Amber Rigby Grosjean Interview

When did you decide to become a writer?
The decision to be a writer came to me when I was only 11 years old. I was going through a lot of things at that time. I was constantly being teased and really didn't have any friends, not true friends. Once I found writing, I also found myself. It helped me get through the teasing so I could face my tomorrows and made me stronger as a human being.

What was your first published work?
The first piece I ever had 'published' was my poem My Family in high school. It was for a contest through Allen County Public Library for school ages kids in my area at the time. I was the only one who entered from my school, North Side. I won honorable mention which was the same as third place. All the poems, which won, was placed in a book and is only found at the libraries in Fort Wayne. I was very proud of that poem because it meant I made the first step of realizing my dream.
The first official publication though was my book, Cursed Blood, which was published in 2007 and released in Feb of the same year. My true lifelong dream was a reality.

What is your dream as a writer?
My dream as a writer is simple. To be read. It would be nice to quit my day job and only write as a living but that's another dream. I just want people to read my work and learn about themselves. Some of my work does have life lessons in them and I hope people can grow by reading them, maybe become a better person because of it. My first childhood was to save the world. I still would love to do that, with my writing. One person at a time.

What writing avenues are you currently pursuing?
Not sure I understand that question. If you mean what I write, I write everything. I don't want to be restricted in any way. I write horror (Cursed Blood, among other titles not finished), mysteries, adventures, non-fiction, children's stories, science fiction, and of course, poetry.

Is there anything you wish you'd been told early on in your career?
I wish I was told I could do it more often I guess. Support is a big deal for a writer, no matter the age. I encourage parents to believe in their children, no matter how obserd writing sounds to them. If it turns out to be a phaze, let the child go through the adventure and give them the support. It is very important to do that.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Never give up. Dreams really do come true! Look at me. 20 years and I finally did it with everything against me. I did it. If I can, you can too! Don't let anyone tell you its not going to happen, listen to your heart. If it says its right, go for it! You only live once!!

Anything else you want our readers to know?
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