Ivan Amberlake is an urban fantasy writer whose début novel “The Beholder” was selected for review by Harper Collins on December 1, 2011. He is currently working on Book 2 of The Beholder series called “Path of the Heretic” and the continuation of “Diary of the Gone”.
Ivan has a Masters Degree in Linguistics and works as a teacher. His greatest passion is writing.
Ivan has contributed to the newly released book "Fusion" a set of short stories produced by the members of Breakwater Harbor Books. His piece is called Diary Of The Gone and there is a short excerpt below to wet the appetite.
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Diary of the Gone, a short excerpt from Ivan Amberlakes short story from the Fusion anthology.
Ivan also has another book out at the moment called The Beholder. It's an urban fantasy, with some very dark elements. It's climbing the charts really well at the moment, and if stories of darkness and light are your thing, then you should check it out.
Worlds of light and darkness are about to clash. And Jason will be in the thick of it.
Around the world people die under mysterious circumstances. Each has a sign. Each is a piece of a jigsaw puzzle.
A NYC interior designer Jason Walker receives a message saying he is the final piece.
Emily Ethan, a startling beauty with supernatural powers, appears and tells Jason that powers dormant within him are about to wake. He is the only person who can prevent darkness from enslaving the world. He is the Beholder whose advent has been awaited for many years.
Setting out on a journey with Emily, Jason discovers the world he could have never imagined, but the greatest surprise arrives the moment he realizes he has fallen in love with Emily.
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A Quick Get To Know The Author
Five facts about you that people won’t know about you. Can you juggle? Ride a bike with no hands? Drink beer upside down? Something unusual… GO!
1. I can play the guitar, not like something romantic, but really heavy metal that gives most people a splitting headache.
2. I know I’ll have some good luck if a black cat crosses my path. In my country they are always considered bad luck, but I see them in a different way.
3. Even though my favourite number is 7, I cannot help admitting 13 brings me luck. I once purchased a lottery ticket that had 13 as a serial number, and the lottery took place on the 13th. To my surprise, I got back the money I spent on the ticket, and I never win anything.
4. I used to collect English dictionaries – glossaries, thesauruses, grammar reference books. That was the first thing I looked for in a book store.
5. I love sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory, Friends and some others. I can watch them over and over again, just can’t help myself.
Five facts about your newest book that people won’t know. Some background history on one of your characters maybe? Maybe it was going to be called something completely different to start out with? Is it the same genre it started out as?
1. The Beholder started as a completely different book, and I had only one character when I started writing it. It was a while later that the other characters appeared.
2. I added romance into the book though initially I wasn't going to.
3. It often seems to me the book wrote itself—even in the first draft I found places I liked, but never remembered writing about. I don’t know if that happens to all writers or just me, but it’s a fascinating feeling.
4. I had a different ending to the book. It made my beta readers and editor so confused they kept asking to explain what was really going on in there. I eventually had to make a different ending, which most readers really like and find unexpected.
5. It took me about 3 years to finish this book—I really hope it will take less time for me to write the next one.
Five facts about your next book… Name, genre, expected date of release…
1. It’s called Path of the Heretic. It’s Book 2 of The Beholder Series.
2. It’s still Urban/Paranormal Fantasy, but with a darker tinge.
3. I hope it will be published in 2014.
4. There will be more characters, more action, and more mysteries.
5. I’m planning a huge surprise at the end of the book.
Three tips that you think might be useful for other authors… anything you want. It could be, to write a certain amount every day, only write after midnight and never get Gizmo wet (Sorry, that’s Gremlins not writers! My bad.) Maybe it’s some information that was given to you that has helped your process…
1. My first tip: Don’t stop writing. Once you do it’s really—nearly impossible—to get back to it. You’ll find too many reasons not to sit at your desk and go on writing a book.
2. Not to be tempted to do anything else, switch off your Internet. Just for half an hour a day—it’ll tremendously increase your chances to write something new or revise something old (at least that worked for me).
3. If you don’t have an editor, find a few friends who will care enough to read your book and offer you their sincere thoughts. I know it’s difficult, but you should try. And it would be cool if your friends were harsh in their critique, because that’s what actually helps a writer make his or her book better. As my fellow writer said, “Wouldn’t you rather get a harsh private critique than a scathing one-star review on Amazon?” I hope that’ll helps.
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