|Author Angela Blount|
Hello, Angela! *waves* Thank you for spending time with us today! Please sit and relax....I promise I won't bite. Lol.
Seriously though, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on writing. Let's begin with:
What is the most difficult for you to write: Characters, conflict, emotions?
For me, it's emotions. I like to think I'm a pretty even-keel, well controlled sort of person. But to convey intense emotions properly, I've found that I need to make myself feel them. Whatever emotion I'm writing about, I try to reach back through my memory and let myself relive a moment when I experienced that same feeling--dredging up the physical sensations and thoughts that came with it. Sometimes it's a pleasant experience. Other times, it's a bit like self-induced Post Traumatic Stress. >.<
I absolutely agree with you. Dealing with emotions can be mentally and physically exhausting as a writer. Tell us a bit about your process for selecting a character in your book. How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?
No one is safe. I'm incredibly guilty of borrowing small pieces from people I come across and stowing certain quirks away for future use. I hope they can consider it a compliment. If not, then I hope it's not recognizable enough to be proven in a liable lawsuit. ^_^
I always love hearing about a person's real life romance. We would love to hear about yours. Please tell us about it.
Mine is actually a pretty long and unusual story, which is why it ultimately became my first book--a coming-of-age memoir titled 'Once Upon A Road Trip.'
As a naive 18-year-old fresh out of high school, I decided to go on a 2-month road trip all around the eastern U.S. and Canada--visiting landmarks I'd only read about in books while staying with the generous families of friends who, up until that point, I'd only known over the internet. (Sounds a little crazy, I know. You should have seen my poor mother's reaction. >.<)
I'll skip over all of the intrepid details and just say that the last person I met on that trip is now my husband. I mistakenly thought that he couldn't get too attached to me in 4 days time. I'd never had a boyfriend before, and a long-distance thing sounded like a hopeless way to start out my first relationship--so when he asked to keep me, I turned him down. I left thinking I'd had a sort of abbreviated summer romance, and that was the end of it. Wrong again. Never underestimate the sweet tenacity of a love-struck southern boy.
Our 10-year anniversary is coming up this summer. ^_^
Wow! Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary! I love stories like that. Thank you for sharing it with us. I actually got goose bumps from hearing it.
Here's a safe question for you. If you could time travel would you go forward or backward?
Forward. I'm a bit of a speculative sci-fi junkie--I can't wait to see what happens next. ^_^
While I respect history, it never held a lot of appeal for me. History involves dates...which are really just numbers...and numbers remind me of math. *shudder*
Math. UGH! *shudders* Yeah, not my strong suit either. I guess that's why we love to write, huh? Heehee.
Tell us a little about your WIP.
My current book is a dark, contemporary YA romance. I say dark only because it touches issues like depression and self-injury. I never imagined I'd be writing about modern day high school dynamics (without throwing in a were-badger or mutant superpowers), but this story just won't go away quietly. So hopefully I can do it justice.
Those are definitely some serious issues in our society today, especially with our youth. I applaud you for taking on such strong topics. I'm sure this story will be a great read as well as a instrumental tool to help troubled youngsters.
Ok one last question for you, Angela. What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Get connected. If you can't find a knowledgeable writing group that meets near you, join one online. Your skills will advance much faster within a support group that can offer you workshops and feedback. I didn't know how much I didn't know until I joined the RWA. And honestly, that's probably for the best! If I'd realized the learning curve I was about to scale, I might have been intimidated into having second thoughts.
Also, take the time to review books you're reading. Even if it's just for your own archival reasons on a site like Amazon or Goodreads, reviewing will help you analyze what you do and don't like about books and why. It has a lot of potential to give you a new insights into your own writing.
Wonderful advise, Angela! Thank you again, Angela, for being my guest on the blog. I can't wait to have you back and discuss your book releases which I truly believe will be in the near future!
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