Where Trains Collide Blog Tour: Author Interview with Growing Wordsmith Amber Stokes

Good morning, friends!

I am so thrilled that today I am participating in a blog tour for a good friend of mine who writes amazing contemporary. Unfortunately, I haven’t read the book I’m spotlighting today, but I have no doubt that it is superb. 😉

Fortunately, I get to chat with the lovely Amber Stokes as she shares about how her favorite season, writing, and hot chocolate. 😀

Come join us!

About the Book

Inspirational New-Adult Contemporary Romance Novella

Two hearts racing in different directions will meet where trains collide.

Burned out and disillusioned with her chosen career path, Trisha Knolane gives in to impulse and hops on a train bound for Oregon, eager to escape the stress of college for a few days. But what begins as a fun little adventure takes an unexpected turn when she discovers that her ex-boyfriend is also on board.

All her hopes and dreams had once centered on Paul Benson. Now, when Trisha doesn’t know where her current track will lead, Paul’s reappearance in her life only complicates matters and sparks difficult questions.

Questions that could change the course of her life.

A heartfelt and thought-provoking contemporary romance novella, Where Trains Collide faces the uncertain season of new adulthood head on and shows that sometimes a path of broken dreams can lead to life’s best destination.

Purchase on Amazon (Available in KU)

Let’s Chat!

 – Hi Amber! I am SO excited to be chatting with you today! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?

Thank you so much for hosting me, Laura! It’s a pleasure. 🙂 As for my three words, I’ll go with quiet, growing wordsmith.

– Ooo I like that! The theme of your self-published novels and novellas are Seasons of a Story Publishing. I’m curious to know what season is your favorite? 🙂

Autumn! There are definitely things I love and appreciate about each season (although I can tell you that after a winter in Montana, spring is especially delightful!), but there’s something about fall that charms me. I love when the trees change color. I love fresh apple cider. And I love that something indefinable…that sense of excitement with fall activities and new beginnings, as well as the contemplative, poignant side as nature changes.

– Yes! I love the cooler weather coming and the leaves changing. Plus, I finally started drinking tea, and autumn is perfect tea-drinking weather! 😀 I am super super pumped for the release of Where Trains Collide. It has been a story I’ve wanted to read since I heard the title AND saw the cover. What has been your favorite part of writing it?

That’s a great question! In some ways, the beginning was nice, getting things rolling and setting up the story. 🙂 The long hibernation these past three years wasn’t my favorite part of the writing process (if you can really call it part of the process at all), with things feeling so uncertain and unfinished—but the life experiences I’ve had in that time have certainly been the best. This last leg of the journey, while a long time coming, was nice in its own way, finally giving the story a proper ending! And it was great to think back on some of the places and experiences dear to my heart.

– I am so excited! I know us readers have been more then ready to experience this journey with you. <3 If you and your characters were to go out for a cup of coffee, what would everyone order to drink? What would you guys talk about? 

I would order a hot chocolate, because I’m not a coffee fan. 😉 Trisha might order one too, or she might go the coffee route to make a point to Paul. (See a particular scene in chapter 5 for more on that!) Paul would have his coffee black and bitter. 🙂 We’d probably spend some of the time catching up on the latest news. They’d want to know if Josh and I had gone hiking recently and where the best trails are in Glacier National Park. And we’d probably end up talking about the redwoods and the places we all love.

– I’m not a coffee fan either! 😀 I do love the smell of it though. 😉 Also, I totally would love to come to Glacier National Park with you guys! Lastly, what’s in store next for us readers? 😀

I should be careful not to make any promises at this point…who knows where writing whims and life plans will end up in the next year? 🙂 I can say that right now, the story idea I’m most interested in pursuing is another contemporary fairy-tale re-imagining (along the lines of While You’re Awake), and I’d really love to set it (or some other story) in Montana, this new state I’m learning to love!

-That sounds amazing! Thanks so much for chatting with me Amber!

Happy to, my friend! Thank you for having me!

About the Author

Amber Holcomb (Stokes) is an indie author and freelance editor living below the majestic mountains of Montana with her adventurous husband. Previously, she worked in marketing for a Christian publisher for nearly three years. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and now fuels her work with words in this new season of life.

You can learn more about Amber’s books, sign up for her author newsletter, join the Amber’s Gems street team, and more at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.

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Giveaway Time!

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Blog Tour Schedule

June 3

Book Spotlight | My Favorite Pastime

Book Spotlight | A Real Writer’s Life

June 4

Author Interview | My Favorite Pastime

Review | Serenely Stacy

June 5

Review + Travel Story |My Favorite Pastime

Review + Author Interview + Travel Story | Meagan Davenport

June 6

Review | Carissa’s Bookshelf

Review | The Green Mockingbird

June 7

Author Interview | Unicorn Quester <— You are here!

Review | Chosen Vessels

Review | Heidi Reads…

Review | Christian Bookshelf Reviews

June 8

Review + Deleted Scene | Flowers of Quiet Happiness

Review | Liv K. Fisher

By | 2018-06-07T09:39:31-04:00 June 7th, 2018|Author Interview|2 Comments

About the Author:

Laura A. Grace had a lifelong dream of getting to know authors behind the covers of her favorite reads. Little did she know that one day she would become an author, too! She has since published Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl and Team Lines: A Poetry Collection, and has an upcoming manga, Gathering Faith. An avid BookTuber and book blogger at Unicorn Quester, as well as writer of clean, Christian manga, Laura creatively balances her passions of supporting indie authors and feeding her readers new stories. In between, she wields plastic lightsabers with her children and binge-watches anime with her husband.


  1. Amber Holcomb June 7, 2018 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Laura, thank you so much for the encouraging words and super fun questions!! I so appreciate your support and friendship. 🙂

    • Laura A. Grace June 14, 2018 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Likewise, friend! <3 Grateful to support you and call you friend!

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