Thursday, August 16, 2012
Author Spotlight: Angela Renee
How did you get started on the writing journey? Do you have a specific routine when you write?
I’ve always been a story teller and hadn’t considered writing. Then one day I was watching The Twilight Zone and the concept for You Are Mine popped into my head. What if a spaceship landed in Grant Park (a huge park in Chicago)? This story would be a little too long and complicated to tell my children, so I began writing. Ninety-eight thousand words later, I’d completed You Are Mine.
When I write, I like complete silence. I build a world in my mind and don’t like the distractions of the outside world.
What made you decide to take the plunge and go the self-publish route? What was the process like?
Many years ago when I completed You Are Mine, my children were younger and I had to do a lot of running around with them.
I submitted the novel to a few agents and two wanted to sign me on, but I wasn’t ready. I knew I wanted to spend more time with my family and on my career than writing. Now my youngest is graduating from college this coming June and I’ve found myself with more free time. I always wrote, but put publishing on the back burner. My mom reads everything I write and she asked me when I was going to start having my work published.
I’m at a place in my life where I would like to start a new career in writing and have the time to dedicate to it, so I decided to self-publish. I’ve studied the industry and know the pros and cons of self and traditional publishing. I will also be shopping around a manuscript this winter for traditional publishing. So I plan to do both. I learned the process and did a TON of research and asked a million questions before I began self-publishing. I devised an action plan and shared it with a few people I know who have self-published and allowed them to give me pointers. So I’m feeling pretty good.
What was the best piece of writing advice you have ever received? Any advice you might have for a group of aspiring writers?
Learn the craft and the business.
Tell us little about your novel, You Are Mine. What was the inspiration behind its creation?
The inspiration came from an old episode of The Twilight Zone. In this episode, people were transported from Earth to another planet. That got me to thinking about what would happen if a spaceship landed here. There’d be mass hysteria, but what happens after the hysteria ends?
Here’s the blurb for You Are Mine:
In the hundreds of special assignments Erica Morgan has worked, there was nothing that prepared her for waking one morning on an alien spaceship. More surprisingly, her captor and adversary, the leader of this mission, is the one man who could make her want to leave her home planet and embrace a different life.
D’Jarus Commodore doesn’t want a wife, but his planet is slowly dying, and their salvation lies in the people of Earth. As leader of Darien, he chooses to make a sacrifice and be the first to marry a terran. His captive bride, Erica, is like no other being he has ever met. At first sight he knows he must have her, but for obvious reasons—he did kidnap her after all—she resists him every step of the way.
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