Amber Leda is a fictional character created by the author Lana Peckham. She is the protagonist of Peckham's debut novel, "Dreams of a Darker Garden". Amber is a young woman in her late twenties who, after the sudden death of her mother, moves back to her childhood home in a small town in Connecticut. There, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, grappling with the past traumas that have shaped her identity and relationships. Amber's struggle with depression, anxiety, and feelings of abandonment are woven into the fabric of the story, as she forms complex dynamics with the eccentric cast of characters in her life, including her estranged father, a mysterious neighbor, and a renegade artist who challenges her perception of reality. Amber's name is possibly a tribute to two powerful mythological figures, the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite, also known as Venus, and the Swan Queen Leda. Both embodied feminine beauty, power, and the transformative nature of change, making them apt inspirations for a protagonist on a quest for self-realization.