AMBER HENDRICKS: Will Write for Cookies Plus PB Critique Giveaway


Plate of Cookies




updated author


Hello everyone! You are in for a treat today! It’s always such fun to chat with authors who are friends and critique partners – even I learn more about them during the Q&A.

Amber grew up reading everything she could get her hands on, including the morning cereal boxes. That passion melded into writing, and by the age of 11 she was writing and binding her own “books.” Over the years, Amber has worn many hats. Those include army wife, mother, visual merchandiser, certified pharmacy technician, and childcare professional. But she has always circled back to her first love of telling stories. SOPHIE AND LITTLE STAR is her first book for children.

To learn more about Amber and her writing:

Facebook, Twitter, Publisher website

Okay…so there you go! I just learned that Amber also read cereal boxes! I wonder how many other people do that? I’m so thrilled you stopped by today, my friend. Thank you for offering a pb critique as a giveaway…I can attest to the fact that your feedback is fabulous!

ME: Who were your favorite authors/illustrators when you were a child?

AMBER: I don’t remember reading many picture books as a child, outside of Dr. Seuss. What I do remember is the feeling I would get when I held a book. A magical feeling that I was about to go on an incredible adventure and discover amazing new people and places I could only visit in my imagination. I still get that feeling every time I hold a book!


ME: What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started writing?

AMBER: So many things! But one of the important lessons I learned was that publishing takes a very long time. Patience in publishing is a must! There will always be something you’re waiting for: responses to submissions, that new shiny idea, your book to release….  Once I learned to accept and embrace the waiting, I was able to enjoy the process even more and turn my focus onto writing something new.

ME: Where do you like to write – inside, outside, special room, laptop, pen and paper?

AMBER: My laptop sits atop my fireplace mantle, so I write standing up! Standing gives me the freedom to pace around if I’m working through a particularly tough scene or if I want to grab another book for reference. After so many years of standing, I couldn’t imagine writing at a desk.

ME: When do you write – early morning, late in the day, middle of the night, on schedule, as the muse strikes?

AMBER: I have two young children and work a full time job, so it is almost impossible to find time during the day to write. Often, you’ll find me typing away in the late evenings after the kids have gone to bed and all the chores have been done. Though sometimes an idea or perfect line will pop into my mind in the middle of the night!

Writing area

ME: Why do you write for children?

 AMBER: I think there is a certain magic in introducing a child to the love of reading. When I first got the idea to pursue publishing, I thought I’d write Young Adult novels. But I was running a preschool/daycare at the time and picture books were a huge part of our day. I began to see the complexity in those seemingly simple stories and challenged myself to give picture books a try. I fell head-over-heels in love. Four years later, I’m still honing that craft!

ME:  If you have any thoughts or advice for aspiring writers, please share. .

AMBER: To aspiring writers…… Publishing is full of ups and downs. There is no magic formula. Writing will always be hard, and will most likely get harder as you push yourself to learn more and hone your craft. The good news?  We belong to an amazing community of like-minded people who will lift you up and encourage you along the way. Keep reading. Keep writing. Keep learning. You CAN do this!

ME: WOW! Thank you so much, Amber. I love your advice…yes, definitely, there is no magic formula…although you’ve laid out the steps that must be taken: Keep Reading! Keep Writing! Keep Learning! 

I wonder if anyone else is amazed that Amber writes standing up…that is probably a great idea for the back…no bending over and rounding of the spine!  I just may have to try it! And something else I may have to try…Amber’s Mom’s No Bake Cookie! Take it away, Amber.

AMBER: I’m not the best baker, but my mom is and she makes a mean No Bake Cookie!

No Bake Cookies



2 cups sugar

½ cup milk

½ cup butter

¼ cup cocoa

3 cups quick oats

½ cup peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla

½ tsp salt


Melt ½ cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

Add sugar, milk, and cocoa and mix well.

Bring to a boil for one minute, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until peanut butter is melted.

Combine oats and salt and add to the pot stirring until well mixed.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto wax paper.

Allow to cool thoroughly and enjoy!

This sounds like pure comfort food to me…I’m going to make them with my grandson the next time he comes over. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to meeting a kidlit friend on Wednesday, one of my inperson critique groups on Thursday, and my local SCBWI group on Friday – so I’d better get busy revising an old nonfition pb bio I want to send to my agent and also get writing on the tentative follow up Pippa story.

And please stay tuned because one day early next week I’m going to have a SURPRISE COVER REVEAL for my FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN:An Animal Counting Book story with a special giveaway in honor of that.

What’s happening in your writing world, my friends? I hope you have a wonderful weekend – the New England foliage is probably coming into its peak…at least here in southern New Hampshire. Don’t forget to leave a commnet to be entered into the giveaway for the FABULOUS PICTURE BOOK CRITIQUE from Amber!


About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on October 20, 2018, in Cookie recipe, GIVEAWAYS, Uncategorized, Will Write for Cookies - Author/Illustrator interviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. TARDIS? Dalek? Harry Potter wand? No bake cookies? Oh yes, you’re my kinda writer! 🙂 Thanks for the thoughtful advice.

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  2. Thank you for reminding us about patience!
    Can’t wait to read Sophie and Little Star!

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  3. I’m totally going to try writing while standing up!! I can see myself pacing a lot!! 😀


  4. What a lovely Will Write for Cookies with two of my favourite people! Love the look of those cookies, Amber! 💛

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  5. Congratulations Amber! Thanks for the great interview. The TARDIS could definitely help with the patience aspect of our writing!

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  6. Amber, I and subsequently, my daughter loved books at a very young age. I loved the library with it’s calmness, the feel of the books, and the overall quietness but loved the occasional drag of a chair, the whispering, the librarian stamping books and the open and closing of the small cubby drawers of the card catalog (yes, I just dated myself). I was lucky to have a branch of the library in my “junior high school” (did it again!) Thanks for bringing back those memories! My daughter’s name is Sofia so we’ll have to read this…doesn’t matter that she’s 16 now! LOL

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  7. Wow, that is one of the most amazing book covers I have ever seen, and I love the title. How could this not be great! Congrats, Amber and thank you for sharing. Vivian, all you do is fantastic.

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  8. Writing standing up is brilliant….I’m up and down, pacing, baking, doing laundry, helping niece with her homework….Computer open in a central spot will let me jot immediate thoughts…brilliant! Thanks for the interview and congratulations on your new book, Amber. Thanks for the introduction, Vivian.

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  9. Thank you for mentioning that you have to have patience in the publishing industry. It gives me hope!

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    • Jennifer, Facebook just reminded me of a post I made four year ago about Sophie and Little Star. Four years!! Publishing is a marathon. Keep reading and keep writing. You’ll get there!


  10. It’s good to be reminded about patience! Congratulations Amber on your book, can’t wait to read it. Thanks to you Vivian for the introduction to Amber’s writing.

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  11. Your book looks magical. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the interview. I love reading about writer’s processes.

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  12. Congratulations on your new book – looks to be an amazing read. Thanks for that advice – patience definitely ny a writer!

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  13. Congratulations! Loved the interview and may have to try standing up to write too! Thank you for the post.

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  14. Congratulations on your book! It looks very sweet!

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  15. I sometimes write while standing my kitchen island. Definitely better than sitting!

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  16. Writing while standing…I might give that a try. And I’ll also try those cookies. They sound delicious.

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  17. Love the cover for Sophie and Little Star!

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  18. Congratulations, Amber! The cover of Sophie and Little Star is beautiful and just oozes friendship! I grew up with not so many books and was starved for ANYTHING to read. So, I read my brother’s Boy’s Life magazine and my dad’s Am. Legion magazine!

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  19. Big Congratulations and hug to you Amber! “Sophie” looks beautiful and I so enjoyed reading Vivian’s interview of you. I remember when I first met you on Twitter a few years ago–and your dream has come true!

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  20. Congratulations on your debut, Amber! I love how you read everything & anything as a kid. So there was no pretending that you didn’t know how much sugar was in that cereal! A true reading omnivore! To your continued success.

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  21. First, a big round of applause for your charming book. I’m looking forward to it. Writing stand-ing up is a unique approach, one that obviously works for you. You have lots of energy and dedication to have a career and family to care for – a strong message for all of us. Congratulations!

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  22. I am so excited about this book. It looks magical.


  23. A fellow Whovian! Love it. 🙂 Loving the new book and the stand-up mantle desk! Perfect! Congratulations!


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