The very first thing Angela Korra’ti ever wrote, at age 8, was a short story about a girl spirited away to rule over the leprechauns for a day. She progressed rapidly to pretending to take notes in class when she was actually writing novels, and writing fanfic before she had any idea what fanfic was! Music has been a part of her life almost as long, thanks to six years playing flute and piccolo in school band and an adulthood dabbling in flute, guitar, bouzouki, and mandolin. Music is likely to make an appearance in anything she writes. Particularly music that involves Elvis, bouzouki-playing Newfoundlanders, or Quebecois trad.
Angela (Anna the Piper to her friends) lives in Kenmore, Washington, along with her wife and their housemate, two cats, and a whole heck of a lot of computers and musical instruments. Despite the fact that she is a mild-mannered former employee of a major metropolitan newspaper, rumors that she is a superhero are exaggerated. (Even if she did pull the door off a refrigerator.)
As Angela Korra’ti, she writes the Free Court of Seattle series and other works in the Warder universe. As Angela Highland, she writes the Rebels of Adalonia trilogy for Carina Press. You can find out more about all of her works under either name at angelahighland.com.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Ooh, that's a tough question. I had a pretty chaotic childhood and family life, starting in Louisville, Kentucky, then boinging to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then back up to Kentucky--first to Nicholasville and then to Lexington.
Writing, though, was a huge means for me to blow off steam. I was writing fanfic in middle school and high school before I even knew what fanfic was, and the two novels I wrote turned out to be background material for one of my now-published novels, Valor of the Healer.
When did you first start writing?
Ha! If you're asking "when did I actually write a story for the first time?" that has to be probably around age eight. The very first thing I ever wrote was a story I called "Queen for a Day", in which a little girl gets spirited off by the leprechauns. Hi, this would be me showing my fantasy inclinations REAL early.
But if you're asking "when did I start seriously writing with an intention to try to get something published?", that would have been in high school, around 1985. The very first thing I ever submitted to a publisher for consideration was while I was in school, and I still have the rejection letter from Del Rey. Typewritten, not printed!
And if you're asking "when did I start writing something that actually became published?", that was 2003, when I did Nanowrimo and wrote the first draft of Faerie Blood. So really, I kind of count my serious writing efforts from 2003.