully written, that’s my ego getting in the way.”
Local author Amber Byers talks about her newest book and more!
“My desire as an artist, be it with words or with music, is to create beauty and to reflect truth with a distinctive voice.”
“I think girls and students need to know this, that it is more inspiring for them than is a victim narrative, and that to ignore the accomplished and highly educated women of past times is another form of misogyny, part of our general ignorance of history.”
“There is always present the contemplation of the divine and what it might mean for those of us who live within the sphere of the created world. And then there is erotic love, or sex, which is the eternal subject around which the world revolves. In many respects, not much has changed in the past four hundred years.”
“I was inspired by the birth of my first child. The story had always been up there, in the attic of my mind so to speak, but after she was born, I started to write feverishly. Initially, that meant a lot of outlines, character notes, and ramblings in notebooks. After a year, I read through then carefully, and translated the story into a cohesive structure. The only way I could do that was via my typewriter.”