With her love of adventure and humor, Angel M. takes her own personal experiences and adds a fictional flair to bring her stories to life. Imagine a tale where the voice inside the author's head becomes its own, leading character in The Keeper.
In Underwater City, shrimp, eels, and other sea life have distinct personalities.
Explore the minds of dogs in Pawper to Pedigree.
Beginning a new feature on my website, I'm going to be interviewing a new author each week. So, let's get right down to it, shall we? Meet Angel M., an author with a flair for the child in all of us. Angel has a few books published and I want to share that with you before we put her on the hot seat.
First up is The Keeper, a fantasy novel that was published in 2013. This is the first book of The Maze Series. The Keeper currently has a 5 star rating on Amazon. Next up is Underwater City, book #2 of The Maze Series. Published in 2015, Underwater City also has a 5 star rating. Both of these books are sure satisfy any craving for fantasy adventure. You can check them out on Amazon by clicking on the covers.
Finally, Angel has recently published Pawper to Pedigree, a humorous tale about running a pet grooming business.
"Trying to build a mobile dog grooming business can be difficult when your bus ismost likely stolen, your flamboyant cosmetologist keeps people guessing as to his sexual orientation, you are dating the cop who arrested your last boyfriend, and you can hear what dogs are thinking. Luckily, for Marnie, her clientele has eclectic tastes and she discovers there is a lucrative market for her dog whisperer gift.
From country dogs to city dogs, pedigrees to mutts, Marnie and Aaron take on new clients while helping owners reach a deeper connection with their pets."
Click on any of these books to find them on Amazon, then buy and read. I'm sure you'll find them entertaining.
Now, let's get to know the author herself. I sat down with Angel and asked her a few questions. Here is what she had to say.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
a. Writing energizes me. I can easily get lost in the story as it unfolds.
b. All that other stuff; marketing, promoting, social networking -- exhausts me and this part of being an author is never-ending, but I do what I can.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
a. Trying not to miss the small, everyday stuff. With my first book, The Keeper, I lucked out that one of my test readers was a young man in his twenties. He reminded me that my main character, Gabriel, who was also in his twenties had never shaved nor did I mention anything about facial hair. After kissing a few girls, Nicholas suggested Gabriel shave once in awhile or maybe mention beard burn on the girl’s face. It never occurred to me that Gabriel would be shaving at his age. Dah!
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
a. Of course, I read them. I love being bashed around by strangers. No wait...that’s not right. I could say I read them for research, but that would be a lie too. Let’s see...yes, I read them because I want to know what readers think of what I wrote. I know opinions will vary and hope for the best.
b. The good ones make my day. Having my hard work praised by someone who truly appreciates it, is the best pick-me-up out there. Then I think, “I better get busy writing the next one”.
c. My books don’t have many reviews yet, so I haven’t seen a bad one. However, when I do get a bad review I’m hoping I’ll remember what a picky reader I am and how many books I didn’t like that others loved.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
a. I’m fairly new at this myself and my biggest mistake was falling for the schmooze of a vanity publisher with my first book. When you jump into something having no idea what you are doing, it’s easy to mess up. Don’t let mistakes end your dream. Accept them and move on. The past is the past; leave it there. Focus on the here and now and the very near future. I think aspiring writers give up too quickly. So what if it takes four years, or even ten years, to write that book. At least you are moving forward.
b. Don’t write yourself out of your own novel. Once you’ve written it, you’ll be getting opinions from everyone you show it to, from your family and friends, to editors and critics. Listen to their suggestions and don’t be afraid to admit you weren’t real happy with how you wrote that scene in the first place. However, if you change everything to suit them and no longer recognize your work, then you may as well put their names on it. The story is yours to tell, in your voice.
c. Allowing someone to convince you that you are not good enough or “you have to know someone in the publishing business” to get published. You will never know until you try and even if you aren’t snatched up by a big publishing house, there is always self-publishing. So, ignore those negative people.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
a. Honestly, I don’t feel I have a choice with what I write. The idea pops into my head and I take notes. Then when I sit down to write the book, the movie plays in my head, and I desperately try to type it up. I have zero control over the genre. Although I can, somewhat, control the path the story takes, but not much else. I write to entertain readers with short attention spans; like myself. If I’m not having fun or the book isn’t holding my attention, chances are, the reader won’t be happy with my book either. Trends come and go and maybe, someday, I’ll be writing something that falls into that trend. I never force writing.
How do you select the names of your characters?
a. I have Excel files; A-Z names of people and places that I have collected over many years. I’m very bad at naming on the fly. Take my dog, Cracker. She’s a black and silver miniature schnauzer. I know, you are thinking, “you named a black dog, Cracker”. She came by this name because the hubster and I had just eaten at Cracker Barrel before we picked her up. We got the black dog reference later and had a good laugh. So, whenever I need a name, I scroll through my files until one clicks with the character. This makes writing so much easier. With the right name in place I can focus on the story instead of the “?” that glares at me from the computer screen asking, “when are you going to give me a name”.
You can find out more about Angel M. by visiting her at any of the links below. Why not give her a visit and find out more about her wonderful books.