Interview: Amber Robinson

Everyone comes to the writing world from a different perspective and experience. Amber Robinson describes herself as “an ordinary woman seeking to bridge the gap between the needs for justice and balancing family, work, and service. Her life’s passion is to write and advocate for children with Compassion International.”

I know you’re going to enjoy Amber’s interview.

Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I grew up in the Midwest in a small farming town. My parents were teachers and I learned to love reading from a young age. I have had a renewed interest in writing “officially” for about 5 years, but have always written informally.

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

My latest book is Mercy Rising: Simple Ways to Practice Justice and Compassion. Most of us want to make a difference but how do we do that in the context of real life? Is there a way to make a difference at home, business, shopping, or with family and friends? The format is a mix of real life stories, reflections, and practical tips.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

My writing goals are basically two fold: Keep reading (especially classics and books on writing) and keep writing. I know that sounds really basic but it’s really important to set aside time to write and track word count goals for the week.

What I am working on now is speaking at justice events, writing articles, and progress on two novels.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I can’t say that I can pinpoint one book, but one is The Wise Woman by George McDonald. As an author he captures human nature masterfully.

Book you’re currently reading?

I am currently reading, A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens, Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul by Mark Buchanan, and a Martin Luther Biography.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like to hang out with family and friends. I also play and teach music.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

A successful writer is faithful. Faithful to tell the truth when it’s hard. Faithful to sit in the chair and do the hard work of writing alone. Faithful to keep going.

Anything else you’d like to add?

As a child I was convinced I would be a fire fighter when I grew up.

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