Interview with Lorena Angell

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became motivated to self-publish my books because I couldn't seem to catch an agent's eye. For whatever reason, my queries all came back as "not for me." I never got so much as a request to read the first chapter. So, I jumped on the Indie author bandwagon and put my work out to the world.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords contributed to my success by taking the burden of submitting to multiple platforms at the same time off of my shoulders. Smashwords has a fantastic setup for indie authors allowing our books to be distributed with little to no effort on the author's part. Also, being able to price my book as free on Smashwords allowed it to be priced as free on Barnes&Noble. If I had listed directly with NOOK, I wouldn't have that option to price at free.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy comes when I open my email and find a letter from a fan. It never gets old and I absolutely love receiving fan-mail. When I read that my writing is helping young writers be inspired to write their own books, I truly feel overjoyed! I try to respond to every reader who takes the time to contact me.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING! Without my fans, without my readers, I am only a wistful dreamer.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read romantic suspense books. I also like to read books by other indie authors because they are raw and uncut, the same as I like to watch director's cut movies and bonus extras.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer. I also have a kindle app on my phone for when I'm out and about, waiting for this or that.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Free ebook promotions. I've used social media to gain many readers, but in the end, the successes I've attained have come from having book one in my series priced as free. Because of that, on Barnes&Noble I now have over 650 ratings with a 4.5 star average, and over 300 reviews on Amazon with a 4.6 star average.
Describe your desk
Oh dear! Coffee cup, empty wine glass from last night, stack of bills, sticky notes stuck to the side of my computer hard drive, two cookbooks and two diet books elevating my computer screen, keyboard with the keys A,S,D,C,N,M,L partially rubbed off due to excessive typing. The letter E is completely gone. A hand carved log lamp with a picture of my little family from twelve years ago, and assorted hair clips and ponytail holders. Two yellow legal pads with discombobulated words, numbers, and phrases jotted down. Now if I just only remember why I thought it was important to jot it down.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in "small town" Idaho. I think my upbringing helps keep a certain level of innocence in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing in the early 2000's, but I've told stories all my life. THE DICTATOR'S DAUGHTER was the first book I began working on. I was operating a home daycare at the time and would write during quiet time, and then again later in the evening.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughter . . . because she wants me to make her lunch. =) After I see her off to school, I take my cup of coffee and go check my numbers and statistics on the computer. It's awesome to see daily changes and discover a new email from a fan desperately wanting to know when the next book will be released. I get the most inspiration from readers who admit they don't like to read, but they loved reading my books. When they say my books have helped them become excited about reading, it just makes my day!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to cook, Bar-b-que, hike, watch movies, and sit and laugh with my children and husband. We're a funny bunch. We like to quote movies and do impressions.
Published 2014-07-14.
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Books by This Author

The Diamond Bearer's Secret
Series: The Unaltered. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,980. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Calli's world is rocked once again as she learns her true purpose for becoming a Diamond Bearer and what's expected of her. Between dissidents within the Bearers, and an anonymous blog threatening to reveal critical information about people with powers, little time is left for Calli and Chris to be together. The secrets and lack of trust within the Bearer's group leads to a potential breakdown.
The Diamond Bearers' Destiny
Series: The Unaltered. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,620. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Calli learns about Chris's motives of recent events and tries to understand his dilemmas. The two of them travel with a mysterious companion back to General Harding's facility in an effort to dismantle the programs set to exterminate people with powers and Diamond Bearers.
The Diamond of Freedom
Series: The Unaltered, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,650. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Calli and Chris race against the clock to identify the power-neutralizing stone that prevents Calli from healing her life-threatening injuries. She must also learn how to counter its effects before she can fight against the rogue Diamond Bearer named Freedom and save her love and the world of her friends.
A Diamond in My Heart
Series: The Unaltered, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,840. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Calli, using her inherited powers, detects a confusing cosmic power in a classmate who sets his eyes on her. Maetha assigns Calli to investigate the young man and teach him of his new world; before that can happen, she'll have to determine what his power actually is. At the same time, someone is systematically kidnapping clan leaders.
A Diamond In My Pocket
Series: The Unaltered, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,210. Language: American English. Published: May 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When Calli Courtnae breaks the 100-meter world record, she's invited to Montana to prepare for Olympic tryouts. Upon arrival, she learns the truth: she's a Runner, a superhuman used by other supernatural groups for secret missions. Before she can fully accept everything, she’s assigned to a team to transport a valuable diamond.