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Thursday, 16 June 2011

 Angelika Devlyn, Fantasy Erotic Writer extraordinaire

From where do you get inspiration and what inspired you to write ?
Inspiration comes to me from anywhere, out of the blue, so I always make sure I have my iPod or a pen & paper by my side to record notes when inspiration strikes. My iPod has a super-duper dictating machine for those moments where pen and paper are inconvenient.

Since an early age I’ve always been fascinated by historical myths, legends, fairy tales and folklore from around the world. The Grimm brothers stories intrigued (and frightened!) me. I couldn’t understand how stories for children could be so horrific! Yet I read them ferociously.  With the Dark Kingdom Chronicles I was able to loosely explore the Greek mythical gods and goddesses and add my own ‘adult’ spin on it. I like to think my love for dark fantasy also shines through, too.

In a couple of sentences, describe the hero’s character.  What do you like best/least about him?
Destaurian Guard Prometheus (Theo for short) starts the book off as a lazy git, bored with his eternal life and being stuck with a “job” he no longer holds enough interest to do correctly. Yet, duty bound he cannot escape the will of the gods, which is what I liked least of him, despite knowing he would have to change in order to be liked as a main character. At least liked enough to make the reader understand why he behaves so wrong at first, so they sympathise with him later.

And the heroine? How do you relate to her? 
Human, Ronnie Weaver is a feisty gal, but not all the time, she is human after all. Her whole life changes when Theo snatches her from her world to which she can never return until fully trained. As the story continues Ronnie is supposed to be broken in and trained as though she has no mind of her own. To Destaurians she is nothing but a Child of Destiny. A Plaything with a job to do. But due to circumstances beyond Theo’s control, he is forced to bring her to his world to save her life much earlier than planned. Unfortunately, (for him) this makes a few simple training sessions a much harder process for Theo, and to be honest, he really can’t be bothered at first. It’s just all too much work, and quite frankly Ronnie annoys him. Living forever is not all it’s cracked up to be. And Ronnie certainly adds to his troubles. Big time! But she’s a fighter. In every sense of the word.

Who controls the story – you or your characters?
I do. No doubts there. If they wander off I quickly reign them back in. I like order and (like Theo) can’t be done with characters complicating my life up unnecessarily. *laughs*

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading the book?
Although fictional, I’d like readers to see that I have worked fairly hard to get a lot of the details about the mythology surrounding some of my characters correct-ish. Of course artistic licence does allow me to bend the rules, but out of all the mixed up stories from days of old, the Greeks were the first to try to keep their stories in some sort of order taking their storytelling one step further to the ‘theatre,’ literally making the gods and goddesses early film stars. I like to think I took this train of thought another step further with an erotic, fantasy twist. Hopefully readers will think it’s a fast, fun, and saucy read with lots of angel, demon and witchy action.

Do you have a writing routine?
Yes, 3 hours every morning! Simple but effective.
Anything special you require to keep the creative juices flowing?
Lately I like to light a scented candle and play some wordless music in the background whilst I hand write the second in the Dark Kingdom Chronicles series.

What is the best writing advice you have ever received?
Not to spend too much time trying to gleam all the information off the net and from books about the art of writing and just get on and write. (Totally agree!) Once the story is down, then it’s time to get picky.
In the beginning, I spent far too long reading about writing than actually writing.

What can we look forward to from you in the near future?
Besides working on the whole Dark Kingdom Chronicles series, I’m also writing several short stories, which I will have more news about soon. Hopefully!

How do you like to spend your free time?
Making lists                                                                                Check out Angelika's Press Release
Taking photos
Watching films
Enjoying life with family and friends
Having the odd tipple- purely to oil the chef (Which is probably why I’m no Deliah Smith!)
(LOL Deliah likes her tipple too!)
Spending far too much time on places like Facebook and Twitter!

Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions you wish to accomplish?
To write a blockbuster movie script, would be nice!  But that’s more of a wish than a goal...

What would you most like to accomplish this year?
To get book two to my publisher and complete the outlines for the rest of the series. To also have 3 short stories finished and accepted!

What was your favourite book as a child?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - He just eats everything in sight. Including the book in places!

What’s the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote, for which I received praise for from someone other than my parents, was about a girl who walked to a dance and bumped into a frog who declared he was really a boy and had been turned into a frog by a wicked witch. The heroine didn’t believe him, so he said he could prove it if she just gave him a kiss. She did, and he turned back into a handsome young boy (a prince no less!) and the wicked witch turned into a chimney pot!
Seems like I had a thing about witches from a very early age...

What is your culinary speciality?
Burning stuff.  I’m no Deliah Smith, that’s for sure! ROFL, Angelika!
(never met anybody who could burn eggs before)

Which flower would best describe you and why?
A sunflower. They’re kind of smiley. I smile a lot, too!

Any exciting plans for the summer?
Well, being here is very exciting for me! Thank you so much for having me here, Megan.
It's my pleasure! I'm thrilled to have you here 

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  1. You have free time? ;) The chronicles sound fun! I'll have to add it to my ever growing to-read list.

  2. What a lovely insight in this wonderful human being. The generosity is beautiful. Thank you Megan for hosting such an amazing person. (you're not so bad yourself) lol. Great interview and questions

  3. Wow great interview, I never knew of Angelika before this great blog. I've seen her book on Black Ice on Alternative Reads.

    Thank you so much for having her and giving me an opportunity to learn more about her and her amazing writing. I look forward in reading this book.

    Teresa K.