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Amber Smith

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Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of young adult and middle novels, including The Way I Used to Be, The Last to Let Go, Something Like Gravity, and her forthcoming middle grade debut, Code Name: Serendipity. She has also contributed to the YA anthology, Our Stories, Our Voices, edited by Amy Reed. An advocate for mental health, gendered violence, and LGBTQ equality, Amber writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her wife and their ever-growing family of rescued dogs and cats. You can find her online at AmberSmithAuthor.com.

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Amber Smith Hello, and thanks so much for your question! (I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to respond--I had no idea I had questions waiting for me).

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Hello, and thanks so much for your question! (I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to respond--I had no idea I had questions waiting for me).

Great question! When I first began writing this book, Eden was very similar to me, but then as the story grew and I spent more and more and more time with Eden, she started become her own person. I feel like this happens with every book I write--the main character starts out as almost an alter ego for me, but then by the end is someone VERY different!

With Eden and her story, it was not so much the specific events and characterizations that ended up being based on reality; it's the emotional world of the book is what ended up being very real for me and came out of a lot of real-life experiences I've been through.



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Amber Smith Hi Cynthia! (Okay, first of all -- I'm so sorry it has taken so long to respond! I had no idea until a few minutes ago I've had a ton of questions sit…moreHi Cynthia! (Okay, first of all -- I'm so sorry it has taken so long to respond! I had no idea until a few minutes ago I've had a ton of questions sitting here for years!)

What great questions--thanks for asking!

It felt like a very natural progression for me, moving from visual art to writing. I always wrote--a lot of journaling, poetry, that sort of thing. And when I got out of college and grad school, I found that for the first time in many years, I no longer had a studio space to create art in, so I started going smaller and smaller with my artwork, incorporating mixed media and pieces of my writing and poetry into the art I was making, until writing ended up becoming my main creative outlet.

To answer the second part of your question, I don't think any one form of art is necessarily more expressive than another, but they are very different, and I think the way people interact with them is also different. To me, music is very immediate, visual art is more physical, and writing and reading can be more a little more intimate or private (if that makes sense?)(less)
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New Year, New Book! (Code Name: Serendipity + Giveaway details)

Hello Readers!

Wow, 2021 was rough, am I right? But 2022 is finally here...and I am celebrating with a new book! It's called Code Name: Serendipity, my debut middle-grade novel.

Code Name Serendipity by Amber Smith
If any of you follow me on social, you know I have a weakness/passion/calling to help animals, evidenced by my SEVEN rescues (two dogs, five cats).

So, to all my fellow dog lovers...this book is for you.

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“He's not the hero and he's not the enemy and he's not a god. He's just a boy. And I'm just a girl, a girl who needs to pick up her own pieces and put them back together herself.”
Amber Smith, The Way I Used to Be

“I hate that just because you happen to be good at something,people automatically think that's what makes you happy,but it's not really like that, you know? It's not that simple.”
Amber Smith, The Way I Used to Be

“Maybe He'll get what he deserves. Maybe Not. Maybe I'll never find it in my heart to forgive him. And maybe there's nothing wrong with that,either. All those maybes swimming around my head make me think that "maybe" could just be another word for hope.”
Amber Smith, The Way I Used to Be

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Rick Schroeder Hi Amber,

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