Interview with Angela Colsin

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Honestly, I don't consciously recall the first story I ever read! But according to my mother, I was carrying around one of those Little Golden Books when I was three years old and had memorized every word in it. It was Mickey Mouse's Picnic, and I do recall being really fond of the pictures in that story!
In elementary school, my friends and I were all obsessed with reading ghost stories like the Scary Stories Series, and more lighthearted books like Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge. In specific, I've always loved Judy Blume's books. In the 10th grade, years after the popularity of her tales for the younger audiences had faded, I'd been out of school sick for a few days, and on my return, my English teacher took me to a book bin in her classroom and told me to pick one of the remaining books to do a report on. The other students had already chosen while I was out, so there wasn't much left that drew my interest--except for Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume.
I'd seen this book before, and always wanted to read it, so my choice was a no-brainer. I got the book, took it home with me, proceeded to read it for my report, and I was glad I did. I hadn't forgotten my earlier intrigues with her stories, but going from her children's books to reading one for young adults really opened my eyes to just how diverse the works of an author can be. There's no reason to set limitations, and you can write any world you can imagine, from more innocent, fun loving stories to emotionally gripping dramatic thrillers, and I was hooked. By that point in my life, I already knew I'd love to become an author, but reading that story really helped to cement the idea in my mind.
Now that I think about it, I should probably try to find my tenth grade English teacher and thank her for doing that!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle e-reader, and I'm not sure I'd call it my 'device of choice', but it's easy to use and I enjoy being able to have so many books in one place!
Describe your desk
Clutter, clutter everywhere! I clean it up, but in a few days time, more randomized items have found their way back, and the cycle goes on! Some might think I'm messy, but I promise there's some kind of weird, lopsided order to my chaos!
When did you first start writing?
When I was nine years old, I was constantly commandeering a typewriter my older brother had to borrow for a project in school, and was coming up with all kinds of weird little things to write down because my teachers had put this crazy idea in my head that children could be published authors and perhaps I'd become one! Sadly, the typewriter had to go back to its owners, but my mother saw how much I loved using it, and got me one of my own for my eleventh birthday. So let's just say it was my "toy of choice" for a very long time!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book isn't out yet, so it would be scandalous for me to make a huge reveal! But the newest book in my series, Strange Brew, is one I'd been wanting to write for quite a while. Witches and werewolves, two of my favorite supernatural creatures! The basic idea for it had been kicking around in my head since I started writing the first book in my series, Blue Moon, so I was very eager to start getting the words down!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to be a writer, get published, and put my stories down on paper. I spent a good portion of my high school years just writing in little notebooks and I even talked my mother into purchasing a word processor from a local pawn shop that was pretty cheap (this being around the time that the internet was just starting to pick up speed) and I would write on it for hours. Sadly, I was never published, though I did submit manuscripts which were, naturally, rejected. But even then, I was never quite convinced that the traditional publishing route was right for me. I'd read so much about the industry, and how little control some authors seemed to have over their stories once the manuscripts were in the publisher's hands.
Being something of a control freak, that just didn't work for me. So I hesitated, and gave up trying for several long years, perhaps even a decade. In the meantime, I stuck to writing fan fictions, and it was awesome! Not only was I doing something I loved, I was getting great feedback in reviews, and also honing my craft. But I admit, I soon grew weary of writing characters that weren't all my own in a universe I didn't actually create.
That's when I heard of the self publishing platforms gaining momentum on the net, and in light of recent books being published that were bestsellers, books that I read and thought 'I could do this!', I knew it was time to try. So now I have three books self published, and several more on the way!
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING! Honestly, without their feedback and hearing someone say, "I really enjoyed this book," I'm not sure I'd have the motivation to continue on, and definitely not the enthusiasm. So the support I get from my readers means the world, and I'm endlessly grateful for it!
What are you working on next?
There's an announcement on my blog about my upcoming release, Fallen Hearts. It's a vampire romance novel, and it's still generally early into the writing process, but it's coming along! Aside from that, I have a few other ideas in mind, but nothing I'm at liberty to divulge just yet! ;)
Who are your favorite authors?
I mentioned Judy Blume being one in a previous question. That said, one of my all time favorite authors is Julie Garwood. I discovered her historical romances when I was in high school, starting with Honor's Splendour, and I absolutely loved it. I've read most of her historicals, and they've certainly been inspiring to say the least!
I also enjoy Christine Feehan, Kresley Cole, Jude Deveraux, and a number of others I can't even think of right now! But I'm always stumped by "what's your favorite" questions anyway because I typically tend to have so many that it boggles the mind!
Published 2015-06-04.
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Cast Into Shadow (The Crucible Series Book 8)
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Fated Fortunes (The Crucible Series Book 7)
Series: The Crucible. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,930. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
After an unexpected encounter with a mysterious figure from his past, the draconian, Dalris Dra'Kai, learns that his mate, Jada Tavar, isn't what she seems. Furthermore? The elf is on a treasure hunt of her own, but the prize she seeks isn't riches or esteem, and the conclusion of her quest may reveal a truth that would condemn their fated connection for all time ... .
Hunter's Moon (The Crucible Series Book 6)
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The Final Calling (The Crucible Series Book 5)
Series: The Crucible. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,420. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Edith is a mage apprentice focused on completing the Final Calling, but she's been marked for death by the Perosian Empire's Steward because of a prophecy foretelling his demise at her hands. So what's a mage to do? Simple; accept the assistance of a sexy Perosian named Isaac who wants more than Edith's safety—she's his mate, and his shameless seductions inflame her more than she's ever known.
Fallen Hearts (The Crucible Series Book 4)
Series: The Crucible. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,300. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Stephan Forrester wants to eliminate the vampires who murdered his family, though doing so means actually working with one--an impossible task. Yet Maddox is unlike any vampire Stephan’s ever encountered, as charming and intelligent as she is beautiful. But despite the passion that ignites between them, Stephan's infection with a deadly illness could prove fatal to them both.
Box Set: The Crucible Series Books 1-3
Series: The Crucible. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 302,700. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
This box set contains the first three books in The Crucible Paranormal Romance Series (Blue Moon, Light of Dawn, & Strange Brew) as well as a sneak peak at book four, Fallen Hearts. Contains adult content.
Strange Brew (The Crucible Series Book 3)
Series: The Crucible. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,600. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
While performing an initiation trial for a witch coven called The Trine, Aislinn Carmichael accidentally snares a feral werewolf in her magical trap. Making matters worse is The Trine’s intentions for her dangerous captive, forcing Aislinn to release him and risk retaliation. But vengeance is the farthest thing from the werewolf’s mind.
Light of Dawn (The Crucible Series Book 2)
Series: The Crucible. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,780. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(5.00 from 1 review)
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Blue Moon (The Crucible Series Book 1)
Series: The Crucible. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,450. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(5.00 from 1 review)
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