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.
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?
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*
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
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...
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