Good morning, booklovers!
The coffee pot is on, and you're invited to join me in book talk with author Angela Myers including her future projects and a unique story scheduled for release in June.
May I pour your coffee, Angela?
ANGELA: Yes, that would be nice. I like it with lots of cream and a little stevia.
Ally: Coming right up. Please share you bio and an extra little known fact about you.
She read everything she could get her hands on from the age of six or seven, but didn’t realize she wanted to be a writer until she was a junior in high school when math classes convinced her maybe she wasn’t cut out to be a physicist. Her first paid job as a writer was a high school news column for the local newspaper. Later she became a staff writer for a regional newspaper, then a writer/editor for a Fortune 500 corporation.
She started writing “When the Moon Is Gibbous and Waxing” after having the nightmare that became the first scene in the book. When she retired, she pulled it out of the drawer she’d thrown it into and started revising and submitting. It was accepted by Etopia Press and published as an e-book and trade paperback. She also writes short stories ranging from literary suspense to humor as AH Myers.
She and her high school sweetheart live in Central Illinois, where they fairly successfully masquerade as normal grandparents.
Little known fact: I love to furnish my house with repurposed, old things. The buffet in my dining room is made from an old porch rail with about three layers of paint in various stages of chipping off. The coffee table in my living room is made from half a stable door that was painted red. A lamp is made from an old pitcher pump.
Author contact links:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Angela-Parson-Myers/e/B008NSUV4G/
ANGELA: Good question, since pigeonholing When the Moon Is Gibbous and Waxing was hard enough. (It’s also suspense and a sweet romance with werewolves.) This one, The Will to Love, I call a modern Cinderella story with a fairy godmother who’s a dead billionaire oilman, a handsome prince who’s very much alive, and rattlesnakes. And it’s very short—only a little more than 16,000 words—so a novelette.
Ally: Do you have another WIP you can tell us about?
ANGELA: I do have two more. One is a sequel to When the Moon Is Gibbous and Waxing, but is somewhat darker. The other is a dystopian novel in three parts about a group of people with telekinetic powers. The first part is finished.
Ally: What book stands out as one of the most entertaining you've ever read? What makes it so memorable? Has it influenced your own writing?
ANGELA: Only one book? Impossible! I was introduced to fantasy as a child by a combined Alice In Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass that I read over and over until the pages fell out. I still have it in one of my many bookcases, held together with a rubber band. Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series might have had more influence on my writing, though, because she took a mythical concept—dragons—and made it scientifically plausible. And the series includes many different kinds of stories, including a love story I found extremely touching. Now, I love the Dresden books by Jim Butcher and would love to be able to write like that.
Ally: Once you've finished a first draft, what additional steps do you take prior to submitting the manuscript to a publisher or agent?
ANGELA: I have a wonderful critique group that meets once a week and another that is sharing electronically. They see the first draft, then I make corrections based on their suggestions, add details, and give them the second draft. Again I make corrections based on their suggestions, then I go through my manuscript very carefully at least one more time before I send it off to find a home. If I make any major changes, I’ll run it by them again.
Ally: What is your favorite social media site? Why? And how much time do you spend there each day?
ANGELA: I love Facebook, and I spend way too much time on it. But with it, I can keep up with my kids and grandkids, sister, cousins, and friends—some of whom I’ve never met personally. I also have a very neglected blog, www.angelaparsonmyers.blogspot.com, where folks can go read samples from When the Moon Is Gibbous and Waxing as well as some humorous essays and bunches of bad poetry.
Ally: Quick answer questions on whatever occurs to me. :)
- a. favorite color: blood red (honest :) )
- b: last time you read a print book: I read print books regularly. Right now I’m reading The View From Here by Cindi Myers (no relation). I just finished Worlds Asunder by Kirt Hickman.
- c. favorite sport: Hate all sports equally. Well, that’s not entirely true. I like archery, but haven’t had the opportunity to do it much for many years. I will watch soccer when my grandson plays.
- d. a city you'd love to visit (but haven't yet): Again, just one? OK, then--Edinburgh, Scotland. When I visited Scotland a few years ago, I landed in Glasgow and took a bus up into the Highlands. Never got back to Edinburgh.
- e. if you could magically be given any career or position, what would it be? I already had my dream job for 15 years, including the privilege of working with the best team ever. Now I just want to write stories that people like to read. Of course, I wouldn’t object to being given the position of best-selling author. :)
ANGELA: Now would be a good time to read When the Moon is Gibbous and Waxing before the sequel comes out! :)
Graduate student Natalie Beres can't remember who attacked her that autumn night under the full moon. She can't remember anything between leaving her lab in a secluded building at the south end of campus and arriving at her apartment in the wee hours of the morning. Covered in blood. Not her own. Other than the loss of memory, she's completely unharmed.
Can't say the same for the men who attacked her. Driven by the fear that she might have been responsible for the grisly campus murders, Natalie struggles to remember what happened that night, and what she learns is horrifying. When the police officer investigating the murders starts to show interest, Natalie is caught between her attraction to him and her fear of discovery. But even worse, can she avoid being found by the young man with a similar problem who's on his way from the West coast to find her...leaving a trail of shredded corpses along the way...?
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