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This weeks My Indie Monday Author is:
Angela Carlie writes fiction about young people. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, teenage son, and her dog and cat friends.
She's a dreamer with a day job and an avid player of the lottery. It only takes one ticket to win, so that's exactly what she buys each week.
She loves reading, writing, hiking, kayaking, and traveling.
What happens when a species is tired of being stomped on?
Jess' life has never been ordinary. After all, life on the road with an immortal family of gypsies is hardly predictable. Living in the small town of White Salmon, Washington has brought some normality to her life. But when her cheating, sometimes boyfriend, Nicu, gets involved with a group of arachneshifters, life gets a little sticky. Will she be able to save him from the web he's spun? More importantly, how much is she willing to risk to get him back?
Tell us what made you start writing?
I've always dabbled in writing off and on. I kept a journal in high school (like everyone, I'm sure) where I wrote small pieces and attempted to write poetry. But mainly, I wrote plays. Of course they will never see the light of day, but that was my passion then.
When it came to writing my first novel, I don't think there was a particular thing or event that made me start. I was reading a lot at the time. My reading comes in spurts. When I read, it's many books in a row. When I don't, I truly just don't. My massage business was part-time, so I had some extra on my hands, and I wanted to see if I could even do it. So I did it.
It used to be that I was going to be an actor when I grew up. Entertaining people, inspiring, creating art are what I craved. The thing is, I had and still have horrible stage freight. Writing allows me to do these things without freaking out on a stage. I hope to someday be able to do it full-time, but for now it has to be a hobby.
My dad has been an inspiration to me and has written poetry and stories for as long as I can remember. We still find napkins or food wrappers with his writing on them around the house. When we do, he tucks them away in his ginormous folder of words.
As a self published author, you get full control over your cover art. Do you like this process? And which of your books took the longest to get the cover "just right"?
I do enjoy being in control, however, a huge part of self publishing is selling. That's the part I'm not fond of.
It took over a year to get the cover for Dream Smashers just right. I believe it's a must read for every teen and the old cover wasn't very appealing to the target audience. It's a gritty story and the original cover depicted that. I believe the new cover still represents the story well, but is "pretty" at the same time. Let's face it, we all judge books by their covers, no matter how much we tell ourselves not to.
I'm a stalker...it's what I do, and I notice that you've not yet traveled the world. I'm going to give you a million dollars strictly for travel - top five dream places you would visit..annnnnd GO!
I'd first take my parents to Australia. My dad visited there once while serving in Vietnam and he's always wanted to return.
Then I'd take my son, niece, and nephews to New York City. They've begged and pleaded for us to take them there for years now (plus, I've always wanted to go back--I love NY). I promised that we would, but we keep pushing it back due to cost. Hopefully soon. But, if you're paying... Ha!
My husband and I dream of going to Italy and taking a tour of Europe. Then there's Alaska. I'd love to go sea kayaking in Alaska. :) And eventually we want to live on Maui for a while. Wait, is that more than five?
Okay, back to writing, tell us about your favorite spot to write (maybe share a photo if you want) Why this particular place?
Well, I don't know if I have a favorite spot. My upstairs office/massage room is where I usually write. I like to sit in front of a window and stare out at the scenery. Recently, my friend Cheri Lasota (awesome author) and I have been going to Starbuck's once a week to write together. I enjoy her company, but it's taking a bit to get used to all the movement and bussle around.
My DREAM place to write would be Maui. There's this park south of Kihei (I don't remember the name) where we like to go and watch the sun set and eat pizza and listen to the kids play ball. I've attached a picture from the last time we went. There's my son. How cool would it be to sit there and just write?
Dream Smashers has some pretty heavy life topics in it. Was it hard to write them?
A have a very close family member who was a meth addict, so I relived some of those experiences I had with her while writing Dream Smashers. It was hard, but was needed to be done. In a way, it was also healing.
The Land of Corn Chips is a very interesting title for a novel. Tell us about it, how it came to be.
Once upon a time I worked at a corn chip factory. My son thought it was cool to visit me at work. He also loved football and WWF and zombies, but he disliked reading. Thus, the idea of Land of Corn Chips born and written for him. I think my niece liked it more than he did, though. I even wrote a screenplay for it as well.
On MMSAI we always ask at least one random question, here's yours
You have the opportunity to join the cast of your favorite TV show as one of the characters....which would it be, and what character would you be taking over?
I don't watch much TV because there is only so much time in the day and all my hours are consumed with work, family, and writing. I love watching movies on the weekends, though. So, if I were to choose a movie I'd choose The Dark Knight Rises. Crazy, right? Not really. See, it's my son's favorite movie and he'd think I was a rockstar if I were in it. Also, it has my new favorite actor in it--Tom Hardy. It would be the coolest thing in the world to meet and talk with him. I'd have to choose the character of Miranda Tate because, well, watch the movie and you shall know.
Angela is giving away an eBook copy of SPIDER WARS! Simply use the form below to enter!