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Alex Chu on her IRDA Winning Book “Days of Amber”

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What is the name of the book and when was it published? 

The title is Days of Amber by Alex Chu, and it was first self-published in June 2014, then published through Visionary Press Collaborative in January 2015.

What’s the book’s first line?

The first line is, “This was the day – the annual executive meeting of Amber & Associates.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

A satirical look inside the often boring corporate structure of a software company.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

All the books and stories about Wall Street and computer hackings have been dark and macabre, and I just wanted to release a story that made fun of all that – made the darkness lighter and funnier. And that’s how I got inspired to write Days of Amber.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

I think all of the characters represent the different perceptions that people view corporate America – as delusional narcissistic fantasy-chasers. A lot of the story’s aspects are exaggerated – personality traits, characters’ behaviors, thoughts and appearances – and I think that’s also how people who are directly involved in corporations view themselves and their superiors, which is something I wanted to reveal to those who are not involved in corporations.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

People should read my book if they want a story that makes fun of corporate America in a knowledgeable and well-informed way.