I first encountered the fiery poet and author Amber Jerome~Norrgard last fall on Twitter. Her Tweets stood out in bold colorful short lines as honest, plainspoken in the best way, raw, hilarious, and necessary for me. Soon, her first collection of poetry hit Amazon, The Color of Dawn, and the emotional weight of these early poems hit me well. After exchanging some silly and some heartfelt conversations I new that I had found a kindred spirit, and these spirits often do not reveal themselves to me. Friendship sometimes is elusive in my life. True friendships and loves are not numbered in the dozens and dozens in my solitary writing life — I’ve always pushed people away for whatever reason. That was the pattern and protective shell I was in the habit of creating. Amber saw through this shell almost immediately, and I am so grateful for her persistence. It is not easy for me to even say “I love” to anyone, out loud, even to my immediate family — childhood demons flicking me with their tiny pitchforks, I suppose, but bad habits can be broken with a new-found openness. I love Amber Jerome~Norrgard. There. I said it. Out loud in a public place.
Now: please read the interview Amber conducted in its entirety by clicking HERE. Amber has been such an early supporter of my first collection of literary fiction, Sandcastle and Other Stories, I am humbled anew by her generous spirit. I cannot wait to feature Amber and her writing on A Writer’s Life blog.
Anyway, Amber, since our first communication has written and published over 10 books in less than a year. She has been a very prolific writer in 2012. Along with her writing life, she is the co-host of the essential-listening TweepNation podcast with the always effervescent Dionne Lister, a fellow author who has published two books of her own that I have enjoyed reading as well. These are two writers to watch. Amber’s writing blog, Life As Amber Knows It, is necessary reading as well.
I have read several of Amber’s books, and she’s branched into many different genres so there probably is one, several, you will like as well. Poetry, nonfiction, life essays, erotica, literary short fiction. One day I hope to read Amber’s great American first novel. Look forward to that day. Check out The Color of Dawn, 4 a.m., In the Gloaming, David: An Erotic Short, and click the title to read about her new collection of short literary fiction The Allegory of Dust. All are available in print or ebook at Amazon.
I hope everyone is enjoying this end of October and planning bold adventures, both real and imagined,
I had to sneak a photo of Zippy and Kipling swimming in the pond into the post somewhere . . . sorry the quality is so iPhone 4 ugly. Kipling is a speedy water bug now and bumps Zippy all the time to get him to quicken his pace.
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