Author: Amber M. Simpson

2019 Year in Review

2019 Year in Review

With only two more days until the end of 2019, I wanted to reflect on how much I’ve grown as a writer this year. Below are the covers of anthologies I’ve been accepted into this year, excluding a few without covers and published online. I was finally able to take all those long nights of staying up way too late to write once the kids were in bed, dreaming of being published in multiple books, and turn that dream into a reality.


I didn’t have a set goal in mind when I began this year, but with 32 acceptances (ranging from poetry to drabbles to flash fiction to short stories) in over 27 anthologies with 15 different publishers, I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved. Not only that, but I’ve met and gotten to work with so many talented people in the writing world who’ve inspired and helped me grow, and for them I’m incredibly thankful.


In 2020, I hope to continue to have more words published, but my ultimate goal is to get the novel I’ve let lie around half-written for far too long, collecting dust in its lonely yellow folder on my desktop, finished and ready to ship around for publishing.


Last but not least, thank you to all my family and friends who’ve supported me and my writing this year, whether it be from purchasing an anthology I’m a part of, reading and critiquing my work, letting me bounce ideas off them, or even just telling me, in one way or another, that they believe in my writing ability. It means the world to me!


Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Review of Misfits & Oddities: A Mini-anthology

Review of Misfits & Oddities: A Mini-anthology

I was originally given a free Audible code for this book in which I voluntarily offered to give an honest review, but after listening for just a few pages, decided I’d rather go ahead and purchase it on Kindleโ€”both to support the author with a sale, and also to really immerse myself in it, which is easier for me to do by reading rather than by listening. I was not disappointed!

Misfits & Oddities is an interesting collection of short stories, covering a wide range of concepts and realities. Like its title suggests, these stories are all uniquely “odd” in their own way, and each stand apart from the others. These are the kind of stories that push you to “think” about the ideas being presented, each story asking, “What if?”

I particularly enjoyed the story “Pet Enhancement” which showed what could happen if we were ever given the technology and means to have our pets “enhanced” with more intelligence; something I’m sure everyone has wondered at one time or another! However, the entire collection kept me engaged and swiping right to keep reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re looking for something to read that’s entertaining (not to mention eerie and suspenseful at times!) grab yourself a copy of this fun and quirky read. I’m glad I did!

Available on Amazon HERE!

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Trembling With Fear

Trembling With Fear

My dark drabble “Dinner Time” was featured today on Trembling With Fear, The Horror Tree’s online publications site HERE. I really like the synopsis written by Editor Stephanie Ellis, so instead of writing my own, here’s what she had to say about my little snippet of horror:

Dinnertime by Amber M. Simpson is probably a story which will resonate amongst many put upon wives (and a few husbands). The demand for dinner on the table, that yell of โ€˜where is itโ€™, can trigger all sorts of impulses, most of which remain unacted upon but here the wife does not take the comments kindly. A well-sketched picture of marital disharmony.”

– Stephanie Ellis, Editor

Super excited to be a contributing author for Trembling With Fear!

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Iron Faerie Publishing’s Best Of Anthology

Iron Faerie Publishing’s Best Of Anthology

Excited to have my story “Catching Fire” chosen for publication in Iron Faerie Publishing‘s “The Best Of” anthology. This story was originally published online over on Iron Faerie’s website HERE, was then published again in the Hawthorn & Ash anthology (available on Amazon now HERE) and is now going to be published a third time, with this gorgeous cover preceding it!

Happy dance!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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An Epic Anthology!

An Epic Anthology!

I’ve recently had two acceptances from Eerie River Publishing for their upcoming drabbles anthology of myth and legend! My Greek mythology inspired “Hera’s Revenge” and folktale inspired “The Night Mare” will feature within its pages. Though still open for submissions, the pre-order link is already up on Amazon HERE, at a great price!

“For as long as men have lived, myths and legends have permeated cultures across the globe. But for every known monster, are there creatures of lore, gods of fable, and rituals of old that have been forgotten by time?

Delve into the darkness that came before and witness over 100 short drabbles resurrect the ancient world in 100 words or less.

Featuring award-winning horror and fiction authors from around the world, we dare you to remember the fear of the unknown and to dive headfirst into the beyond.

Within these pages, the old gods have awoken and with them, chaos will reign again.”

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“Don’t Eat the Witch’s Treat”

“Don’t Eat the Witch’s Treat”

 

“On Halloween night, if the witch you meet… whatever you do, don’t eat her treat!”

I am beyond thrilled to have my first ever children’s horror story accepted into the Creepy Stories for Children anthology by Mother Ghost’s Grimm! What makes it even better is that my sister is creating an illustration to go in the book with it!

My story “Don’t Eat the Witch’s Treat” is about a group of 10-year-old kids on Halloween night, who make a huge mistake when they decide to trick-or-treat at the witch’s house. Ooooh, spooky! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I read this story to my 9 and 11 year old’s and they loved it and encouraged me to submit it. I’m glad I did!

This story was a lot of fun to write, and I love that I was able to share it with my kids, as the things I usually write are a bit too mature for them. Who knows, maybe there’s a future for me in children’s horror!

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Fear and Fables Cover Reveal

Fear and Fables Cover Reveal

My flash fiction piece “Monster of the Lake” has been accepted for publication with the team over at Stormy Island Publishing and I’m super excited to see the cover reveal!

I don’t know that this spooky themed anthology will be out in time for Halloween, but regardless, I’m happy to have had my story accepted, and to add another amazing publisher to my resume.

More details coming soon!

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Meet the Author (Me!)

Meet the Author (Me!)

Shortly after having my story “Feeding the Crows” accepted for publication with Escaped Ink Press, I answered some questions for an author interview which has now gone live on the website and on various social media platforms. You can see it on Escaped Ink’s site HERE.

Tall Tales & Short Stories Volume One will be released on November 19, 2019 but is available for pre-order NOW on Amazon.

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Love & Hate!

Love & Hate!

Been waiting a while, but finally heard back on the love and hate drabbles I submitted to Black Hare Press… and they made it!

My little love bite “God is Love” will appear in LOVE: Dark Drabbles #7, and my little hate nugget “Nasty Nancy” will appear in HATE: Dark Drabbles #8.

It’ll be a while before these are due for publication, so in the meantime, I may try to sneak in another drabble or two.

More Love and Hate info on the horizon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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“The Best Decorations in Town”

“The Best Decorations in Town”

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With Halloween fast approaching, the submission calls for Halloween fiction have been abundant. Recently, I’ve had a few Halloween themed horror drabbles accepted for publication over at Fantasia Divinity Magazine & Publishing. My drabbles “The Best Decorations in Town”, “Devil’s Slot Machine”, and “Trail of Horror” will all be included in the upcoming HALLOWEEN FRIGHTS & AUTUMN DELIGHTS anthology.

In the meantime, my drabble “The Best Decorations in Town” was chosen to be displayed on the Fantasia Divinity website, published on October 3rd. Out of all the amazing submissions received, I was really excited to have one of mine chosen for display.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

“The Best Decorations in Town” on Fantasia Divinity Magazine & Publishing

 

 

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