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MEET AMBER T. KINGSTON

Amber Kingston is excited about the opportunities that writing and illustrating children's books offer. Picture books let her celebrate the innocence and imagination of a young child's mind. In her young adult book, she is exploring characters and offering teens complex characters that reflect the world they live in.

She is also getting noticed! Her first book, Laura and the Leprechauns was released in December 2007. It immediately caught the attention of respected Walt Disney® Imagineer Bran Ferren of Applied Minds Inc. In January 2008, the National Association of Women Writers selected Amber as its Member of the Week.

Books have always been important to Amber. She loves to read, and has been writing stories since fifth grade. But it wasn't until her cousin Laura visited from Bavaria that Amber decided to take the leap and publish a book. Laura and the Leprechauns is the first in a new series that draws on the life experiences of Amber's cousin.

Amber has fully immersed herself in the children's literature industry. In addition to writing and illustrating books, she also publishes books. Her company, Chrysalis Press, is dedicated to producing imaginative literature for children, teens, and young adults. She firmly believes that children should be exposed to quality, imaginative literature, and she created Laura and the Leprechauns using a model that will make it a classic.

She loves spending time with family and friends and can usually be found writing, drawing, reading, painting, or spending time with children. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writerss & Illustrators, the National Association of Women Writers, The Independent Book Publishers Association, the Small Publishers Association Network, the Small Publishers and Writers Network, and the Screen Actors Guild. She also enjoys volunteering at the Orange County Food Bank.

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