Interview with Angelo Bell

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew in the third grad that I wanted to become a writer, I just didn't know what form. At the time, the simplest (not easiest) choice was to become an author. I eventually tried other forms of writing and ended up joining the independent film bandwagon. Emerging technology allowed writers to become filmmakers. Now the technology allows aspiring writers to become published authors. For me the challenge was writing and finishing a book. After years of talking about it I finally settled down and adapted an old script into a novel. The experience was transforming. In film and TV many other people control your experience. I decided I didn't want to wait for someone else to tell me it was okay to sell my book. I wanted to control my writing career personally.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm new on Smashwords. I'll let you know when I know.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy comes from being emotionally, mentally and psychologically immersed in the writing experience as I build worlds from words.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently writing a sci-fi action thriller set in a dystopian future about the omnipotence of the pharmaceutical industry and our need to pop a pill as a cure-all for everything. It's got cops, zombies, girls with guns, mixed-martial arts (MMA) and lots of conspiracy theories. It takes place in the sexy, sunny, city of Miami.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Michael Crichton. Others include J. A. Nance, Keith Thomson, Michelle Perry, Owen Laukkanen, Ingrid Thoft, Robert S. levinson, Peter May, Anders De La Motte and Michael J. Cordell.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. Waking up alive. My fiancee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Kids. Other work. Travel.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a urban drama about a group of teenagers who form a gang for the sake of protecting the neighborhood, but egos and a rival gang threaten everything. i wrote it on yellow legal paper. To inspire myself to write I would put the 11-minute version of Art of Noise's "Moments in Love" on and play it over and over.
What is your writing process?
i think about a project forever and if it keeps comping back I write it down. If it lingers I'll spend months drafting a detailed and very specific outline based on scenes and sequences. Once the outline is done, if I want to tackle it I will because I know exactly where I want to go with the story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first stories I ever read were actually comic books. Later, I read The Executioner Series by Don Pendleton when I was 13 years old. I remember being engrossed in the story and wondering why his choice of words created such a powerful and visceral image in my brain. I could see everything he described in the book as if it were sitting in front of me.
How do you approach cover design?
I approach cover design based on two things: cost and availability. If I have a vision but the cost is prohibitive I rely on my plan B. If it's available to use in my cover design I re-imagine my design plans. Currently I'm using my daughter's photography to create abstract images for my book covers. As time and money permit, I take a more creative, visual artist stance based on my filmmaking adventures as a director.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I do not have 5 favorite books. It changes all the time.
What do you read for pleasure?
I do not read nearly enough.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad. I plan to purchase a Kindle soon. My iPad is too heavy and fragile
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Still in progress
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in the third grade. The teacher gave students had index cards with the first sentence of a story. Students needed to continue the story for a few paragraphs, giving it a beginning, a middle and an end. We had to select four index cards over the course of a month. I finished the entire box. About 20.
Published 2018-01-26.
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Books by This Author

Breakthroughs & Guerrilla Filmmaking in NYC
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,680. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
In 2012 Angelo headed to NYC -- to work with fellow indie filmmaker Sujewa Ekanayake. Angelo had watched Sujewa's success making no budget flicks for several years. He jumped at the opportunity to work with the seasoned indie director to help bring a new project to life, BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND, a Jungian detective comedy.
Catching A Tiger By The Tail
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,820. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Entertainment, Essay » Business
This book is comprised of several long-form posts from a blog I have been writing for over 10 years called, "Angelo Writes." The posts were written to vent after I’d worked four years to secure my first TV pilot development writing deals. As the deals came to fruition, it became a money-grab at all costs. Friendships were decimated. Opportunities were lost. Careers were derailed.
Deterrence Theory
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,260. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A disgraced US Marshal hunts for a beautiful Nigerian mercenary who left 30 prisoners dead during her escape from prison, but can’t remember how she did it. As he closes in on the coquettish killer he begins to suspect a larger mystery looms, one that might be the death of him and his prey.
The Gray Meliá
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 101,560. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fairy tales
The gray-skinned daughter of a Celtic queen must endure servitude, prejudice and a tyrannical King’s fury in order to follow destiny and unite two warring kingdoms. Raised without knowledge of her heritage and denied her royal position, she becomes an unwilling warrior in the battle to end her father's reign. Now she might lose everything to save a kingdom that abandoned her at birth.