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Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?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.
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.