Hi all, this past week, I have had the pleasure of doing an online interview with the very lovely A.D. McCammon, the author of In This Moment, and Crushed. Below you can see the interview and anything and everything there is to know about Amber and her books. I am so excited for you all to meet Amber. Hope you will enjoy reading this interview as much as I had conducting it. Without further ado, I give you A.D. McCammon:
Amber McCammon is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, avid reader, and writer. She released her debut novel, In This Moment, on January 4, 2017. She’s since released her second book, Crushed, and is currently working to complete the series.
When Amber isn’t focusing on her family or the written word, she enjoys traveling, crafts, and music.
She’s a Tennessee native with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she discovered her passion for writing and met her husband.
Authors like Tarryn Fisher, Colleen Hoover, Kim Holden, and Jamie McGuire inspired Amber to follow her heart and venture out into the world of self-publishing. She’s beyond excited about getting the chance to see her dream come to life.
Stalk Her At:
About the Books:
In This Moment:
“Our lives are made up of moments, and I used to think it was only the big moments that made an impact, but now I know even the smallest of moments can change your life forever.”
Two years ago, tragedy struck for Elizabeth Shea, ensuring her life would never be the same. Unable to let go of the past and unwilling to face the future, she closed herself off from the world and the people who loved her most.
“It’s strange how the worst day of your life can become the very thing that changes it for the better.”
Brenden Scott chose to embrace the ugliness life can offer and help others find their way through the darkness, but it took a near fatal night for him to truly begin to embrace life.
Now, he lives his life in the moment, enjoying it to the fullest and taking nothing for granted.
When Elizabeth and Brenden meet, they’re drawn to each other and an unlikely friendship forms. Brenden breathes new life into her, while Elizabeth heals parts of him he didn’t even realize were broken.
Though Brenden knows pursuing her is a bad idea, he can’t resist her pull. When emotions get involved and the lines start to blur, they find themselves standing on opposite sides of the tracks.
Elizabeth is desperate to put the pain and heartbreak behind her—to find herself again—but will she be able to let go of the past or fears holding her back and learn to live in this moment?
“It’s not the moment that defines you, it’s the choices you make in reaction to it.”
One smile. One bus ride. One conversation. The beginning of everything.
Julianna has never wanted anyone more than she’s wanted Eric, but sometimes, life doesn’t pan out quite how you expect. The past ten years have been defined by the worst night of her life. Blinded by the weight of her pain, she dropped out of college to marry the wrong guy and moved hundreds of miles away from her hometown. But her unsuccessful attempt to run away from her demons only lands her right back on the starting line.
Feeling lost and alone, Julianna must face the ghosts that haunt her and the people she left behind.
One crush. One wrong move. One bad decision. The end of the beginning.
To Eric, it’s always been Julianna, even though she’s never been his. She’s owned his heart and broken it all in the same breath. Now, after a series of poor choices caused him to hit rock bottom, Eric’s life is finally on the right track—until Julianna walks back into town. He hasn’t spoken to her since she left, thinking he’d never see her again, and his resolve is crumbling.
He knows he should keep his distance—she could shatter his world—but he can’t walk away from her.
Will Julianna and Eric finally get their happily ever after, or will the secrets they keep and the shadows of their past leave them Crushed?
Spotlight Author Interview
Getting to Know You:
1. Walk us through a day in your life.
My life isn’t very glamourous. I tend to get up insanely early so that I have some time to write (stare at my laptop) before madness ensues in my house. At the present time, most of my day is spent trying to potty train my toddler. “Do you need to go potty?” comes out of my mouth a hundred times a day. On top of that, I’m typically doing laundry and/or the dishes. I’m not much on cooking these days, but there is still some meal preparation happening too. Once everyone and everything is taken care of and the house goes quiet again, there’s more staring until I can no longer hold my eyes open.
2. What are you most grateful for in your life?
That’s a tough one because I’m extremely grateful for everyone in my life and everything that I have. I will say that on most days my husband ranks pretty high on that list. He’s loved me fiercely from the start, it was like sunshine and water for a wilting flower. Without it, I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today. No question.
3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
I’m not a very prideful person. I can be a little hard on myself, always pushing to do better and be better. But I couldn’t help feeling a little proud of myself when I published my debut novel. Putting myself out into the world in that way was so far outside of my comfort zone, I had to conquer a lot of fear and self-doubt to make it happen.
All About the Books:
1. Can you share the feeling you got when you finished writing your debut book and pushing the publish button? Do you still get the same feeling?
Outside of the pride for accomplishing this huge goal I’d set for myself, I was utterly terrified. I put so much of myself into my writing, sharing it with strangers felt like walking into a crowded room naked. With the second book, there was some excitement mixed in with the terror. It’s like after that first time you rode your bike without training wheels and didn’t get hurt, when you got back on you were ready to petal a little faster, but there was still a fear that you might fall.
2. I have read and loved both of your books, there is so much raw emotion in all of them. Can you share the inspiration for your books and characters with us?
Oh yes, lots of emotion, writing them was difficult at times. The inspiration behind the series actually came from a motivational poster that read, “Your life can be defined by a single moment. Let it be today.” The idea that our entire lives could be summed up by one moment annoyed me. The stories in this series are about real people experiencing and overcoming those supposed “life defining” moments.
As for the characters and their particular storylines, I used my personal fears, heartbreaks, and experiences as a point of inspiration. With In This Moment, Lizzy goes through something that I can’t even bear to imagine. But when I wrote those scenes, I put myself in her shoes. Her emotions and heartache feel real and raw because they were. There were times when I was sobbing as I wrote her story. In Crushed, Julianna is someone who’s bought into the idea that her life has been defined by this single moment that changed her forever. She feels broken and unworthy of love, which is exactly how I used to view myself.
3. I won’t lie, I loved Eric and Jules’ story. What’s in store for these two in the future? Will we get to see them in your future books?
For sure! As of now, I don’t have a lot planned for their lives after the point of the prologue. But, just like you got to see a little more of Lizzy in Julianna’s book, you will them in the rest of the series. (I really love their story too.)
4. What should we expect from you next? What’s on the horizon for your readers?
I’m currently working on books 3 & 4 of the In This Moment series. Their stories are a little intertwined, so it’s almost necessary to write them at the same time. It’s my hope (fingers & toes crossed) to have them out early next year. Since they are being written at the same time, I should be able to release them fairly close together.
I don’t really want to say much about the storylines at this point because they tend to change on me almost daily.
5. You are a great contemporary romance novel writer, have you or would you ever consider writing a story that’s in a different genre? Which genre would it be?
Thank you! I have considered and even started something before I wrote my debut novel. It is more of a psychological thriller. At some point, I would like to take a break from romance and revisit that story.
Just for Giggles
1. What fictional place would you most like to go?
Oh goodness, I’m not sure that I’d fare well in any of my favorite fictional places. I don’t see the Night Court welcoming me with open arms.
2. It’s karaoke night, which song are you singing?
That depends, am I drunk? That’s likely the only way you will talk me into Karaoke. If this is the case, I would probably select something like Garth Brooks- Friends in Low Places. We just might get to find out for sure while I’m in Seattle, I will be sure to report back my findings if we do.
3. What movie title best describes your life?
Okay, these questions are getting hard… Let’s see, I’ve made a pretty Cool World for myself, and my husband thinks I’m a Pretty Woman. I’m known to Say Anything even The Ugly Truth, which is how I got the nickname Little Miss Sunshine.
4. What is the most interesting thing you can see out of your office or kitchen window?
My desk sits in front of a window in my office, but there isn’t much of a view. Just my neighbors and their homes, which only distract me from my work. In my kitchen though, the entire back wall is covered in windows. I love looking at the trees and watching the animals.
Starting on October 1st there will be an amazing giveaway for a set of signed paperbacks, and then another one that will run for the entire month for another chance to win a set plus a $50 gift card. It will be open internationally. You can find these giveaways on Amber’s author page at Facebook.