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"A Hero's Heart"
Rad-Reader: How did you come up with such an intense character as Jarrett Brandt?
Amber: I adore tough, flawed heroes, especially those battling addiction, so I suppose Jarrett is a homage to action movie heroes. You know the kind, bad boys who are ice on the outside, cotton candy on the in, filled with personal honor and wild in bed? YUM!
Rad-Reader: His father was a piece of work, right there in your face. But, was his mom made to be passive aggressive or was that just me reading more into it?
Amber: I don’t believe that Linda, Jarrett’s mom, was passive-aggressive. Even though she was an obedient wife, she was strong when it counted and often put her foot down and defied her husband when needed. She was hesitant and timid toward her son because she didn’t want to push him away.
Rad-Reader: I felt his pull to come home was to show himself he could face his demons, his brother being the safest. Or was it always to show his parents and see Marissa Reinn Brandt?
Amber: Jarrett definitely wanted to face his demons and make peace with his deceased brother. He didn’t want to see his parents or Marissa because that would just be too difficult and awkward for everyone involved.
Rad-Reader: Marissa was one spunky chick. She wanted Jarrett forever. It wasn’t until her husband came home damaged and more edgy like the Jarrett she remembered that she married him. You kind of slip that in quietly if you aren’t paying attention, you miss it. Was it meant for her husband to seem to take more risk when he found she was using him as a substitute for Jarrett?
Amber: After Joel came back from the war, he acted tougher, more confident and Marissa found herself drawn to him. It wasn’t until after they married with a child that she realized that she didn’t truly love him as he deserved and that she had unwittingly used him a substitute for the man she really wanted.
Rad-Reader: Jarrett’s mother loved him even though she loved her husband and stood by him. She showed it by giving him something she saved for him. How did you come up with this touch?
Amber: I’m a romantic at heart and I love second chances, plus I’m a girly girl. I love jewelry. Jarrett gave Marissa a promise ring as a symbol of his love and devotion but then he abruptly left her and disappeared for ten years. The pain Marissa experienced is heartbreaking. Linda kept the ring because, even though Marissa had married her other son, she knew that Marissa still held the key to Jarrett’s heart.
Rad-Reader: The betrayal: Was that thought of from the beginning or was it something that came to you as the story progressed?
Amber: I decided to go with a betrayal plot as I first outlined the book. Jarrett and Marissa’s emotional problems carried throughout the book, as well as Jarrett’s uncanny ability to lie his booty off for his family’s own good, but I wanted the action part (the betrayal) to come from a secondary or outside source.
Rad-Reader: Did you do any research on DEA agents? Their life styles? Their families?
Amber: I always do a ton of research to make a fictional book as authentic as possible even though I twist facts now and then. I researched different DEA divisions, office locations, publicized missions of influential agents, lifestyles, how the job affects agents’ families, qualifications to join the agency, plus so much more.
Rad-Reader: What are the first 3 words you think of when you think of your newest book?
Amber: Action. Suspenseful. Sexy.
Rad-Reader: What would your newest lead character like about themselves?
Amber: Jarrett has a lot of problems but he wants to right the wrongs in his past, keep his loved ones safe and never disgrace himself again. In other words, what he likes most about himself is his determination.
Rad-Reader: Laptop, desktop or longhand when writing your wonderful story like anything “A Hero’s Heart”?
Amber: I plot longhand and on my laptop but I write the story exclusively on my laptop.
Rad-Reader: Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, or hardback books?
Amber: I read all three kinds of books but I prefer print books. It doesn’t matter whether it’s paperback or hardback but I love to have a physical copy of a book in my hands.
Rad-Reader: Do you read reviews and do they affect your day either way good or bad?
Amber: I do read reviews. I always feel honored and overjoyed with good reviews but I try to view bad reviews as a way to improve. However, though, I ignore bad reviews if the reader doesn’t give constructive criticism or reasons why she/he didn’t like the book.
Rad-Reader: Who does your covers and do you have any say over them?
Amber: I’m not sure who creates my covers but I don’t have much say as to what the covers look like. I tell the editor what I want, she relates it to the BTGN design department and, as far as I know, the cover artist picks and chooses what he/she likes from my ideas to create the cover.Rad-Reader: I thought that was a really good cover it was exactly what you thought you were going to read about.
Rad-Reader: What are you working on now?
Amber: Right now, I’m writing the second book of a trilogy that I plotted last year. (I haven’t contracted the series yet with my publisher.) These books have nothing to do with A Hero’s Heart but the leading males are all bad boys with tempers and serious problems.
Rad-Reader: There are a lot of books turned into movies any you can think of you like the movie better than the book?
Amber: Well, I know a lot of fans may not agree with this, but I enjoy the True Blood series on HBO more than I do The Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris. Both are incredible but, since I watched the show before I read some of the books, I like it better.
Rad-Reader: Is there an author you would like to meet and why?
Amber: Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon are my two favorite authors. They easily bring their characters to life and I connect so much with those characters. Their books are must haves for me, no matter the series.
Rad-Reader: Where can we reach you? Facebook, Goodreads, Tweeter, etc…
Social Media Links:
Blogsite – http://amberdaultonauthor.blogspot.com/
Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/amber.daulton.author
Facebook Friend Page – www.facebook.com/amber.daulton.5
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AmberDaulton1
Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/amberdaulton5/
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