Interview with Angélique Hartley

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I tend to draw, or, unfortunately, go and do work I need to...and if not that, I spend my time with family and friends, and I love to go camping.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The feeling of relief I get when I finally get the flow of things that were crammed into my head onto the page is a lovely feeling, but I wouldn't call it joy...hmm something that brings me the greatest joy in relation to my writing would have to be seeing the look on someone's face as they're reading my work; that mad, drawn expression that shows me they're enjoying it and they want more. It means I have done my job well.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've grown up in an environment of which I don't believe kids should be brought up in; I had severe depression, anxiety and I've become socially inept because of it of which I just can't seem to correct. I think this has really influenced how a lot of the time my characters seem to be facing dark and horrible mindsets for a while—it's all I know.
A lot of those around me just don't understand these things, but then again, there are some who do and who're very supportive of me, so that's why my characters will always come bouncing back when supported by those they care about and who care for them.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My friends and family and just the outside world. Being a hermit, it means I live in my room all day, every day, besides for food, and when I actually need to go out, but that's not actually what I enjoy most; I love being outdoors and camping and really getting into the wilder areas just to be a part of the wonders nature has and be away from the industrial and fast-paced world of the city.
Describe your desk
Cluttered with books, folders, papers, clothes, a keyboard, and god knows what else... And no, I didn't just describe my floor—that's my desk. My floor, surprisingly, has very little on it.
My 'desk' for 90% of the time, is my bed, which provides me a comfortable and relaxed space for me to *ahem* "work"...i.e. sleep away the days...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, god... I remember writing it, but not the actual content itself; I was only seven at the time...
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was seven...but if you mean, when did I first start writing anything good...well, that's a different story. I would have been eleven or twelve before I developed the ability to write well, both with correct grammar and flowing story...before that...good luck reading the first line.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, I don't quite know what sparked it, but my father seems to think that some of the characters are parts of me split into individual forms; he believes Melody is my intelligence, the one who thinks before she acts and uses logic before her heart. Kailey would be the innocent side of me who seems a little naïve, yet when faced with a predicament she knows she can overcome, she will become serious and mature herself. He also thinks, much to my horror, that Fae is also a part of me; he thinks she's the part of my being that wants power and wants to be heard and in control, which he believes would be due to my childhood.
I believe, however, that all of this is absolute nonsense and I just wanted to write a book that I was interested in.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to show other people what I think and what I feel. I want them to see the worlds I see inside my head.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot; it means there's another person who wants to read my work because they enjoy it; it means I'm doing something right for once.
Published 2014-10-20.
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