An Interview with Amy E. Lambo

Author Image 3Amy was born in Portugal in 1990. As a child, she read books and comics instead of playing with dolls. Years later, in 2009, she met a wonderful writer from a distant country who showed her the path of writing. Her love of writing led her to learn advanced English in order to publish her stories. Her goal was to take the readers away from reality, and tour the worlds in her imagination.

Her drive comes from the readers who motivate her to do her best while having fun. Amy E. Lambo has a passion for writing M/M romance while listening to classic or Japanese pop-rock music. Reading yaoi manga, watching anime, and sports are her hobbies.

Q: The love story between Nathan and Felix seems to have a strong Beauty and the Beast element to it, as Nathan is essentially kidnapped before he comes to love Felix. Was that classic story an inspiration?

A: What a good guess. In a way, yes. I remember watching Beauty and the Beast on television as a kid, and recently a friend brought it up in a conversation. I joined a bit of that with my favorite kind of relationship in a story, a game of chase. For some reason, one chasing the other is more interesting to me than the usual shared feelings from the beginning of a relationship.

Q: One of the most interesting aspects of the fictional universe of Dart to the Heart is that Nathan is the last living human. Why were humans made a rare, expensive commodity in the novel?

A: It has been years since that happened in the shape-shifting world. Between humans and the shape-shifters there is a big difference in strength and power. Imagine a one-on-one fight between you and Felix, for example. It would be completely unbalanced for obvious reasons.

Humans are an expensive commodity because shifters like how fragile we are. To them, every human needs a shape-shifter by their side to be protected. Unfortunately, you and I could be so weak that we would become their slaves at some point. So, the humans felt threatened and closed the gates between our worlds. To be honest, there is so much to tell and examples to give that I could write a whole series on this matter.

Q: Felix is a fairly dark-natured, sometimes sinister hero. Do you enjoy writing darker Alpha characters, or is Felix a new breed?

A: Yes, I see Felix as a new breed. White tiger-shifters are rare in the shape-shifting world, but they are not the strongest. He needs his crew by his side, so he can’t be an Alpha. Felix does have power, though.

I do enjoy writing darker characters, especially with a dark humor. Felix is more like a villain trying to be goodhearted. There is a thrill while writing about him because he can be so unpredictable. His actions are unexpected and that puts everyone around him on edge, waiting for what he can do or say.

Q: Nathan’s relationship with his father is an integral part of the story. Why is their bond so important to the narrative?

A: Brian, Nathan’s father, is very protective of his stepson. Not only does he see Nathan as his son, but he also has the shape-shifter instinct of protecting a human. On top of that, Brian raised him as a single parent, so he’s all the family Nathan has. The same goes for Nathan. He doesn’t want to hurt his stepfather in any way.

Q: The novel has many sensual descriptions of food and scent, and Felix is described at one point as smelling deliciously of a “chocolate-scented perfume.” Does this perfume exist in the real world, or was it concocted for the book?

A: A version of that perfume does exist in the real world. But there’s a small difference. Shape-shifters like strong scents, so the perfume is stronger. The original in the story was, indeed, concocted for the book. So, although the readers can relate to it because it exists, it’s not quite the same scent in the book.

Q: What’s the biggest thing that you’ve learned about/from writing that you didn’t know when you first started?

A: I learned that everyone has a good side. There is always that certain individual who doesn’t like people, but they love animals. Or that person who has an attitude, but they are the kindest of people to their parents, for example. Even though the so called “nasty people” are that way, there is a soft side underneath. Of course there are some who are like ice through and through.

Q: Tell us about your writing routine.

A: I don’t have a schedule/routine like many writers do. It’s obvious that I don’t want to offend anyone who has one, but to me, it feels forced that way. Even though I can write enough in one day, it’s completely sporadic. One moment I’m writing, and the other I have to go out or do something else. Bottom line is, I have to write every day to have a good day.

Q: What person, record, and book would you take with you to a desert island?

A: I would take the expert survivor, Bear Grylls, to keep us safe. The helicopter would come at the end, so everything would be fine. As for the record, it would be anything with Japanese songs. It could be classical, pop, rock, or traditional. And the book would be a massive five-hundred page book of M/M romance. Anything would be fine as long it was interesting. And I wouldn’t take a book I already read.

Q: What qualities do you think are important for the hero in a romance? Are there types of men you prefer to write about?

A: I think that the hero should have a kind personality and be himself or herself. The hero needs to be serious and understanding about the relationship with their partner or partners. But most importantly, they should see the other side of each problem. You never know why someone made a certain decision until you ask.

Yes, there are. For example, a man who knows what he wants and is willing to work for it. The same goes for a desired partner. I enjoy writing about a man who knows himself more than anyone. He’s not unrealistically strong, but also not too weak. The other types of male characters are the nerds. For some reason, sexy nerds are a must for me.

Q: If you could be any of your characters, who would it be and why?

A: I would say Steven, the centaur-shifter in the book. He’s not someone to be taken too seriously. He’s a clumsy, stubborn Centaurus, but he’s lovable. If you are angry with him, it won’t be for long.