• 61°

Tran shares tips as successful author

MADISON– Madison native Amber D. Tran is one of the lucky ones … a writer who found her niche and has become a successful, published author.

As a fifth-grader, she realized writing allowed her to create her own world and characters. “That was amazing … that I could share it with others was an eye-opening opportunity,” Tran said.

Released in September 2016, Tran’s debut novel, “Moon River,” was a success. Her book received numerous 5-star ratings on Amazon and placed as a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards and Rone Awards.

“Moon River” relates the relationship between two children growing up in West Virginia. “They face various tribulations together, such as poverty, mental illness, sexuality and personal discovery,” Tran said.

In coming months, Tran will release “Fever,” a collection of short stories, essays and poems (Ardent Writer Press), and “Salt,” her debut chapbook of poetry about her relationships with her sister and mother (Shanti Arts Publishing). “A chapbook is a small collection of work, typically poems,” she said.

The tone of “Salt” ranges from sentimental to bitter, Tran said. “When I was younger, I was not close with my mother or sister. We fought daily. As I got older, I grew out of that rebellious phase and have learned to love and appreciate them. ‘Salt’ describes that transition and much more.”

She also works as editor-in-chief for “Cold Creek Review” literary journal and always accepts submissions.

While establishing her career, Tran hit a major roadblock in finding a publisher for “Moon River.” “I sent out over 100 queries to literary agents, agencies and publishers. I only heard back from about four — three of those were declines.”

Luckily, she seldom experiences writer’s block or faces a lack of ideas.

Tran encourages aspiring authors never to give up. “It’s not easy being a writer. We face rejection on a daily basis. Never doubt the quality of your work and just keep going,” she said.

In addition, she recommends becoming active in the writing community. “Join social media, attend book festivals and get the word out to media outlets,” Tran said.

In 2013, Tran returned to Alabama after receiving a bachelor’s degree in English literature from West Virginia University.

For more information, email info@amberdtran.com or visit amberdtran.com, Facebook/amberdtran, Twitter and Instagram (@amberdtran).

Bob Jones High School

Scholarships at stake in American Legion oratorical contest

Bob Jones High School

Nichols’ podcast avers multi-disciplines feed theatre

Events

Asbury Church to present “Lessons & Carols: The Songs of Christmas” on Dec. 4

Events

Christmas at Burritt on the Mountain

Events

Madison Community Band to present “Christmas Journey”

Events

Winter Park at The Orion Amphitheater is now open!

Harvest

Still Serving Veterans named ‘Nonprofit of the Year

James Clemens High School

Markowitz, Odom and Wyche earn BBB’s ‘Torch Award for Ethics’

Bob Jones High School

Arslanbekov of Madison merits first place in von Braun Symposium

Harvest

Civic-minded groups help Madison’s blood supply

Events

Fantasy Playhouse’s “A Christmas Carol” to open Dec. 2

Bob Jones High School

Fantasy Playhouse uses grant for technical theatre lab

Events

Rocket City Christmas Light Show in Madison returns Friday

Bob Jones High School

Reflections fine arts gives outlet for students’ creativity

Events

Madison natives, The Beasley Brothers, plan annual Christmas concert at the Princess Theater Dec. 15

Madison natives, The Beasley Brothers, plan annual Christmas concert at the Princess Theater Dec. 15

Madison

Huntsville International Airport: TSA expects surge in travel volume for Thanksgiving, stresses preparedness

Madison

“Skills for Success” training program debuts to solve bus driver shortage

Madison

James Clemens principal picked to lead Hartselle school district

Events

Huntsville Ballet returns ‘The Nutcracker’ to the VBC stage

Bob Jones High School

‘Pullin’ for Partnership’ raises funds for Partnership prevention

Events

2022 Holiday Event Guide

Madison

AAA expects nearly 55 million Americans will travel during the long holiday weekend

AAA expects nearly 55 million Americans will travel during the long holiday weekend

Events

Skating in the Park is back for its 10th season

Madison

Liftoff! NASA’s Artemis I mega rocket launches Orion to the moon

x