Everyone we're going to talk today with the lovely, Angela Carlie about her newest novel LORAMENDI'S STORY.. and a ton of other things! Check it.
1. Can you tell us how you became a writer?
I started writing. Haha j/k ;) But not really.
I sat down many times throughout my life to write a novel to only get a few chapters written before finding other interests to pursue. Finally, a few years ago, I held the determination to finish a novel and had a first draft done in one month. I haven’t looked back since and now have three novels published and one in the draft state. I’m currently working on a sequel, which is more difficult for me to write than the first book or a stand alone.
2. How long did it take you to write Loramendi's Story? During that time did you come across any blocks/times that you couldn’t write?
About three years. Loramendi’s Story was my first novel. It was originally titled The Dreaded Dawn. It was a mess, and I re-wrote it several times, set it aside to write other novels, and then came back to it this past year.
3. What inspired you to write this particular book? Is there a story about the writing of this novel that begs to be told?
There wasn’t a particular inspiration like there has been in my other novels. Loramendi’s Story is just a novel written for pure entertainment. It’s something I’d enjoy reading for escapism and fun.
4. What is it that you’re exploring in this book?
Loramendi’s Story is the introduction to a series of books called Lords of Shifters. I explore the possibilities of shapeshifting, magic, romance, friendship, and touch on various morals we hold as a society. The upcoming books will dive deeper into some of those morals.
5. Who is your favorite character in this book, and why?
Ha! I love all the characters. J If I had to choose, I’d say I like Lord Xifan the most. I can’t tell you why because that would spoil the fun for future books.
6. Do you have a favorite story to tell about being interviewed about your book?
I believe this is the first interview I’ve had for Loramendi’s Story. I’m horrible at these types of things and an introvert. I’ll be going on a book tour this October with three local YA/Middle Grade authors. I’m sure I’ll have many stories to tell then. Like how I hid behind them while on stage, or how I tripped over the stair and landed face first onto the pen in my hand—stabbing my eyeball out.
7. What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?
I usually want to hide under a desk when people ask me questions, but I think a good question to ask that hasn’t been asked before would be: What color was the carpet in the house you lived in while in fourth grade? Answer: Salmon
8. Which authors have been most influential to your own writing?
I love many authors and I try to read and stay current with the young adult market. I believe that the more words I absorb, the more will be readily available to spit back out. If I were to point to one person who has had the most influence over my writing it would be my first critique partner, Gary Corbin. I’ve learned a lot from him and he’s helped shape my style of writing. He writes awesome stories and plays. Several of his scripts have been produced by local theatres.
9. If you weren't writing, what would you want to be doing for a living? What are some of your other passions in life?
Right now I pay the bills as a licensed massage practitioner and I’m going to go back to school for nursing. Of course I’d rather just win the lottery and travel the world, but I seem to repel luck so I’ll keep working until that happens.
I have a passion for traveling, hiking, kayaking, helping people and animals, and reading. If I could get paid to do all these things, I’d be in Heaven.
10. If you could have written one book in history, what book would that be?
I don’t think I can answer this question. There’s not a book that I could have written or that I’ve ever wished I wrote. I’ve wished for the success that some books have had and perhaps the premise made me envious, but never the writing because writer has such a unique style. I’ve fallen in love with many authors’ writing, but their style isn’t mine. I like my style.
11. Tell us about the biggest challenges you face in your writing process.
Finding time to write is a huge challenge. With work and a family to care for, writing often gets squeezed into the schedule whenever there’s a blank spot—which isn’t often. Unfortunately, I’m a slow writer and I usually need large chunks of time to get into a good rhythm.
12. Please list seven random likes; then do the same for dislikes, go way random.
Random Likes (in no particular order):
The smell of an auto mechanic shop. Oil and rubber.
The color of mango meat. Murky orange/yellow.
Laughter. Especially my child’s laugh.
Bathtub Beach on the Island of Oahu on February 26, 2009.
January 24, 1999.
Smooshing my face against a purring, soft kitten.
Random Dislikes (in no particular order):
Dog farts. Especially my dog’s farts.
Addiction. All forms.
Being misunderstood. Especially when feelings get hurt.
The smell of an auto mechanic shop. Oil and rubber.
13. Is there anything that you’re working on that we need to be looking out for?
I’m currently plotting out the second Lords of Shifters Novel. I hope for it to be available in 2012.
Thank you so much, Amy, for interviewing me today. If I may, I’d like to give a shout-out to my fellow Darkside Publishing authors, Karly Kirkpatrick, GP Ching, Megg Jensen and DSP's newest member, Magan Vernon. Everyone should check out their fabulous books at Darkside Publishing.
Groovy. That was fun. Right? Now if you would like a way to check out Angela's website our purchase other books of hers, I'll put the links up for convenience.
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Another novel that Angela wrote and I highly recommend is; Dream Smashers. Check it out! I promise you won't be sorry.
Thank you, Angela for taking the time out of your busy day to spend with us! We really appreciate it. If any of you have questions for Angela just leave them in the comments and she has agreed to come back and answer them. Awesome, right?
Have a wonderful week.
Happy Reading & Arrivederci