Interview with Angelique McNiff

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Surrounded by the ocean I was brought up to love the ocean and take pride in what the region brought to our country's history. Katherine Lee Bates the author of America, the Beautiful was born on the Cape. The Pilgrims first land on the Cape before settling in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Many oceanic battles took place off the shores of Cape Cod. It's also home to the Kennedy Family Summer Home which has made the Cape a playground for the rich and famous. I would have to say that living on one of the playgrounds of the rich influenced my rags to riches imagination and I love writing about fairy tale type romances.
When did you first start writing?
I don't remember when I first started creatively writing. I want to think it was right around the time I started to learn how to write coherently. So I want to think I started writing in the first grade. Although my parents could say I have always lived in the world of fantasy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was physical and emotionally bullied when I was a youth. I still have the invisible scars and writing it out has always been my therapy. All of my stories usually begin with a bullied heroine, who raises up from the adversity thrown against her. I always put some of my own personal experiences in my stories and put a different spin on them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always appreciated everything that is not mainstreamed and that has to do with how I was brought up. I was never overly popular. I had many adventures that most of my classmates didn't have. I also have always marched to the beat of my own drum. Becoming a mainstream published author was never really a thought.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have so many worlds stuck into my little brain. I don't just stick to romance, I love magical realms and science fiction as well. The greatest joy of writing for me is bringing all these worlds and fantasies into reality.
What do your fans mean to you?
Being a huge fan of the written word and the authors who have penned said words is a rush. I am always waiting for my favorite authors to publish a new work or continue their series. I want to be one of those authors and I hope my fans want to be one of those authors too. I also love to hear feedback from them because without them my stories wouldn't spread to others.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a young adult novel. Without going into specifics it's going to be a young adult suspense novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Penny Jordan sappy romances. I also love James Patterson Young Adult SyFy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm usually reading, listening to music, watching movies or traveling with my family and friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By recommendations my kindle selections generate
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice is my Kindle Fire HD. I have had some sort of Kindle version for the last eight years or so. I've experimented on friends and family members e-readers like a Kobo or Nook but they don't seem as user friendly as my favorite kindles.
Published 2016-09-19.
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