Angel A.’s debut work, Mary Poser, is releasing on August 21, 2017. For the occasion, I got hold of her few precious minutes and she agreed for the author interview:
Q. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Briefly, about yourself?
I’m a bit of a nomad. French parents. I live in Australia (at the moment). I like to write about the places I’ve visited with fictitious characters that reflect the culture as I experienced it.
Q. What genre is your book?
The Book is best described as a contemporary romance. It could also be assigned to multicultural romance and coming-of-age genres.
Q. What draws you to this genre?
I like to explore personal development issues. Love is the ultimate personal development challenge!
Q. Briefly, what led up to last/latest book? Also, please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.
I was led to the book by a personal experience that made me want to explore this type of self-awareness challenge.
Description: Butterflies and white lies as Bollywood comes to Nashville.
Q. What was the time frame for writing your last book?
Around two years.
Q. How much research do you do?
Too much… Multiple trips to Nashville, where the story is told. I live in Australia!
Q. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Yes. This really encourages productivity and disciplined writing.
Q. What is the easiest thing about writing?
Imagining the story. I have a gushing imagination!
Q. What motivates you to write?
Q. When did you decide that you want to be a writer?
In high school. I won an award for a writing contest then.
Q. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I think all reviews are personal and they say just as much about the reviewer as they do about the subject of the review.
Q. What do you prefer: Pen or Computer? And how do you stay organised (any methods, systems, tools you use)?
I prefer the pen to jot down ideas. It’s faster and the flow feels more organic. The computer is where the organized part starts by creating structure and frameworks for the work.
Q. How do you relax?
By dreaming. Exercise is also a great escape for me.
Q. How did you find your agent?
Through a filmmaking associate.
Q. What were your few biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?
The amount of work involved. I thought I could write a book and then stop. Finishing the book appears to be when all the work starts! Haha
Q. What would you have done differently if you could do it again?
I don’t like to think this way. I feel it is too self-critical. I prefer to believe that all steps taken are necessary. Even the ones where we stub our toe!
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I work hard on my self-confidence, having overcome some serious challenges.
Q. What’s next? What are you working on at the moment?
I have a few titles I am working on. I’m happy to play with ideas at the moment.
Q. Do you re-read books? One book that you would read again & again?
Not really. I always say I will, but I can’t remember ever having done so. It’s like trying to re-live a sunset. I find I’m better off looking forward to the next one!
Q. Your influence(s)/ favourite author(s)?
There’s too many for a short list! I wouldn’t want to leave any out.
Q. What book(s) are you reading at present?
Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte. I can’t resist a classic…
Q. Best piece(s) of writing advice we haven’t discussed?
Just start. Waiting until it’s perfect is a lost opportunity. It will never be perfect in your own mind. The flaws make it perfect in its own way.
Visit Mary Poser’s website and check out the details on her upcoming movie!
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