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.