Monday, July 19, 2021

Author Interview with Angela R. Watts

 



Alright y'all, I met this lovely through the Facebook Group Dystopian Ink, and I am so grateful that she agreed to do this interview. I must sadly admit that I hadn't read any of her books, but I do have her book The Divided Nation on my out of control TBR. She is my first hybrid author who recently worked with a publishing company (in like the past year instead of a couple years ago). I know she has been busy with the release of her books, and editing other books as well. Let's dive in shall we?


Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: Hello! I’m Angela R. Watts, the bestselling author of The Infidel Books. I live at Step by Step Sanctuary, Tennessee.

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company?
A: I am a hybrid author, which means I am self-published and traditionally published!

Q: If you do work with a publishing company, which one and for how long?
A: My debut fantasy, GOLGOTHA, released April 10th with Blade of Truth Publishing. This is my first experience with a publisher and it has been amazing thus far!

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: My main genres are science fiction and fantasy. I intend to publish more thrillers, as well!

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: I’ve been writing since I was very small. I always wrote down stories, illustrated ones, and more. I devoured books and deep down, never doubted that one day, I would write them.

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: I am a freelance editor so my schedule is often booked. When I’m not writing or editing for clients, I babysit and housekeep.

Q: How many books have you published?
A: At the moment, nine and counting!

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: I am working on the second installment of the Remnant Trilogy (Blade of Truth Publishing) and am preparing The Mercenary’s Deception, The Infidel Books #3, for publication this July.

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: A few torture scenes have taken me days to write, but the hardest scene was a death in one of The Infidel Books novels. I can’t say more than that.

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: I usually don’t start and stop projects, but I do have about two projects I had to sit aside. A supernatural YA novel and a adult thriller novel. I plan to get back to them soon!

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: The Infidel Books is going strong (I plan about six books total, at least) and the Remnant Trilogy, as well. Besides these, I haven’t exerted much energy into series planning, yet.

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A: While each book is capable of being read as stand alones, I lean toward each book having strong connections and reading better as a whole. This way, readers can watch the story and characters develop and see the stakes grow!

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: The Mercenary’s Deception, The Infidel Books #3, releases this July. I have yet to set a specific date as I will be attending Realm Makers 2021 that month!

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: About two months. I write The Infidel Books quickly (the fastest time being a novel finished in less than a month) and this one, while it was trickier to write, was no exception.

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: I sit myself in my room and bully them until they do. I’m not one of those writers who give into writer’s block. However, if it is burn out or exhaustion on my part, I try to give myself rest as I continue forward.

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: I prefer to wake early and get most of my writing done first thing, so my routine is simple. Coffee and music for morning sessions, and after that, as long as I have hard rock or metal in the background (sometimes soft, sappy songs for those sad scenes!), I can write anywhere.

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: I prefer long sittings. For a couple of years, I did super well with sprints, but I grew bored and frustrated with having to stop and compare things with fellow sprinters. I’m a hermit now and like focusing on the grindstone till I’m done or need a break for my poor neck and back, ha!

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: That depends on the scene. Some scenes that deal with harder topics drain me emotionally and take me longer than usual to complete. Usually, however, I feel satisfied and energized after a good writing session!

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: Most of my books sparked from dreams of sorts. The Lord is a constant source of inspiration. Unlike most authors, I don’t usually have “aha!” moments for new book ideas. They grow and introduce themselves to me out of nowhere.

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?
A: Growing up, I adored Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, and Francine Rivers. I still strive to lead by a similar example and push myself hard each day to be where I would like.

Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: Yep, an avid reader. I have a wall-to-wall bookshelf in my room and two other smaller bookshelves… all stocked.

Q: If so, are you a beta or ARC reader for anyone else? (You don’t have to name for who if you do not wish to.)
A: Since my editorial business has grown, I no longer beta. If I enjoy an author, I might sign up for their ARC team, though I prefer paperbacks so I usually wait to buy a copy!

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: Yes! I read a variety of genres but usually fall back on thrillers, supernatural novels, or science fiction!

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: American Assassin by Vince Flynn has a special place in my heart. It encouraged me to write what I was led to write without fear and to be a bolder person.

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: Yes, though rarely do I cry or laugh over a book. However, Stan Hurley is a mean old man in the Mitch Rapp novels, and makes me laugh in every single book he has appeared in… Oops!

Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: I am active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, MeWe, Youtube, and more!

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: Absolutely! It makes my day when a reader messages me about how much they enjoyed a novel or when a reader posts a picture of my books!

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: I do! I deeply appreciate every friend that stands with me. Support and loyalty move an author forward!

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: Writing conferences, by far! My budget may cry a little but the payoff of being surrounded by my community is so worth it.

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: My family has been supportive since I was a child! Since I began publishing, they’ve rooted for me every step of the way. I wouldn’t be here without my incredible family!

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know?
A: First, I love you! So much! You mean the world to me and I appreciate your support.
Second, I may say “I’m sorry” when I make you cry over my books, but this is a lie.


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AngelaRWattsauthor

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/angelarwattsauthor/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/PeculiarAngela

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17597325.Angela_R_Watts?from_search=true&from_srp=true

Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_pj-I-VLvxNXdRI9V2LseA?view_as=subscriber


Alright folks there you have it! She is hard at work on her next books while also editing for others. She works with a publisher as well as publishes on her own. I am still so grateful that she agreed to take the time to do this interview! I have her book The Divided Nation on my tbr list, and love to check out her socials when I am not trying to play catchup on my TBR. I hope you guys will go check out her social media pages and books.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Author Interview with Andrea Clark

 



Alright y'all, this is another author I was able to connect with thanks to the FB group Dystopian Ink. I must admit that she was kind enough to send me a copy of her book, The Waves of Dissonance, but the crazy end of school year schedule got the better of me! I'm so sorry Andrea! I will be getting to it ASAP. I am super grateful that she agreed to do this intervew as well as have me as her reader. Let's dive into her answers shall we??


Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: My name is Andrea Clark. I live in the South Carolina low country. 

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company? 
A: Indie.

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: Dystopian sci-fi techno thriller… if there is such a thing. I used to say feminist sci-fi, but that’s not exactly right. It’s just a sci-fi story about feminists.

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: Have always loved to write. I got this idea in my head for a novel decades ago and it has been firing in me inside and out ever since. 

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: I am a registered architect and I manage construction projects full time. I’ve always worked full time except for a short burst while I was recovering from medical problems. That’s when I hunkered down and wrote the 1st draft, while I was convalescing. 

Q: How many books have you published?
A: One

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: Two. A prequel and a sequel to the Dissonance trilogy. 

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: In the 1st draft, and in many drafts afterward, I had a scene I thought was integral to the plot, but it was a sexual assault scene. Not only was it too graphic in my mind, I didn’t want it to happen and I didn’t want to read about it, myself, for numerous reasons. It hurt me every time I read it while editing, and I didn’t want others to hurt when they read it, too, but it was really integral to the story line and I couldn’t cut it. It was so disturbing to me that I wouldn’t allow my then-16 year old stepdaughter to read it, and she was at the age where she actually WANTED to read what I wrote! Finally, I found a way to handle the scene to the point I could sleep at night, and that’s the moment I decided to publish.

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: None. I’m working on the ones unfinished/unpublished. 

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: Yes. Sorry, I think I skipped ahead and answered that earlier.

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A: Each one can stand alone, but they are connected. The first one and second one are a generation apart, but in the 2nd one, the main character mentions her grandmother so much I wanted to go back and write the grandmother’s story. I knew all about her anyway, because in order to create the world in Waves, I had to map out how it came about.  

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: The Pearls of Dissonance will hopefully come out in late 2021 or early 2022. Not done writing it yet.

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: Still writing the 2nd book. The first book took me 6 months to write and 22 years to stew and edit. The next one won’t take so long. 

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: I’d go for a power walk. During the walk they would talk and come back to life, and I’d have to race back home to capture it all on paper.

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: I outline, spread out index cards all around me with the plot points, and then I figure out who does what and in what order to show it. Then it all goes down on a spreadsheet for further massaging. 

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: I wrote the first novel in long sittings and devoted routinely 8 hrs a day to writing. The prequel is more short bursts, fit in early mornings before my day job.

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: Energized !! It’s such a rush to write. I feel like I’m just trying to catch up with the characters as they run amok doing cool things I need to document!

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: I dreamed the idea kernel, and then infilled with some life experiences and stories my dad used to tell me.

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?
A: If I were ever lucky enough to ever be mentioned (positively!) in the same breath as Margaret Atwood or Ursula Le Guin I would feel that all the hard work and fear was worth it. 

Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: Yes

Q: If so, are you a beta or ARC reader for anyone else? (You don’t have to name for who if you do not wish to.)
A: Not at this time. With my full-time job in addition to writing and promoting, there’s no energy left to give enough energy to doing that.

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: Yes.

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: The Handmaid’s Tale. Hands down the most frightening book I ever read as it is merely a Supreme Court decision away from being real. 

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: All the time. I read slowly and tend to internalize and to “feel” what’s happening in a novel, so I get worked up while reading. 

Q:What kind of social media do you have? 
A: Twitter @ClarkNovels, Facebook is @AndClark01, LinkedIn is Andrea Clark. And a website, www.notionwaves.com 

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: I love it when readers reach out. I’d love to attend book clubs every day if I could, to hear their thoughts and answer questions. 

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: Yes. Both men and women. Some I’ve never even met, but who have given me support I dearly needed. 

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: Paying for a stand-up desk, and for a graphic artist for my cover design. 

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: My husband is my greatest advocate. He challenges me when I get jittery over things that don’t go the way I think they should, and he gets thrilled when I’m excited. Making him proud of me is one of the biggest kicks I get out of writing, and frankly it’s what keeps me going. He’s definitely the reason I am so happy. A couple of other family members have also shown a surprising amount of support, which I appreciate way more than they probably know.

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know?
A: My father was the Kindest and most gentle man I ever knew. He was a wonderful preacher and counseled many people who loved him. He and my mom had one of the strongest love stories I’d ever witnessed until I met my husband. Some of my religious characters are based on him in some way or another, but only the good attributes. Before my dad got ill, he read an early draft and didn’t like it. It hurt my feelings. I was so surprised, because he and I thought so much alike about certain things, such as women’s rights and making all choices with deliberateness. Then I realized he probably thought some of the characters were about him (they aren’t!) Or were about me. (Also aren’t. ) We never got a chance to talk about it, and I always feel badly about that, but I like to think he understands now and approves.


Twitter:
https://twitter.com/ClarkNovels

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AndClark01/

Website:
https://www.notionwaves.com/

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-clark-a17a2512



Alright folks there you have it! She is hard at work getting her series out to the world while also being a boss in the construction world. I have her book on my TBR, and will have it reviewed ASAP. I appreciate her taking the time to do this interview! I hope you guys will go check out her social media pages and her books!

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