IndieView with Amber D. Tran, Author of Moon River

It happens to everyone. She was so helpful and insightful. I submitted my work to over 75 different agents. Nine-year-old Abigail Kavanagh first meets Ryan Mills during the summer of 1999. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? I currently live in Madison, Alabama. What would you like readers to know about you? I try to stay relevant on social media and at local events. My publisher’s editor reviewed Moon River. Oh! Do not become discouraged if you are declined by a publisher. Tran – 13 June 2017
The Back Flap
In this debut novel from author Amber D. And I met my husband in a Dragon Ball Z chatroom! I started writing the book the spring of 2013. The community has been very supportive of me. Talk about a love story. Amber D. I only outline the beginning and the end. I do not really have a target reader. Music from my childhood really inspires me to write. Then I fill in the middle with some conflicts, rising action, falling action, and humor. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Absolutely! About the book
What is the book about? If so can you please describe it? What came easily? Do you outline? I have been influenced by the likes of Jo Ann Beard, Kelly Braffet, Kerry Cohen, and Jennifer Armintrout. A shy and awkward boy, Ryan hides behind his wide-framed glasses while Abigail is determined to learn everything there is to know about him. However, everything comes to an end the summer of 2004, and Abigail must decide if her new journey is worth traveling alone. Moon River is a blend of Young Adult/New Adult, so perhaps my target reader is between the age of 12-18. Readers have shared with me that they thought the dialogue to be authentic and to help place the setting of the novel. I enjoyed documenting the southern drawl of my friends, my family, and myself. Editing is crucial to writing. The ending of my book was very difficult to write. I edit as I go, and I also edit at least five times after I have finished a piece of work. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? While I was in college, a few of my friends compared the tone of my writing to that of Beard’s, which was one of the best compliments I have ever received. I have tried using outlines before, but I hated sticking to something so definitive and concrete. I owe her a lot of credit for the fluidity of my novel. Do you listen to music while you write? Where did you get the idea from? About You
Where did you grow up? How long did it take you to write it? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Since I was born and raised in West Virginia, and since my novel takes place in West Virginia, I fit their mold and they were eager to see my full manuscript. Their friendship starts to crumble when Abigail befriends the attractive and musical Lilly Anderson, a girl who is also interested in uncovering the mysterious nature surrounding Ryan. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Some of my favorite songs are by The Offspring, Ai Maeda, The Veronicas, P.O.D., and System of a Down. I tweet often, I share pictures on Instagram, I post at least once a week on Facebook, and I attend as many book festivals and book signings as possible. Once I talked to some friends and family, they were eager to learn that I was writing a book about him. There is one composite character that encompasses up to five different people. Did you hire a professional editor? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Since Moon River is inspired by true events, all of the characters are based on real people in my life. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? We all know how important it is for writers to read. I also have a friend read my work before I submit it to journals and/or publishers. The idea was inspired by my life growing up in West Virginia after meeting a boy on the bus. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Moon River is about two children growing up together in northern West Virginia. I gave her a concept and she went right to work! Where do you live now? The dialogue of my book came easy. (That last one is strange, I know.)
About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I always know the beginning and end of a story before I start writing it. Tara Sizemore designed the cover of my book. Do you have a target reader? She captured my cover so well that I cried when I first saw it. I always know the beginning and end of a story before I start writing it. I grew up in the small town of Hundred, West Virginia. I prefer to let the story carry me rather than forcing myself to stick with a program. In the end, I only heard back from three of them, two of which were Declines. The novel is inspired by true events of my life, so it was interesting reliving some of my favorite memories. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I won’t give away any spoilers, but it took a lot tears and courage to finish the book on a positive note. When did you start writing the book? I went with a small publisher because they focused on work by females in the Appalachian area. You must remain confident in yourself and your work and proceed with resilience. Then I fill in the middle with some conflicts, rising action, falling action, and humor. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? End of Interview:
Get your copy of   Moon River from Amazon US or Amazon UK. From start to finish, from typing the very first word to finalizing my editor’s comments, it took about four years to write Moon River. Tran, a tale of adolescence and heartbreak unfolds. I love listening to music when I write! About Writing
Do you have a writing process? The next few summers are filled with birthday parties, adventures in and around the West Virginian mountainsides, and late night conversations where they share their most secretive and personal thoughts. I have been writing since I was in the 5th grade. A novel that takes place in a small town in northern West Virginia, Moon River is a story that exploits the brutal honesty in growing up fast, loving too young, and losing too soon.