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Amber Royer writes the CHOCOVERSE comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the BEAN TO BAR MYSTERIES. She is also the author of STORY LIKE A JOURNALIST: A WORKBOOK FOR NOVELISTS, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel. She blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate at www.amberroyer.com. Much of this knowledge has come from teaching creative writing for both UT Arlington Continuing Education and Writing Workshops Dallas. She has been teaching and serving as an author coach for going on a decade and a half, and before that she was a youth librarian. Amber lives in Texas, with her husband who is s ...more

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Amber Royer The barista put a cup on the counter. "There is no more coffee -- in the world."…moreThe barista put a cup on the counter. "There is no more coffee -- in the world."(less)
Amber Royer I don't usually get writer's block, because I look at writing like any other job. Like Faulkner said, "I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I …moreI don't usually get writer's block, because I look at writing like any other job. Like Faulkner said, "I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o'clock every morning." Only -- I'm not a morning person. We're talking more like two in the afternoon, at the earliest.

On the somewhat rare occasions when I do find myself blocked, it means either I'm afraid of something (like a really emotional scene, or something I'm not sure I want other people to read), my perfectionism is kicking in (I want the scene to be better than it is turning out), or there's something wrong with the plot (and my brain is trying to tell me I'm pushing in the wrong direction). The key to getting past a block is to figure out which it is. If it's a plot issue, it's time to revise the outline. If it's a scene issue, moving on to the next scene that is vivid in my mind will allow me to figure out the shape of the bridge I need to build to get to it. Fear is more difficult to have a standard fix for. Sometimes it is just about forcing myself to write SOMETHING during the time I have allotted.(less)
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Now that the blog tour for Grand Openings Can Be Murder has wrapped, here's a recap. Thanks to everyone who has helped support this book!

12/15/2020: Mystery Fanfare: Chocolate Maker vs. Chocolatier: How Choosing a Protagonist’s Focus Changes the Parameters of Cozy.
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"It's such a joy to start a new cozy mystery series and this book, the 1st instalment in Amber Royer's Bean to Bar Mystery series, is no exception! In Grand Openings Can Be Murder set in Galveston Island, Texas, Felicity Koerber has moved back to her " Read more of this review »
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"What a great start to a new series. I could tell the author did her research. A lot of thought, planning and technique went into this story. It was intriguing, intense. I really enjoyed how entertaining the story was and it had some great characters." Read more of this review »
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Toni Morrison
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
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Ernest Hemingway
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Wild Years

Mark Twain
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

William Faulkner
“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o'clock every morning.”
William Faulkner

Anton Chekhov
“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Anton Chekhov

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