Interview with Angela Minor

What are you working on next?
I'm in the process of writing a new book called "Seeing is Believing". It's about a brother and sister, Nathan and Gracie Graddy. He is an FBI agent who is investigating a series of murders. She is in a psychiatric facility being treated for schizophrenia. When Gracie begins to "see" the murders that Nathan is investigating, he starts to believe that there is more than meets the eye to her hallucinations.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are in the urban fantasy genre. Laurell Hamilton, Jim Butcher, Thomas Sniegoski, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Nalini Singh, Faith Hunter, Karen Chance, and Eileen Wilks are my top picks. I like the whole good versus evil approach. And when the good guys are sometimes the ones that others would consider the monsters, even better.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a strong faith in God that allows me to see each day as a blessing. I love my family and friends. I love my foster children. I like to work and create and have a purpose.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I constantly have a book handy and have been known to walk around while reading. My TV is always on but as much for noise as for viewing enjoyment. I like spending time with my foster kids when I have one in the home. Other than that, it's the normal full-time job, cooking, cleaning, running errands that all of us have to do.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm pretty much entrenched in my favorite authors so I keep up when they have new stuff coming out and I frequently re-read their books. My best friend is a voracious reader of all genres and will tip me off to books she thinks I will enjoy. Of course, being friends for 25 years, she knows me well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In elementary school, I won an area-wide essay contest that netted me a $50 gift certificate to Peeble's Department Store. I've written for as long as I have known how to write.
What is your writing process?
I have a vivid imagination so I have to "see" what I write. I often dream of where I scenes and conversations that end up in my writing. It usually starts with me ruminating over an idea for a while and when I have enough to start putting the idea on paper, I'll start writing. There is no advance planning for me, and I often don't know where it's going to go when I begin. I let the characters and the circumstances speak for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of my favorite books as a child was The Pokey Little Puppy. I liked the idea that he didn't fit other's expectations of how he should be.
How do you approach cover design?
I did my own covers. I'm not much into graphic arts. I'm not very visually artistic period. Basically, I took a single idea from the title of the book, found a picture that matched the visual I had of that idea, and went from there.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This list is going to sound strange because it is an eclectic mix that doesn't seem to go together.
The Bible- it is the guide for life
Moon Called- Mercedes Thompson is a coyote living in a wolf world
Fifty Shades Freed- Christian Grey, with Anastasia Steele's help, finds freedom from the demons of his past
Changes- this is the turning point in Harry Dresden's life
A Kiss before the Apocalypse- Remy Chandler, former archangel, is losing the love of his life as he tries to stop the end of the world
What do you read for pleasure?
I LOVE urban fantasy books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Nook. I'm looking for a tablet that will run both Nook and Kindle applications.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still working on this one. I use my Facebook and Smashwords.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I usually recline on my bed with the laptop on my knees.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in central North Carolina in a working class neighborhood. We didn't have a lot of money so I learned to use my imagination. A suitcase was the stove in my make-believe kitchen, a sheet over the table was my house, and so on.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The one I'm working on now was a thought in my mind for months before I began to put anything on paper. Once I started writing, it was moving a lot slower than my first two but I hope that means that it's going to be my best work yet.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried to get a literary agent. Had multiple rejections. I submitted to several small publishing houses, thinking I would have more success there. I did have one that accepted the manuscript for reading but chose not to publish it. Basically, I wanted to get my work out there and this was the means to accomplish that.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It gets my work scene through venues I couldn't reach on my own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing someone else enjoy my writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not sure I really have any fans.
Published 2013-11-13.
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Books by This Author

Life Changes
Series: Anna Simons Series, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,480. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Anna Simons has worked hard to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. But unforeseen complications make moving forward difficult. Add a serial rapist in the mix and she finds herself again in peril and facing a lofty decision- does a person's actions now negate the good they have done in their past?
Lifespark
Series: Anna Simons Series, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,200. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Anna Simons has a gift to heal with a touch. But for the two most important people in her life, her gift fails her. When tragedy strikes, she must begin to rebuild her life and her confidence in her healing. But as is so often the case, nothing ever comes easy. And failure this time can have significant implications, including losing her own life.