Amber Smith grew up in Buffalo, NY and now lives in Charlotte, NC with her two dogs. After graduating from art school with a BFA in Painting, she earned her MA in Art History. When she’s not writing, she is working as a curator and art consultant. She has also written on the topics of art history and modern and contemporary art.
Amber’s debut, THE WAY I USED TO BE (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books, Spring 2016), is a Young Adult contemporary novel. Eden was always good at being good. Band geek. Book nerd. Starting high school didn’t change that. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s whole world capsizes. She knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened. But she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.
- Favorite book growing up: A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle.
- Childhood aspiration: A writer…or a veterinarian.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: Either very early in the morning or very late at night.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Making art, drinking coffee, having long conversations with friends, and spending lots of time with her amazing dogs.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: ABOUT GRACE by Anthony Doerr
- Surprising personal fact: She has named every car she’s ever owned after great women writers and artists she admires. “Syliva” was an ’87 Dodge, “Virginia” was a ’96 Ford, “Frida” was an ’02 Daewoo, and “Emily” is her current car, a 2010 Toyota.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: It is an incredible thing to finally be able to share something that had existed for so long only in her own private world—She has to pinch herself everyday just to make sure she’s not dreaming!
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