USA Today bestselling author Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She lives in Missouri with her husband and son in a house stuffed with books, toys, skulls, owls, and glitter-speckled craft supplies. Angela is a member of SFWA and HWA, as well as the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, her epic book critique group, where she's known as Death. When not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys boating with her family at Lake of the Ozarks and reading books that raise eyebrows.
GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela's Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com
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.