Monday, 14 January 2013
Interview with Angela Carlie plus Giveaway
Happy Monday, everyone! Today we're chatting with author Angela Carlie. Leave a comment after you read the interview for your chance to win your choice of a Lord of the Shifters ebook.
Welcome, Angela! Tell us a bit about yourself.
First, thank you for inviting me to your blog!
A bit about me. Well, I'm a mom and a wife. I live in the Pacific Northwest. Although I love it here, I will someday live in Hawaii because I love it there as well.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing in journals in high school, but didn't write my first novel until about five years ago.
Tell us about LORDS OF SHIFTERS. What’s the story about?
How did the idea of the story come to you?
There was never really a starting point that I can remember where the idea came to me. It sort of evolved from Loramendi's Story, which was the original first novel. It's now recommended as the second in the series, after Spider Wars, even though the timelines run the same. With Loramendi's Story, I sort of experimented with a lot of "what ifs" and it went from there.
Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
Absolutely yes to all of the above. I always self-edit over and over again. I have several critique partners who edit and critique the story. Once I've made any changes, the manuscript is sent to a paid editor. After that, it's off to a few more critique partners to critique my new edits and then to some beta readers.
Both! I usually start out pantsing. When I get stuck, which is usually often at about the third or fourth chapter, I create an outline to move me along. Note, the outline is rarely followed, though. It just helps remind me where I need to be and what needs to happen to get there.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
A closed door for privacy.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I already have a rad super power. I had lost it for a while, but have regained it most recently. Vegan Power, man.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
The weirdest thing? I don't know about weird, but something that creeped me out a few nights was when I "Googled" and researched spiders for my novel Spider Wars.
Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: groovy, embellished, and reminder.
A reminder of a time when nothing and everything mattered, when love dwelled in her heart and daisies embellished her hair, she set the notebook covered in graffiti with words like "Groovy" and "Radical" back into the drawer.
hiking, jogging, or at the movies.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
I have been so fortunate to have author friends and critique partners help me in my publishing journey. Some fabulous authors you should definitely check out are:
Megg Jensen, aka Isobel Lucas
Stacey Wallace Benefiel
And all the wonderful authors involved in the Pacific Northwest YA Authors.
And finally, where can people find you and your book online?
Barnes and Noble:
Readers! Answer this question in the comments section: Which Lords of Shifters ebook would you want to win?