About

About the Blogger

Salut! My name is Amber. I’m a millennial, born and raised in rural New England. I am a college graduate with a degree in history and a minor in writing and am working toward my human resources accreditation. I am a white, cisgender, asexual, demiromantic female. I use the pronouns she/her.

I love verbal and written language and thrive on storytelling. I’ve been actively running The Literary Phoenix since 2017, and I’ve been writing fiction since I was six years old. I believe we all have a story to tell, personal or fiction, and I want to learn them all.

By day I work in people management at a financial company, with a smattering of DEI work on the side. I feel so lucky to get paid to work in diversity, equity, and inclusion and my journey is only beginning. By night, I read anything with magic and artistic writing and space adventures and dark mysteries. I have a little book of story ideas and I’m always writing something. I support diverse authors and stories, and I believe in being accountable for our choices in life. I love photography, travel, my spouse and cats, cozy video games, and making good trouble.

I also despise photos of myself, so this is likely the only one you’ll even see of me. I don’t like it, but here I am.

About the Blog

I’ve always been a fan of books and reading and everything to do with literature.  When I was a sophomore in college, I decided I wanted to blog.  I set up half a dozen different blogs, and my book blog, The Literary Phoenix, was the one that survived.

I haven’t always been a consistent blogger.  In 2017, I’ve recommitted myself to this blog and keeping my love of literature active.  From weekly memes to book reviews, I try to share my passion with my readers.  Sometimes, I’ll even throw in a favorite recipe or a bit of history when I’m passionate about a topic and it’s relevant.  I read a lot of YA, fantasy, and historical fiction.  I’m trying to read a little more contemporary, and I would like to return to science fiction.

I keep somewhat active on Twitter, and I always cross-post my reviews to LibraryThing, Goodreads, and The StoryGraph. I love to talk to people about the books I’ve read and loved.  Even if we don’t agree about the book, I cherish discussion!

Usually, posts will be about literature.  Sometimes, I will talk about my own writing.  If you go back into my archives, more of my posts are about writing and character development but these days, I write more about the books I read.  I am a character reader, and usually my reviews will focus on how much I like the characters.

Why ‘The Literary Phoenix’?

When I was in high school, I was dating another huge fantasy fan.  I don’t know exactly when it started, but I began calling him “my dragon” and I was his “phoenix”.  After than, I latched on to this mythical creature.  I love phoenixes – from their healing tears to their remarkable ability to be reborn from their own ashes, they are remarkable.  I try to rise out of the ashes of everything that tries to break me down, and I try to live my life with the fiery strength of the phoenix.

It seemed only right that this creature of Greek legend found a home on my blog.

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One response to “About

  1. Hello, upon a comment made to me by a friend, I started looking at one author on your problem author list, but my eyes were caught by another, and your own stated points that you do not have a person from the disability community to comment on her works. I am an autist, with severe c-ptsd, and likely dyspraxic, in addition to a few other issues, and am, honestly, considered permanently disabled by the government. I am also non-binary (agender and grey-ace), and am a writer myself, so might be able to show you a different perspective on Mercedes Lackey. Because, honestly, I do not consider her writings to be harmful, and, indeed, potentially good at showing how society treats some of us (ie, showing accuracy, rather than a level of compassion that is not well seen outside of fiction in our world). I see what she has written, as well as her comments on her own writing, to be putting her very much on our side. Notably, the supposedly ‘ableist’ outlook is more a showing of how society currently treats us, and how they have done so in the past. Talia, for example, the lack of support, and when the breakthrough happens, are amazingly accurate. For many of us, we don’t get outside support until things go catastrophically wrong. So it’s not ableist in any way to show that you pretty much have to prove what you can’t do to get any kind of help at all from society at large. As for the lack of good trans representation? She recognizes, and has, as far as I can tell, acknowledged, that she doesn’t think she can, at this stage, properly represent trans characters. I can tell you that, as a non-binary author, with a ‘heroic fantasy world’ that I write in, I have a hard time getting proper credit to trans characters. Belor was skirted around, and even now, though I’d like to go back and fill out his story, I find that I have difficulty there. Some things are much harder to write in, even if you have the experience, and, recognizing that fact, I honor her resistance to adding much of that characterization to her books. I can also agree that, especially if one is largely ‘kicked out of society’ for their nature, that would create a distinct villain. I know, as I sit in on counselling groups online to try to help others process things. I can’t always succeed, but I understand that no one succeeds at everything. What she has shown is viable explanation of what life is like, especially for us. And that’s something we need more of. As for racism, that’s always going to be an iffy thing, especially when dealing with fantasy settings. they have to have at least some form of a counterpart in the real world, but they also develop differently, and that makes things seem one way when that is not how it is intended. (Good example is my portrayal of the Rasi peoples in my own books…Steppelanders and Toyurasan are both exotic to most characters–though I do have a few characters from both societies–but they clearly indicate both good and bad. As all societies do.) Please consider that not all ‘abusive-labeled writing’ is bad. In many case, it’s actually strongly indicative of our own complex social patterns.