Interview + Giveaway: Adrianne Ambrose of Fangs for Nothing

Interview + Giveaway: Adrianne Ambrose of Fangs for Nothing

Author Adrianne AmbroseHey guys! Today I am welcoming Adrianne Ambrose, author of Fangs for Nothing — a story about a group of teenagers out to find a real live vampire. She’ll be answering some questions about her book and herself.

Afterwards, she’ll be giving away THREE eBook copies of Fangs for Nothing. So stick around and be sure to enter to win after the interview!

Welcome Adrianne! Thank you so much for stopping by. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do when you’re not writing?

I write video game dialogue, graphic novels and I sometimes name products (makeup, jewelry, juice, etc…) so I’m writing a large chunk of every day. Besides that, I love to read and travel. Being social, trying to get some exercise, the usual stuff.

Wow, you sound so busy! Naming products sounds kind of fun too. :) Very cool!

What was your biggest source of inspiration before and while writing Fangs for Nothing?

Cleveland. I know that sounds silly, but I grew up in Cleveland and always thought the city had a lot to offer despite its reputation. It was fun for me to incorporate some points of interest of Cleveland while making my characters run around and have adventures.

I always find it fascinating when female authors choose to make their main characters males (and when male authors make their main characters females). It seems like it would be tough to be able to write from the POV of the opposite sex. What made you decide to do Fangs for Nothing this way and what were your biggest challenges in doing so?

I just go with how the story feels. If the narrating voice feels male or female according to the story I want to tell. Even though the POV is male, Fangs is a story told for female readers. I read stories written from the female POV by men all the time and I always think, “Wow, this is not a realistic portrayal of a woman.” But they are stories written for a male audience so whether the woman is realistic or just some guy’s fantasy of a woman doesn’t seem to matter. I’ve only had one male reviewer for Fangs so far and he said Sherbie’s voice felt realistic as a male, but that he was much too aware of fashion for a teenage boy. So, I’m pretty much taking that as a compliment.

Very good point. I never thought of it that way but that makes total sense!

Fangs for Nothing has a definite message about insecurities. Where you aiming this message towards a certain person or just for teenagers in general? What inspired you to write your story with this message in mind?

This question kind of tickled me because the last person who reviewed the book (and the only male who has reviewed it so far) said his minor complaint of the story was that there was no message at all, just a fun story. What’s also caught my attention is that of the reviews I’ve had, women thirty and older say that it’s a very accurate depiction of how it is to be in high school, but teenagers and women in their twenties say that I’ve made some of the teenage characters too insecure. I’m not sure what that all means, but it’s interesting to me as the author, no matter how you slice it.

Anyway, I didn’t really approach the book thinking I needed to get a message out about teenage insecurity. In fact, so many adults read YA now, that I don’t think a large percentage of YA books are specifically targeted for teens. I’m not the kind of author who sits down with a specific message in mind and tailors the story to that message. I usually have a general idea of what I want and then just wade into the story. As I get to know my characters, I see what they’re up to and that’s makes it all comes together. This sometimes involves large sections of rewriting to make the story work, of course. A lot of authors and books on writing will tell you to make very detailed outlines of every aspect of the book before you even write the first line, but that doesn’t work very well for me. I prefer the spontaneity of letting the characters have free reign. If I’m really feeling the flow it’s almost like the characters are creating their own story.

Very interesting. I guess that just goes to show you that every reader can get something very different out of the same story. :)

I just have to ask. If you were given the opportunity to donate blood in exchange for your biggest wish (not necessarily being pretty, just anything you wish you could have), would you do it? Why or why not?

At my current age, no. I would not risk my life giving blood to a vampire. When I was in my teens…? Maybe… My dad died of cancer when I was a teenager, so I would have definitely taken the risk for something important like saving his life (and would still to this day). As far as something more superficial like popularity or fame…? I don’t know. Maybe as a freshman, but not as a senior. Or maybe I would in general. So many things that I wanted so badly as a teenager don’t matter to me as an adult, so I guess I’m glad I never had the opportunity to take the risk.

Were Sherbie and his friends modeled after people you know? Like say people who go hunting for vampires? ;)

Not this time. In my middle grade book, What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader, I based a lot of the characters on kids I knew during my disastrous year of being a cheerleader in eighth grade, but this time they’re all fictional.

What are you reading right now and what book(s) have you had your eye on lately but haven’t gotten to read yet?

I’m currently reading The Queen’s Own Fool which is a fictionalized account of the life of Mary Queen of Scots told by a female jester and based on an actual person. I’m only a quarter of the way through, but so far I’m enjoying it. I just finished Downsiders by Neil Shusterman. He always has something interesting to say in his books. Next I’ll probably read some non-fiction. Maybe The Men Who Stare at Goats.

Thanks for stopping by Adrianne! It was a pleasure having you. :)

Thank you for the review and interview!

Fangs For Nothing by Adrianne Ambrose



Grab some garlic and start sharpening your mother’s wooden spoons because there are vampires living in the most unlikely of places.

I’ve always wanted to meet a vampire. Not to stake some poor bloodsucker as he sleeps in his coffin or have some sexy vampiress bite me on the neck, but just to see a creature so rare and infamous. What can I say? Some people want to sail to Easter Island, others want to fling themselves out of an airplane, I want to shake hands with a vampire. Well, maybe I should prioritize getting a girlfriend first, but a vampire sighting is pretty high up on the list. Trust me, a lot of kids my age dream about it. Like my two best friends, Rini and Xander. We spent half the summer searching the most notorious cities in the United States for the undead, but so far, no luck.

That’s why it came as a total shock to discover a living, breathing vampire in our hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. (Okay, so he’s more undead and not breathing, but you get the picture.) At first we were kind of excited, but then pretty freaked because it turns out our new fanged friend has a hold on the city’s teenage population and a specific thirst for their blood. Which, in a word—bites.


Fangs For Nothing by Adrianne Ambrose


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