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Author Interview – Heidi Angell

What is your pen name? 

Heidi Angell

Where are you from? 

A little bit of everywhere. I was born in Montana and still consider it home, but spent a good chunk of my young adult years in South Carolina before moving to Salt Lake City about 5 years ago.

Tell me about yourself? (family life, education, growing up)

I am a bit of an incongruity. A gentle giant (at 6’2) who prefers action and horror flicks to romance (much to the chagrin of my husband who has a soft spot for rom-com.) I have the joy (no sarcasm there) of rearing two teen boys who are keeping me quite busy and have put my bachelors in marketing and communication to good use as an author and publisher.

What is your latest release or when is your book going to be released?

I am actually in the process of re-releasing the Clear Angel Chronicles in preparation for the latest book to release in 2018, and I have a serialized apocalyptic series that will release in November.

When and why did you start writing?

I have been writing since 1st grade. I always knew I would be a writer, but I didn’t realize until my oldest was diagnosed with ASPD that I would pursue writing full-time rather than as a passion project.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first full-length novel was actually written in 6th grade. I had recently moved away from my best friends in Montana to Louisville KY which was a bit of a culture shock. Big city life is so different! I wrote my first book about a game my friends and I used to play, Lucky 7. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the master of the game, Rob Smith, had stolen a lot of material from popular horror movies of the 80’s. Once I realized that I knew the book would never be published.

Is there anything in your writing that is based on your life, people you know or events based on real life?

Yeah, there is always one character in each book that is based on me. My hard core fans like to guess which one! Often characters are also based on people I knew. I deal with a lot of real world problems from the safety of urban fantasy.

Have you ever traveled for your writing process for research?

No, but my travels have influenced my stories.

Would you like to tell us who edits and designs your books and covers?

My re-release for Elements and Angel’s Dance was actually encouraged by a fan of the books, Jo Michaels, creating the new covers because she loved the books so much and felt they deserved better covers. I was humbled and appreciative and look forward to using her services for future books in the series.

Is there a message in your book or key things that stand out?

I am like an ogre, lots of layers. Some common themes you will see are strong female characters, but I explore different types of strength. I also dabble with perspectives and the idea that our world doesn’t exist in a state of duality, there is a lot of gray.

Is there an author that helped influence your writing? Do you have a favorite independent author that you love?

Oh man, this question trips me up every time! I have so many favorite authors, and I think all the authors I read influence me. I actually run a bookish blog, An Angell’s Life of bookish goodness https://www.heidiangell.com/blog, to share all these amazing authors with the world. Would love for you to stop on by!

In the beginning of your work did you have a good support system in your writing? People that stood behind you and encouraged you.

Yeah, I did, and still, do. My mother has always supported my dreams and was actually one of my first proof readers for Elements of a Broken Mind. My husband, of course, has invested tons of time and money into my writing. My best friends and my brother all offered critiques and support. Yeah, I was really, really lucky.

Would you consider writing to be a career or a hobby?

It is my career. It affords me the ability to be home and care for my son, help him with his struggles, and be his advocate, and for that, I am incredibly grateful.

Is there anything you would change with your writing?

I am always trying new genres and starting new series. Part of me kicks myself every time because I probably should stick to the four series (Ok, once Survivalist bible releases, 5 series) and give my fans some closure! The fact that they are all in different genres doesn’t really help. Every time I turn around I am building my audience all over again. At the same time, I feel like the story that is speaking to me is the one that needs to be told. I just have to figure out how to write faster 😉

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

Hmm. I wouldn’t say any of it is particularly easy. It’s work, just like any other job. But the part I like the most is the first draft. Letting the story grow and flow, sometimes surprising me with the twists it takes. That purely creative non-critiquing phase is beautiful.

Do you have a favorite character in your book?

My characters are like my children. I love them all.

Do you have a character you could see yourself dating?

Ha, no. I have some that I think are totally hot, but I don’t know if I could live with their flaws.

Some say they learn things when they write. Is there anything you learned from your last book writing it?

Oh, I am always learning. As part of my research for Survivalist bible, I learned how much damage the average body will take from a three story fall and that shrews have a ridiculous metabolism and literally eat all the time. They can starve to death in as little as 5 hours.

Do you have advice for any new writers who are considering self-publishing?

Start learning everything you can about marketing. Don’t just throw your book up there and pray. Research is your best friend. Also, start networking and building your platform now. A great group to help with that is Our Write Side http://ourwriteside.com/

Is there anything you would like to tell your readers? 

Please leave a review for the books you read. Not just mine, everyones. Most authors I know read their reviews. This is your chance to influence art. I know for me, I take into account what my readers have to say. A lot of readers felt there was too much language and some unexpected scenes in The Hunters, I cut back on that stuff in The Hunted. We write for you, the readers. We want your input.

Are you reading anything now?

I am always reading! Yes, right now I am enjoying The Ambassador’s Wife by Jake Needham, an international thriller following Detective Samuel Tey of the Singapore police. Loving it!

Do you remember the first book you ever read?

No. My mother fostered a love of reading very early on. I was reading by three years old. I don’t remember the books we read, but I remember the feeling. I still get that feeling when I read now. Wonder, excitement, curiosity, and feeling like I am home.

Do you have any hobbies you enjoy? That isn’t book-related?

Hiking and camping with my boys, swimming, dancing, playing board games, watching movies, and binge-watching Netflix.

Do you have any films or TV shows you enjoy?

SO. MANY. If it appeals to the geeks and the nerds, it is totally my jam.

Do you have a blog or website readers can visit, possibly a newsletter?

I do. I offer a weekly e-newsletter full of bookish goodness from author interviews, book reviews, character spotlights, poetry, and notifications about cool book events and sales going on. You can subscribe here: http://bit.ly/2hHAEUh You can also visit my website at http://www.heidiangell.com

Your book link?

You can find all my book links and all the retailers who sell them on my Book page https://www.heidiangell.com/books

Do you have any social media links you would like to share?

My super fans get to be a part of my Geek Street Squad on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1695573887379175/ and get first peek at my works in progress, and what’s going on for me as an author, but if you just want to talk about books in general, I am kind of everywhere. From bookstagram to booktube, and pretty much anywhere else. Find your favorite social media platform and connect with me. https://www.heidiangell.com/connect

 

 

 

Author Interview – Lela Grayce

What is your name?
Lela Grayce

Where are you from?
Originally I am from a little mining town in Nevada called Elko. I have lived a few different places since then including Hawaii. Currently, I live in a small college town in Wyoming called Laramie and I adore this small town.

Tell me about yourself? (family life, education, growing up)
I’ve been married to my best friend Fred for almost 7 years now, we have a 7 year old little girl named Khloe. I have an associates degree in a applied sciences in medical assisting but have never worked as a medical assistant because in the area I live there isn’t a whole lot of opportunities for medical assistants. So instead I work for a non-profit organization that assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and I love it! I am the middle child. I have an older brother Thomas, and a younger brother Ethan. My Mom and Dad celebrated their 35th year of marriage in May!

What is your latest release or when is your book going to be released?
My first book Areion is hopefully going to be released by the end of this year. (knock on wood)

When and why did you start writing?
I was in my early to mid twenties when I decided to write down my imaginings. I’m a very vivid dreamer so I would dream about people in a specific situation and then in waking I would build, in my imagination, a backstory for them on how that got to this situation with these people. It’s fun coming up with the back stuff.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I actually dreamt about my first book, more specifically a character from my book. He was talking to two twin girls who were identical but had drastically different hair and eye color. The conversation didn’t make much sense to me at the time. He was telling the girls that they were important to saving the world that they were born to and that they must go back to set things right. He also said that he would always be with them protecting, watching, and lending them his strength and knowledge. That was it so I spent the next few weeks coming with with a backstory for the girls and of course him.

Is there anything in your writing that is based on your life, people you know or events based on real life?
Probably the thing that is based on my real life is my love for the moon. I’ve always been fascinated by it and the stories about the man in the moon, however, I see a lady in the moon. Some circumstances and events will reflect my life experiences being homeschooled therefore socially awkward, being the new girl in public high school, and being a young teenaged single mother.

Have you ever traveled for your writing process for research?
I have not but would love to.

Would you like to tell us who edits and designs your books and covers?
I haven’t gotten to the editing stage yet but will probably hook up with my friend Joy Olivier for the editing. Deranged Doctor Designs designed my book Areion and I plan to work with them going forward but I have had some work done by Valerie Roeseler of Eden Elements and she is fantastic! She is easy to work with and she puts up with my imaginings and mind changes.

Is there a message in your book or key things that stand out?
There are a few messages that I wish to convey in my series as a whole but the main message I would like people to see is that there will always be dark times in our lives. Sometimes it will feel like that darkness is choking everything good in life and it will feel like there is no end in sight. It is in those dark times that we are able to find our spark, to rekindle the fire within. There is a balance and understanding that balance is how we understand and overcome the trials that life tends to throw our way.

Is there an author that helped influence your writing? Do you have a favorite independent author that you love?
There are a few who have helped influence my writing, I count them as my closest friends and confidants. I also have a ton of favorite Indie authors, Leia Stone, Jaymin Eve, Steven Smithen, Aaron L Speer, Raye Wagner, B. Kirsten McMichael, John Conroe, Frost Kay…. and the list goes on and on.

In the beginning of your work did you have a good support system in your writing? People that stood behind you and encouraged you.
Yes in a way. My family has always been supportive of anything that I do or set my mind to do. Outside of that my closest friends have been amazing in their encouragement and understanding.

Would you consider writing to be a career or a hobby?
At the moment and for the foreseeable future I see it as a hobby but if there is ever a time that I could make it into a career I would gladly do so.

Is there anything you would change with your writing?
Yes! In my mind, I tend to get into my character’s head and am really great at writing from that first person type of view. Any other way is hard for me to do, so I write my first draft in the first person than in the editing and rewriting phases I go back through and change it.

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?
Imagining and visualizing. I have a very vivid imagination so that has always been the easiest part.

Do you have a favorite character in your book?
I have a couple favorite characters in my book. One is a character I originally created to kill but has since taken on more of a role than I had originally thought and one that is a secondary character but one of the keys to pretty much everything.

Do you have a character you could see yourself dating?
Um, yes I could see myself dating a couple of my characters. Is that weird?

Some say they learn things when they write. Is there anything you learned from your last book writing it?
I’m learning a ton! About my writing process, how somethings are easier for me than others and also the whole publishing as an indie author process as well. It isn’t easy that for sure.

Do you have advice for any new writers who are considering self-publishing?
One of my fears was that what I have in my head has already been said, and for a lot of newbie authors like me that is a real intimidating fear, but a wonderful author lady told me “Of course it’s already been said but YOU haven’t said it yet.” I’ll never forget that. We are the product of our experiences be it through life, specific circumstances, or situations everyone is different and unique in their thought processes and their reactions. So saying the same thing but having a different meaning for me or you is why it’s different.

Is there anything you would like to tell your readers?
You all are amazingly awesome! Not only for putting up with my slow writing but for my crazy moon and batman obsession. You all are rockstars.

Are you reading anything now?
Slowly making my way through Amy Bartol’s newest release The Secondborn.

Do you remember the first book you ever read?
Oh man, that was many many years ago. I can’t remember the first book I ever read but I remember reading the Nancy Drew Mysteries Series so that counts as my first series right?

Do you have any hobbies you enjoy?
My Mom taught me at a very young age to crochet and I have stuck with it and continue to crochet different things. I’ve gotten pretty good at it, or so I’m told.

Do you have any films or TV shows you enjoy?
Huge fan of Supernatural! I also really enjoy Arrow.

Would you like to share your social media links?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LelaGrayce/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/lelagrayce

Lela’s Moonlighters FB Group: www.facebook.com/groups/101516387016901

Author Spotlight – AC Jade

AC JADE was born and raised in the Island of The Philippines. She is a true romantic at heart.  Her passion for traveling and exploring made her write her first novel. 

AC JADE loves to write steamy romantic stories with the emotional roller coaster that leads to happy ever after ending. Her sizzling stories will get you hook intellectually, emotionally and physically. Her greatest dream is to travel across 7,107 Islands in the Philippines.  

 

A collection of poetry inspired by the book The Foreigner.

The Empty Space

Empty space inside her heart
Empty since she was little.
Loneliness was what she said.
Time past, she found someone to fill in the empty space.
She found life, but life wasn’t enough.
She longed for something deep inside her soul.
Empty space filled in a moment.
The love she found had vanished.
The empty space void once more.

Amazon Linkhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B074DQLB8D

 

Felt so many emotions and feelings

As I sit here reading Memories of You, I feel so many emotions as the words tumbled from the pages into my heart that takes my breath away. Words of love, passion, desires, trust, hurt, despair, longing and heartbreak. Never have I felt so many emotions at once. Memories of what once was or could have been. Memories of You is beautifully written book of feelings and thoughts that we experience or feel at one time in life. I would definitely recommend this book!!

Beautiful

Beautifully written collection. Captures so many feelings, page after page. Having this collection of poems will take you right back to “The Foreigner”. AC Jade did a great job!

 

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