Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father. When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression. It's hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time.
A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her "darkness" and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain.
When Casey, her new friend enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber's new boyfriend Landon. The secret of cutting begins to take affect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the mist of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is.
Follow Amber through her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love.
Now for the interview...
Welcome Raebeth McGee! Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself. What do you do for fun?
RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up loving to read and write poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher. Rae Beth's dream of writing was created in her eleventh grade literature class where writing became her passion.
RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small Pennsylvania town of Fairchance. RaeBeth is a full time mother of one and is expecting her second.
She graduated from American Intercontinental University with her associates in business administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels that connecting with readers is her main goal.
RaeBeth published Silenced under her maiden name but plans to continue writing under her married name with any other works.
In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, read, take photos, and help other authors with the promotion of their books.
Q: What do you like most about the genre you write in?
At this time I have several different genre I am writing in. Although my book Silenced is considered YA, I think it falls into more genre’s such as suspense and inspiration. I love being able to use my imagination and creativity to create something out of an idea.
Q: Where is your favorite place to write?
I really don’t have a favorite place to write. Although I am working on a reading/writing nook in my living room. I will have all the author swag that I’ve gathered from other authors displayed as well as all the books I’ve purchased from the authors. This will eventually be my writing area when it’s complete.
Q: What’s your next project?
I’m actually working on two different projects right now. The first is the second part to Silenced called Silenced: The Overtaking. It’s the continuation of Amber’s journey with depression. The second one is a dive into a new genre for me which is paranormal. It’s called Sophie. It’s about witches, wizards, and demons. I’m not going to disclose much on this one seeing how it’s still a surprise but for my fans... there’s definitely more to come for you all.
Q. What made you want to start writing?
I’ve always loved to write. I started by writing poems which I keep to myself. At first it was a healthy way of expressing how I was feeling. Then in high school we had an assignment to write a short story. One day while going through my old boxes, my sister came across Silenced and suggested I added on to it. Therefore for the next five years... I did.
Q. Who's your main audience?
My main audience with the Silenced sequel is young adults to adults that like suspense.
Q. When it comes to writing- what are your strong points? What are your weaknesses?
My strong points for writing is coming up with the idea’s for new stories. Some times my ideas are based on events within my own life or those very close to me. I always ask permission before writing their stories. It seems like the lack of ideas for my books never happen. As for my weaknesses, I do too much at one time. I’m writing several different books, a stay at home mom that’s expecting her second baby, a wife, blogger who tries to help support other authors, and I try to make myself happy in the process of all of this. Therefore, as of lately... I haven’t had much time to write.
Q. What do you think of this term- Writer's Block? How do you overcome it?
Writers block has happened to me. I overcame it by stepping away from the project until the characters were willing to work with me. Usually it’s for a few days but I’ve seen it happen and take several months to get back into.
Q. How many books have you written?
At this time I have one completely written.
Q. How many are published?
One. As of next year. 2013
Q. Are you self published or traditionally published?
I’m self published and wouldn’t change it for the word. I love having control of my works and being able to do what I want with them.
Q. What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I like all types of fiction. Although I prefer reading paranormal.
Q: How do you feel about Dr. Pepper?
I drink it on an occasion but I’d prefer drinking Mt. Dew over Dr. Pepper. (Sorry, LOL)