During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read ‘Brer Rabbit’ to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before they learned to read. Ever since then, she hasn’t stopped reading or writing. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for her romantic suspense stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys creating, reading, and dreaming of the places she’ll visit one day.
What inspires you to write?
The voices in my head that won’t shut up inspires me to write! Seriously, though, I have always loved to read and write, and writing is something I’ve always wanted to do. My mom, grandmother and an aunt were huge inspirations to get me started, even though they had no idea (they shared books with me and I found out later they wanted to write). Now, seeing my books published, seeing reviews and connecting with people who have enjoyed my books, continue to inspire me. Reading awesome books inspire me because as much as I love to read, the longing to write is stronger.
Tell us about your writing process.
Each book gets written a bit differently. Some I plot more first, some I research before ever digging in. But generally I am a seat of the pants writer. I create in-depth characters before I get started by using interview questions and creating a picture collage of them. I usually have a general idea for a plot but I start writing before I really know what’s going to happen. Later, I’ll stop and do some outlining, usually in Scrivener. I used to outline using a Word document and sometimes Powerpoint, but I love the index card and corkboard Scrivener provides. I have an entire digital file folder on my computer where I store scene ideas, thoughts, files, images, and research.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
On a good day, my character pretty much takes over. I’m still me and I never take on my character’s personality, but I don’t feel I’m the one writing because my character takes over. On a bad day, I’ll sit and stare at the screen and urge my character to tell me something. I don’t talk to my characters necessarily, but I often think we are linked telepathically.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sandra Brown is one of my favorite authors. She is one where I will read anything she writes. Others include Karen Robards, Linda Howard, and Kristin Hannah.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did a lot of research and found a small press publisher with a background in ebooks and a history with traditional publishing. I decided to go with a smaller press because they don’t require an agent and I love the fact my book won’t take years to get published once I sign with them. I also love that Crimson Romance is a part of FW Media, a well-established publisher that has been around a long time. Going with a smaller press has a lot of huge advantages, and I’ve been very happy with them.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is both exciting and scary. But then again, it probably has always been exciting and scary, just in different ways. Many opportunities abound for authors, and readers will never run out of anything to read. I think that’s the most exciting part, because as a kid who grew up in the stone ages, I could never get enough books to read! I hope paperback and hardback will always be around, but I love the digital revolution.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print