Interview with Angelique LaFontaine

What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read novels by Stephen King, John Saul and Dean Koontz. They all have a wonderful way of using descriptive words to create a vivid visual of a characters and places.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Honestly...I think my preference is a PDF download onto a computer. I'm an old fashioned girl and like to have physically have a book in my hands but the PDF download, for me is the next best thing.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The most effective tool that I've used has been Facebook. I have a lot of supporters and and friends online that help my ad's get out there. The writing industry is a very much "you scratch my back I'll scratch yours" type of business...especially for Indie Writers.
Describe your desk
Messy...Organized Chaos...empy coffee cups EVERYWHERE
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in northen Wisconsin. In fact, the woods in my back yard was a HUGE inspiration for my first full length book SandStone and Mirrors. Much of the sceneries that were described in the book were in fact sceneries that I stumbled upon when going for strolls in the woods.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing probably around the age of 10. I first started writing poetry. Back then, I thought that it was more fun to have poems that rhymed and so that was a criteria for my poetry writing. That proved to be somewhat difficult becuase even as a child, I was an older soul so I wanted my poetry to be meaningful and not just nonsensical lyrics.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book She Has No Name, has a very simple premise, a woman goes through many different events in her life and the book is intended to be nothing more than a window into her mind on how these events molded, shaped, and influenced her. This book has been criticized for having lack of emotion, reads like an email or blog and I say GOOD. Then the book did exactly what it was supposed to do. It was intended to be delivered in an apathetic nature where regardless of how horrific the events are that take place, it is not intended to stimulate sympathy but rather, education; education of the reader on how a person can start out one way in his or her life and then how they end up an entirely different way.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I view writing as yet another vehicle for artistry. I paint as well and so since I will not allow a person to tell me what to paint, I will not all people (companies) to tell me what to write. I do not do this to get rich and famous and so I will not change my emotional release to accomodate what the industry says will sell. I believe very much in emotional integrity.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been a wonderful platform for me to use to make my books available for purchase. With the latitude of being able to generate coupons, I am able to offer any and all of my books at discounted prices and at many times, free of charge. The numerous formats that the downloads are available in only broaden my reader base by that much more.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to be able to tell a story, preferrably suspense and thriller. Nothing gives me greater pleasure and makes me smile more than when I watch a reader finish a story of mine and say, "Wow! Didn't see that coming!"
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are who I write for. They never ask me to write specific things. They never ask me to change things up. They accept me and what I write for who I am and what I have to offer. They read my stories and support my endeavors for no other reason than they enjoy and are entertained by my imagination.
Published 2014-03-05.
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Books by This Author

The Highway Travelers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Extraordinary things happen all the time in this world, if we choose to acknowledge them. Life after death is just one of those extraordinary things. Can we as living human beings, honestly say that spirits do not exist? Despite the fact that claims of fallacy are made from those who have only experienced one side of the spectrum? Decide for yourself.
Inside The Pentagram
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,270. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Laura has never felt like she has fit in anywhere. She's felt like there has always been something special about her that she could never quite put her finger on. After the untimely death of her mother, Laura begins to feel even more out of place.
Fire In The Horizon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,130. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Castine, Maine is a sleepy, seaside village that has been in existence since the 1600's. Jenna, her older brother Micah and their friends are your typical high school students that have lived in Castine their entire lives.
The Visitor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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Amanda and her mother walked into the school together. It was June and school was out for the summer time break. Amanda’s mother was the 5th grade teacher in the small, intermediate school that was located in a small community of Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Man And Wife
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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What happens when we have received all that we are able to endure.
A Message
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,070. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Collection of 6 morally defining stories that tie together paintings with words
Maybe I Didn't Hear It
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Miranda is cozy and comfortable in the home she and her husband built. She has the feeling of safety and at the same time, the feeling of control. What happens though when the feeling is replaced with an absolutely, inexplicable, out of control feeling. What happens when things happen that couldn't possibly. Are you being punished merely because you took your situation for granted?
The Dearly Departed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Lori is so pleased with the accomplishments she has made in her life. She is pleased with her education, she is pleased with her career and she is pleased with her home.
Halloween Horrors - Continued With 4 More
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,900. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Get into the Halloween spirit all over again with this collection of 4 frightful tales. Get spooked by stories of hauntings, abductions, legendary beasts and supernatural phenomena!
The Urals
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Lucya loves the wilderness. She loves that her life revolves around the wilderness. She loves the fact that she is able to support herself by working as someone who is an expert in that area.
The Letter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Courage is something that not everyone has. It can be recognized from 2 different perspectives. One form of courage is to face the decisions that have been made in life and the other form is to put a relationship on the line and reveal to a loved one the harsh truth. Ingrid is faced with that very dilemma.
Jingle All the Way Home: A Collection Of Winter Time Treat Recipes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,970. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014 by Angelique LaFontaine. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Seasonal
Enjoy a collection of mine and mother’s favorite seasonal recipes. This collection ranges from traditional drinks, party snacks, spiced breads and favorite Winter Time desserts. Collect all 4 of our recipe books as each season/holiday time approaches.
The Small Wooden Room
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Wake up to room that is empty and full at the same time. Full of questions yet completely empty of any explanation. Is it a battle of wits that this victim must face; a battle where the opponent is unknown and their motives are never revealed?
Thirty-1 Volumes 1 Thru 5
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,450. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Get caught up with the first 5 volumes of this original series. Thirty-1 takes 3 unsuspecting individuals who have never met before and throws them into world that couldn't possibly exist. Each struggles when realized that logic, reason, and belief are over ran with the endless possibilities of the human imagination; they are subsequently forced to accept and adapt or parish.
Snuff Out The Candle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,310. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
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A collection of 10 digital short stories. This collection includes drama, suspense and terror.
Cooling Down For Harvest Treats - Seasonal Collection Of Fall Time Treat Recipes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Seasonal
Enjoy a collection of mine and mother’s favorite seasonal recipes. This collection ranges from traditional drinks, party snacks, spiced breads and favorite Fall Time desserts. Collect all 4 of our recipe books as each season/holiday time approaches.
Halloween Horrors Volume 2 - 4 More Short Stories of Murder And Mayhem
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,070. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Curl up to these 4 bone chilling stories that will keep you at the edge of your seat. From creatures of the night to diabolical experimentation. These stories will set the perfect mood for your Halloween Enjoyment Included: The Lipstick Stain Finding the Lost Gone is the Last Drop Flooded Pastures
Halloween Horrors Volume 1 - 4 Short Stories Of Murder And Mayhem
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,780. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Curl up to these 4 bone chilling stories that will keep you at the edge of your seat. From creatures of the night to diabolical experimentation. These stories will set the perfect mood for your Halloween Enjoyment Included: The Matriarch The Air Guy The Darkness Will Find You The Divers of the Lake
Flooded Pastures
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Routines and consistent behaviors can be a good thing. They suggest reliability. What happens though when inexplicable events start to take place? Is it good to be so predictable? Richard is about to find out for himself
Sandstone and Mirrors
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,220. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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Carli, a young woman in her mid twenties finds herself unsatisfied with her life and yearning to discover her own greatness. Thru a series of extraordinary events, she finds herself hurled into the middle of a long lasting battle between good and evil.
Divers Of The Lake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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Rachel has always tried to do the right thing and has never intentionally tried to hurt anyone. She lives her life with certain integrity and won't bend her moral rules for anybody. However, Rachel is about to quickly discover that a slight moment of hesitation in trying to do the right thing could end catastrophically
The Broken Backbone
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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When those that you trust and rely on to do the right thing let you down, where do you turn? How do you handle it? Melanie is about to get a tough dose of reality in terms of people's true nature. More importantly, how will she proceed?
Thirty-1 Volume 1: Reckless
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Sometimes in life, we all have to succumb to the reality that some things are not as they appear and most things we have no control over. Other people's decisions can and most of the time, affect us directly. But what happens when the outcome of these events completely proves to do nothing more than unravel the babric of what we thought to be real? Ray is about to find this out for himself.
Thirty-1 Volume 5: The Chimera Room
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,180. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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The expectation of what is going to happen when you find yourself in unfamiliar surroundings can be overwhelming. Our three characters have now nestled into the ALPS building and are getting aquainted. Three different people with three different reactions prove nothing more than the interesting differences that make us all unique individuals
Thirty-1 Volume 2: Salvation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Is our belief structure based off of the concept that we as humans need to believe that we are destined for something beyond our own existence? Or are we all just free souls wandering around this planet with no significant purpose other than to enjoy the entity of what we call life.
Thirty-1 Volume 4: The Therabs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Finding yourself in a place that couldn't exist nor should exist can have strange effects on people. It can rattle the very ground of what you thought was real or it could open your eyes to the endless possibilities of man's capabilities. Ray, Lorainne and John all will be faced with what they thought was real versus what actually is
Thirty-1 Volume 3: Boom
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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We all have little secrets, some of them even dark. Dr John Anderson is no different. He has a little secret of his own and one that would shock everyone that knew him if they ever found out. Amidst his formulas, medical studies and dreams of advancements, lies another interest of his and it will prove to be either his flourishment or demise.
The Long Road Ahead
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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Sometimes people do things that make no sense. They make decisions based off of assumptions, insecurities, and previous experiences. Sara shares her experience from her viewpoint of a set of circumstances that she finds herself having to deal with and determining for herself, how her future will be changed.
Walking Before You Run
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,640. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
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This is a poetry compilation of 75 poems written over a period of time from childhood to young adult. These poems are compiled in no particular order but the progression of maturity in the content and style of each poem clearly identifies relative age and mentality when written. Thru the eyes of a child and then thru the eyes as that child ages.
She Has No Name
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,160. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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How does a person cope with the harsh realities of the world? How does a person’s experiences mold and shape them as individuals and furthermore, how do those experiences determine the choices that he or she subsequently make?
Finding The Lost
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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Maddy, a free spirit decides that she needs to find herself and what better way than to set out on a small pilgrimage. She's eager and can't wait to really let her soul sail free. Bad luck finds its way to her that quickly puts a damper on what was supposed to be a life changing trip.
The Air Guy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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Sometimes interests and hobbies can create distractions from less desirable activities that consume our lives. Rex, a United States soldier, uses his new interest in the natural sciences as such a distraction. His new little hobby though, takes an interesting turn and he learns quickly that hobbies can easily become obsessions taking us to places that we would rather not be
The Darkness Will Find You
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(3.75)
Charlie is a lost soul. He just can't seem to find peace in his life. There's an emptiness that he wants to fill up but doesn't know with what. He discovers that about himself though. He chooses to embrace what he discovers as oppose to ignore it....and this discovery is dark.
The Matriarch
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.67)
Deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, lies a secret. A secret that spoken of only by those old enough to remember the mistakes made by those prior. A secret that, even if whispered, could invoke a not so distant memory and a rage created from it. Unsuspecting of the night that lies before her, April quickly learns that terror and revenge can lie in the most unsuspecting places
Gone Is The Last Drop
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,420. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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Andrew has had a real hard time lately but is about to find out that his ability to cope with his personal problems may not be the best by what others would recommend. Andrew is about to have to somehow prepare himself for the internal demon that he's had inside of him, because it is about to make its presence known.
The Lipstick Stain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,180. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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Do we as individuals have control over our own life? Or are we supposed to leave it up to fate and accept that certain things are just destined to happen? Cassie decides to take control of her life. Keeping herself firmly planted on the ground and deciding how her life is going to play out, she makes some concrete decisions.