Amberly Kristen Clowe (Krissy Clowe)
Amberly Kristen Clowe’s Bio
Amberly Kristen Clowe has been writing stories since she was a little girl. She studied children’s literature in college and graduated with a degree in early childhood education. After college, Amberly taught second grade for several years. Her students inspired her to revisit her passion for writing children’s literature. She credits them as the inspiration for her first picture book, Katie Ling Fashion Queen, which was published in 2011 with AwareNow Publishing. I Really Love You, Ava is Amberly’s second picture book. Her son, George, inspired this story about love and family. Today, caring for her son, George, and daughter, Emma, along with tackling her many writing projects, keep Amberly very busy. She lives in Texas with her husband, son, two dogs, and six fish.
1. What inspired to write and when did you start?
I took a class in college that was solely about studying children's literature. We kept binders of our favorite authors and their published works. It was like a book club for future teachers. I remembered just how much I loved creative writing when I was little and began jotting down ideas. I believe I was around twenty-two years old.
2. When did this book debut?
I Really Love You, Ava was debuted in May, first as an ebook and a few weeks later in print.
3. How did you develop the character(s) for it?
My son was nearly a year old when I began writing this book. Baby George's character in the book is based on my son. The parents and grandparents are based on my husband and I and both sets of our parents. Ava really came from the need to have a young character at that age who is curious about life.
4. Have you written anything other than children's? If so, elaborate.
I have written only children's books, but they range from picture to a middle grade series that I am currently editing.
5. Why do you write the things you write about?
I like to write about things that surprise me, like the overwhelmingly, unconditional love that our family has for our children. I knew our family would love our kids, but the reality that these people truly treat our kids as their own hadn't really hit me until I experienced it. I have written a book about a young girl's passion for fashion, something I and many kids have as well. I choose topics that mean something to me and are things that I think would mean something to kids.
6. How do you market your books?
Blogs (like this lovely one), book readings and signings, book launches both virtually and in-person, giveaways online, having a presence online via Facebook, my blog, Goodreads, Tumblr and my website, email announcements, and more!!
7. Which social media site do you find most beneficial and why?
I am most comfortable with Facebook. I have used that quite a few years, and it just seems to be the simplest for me. It also seems to get the most traffic. I use Goodreads, and I can see how that site would be beneficial, but it's still a hazy maze to me right now.
8. Where can we find your book(s)? List websites and blogs.
I Really Love You, Ava trailer on Youtube.
Links to find I Really Love You, Ava
You can find Amberly online at these websites.
I Really Love You, Ava can be purchased at the below websites.