Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?
I am the oldest of six children, and I started writing as a child at the behest of a teacher. I was raised in the Midwest in a fairly low income family, and had experiences that writing about could help me process from a young age. Over time I realized that I loved creating stories about the ordinary experiences I witnessed, but many times providing happier endings for the scenarios. As I went away to college, pursued a career and generally progressed to adult experiences I always came back around to writing as an outlet. A couple years ago a good friend of mine who was going through a health scare told me she had always wanted to publish a book she had been working on for years. We commiserated over lunches and tea on this shared passion, but when she unexpectedly died before she could see through her last project it struck home for me. I decided to publish my first Indie book which I had written years prior a month after her passing. In her memory I worked up the courage to share it with the world. From there, my writing career has gone fast and furious with no regrets on my part.
Despite still working a traditional job in addition to my writing endeavors, I have set a 3K word count goal to write daily. With my busy schedule how I get there is a winding crazy path most days and organic to whatever is happening in my day. Sometimes I wake in the early morning hours with a chapter for my latest work just begging to get written down on paper. Other times I take time outside at lunch to just enjoy the outdoors and write, but other times I close myself into a quiet room at the end of a long day putting ideas onto a computer screen. Also, my family loves long weekend drives and quick getaways which are the best venues for getting lots of solid writing time while my husband drives. No matter what it takes I find the time to make writing a priority.
How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or some other method of getting your words down?
I definitely prefer a laptop, as I type faster than I can write free hand and thus can just let the words flow. I find myself writing anywhere and everywhere from long car rides, outside in a park area, in a quiet bedroom or occasionally behind the closed door of my office on break. As long as it is possible to drown out the sounds of life around me and focus I can delve into the worlds of my characters and make progress on my latest story telling endeavor.
What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?
My favorite part is getting to immerse in new characters, figuring out how they would think, react or simply motivating factors behind each scene they act out in my latest manuscript. I love being able to take a contemporary story and give it a personal face that the reader can identify with and rally around. My favorite settings are common every day and the characters people you could meet just about anywhere. It is like spying on someone else’s life for a while and telling their story, without the fear of being arrested. The least favorite part of writing is editing and rewriting, many times when you start on a major re-write or edit it gets tricky realigning the entire story and not missing anything. I have enlisted more help over the last two years to ensure my story flow and plot points remain true throughout a manuscript even when major changes are made.
How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?
Calm Before the Storm came to fruition based on both my mother’s personal history and working with women at a local shelter more recently. Some of the strongest people have the saddest back story, and many times are forgotten by society. Taking a character that due to circumstances should be broken and battered, and showing how much strength, resolution and independence this woman had was a story I felt needed a voice. It took me only two months to write the book, but I had several individuals read it and help edit to ensure that it was true to form and not overly fluffy but not so deep it would bog the reader down emotionally.
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What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?
This is a tricky balancing act. I love technology so working with sites like Twitter, Facebook, and other social platforms including email lists has proven beneficial. I also work with Amazon marketing services from time to time to get the book out to a more engaged kindle audience. Goodreads sponsored giveaways for my new book has provided me great reviews both positive and negative to help my growth as an author. Finally, talk to everyone you see at events, social gatherings and even networking groups. People no longer associate me with my day job, but as a writer and that has been due to how I network.
What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?
My next project has been in the works for a long time and is a five book (25 – 32K word per) set of books called Aging Out. It is the story of six foster children taken in by a woman that then leaves them a veritable fortune with the mandate they must help others when she passes. Each of the books deals with not only a new foster child or family in crisis, but one of the original six interacting with them. Many of these stories are inspired by foster families I have met or my own fostering experiences, and are a project of love for me that I’m excited to be able to share with the public this coming holiday season. The series will begin releasing on Amazon on October 9th, and each Friday for 5 weeks a new one will be available.
Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.
I always have one or two projects simmering on the back burner, and for early next year it is a manuscript in the early stages called Parallel Lives. The story is centered on a single-mother dying of breast cancer and her now grown daughter’s relationship as they navigate her final days while confronting the past. It is a tale of learning life lessons from our parent’s and not repeating their mistakes while navigating our own destiny. As always I find that love remains a central theme of this book, love of a parent, love of the family we build as we traverse all of life’s experiences and love that comes from the least expected places.
What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?
Find great cheerleaders who believe in you, and can help you through the tough days. Have thick skin and take feedback both negative and positive to heart when learning your audience, your own writing style and the publishing world in general. Never give up, one person will hate something you wrote but the next will love it. Perception and personal preferences will prevail, but remain true to your comfort level writing stories you care about. Finally, write every chance you get, take classes and surround yourself with other authors and great inspiration whatever form that takes for you personally. Just like any goal if you want this bad enough, are willing to learn from your mistakes and persevere you will see results.
Thank you, Angelica!
Learn more about Angelica at the following sites:
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Angelica-Kate/e/B00JTL5MLI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1443125322&sr=8-1