I had retired the literary Would You Rather interview series, but didn't want to stop interviews on the site all together. Instead, I've pulled together 40ish questions - some bookish, some silly - and have asked authors to limit themselves to answering only 10 of them. That way, it keeps the interviews fresh and connectable for all of us!
Amber A. Logan joins us today. Amber is
a university instructor, freelance editor, and author of speculative fiction
living in Kansas with her husband and two children—Fox and Willow. In addition
to her degrees in Psychology, Liberal Arts, and International Relations, Amber
holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
When she’s not writing, Amber enjoys trips to Japan, exploring unusual vegetarian foods, and reading Haruki Murakami.
Amber’s debut novel is THE SECRET GARDEN OF YANAGI INN - out Nov. 2022.
What made you start writing?
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a university professor and a freelance editor, as well as a mother to two kids, so I’m pretty busy even without my writing.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I would love to be able to manipulate time. If I could pause the world and squeeze in extra reading or writing time without it affecting my schedule, I would be in heaven.
I’m a firm believer in celebrating every step of the writing journey, so I keep a bunch of small bottles of bubbly (champagne, sake, etc.) on hand for every milestone. Finish a book? Crack some bubbly. Go out on submission? Crack some bubbly.
If you could spend the day with another author, who would you choose and why?
What genres won’t you read?
What is under your bed?
If you could time travel, would you go back to the past or forward into the future?
What’s the one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
What scares you the most?
An adult retelling of the classic children’s book The Secret Garden about an American woman who, while grieving her mother’s death, travels to Japan to photograph a dilapidated inn only to find herself mysteriously tied to the inn’s haunted past.
Still grieving her mother’s death, American photographer Mari Lennox is sent to document Yanagi Inn, an old, dilapidated ryokan outside Kyoto, Japan. By day, Mari explores the inn and its grounds, taking striking photographs and uncovering layers of mystery shrouding the old resort—including an overgrown, secret garden on a forbidden island. At night, eerie weeping (which no one else seems to hear) keeps her awake.
Despite the warnings of the staff, Mari searches for the source of the ghostly sound—and discovers a devastating secret tying her family’s history to the inn, and its mysterious, forlorn garden.
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