Interview with Angie Gallion

What do you read for pleasure?
Right now I'm on a mission to spread the word on the many great indie and self published writers by writing reviews of the books I've read that I enjoyed for my blog, I'm enjoying some good mysteries and so pretty good literary fiction and adventure. I don't read horror or erotica and don't like anything that is too graphically explicit or violent.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the Kindle app on my iPad most of the time.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The best marketing has been word of mouth. The reviews are also great because it has encouraged people who don't know me to give my books a try. I also do author events at independent bookstores when the opportunity arises and participate in book clubs via Skype or in person when a club is reading one of my works. If your book club wants to read on of my books shoot me an email at and we'll see if I can join you.
Describe your desk
My desk is very disorganized...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in east central Illinois. It was a hard luck town where people went when their luck was out and there was no place else to be. I loved it. It was a free and imaginitive time in my life. I was fortunate to have very solid parents. I was the yongest of four. We lived in a big brick house that I loved. After I grew up I returned to that house and my parents every time life got too tough and I needed to find my balance.

I have a friend who lived down the street who was very creative and was always writing stories and we were soon writing full length novels, a scene at a time and reading them over the phone line. those reading sessions really taught me a lot about the flow of writing and dialogue.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on two projects. Purgus, is the second book in the Alison Hayes series, and I'm working on the edits. I hope to have it ready for distribution by the end of November, 2016. The other project is currently titled Shelby and is a story about a family breaking apart and coming back together. It is a very emotionally draining book to write and I wonder if I will ever manage to complete it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Ken Follett, Diana Gabaldon and Maggie Steifvater. I also love Rick Sanders, Ben Muse and Sharon Marchicello, so of my indie and small press published writers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm a get out of bed a write girl. I have never needed an alarm clock.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a wonderful husband, a wonderful stepson in college and two amazing 7 years old. We also have pets, so a lot of my time is spent on cleaning bunny cages, trying to get the laundry basket emptied, washing dishes and trying to keep up with the amazing amount of hair shed by a Great Dane and a Toy Fox Terrier. It is a losing battle, but a wonderful life.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read a lot based on of reviews. If a book has a few good reviews I'll give it a try. I'm not a person who has to finish a book, though. If I'm not enjoying the writing style or the story just doesn't take me I move on to other books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was Star Wars fan fiction. I wrote it on an old Royal typewriter that had been my mom or dad's. I don't remember what is was called, but I'm sure I have it in a trunk in my attic for my kids to laugh at when I am dead.
What is your writing process?
I don't do a formal outline, but have to know the general arc of the story before I start writing, so I"ll often walk around with my heads on characters and situations for days before I ever write the first word.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever read was Runaway Ralph and I've had a soft spot for mice ever since.
Published 2016-10-30.
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,190. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Alison must face the hardest decision of her life. Growing up is hard to do when all of your role models have made only bad choices.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,050. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Alison Hayes must learn to stand alone, or she will be swept under by the same undercurrents of self-defeat and addiction that took her mother so many years ago. During these worst of times, she discovers her own strength and determination and a powerful drive to do something better.