Interview with Angela Roquet

What is your writing process?
I do not have what is traditionally considered a "healthy" writing process. I may go weeks without writing, and then I'll sit down and type 13,000 in a weekend. Especially if a deadline is looming. If I'm being kind to myself, I'll use the "I write better under pressure" excuse. If I'm seriously offering advice, I still go with "Write everyday." I really probably should. Other than that... I'm a compulsive plotter, complete with color-coded sticky notes and a monster-sized plot board, and I write my scenes out of order, depending on what mood strikes (or where I get stuck.) I love music, but I can't handle music with lyrics when I'm writing. I can, however, write with Curious George playing on the television and my two-year-old son climbing on me. Go figure.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading was when I was around three years old. It was "The Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree." I still have it. The spine is duck-taped together. I'm pretty sure I learned to read with that book. That or my mother read it to me so many times that I memorized it. She insists that I was a fast learner and actually read the story from the book, not from memory. That book always reminds me of what an incredible mother I have, and I'm thankful to her for jump-starting my love of literature at such a young age.
How do you approach cover design?
That's top secret. Okay, not really. I'm a graphic designer by day, so I got lucky in this department. I mostly design real estate guides and signs, so cover design really gave me the opportunity to stretch my creativity in ways I normally don't get to. There are a lot of fun ways to go about it. I use Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. Photoshop has some fun texture and coloring features. Some of my covers are scanned in drawings, and some are altered photographs I've taken. I like working with bright colors. I think they really make a cover pop. I browsed through my library and really studied book covers to get a feel for popular layouts and styles, and then I went from there.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love urban fantasy series. LOVE. I'll read anything, but I when I get hooked on a good urban fantasy series, I will read a book (or two), a night, for a week (or two) solid, and then cry when I reach the end and realize that I have to wait months for the next installment.

Some of my favorites include, but are not limited to: MaryJanice Davidson's Undead (Queen Betsy) series, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter & Merry Gentry series, Kim Harrison's Hollows, Vicki Pettersson's Signs of the Zodiac, Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Chronicles, Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series, Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles, and OMG, I could go on forever and ever here. Be still my heart.

I also enjoy Christopher Moore, Mary Roach, Gregory Maguire, Niel Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Charles de Lint, Isaac Marion, Ray Kurzweil, Daniel Quinn.....

I could spend all day on this list. I'm in love with books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle and a Sony e-reader. I definitely use my Kindle more. I like the immediacy of being able to buy a book right from the device and start reading. I honestly prefer reading physical copies, but my library is overflowing. Books have taken over my office. Now I'm mostly limited to only buying hard copies if I'm at a signing and want the author's autograph. Though, I hear they have a way for authors to sign ebooks now, so....
Describe your desk
In one word? Catastrophe.

Lately, I've been working from my living room coffee table. It's bigger. It's comfier. I can keep a better eye on my kiddo. Plus, between the plethora of books I brought back from the last RT Booklovers convention and the leftover party supplies for the "Prombie Apocalypse" (a charity event I organized to help celebrate the release of my latest novel) my office is badly in need of a makeover. My poor husband is moving his desk out and to his man cave, just so I can free up a wall for another bookcase. I have pictures of my office up on Facebook, from back when it was clean, many moons ago. The desk I hope to be utilizing again soon is actually pretty cool. I designed and built it myself, just so I could maximize the number of books it would hold. It's a desk/bookcase hybrid. I totally felt like Dr. Frankenstein when it was finished. (It's alive! Mwahaha!)
What are you working on next?
I have a lot on my writing schedule. I'm currently working on the fourth novel in my Lana Harvey series, Psychopomp. I have seven books set up for Lana, but they'll be spread out, since I'm juggling other projects as well. I'm also coauthoring a novel with my husband, and I'm developing a new paranormal series. I recently had a short story (set in the Lanaverse) published in an anthology with several other awesome indie authors. It was a lot of fun, so I'm working on some more short stories too.
Published 2015-02-25.
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Books by This Author

Limbo City Lights (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc.)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,850. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The complete collection of Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. short stories! Including the 3 previously published shorts: Dearly Departed, Hair of the Hellhound, and Season's Reapings, PLUS 3 all-new shorts: Pre-Mortem (set in the 1700s), Post-Mortem (set in the 2300s), and Death or Something Like It, a crossover short story with Jesse Sullivan, the heroine of Kory M. Shrum's Dying for a Living series.
Hellfire and Brimstone
Series: Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc.. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,450. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
When an average day on the job crosses Lana's path with a reaper she was sure had died a century before, she soon finds herself on a quest to discover the truth behind her mentor's mysterious death, and what it could mean for the fate of Eternity.
Ghost Market
Series: Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc.. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,000. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
In the wake of a thwarted war, Lana Harvey is more than ready for an extended vacation on the new houseboat she shares with the Lord of the Flies, but when the leaderless rebels begin poaching souls and selling them on the Ghost Market, Lana is tasked with heading up a new reaper unit to stop them.
Season's Reapings (A Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. Holiday Short Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,810. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Christmas looks good on Limbo City, especially with Bub under the mistletoe. Lana Harvey’s holiday cheer is in overdrive, but when she and archangel Gabriel are summoned to harvest a holly jolly soul in Alaska, the spirit of Christmas brings all the villains to the tundra.
Budding Bards
Price: Free! Words: 10,030. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Anthology
The 2015 Teen Writing Workshop of Sedalia, MO presents... secret spies, zombies, slumber parties, bullies, possums, and more!
Lost in Limbo (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. books 1-3)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 212,020. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Bundled set of books 1-3 in Angela Roquet's "Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc." series.
Death Wish
Series: Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc., Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,910. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Lana Harvey’s been through hell and back. As a reaper, it’s all part of the job, but the afterlife has been more turbulent than usual. The Second War of Eternity is underway, and the streets of Limbo City are heavy with the scent of carnage and betrayal.
Psychopomp
Series: Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc., Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,970. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In war, everyone loses... Lana Harvey is finding out the hard way. The rebels have a new general working in the shadows, luring gods, reapers, demons, and souls to the dark side. The Greek god Hypnos has been abducted. And the battle is about to get painfully personal for Limbo City's most notorious reaper.
Backwoods Armageddon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,150. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The fit’s about to hit the shan. You won’t find zombies down around Ivy Mills, where the Miller family lives in the Missouri backwoods. What you will find is a tornader that puts Dorothy’s gale to shame, earthquakes, floods, vandals, terrorists, and a merry band of rednecks who brave the storm together in search of higher ground and the kind of freedom you have no choice but to give your life for.
For the Birds
Series: Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc., Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,430. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lana Harvey is the new captain of the Posy Unit, and now it's time to keep the promises she made to get there, even if those promises take her off the beaten path and towards certain doom...
Pocket Full of Posies
Series: Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc., Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,650. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lana Harvey is back in school, but her classes at the Reaper Academy are the least of her worries. The rebel demons are after her, but luckily the prince of demons is on her side. Although, he'd rather be in her bed...
Graveyard Shift
Series: Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc., Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 77,100. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. But when Grim promotes her to a high risk assignment, all hell breaks loose…literally.