Angela N. Blount is a Minnesota native, transplanted to the deep South-where she currently resides with her understanding husband, their two children, and a set of identity-confused cats. She is a former book reviewer for RT Book Reviews, a Memoirist, freelance editor, sporadic poet, and webcomic artist.
In her spare time, Angela enjoys reading, coffee shop loitering, questionable attempts at horticulture, and all things geeky.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always had stories and characters running around in my head. When I was young, books were what shaped me and kept me sane. I’ve always been grateful for how much of me was molded by storytellers, and it seems only fitting that I give back some of what’s been sown into me.
And every time I think about calling it quits, I’m reminded that if I don’t tell my stories, no one will.
Tell us about your writing process.
There’s very little organization to it. I have a few rituals–the most important among them being that I sit down with a hot, caffeinated beverage of some kind. Silence also helps me tremendously, so I generally have to wait until my pre-schoolers are sleeping. >.>
I actually accomplish the most when I take my laptop to a local coffee shop, refuse to turn on the wifi, and ignore my fellow patrons. I don’t get to visit my “cyber-office” nearly enough, but I make the most of it when I do. ^_^
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely “hear” them in my head. Sometimes I ask them questions to see how they’ll respond. Other times I just throw scenarios at them and watch the results play out in my head. The ones I like, I write down. But even then, the characters tend to surprise me by saying or doing something I didn’t anticipate.
What advice would you give other writers?
All of the staple advice is completely valid: Never give up, grow a thick skin, don’t write in a vacuum, write every day, read as much and as widely as you can, study writing craft, attend workshops…
One of the things I personally recommend, and don’t see handed out often, is this: Jump at the opportunity to review books and judge for contests. Take workshops and receive proper training first, of course…but don’t be too intimidated to analyze other people’s writing in depth. You will learn a great deal about your own writing by breaking down the works of others–what works, what doesn’t and why…what habits you may need to nix. We all have blind spots in our own writing styles. This is the best way I’ve found for helping me peel back the blinders–short of a few highly astute critique partners who aren’t afraid of hurting my feelings. ^_^
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I faced a lot of rejection initially in part because my first book, Once Upon A Road Trip, didn’t fit in any easily marketable niche. It was a completely true story, yet it read like fiction–thanks to the majority of it being written in 3rd person. It was considered a bit “too long”, but significant cutting would have also removed a degree of authenticity/credibility. And ultimately, the bigger publishers were afraid they couldn’t sell a memoir without a celebrity platform to float it on.
Needless to say, I wasn’t willing to change my name to Snookie. >.>
I’ve been very pleased with the freedom and input I’ve been allowed through Artifice Press. It’s an exciting time to be an Indie author. ^_^
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ever changing! 🙂 I’ve watched so many opinions and processes swing and change in just the last two years, I’ve pretty well decided to just roll with. As in most other areas of life, being flexible and adaptable keeps my blood pressure in check. ^_^
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Memoir, Contemporary, Sci-fi
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print