Amber Benson

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: February 19, 2009

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Interview

Hello Amber,

Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.

To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about your book and yourself.

My first solo novel, Death's Daughter, is coming out at the end of Feb. It's the first in a 3 book series, so I have my plate full with the next two of installments.

I'am an actor/filmmaker/novelist. I spent three years on a television show called Buffy The Vampire Slayer and it was through a connection I made while working on the show with novelist, Chris Golden, that I started writing comic books and prose. I have made three feature films including my latest that I co-directed with Adam Busch called, Drones. I just try and keep as busy as possible--especially because the busier I am, the better shot I have at paying my bills.

If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?

I would be one of the Attack Gopi . Gopi are Hindu milkmaids that follow the God Krishna around. I took license and made them a little more "intense" in Death's Daughter.

Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?

I like to write in coffee shops. Usually it's me and about twenty-five other folks working on their screenplays since I live in LA. I actually listened to the cd "Correatown" by Angela Correa. It was the soundtrack to the book.

Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?

Well, it's the hero's journey told from the female perspective and then updated to a more urban, contemporary environment.

Please tell us what you have planned next?

I'am working on the next two books in the series and I just finished a middle grade book for Alladin.

What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?

I did more research on the fashion aspects of the book. I kind of already knew a bit more about mythology and religion, but I definitely did a bunch more research for that stuff, too. I really like researching, but I tend to get distracted and end up learning way more about something than I intended to.

What would you like to tell your readers?

I just hope they enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?

I have some friends that I share work with, but not a critique group per say. I find that it can be very helpful to get the opinions of people that you trust.

Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?

Well, the second book in the Death's Daughter series deals with Egyptian mythology.

Thank you for this opportunity!