Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight. Can you begin by telling me a little bit about yourself?
- Have you always wanted to be an author?
I have always wanted to be a lot of things, author, singer, actress… I just pursued them all until only one worked out!
- What inspired you to write your first book?
I was a songwriter in Nashville at the time, pursuing singing and a music career when the idea for Redemption of the Changed came to me. It was a dream, and in the dream, I was a wolf in the woods fighting off an attacker. When I woke up, I thought ‘that would make for an interesting story.’ I have always loved all things Chronicles of Narnia, and it struck me as something that could fall along those lines. I grew up on Narnia, and then fell in love with Lord of the Rings, and The Hunger Games trilogy, the Twilight Saga, etc.. so I wanted something that encapsulated all of my favorite things.
- What is the name of your latest novel?
It’s about a young woman who is an outcast, and it’s not until the end of her senior year she meets someone that she clicks with. (Or so she thinks.)
- How did you come up with the concept for your novel?
My newest novel is paranormal, and it has elements of demons and angels, etc.. Some of it is based on a friendship that ended not so well, and the rest of it is just based on my love for paranormal. 😀
- Who is your favorite character and why?
My favorite character ever is Adam Carpenter from Eden’s Serum because he starts out as kind of an unlikable wimpy bachelor, who is self-absorbed, and a bit of a jerk. I think towards the end of Eden’s serum, as we watch him grow and change, and fall for the love of his life, he changes. He becomes braver, less selfish, and someone that I think anyone would like to be friends with. He is my favorite because of his growth because in essence he is a little bit me. I had to do a lot of growing over the past ten years…transitioning from my 20’s into my 30’s and I learned a lot of things about myself, and have tried to become kinder and braver. I think he tries hard to do that too.
- Who is your least favorite character and why?
My least favorite character is Lilith from my new novel “Twisted Intentions” she is manipulative and controlling, and Willow doesn’t have the guts to stand up to her really, so it seems like she is going to get away with how she treats Willow. She’s narcissistic, and I can’t stand it.
- Which character do you relate to the most and why?
Evie from the Redemption Series. She is me; the Redemption books are completely allegorical to my life and things I went through growing up. Though not in a way that you could figure out unless you know my story well, which both delights me about her, and bothers me too.
- Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?
A reoccurring thing that I hope my readers are picking up is that everyone has a story…and we have all gone through things at some point in time that makes us react and respond the way we do. Everyone deserves a chance, and most importantly, everyone deserves compassion.
- What books have influenced you the most? Why?
Truthfully, I can’t say there is ONE book that influenced me. There are some I have read multiple times, but for the most part, I pick up something from every book I read. There is always some lesson, some morsel, something allegorical, psychological or intrinsic that I take from each book I read. Even the ones that I read just for fun.
- Who are a few of your favorite authors?
I do have many favorite authors, as far as big names go, that one is easy: C.S Lewis, Francine Rivers, and Jane Austen. I adore my indie authors, and I have to give a shout out to my absolute favorite indies:
- Any future projects you would like to talk about?
I am really excited about my poetry/short story book coming out in November. I think it is a fun, eclectic mix of bits and pieces of me that people can read anywhere, even if they don’t have time. Little bites of reading, if you will. It’s called Embers and Flames. I am also stoked about getting back to Eden’s Serum with Adam and Evelyn, and seeing what’s going on with them in the release of Eden’s Demise due out in January. I am very excited!
- If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?
No, it is currently at the editor, and it was so fun and so meaningful to write. I have some situations that I have been dealing with, and writing allows me to work through the emotions of those situations. Twisted Intentions is great for that.
- Is there a short snippet of your current book that you would like to share?
Sure. Please keep in mind that this is unedited and that when it is published, I am sure she will tear it apart before it hits its release date.
A pencil went catapulting through the air and hit Willow squarely in the back of her head. She whipped her red locks around, to see a bunch of seniors laughing.
“Damn it.” She mumbled under her breath, trying to fight the urge to cuss them out or throw something back, like her fist. Just a few more weeks, just a few more weeks. She repeated the phrase, like a curative mantra.
“Something funny that you want to share, Ms. Enola?” Miss Donna politely questioned.
“No ma’am, I wasn’t laughing,” Willow responded back to her.
“Well, someone surely was.” Of course Willow would’ve gladly pointed to the culprits behind her, but of course, it would only create more grief. “Care to share, Ms. Enola?”
Willow hated the way Miss Donna said her last name like she was attempting to spit out a dirty word. Exhaling with the force of a sail against the wind, Willow slumped back in the chair. Forty-seven more days to graduate from her personal hell, appropriately named ‘Salem High School.’ Like a giant oxymoron, with a black panther as a mascot. With a name like Salem High school and a black panther as a mascot, there were many times she wondered if her school was trying just a little too hard to win over the ‘goth’ crowd so that the staff could boast that their school was ‘diverse.’
Her fiery red hair, speckled blue and hazel almond shaped eyes, and thick framed glasses, often made her the target of despicable nicknames. Her attempts to drown these out rendered uselessly. What about her was so different that warranted this type of treatment?
Can I just run away? The thought swam forlornly across her mind. It’s not that she didn’t try to fit in or make friends, she certainly did. As a cheerleader, she was a joke. Whatever she tried, Willow simply was condemned to being the oddball out.
In Fact, the harder she tried, the more people seemed to avoid her. So, eventually, Willow stopped trying and decided that it was better to be alone, better to sulk at lunch and sit at a cold table where no one joined her, as she barely took a couple of bites of food before tossing it out.
It was much easier to stomach the disappointment on her mom’s face when she’d show up alone, yet again.
It was better. She wasn’t going out every weekend, drinking with other seniors and getting pulled over for a DUI. Her mother didn’t worry about the possibility of Willow becoming pregnant or catching an STD. Heck, she would have felt happy just to get the cute guys to look at her.
It was better. No matter how many times she said it, it was never more believable. That night when she crawled into bed, she found her thoughts straying. It was better to be alive than dead; she just needed to keep telling herself that. She involuntarily gave into the tears she’d fought off when overcome by a much needed deep slumber.
- Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?
Yes, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. It doesn’t matter how seasoned a writer you are; good writers get better with practice and not good writers get better with practice. As long as you are working at it diligently, you will get better.
Secondly, protect yourself and your work. Your writing is your livelihood, so be careful who you share it with. On the same note, make sure you have a supportive team of beta readers and editors behind you. They don’t have to be authors, but they do need to be trustworthy, and they do need to believe in you. It helps to have someone critique weak points so that you can get stronger. If you don’t have a support network… reach out. Most importantly… if you want it… don’t ever quit. It takes an average of three years for someone to see the efforts of their labor, this is not a get rich quick scheme.
You can meet Angelique Anderson at the Classic Comic Con on Oct 27, 2017 – Oct 29, 2017 Modesto Centre Plaza where she will be a featured author.
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Desu Beast Blog. Great success to you and your future endeavors. It has been a pleasure.