Amber D. Tran. I was born and raised in Hundred, West Virginia. My debut novel, Moon River, was released last September from Little Creek Books. I have two books--Salt, a chapbook; and Fever, a collection--due to release over the next few months. Writing has been my life since I was in the 5th grade.

Editor-in-Chief at Cold Creek Review

How does it feel to be an editor and what inspired you to become one?

It feels uplifting, to be honest. Every day we receive submissions of all genres, and I thoroughly enjoy settling down on the couch, coffee nearby, and reading each one at a careful, considerable pace. One of my dreams (unrealistic dreams, to be frank) was to be an editor for some sort of publishing company. I believed this since I was a child. However, as I got older, I realized that this dream was a little too far-fetched given my background. The idea to start a literary journal came to me in January, and I shared my thoughts with two friends who also wanted to be involved.

Being an editor yourself, do you feel editors get the attention and recognition that they deserve?

There is a lot happening the background that contributors do not necessarily see--organizing emails, reading submissions, meeting biweekly with the other editors to discuss submissions, activity on social media, updates on the website--but as an editor, I do not feel it is myself or the other editors who deserve any recognition. The contributors deserve the recognition, and it is my responsibility to make sure they receive it.

What is the most challenging part of being an editor?

For me, it is making selections on which submissions to publish. We are particular in what we publish. Many times we have received a well-written, breathtaking piece, but as a group, we felt as if this submission was not a good fit for our journal. Those kinds of decisions are conflicting and are often difficult to manage.

How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?

I think this is very important! We currently live in a world adapting at an unnatural pace with technologies. It would make sense to stay up-to-date on such technologies. In this instance, for example, social media--while it may seem troublesome and silly to manage, it is vital to sharing contributors' works. We try to stay active on Twitter and Facebook.

What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?

We are a very small literary journal, operated by only three people. We have nothing but immense pride for the work we choose to publish. We try to keep our issues simple--submission, contributor photo, contributor biography--and we do our best to promote everyone's work on social media. With that being said, we strive to be there for our contributors. We go out of our way to make sure each contributor is happy with the look and feel of their submission; if not, we make changes. We are available at all times, for anything at all, and I do not think that is offered by other literary journals.

What is the best advice you can give to the people who are planning to submit a work to your publication?

Do not be afraid to submit your work! Our editors are nice, we promise. Keep in mind that we are a literary journal that is partial to darker, more troubling works; if you're having issues finding a home for one of your more dangerous pieces, let us give it a try.

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