Friday, June 08, 2018

What is Amber Royer reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Amber Royer, author of Free Chocolate.

Her entry begins:
I’m a writing instructor for both UTA and Writing Workshops Dallas, so a lot of what I read is student work. I’ve got some really talented students, so about three of the novels I’m most excited about right now aren’t even finished yet.

I’ve got a couple of light, fun reads loaded up on Audible for my commute, but I’ve been working on a set of new classes, so I’ve been reading some recent (and not so recent) writing theory guides. One of the most fascinating has been Wired for Story by Lisa Cron. It takes traditional story craft advice and matches it up with “brain science” to zero in on why those techniques work. Some of it is at the same time basic and profound. (For instance...[read on]
About Free Chocolate, from the publisher:
Latina culinary arts student, Bo Benitez, becomes a fugitive when she’s caught stealing a cacao pod from the heavily-defended plantations that keep chocolate, Earth’s sole valuable export, safe from a hungry galaxy. Forces arraying against her including her alien boyfriend and a reptilian cop. But when she escapes onto an unmarked starship things go from bad to worse: it belongs to the race famed throughout the galaxy for eating stowaways. Surrounded by dangerous yet hunky aliens, Bo starts to uncover clues that the threat to Earth may be bigger than she first thought.
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