I like to write stories with a paranormal twist. My novel, Copper Reign is Urban Fantasy. It’s Native American folklore mixed with angels and demons. I also have a couple of shorts published. Saltair Fire Waltz is Gothic Horror, and can be found in an anthology, It Came From The Great Salt Lake. Room 517 is a Dark Humor piece published last month in Elphame Realms E-Zine, Something Witchy This Way Comes. Recently, I’ve undergone a career shift and started writing New Age Non-Fiction. Right now I’m working on a guide book, The Awakening: An Empath’s Guide to the 3 Levels of Psychic Abilities.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been told that I am a writer since I was eight-years-old, but didn’t accept it as my path until I was twenty-nine.
What do you consider the most influential book you've ever read?
The answer varies from different periods of my life. As a child, A Wrinkle in Time. As a teen, The Talisman, young adult, What Dreams May Come, and later, The Dark Tower Series. Each expanded the way I thought, and resonated in my heart.
What other authors are you friends with, and how have they helped you become a better writer?
I have lots of friends in the author community. So many that I’m afraid to name them in fear of leaving someone out, but all of my friends, writer or not are simply amazing. They encourage me to keep going when I want to quit, and help me become a better writer by reading and critiquing my work. When I release a book they share links, come to events, and leave reviews. Their support is the only reason why I’m still doing this.
What’s the best way you've found to market your books?
The best advice I can give is to be genuine in both your writing and who you are. My fiction wasn’t as successful as I would have liked because it wasn’t what I was meant to write. Just as soon as I shifted gears to do the work I should be doing then everything changed. I am so excited about my new project that my enthusiasm is contagious. I’m animated when I discuss the subject matter, which creates an eager anticipation for readers to learn more.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
For Copper Reign, I studied belief systems and morphed them into something that worked. The project took over two years to plan and write. It was quite the undertaking for a first novel. My non-fiction isn’t near as extensive because it is in a medium I am rather familiar with. I guess you could say I’ve been researching my entire life for this project. Writing what you know is much easier than learning something new.
Any last thoughts for our readers?
Always believe in yourself! Think with your mind and follow your heart. If you allow both to guide you anything is possible. Don’t believe me? Are you aware that 90% of everything you experience is internal? Only 10% of our reality exists within the material plane. There is no reality, only perception. What we ponder and feel determines everything. Believe in yourself. Think with your mind and follow your heart.
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Long ago, she left the disease of poverty behind. Through all of life’s ups and downs, her desire to write never waned. With a strong support system, she set out to create worlds, and publish books. Along with achieving her lifetime goal, she’s built and managed several writing organizations. She has also entertained and educated at schools, symposiums, and conventions. In her down time, she enjoys studying religion theory, psychic abilities, and psychology to gain a better understanding of the human condition. Angela currently resides in Midway, Utah with her three children and husband.