... Angel M
1. Tell me about your book, The Keeper, Book 1 of The Maze Series, and where you got your inspiration for it?
The Keeper finds 21-year old Gabriel not wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps by working at the local mill for the rest of his boring life and he is struggling to find his niche.
Inspiration #1 - Steel mills, factories and power plants rule where I live and it took me 46 years to figure out that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I’m 54 now.
Gabriel likes to hike and go on road trips with his mother. They love adventure.
Inspiration #2 - Me (although I’m an older woman) and my mum used to road trip and go on adventures when I was in my twenties.
Gabriel enters an ancient maze that has the power to send people on their very own adventure of a lifetime. These take place on other worlds. Along on this trip is the nagging voice in Gabriel’s head that gives him crap all the time.
Inspiration #3 - I argue, talk, and whine with the voice in my head all the time. The voice is a cross between Jiminy Cricket and Denis Leary (raunchy comedian). I simply cut out the vulgarity in the book, but the sarcasm flows freely.
Adventure, comedy, stand out characters, a bad guy who keeps Gabriel wondering if he’s made a friend or an enemy, and destiny awaits. What more could you ask for?
2. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?
Yes and it still ticks me off to this day. Shortly after I got married, the hubster needed to use my vehicle for something or other so we switched rides. Keep in mind, I was 38 years old and never had a ticket or got pulled over in my life. Uh, huh...you guessed it. Pulled over, at night for a burnt out headlight on the hubster’s truck. It wasn’t even my truck, but I got the bad girl slap on my record. (Muttered expletives)
3. Have you ever danced in the rain?
I don’t dance, but does standing in the rain, looking like an idiot count? Falling rain, snow, and leaves have a very calming affect on me. Falling down, over, and off just adds another bruise to the collection.
4. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?
I do believe I am working towards that record right now. After promoting my third book, Pawper to Pedigree for two months, thinking that the day it went live, I would probably sell a dozen copies, only to sell ZERO; I stopped writing and started focusing on marketing and promotion. So, let’s say eight months of no real writing. I’m having withdrawals and dark thoughts of losing the magic.
5. Which do you use more often, dictionary or thesaurus?
Neither. If I have to look it up, I don’t write it. I am a very simplistic person and I write to entertain. Big or fancy words slow the process down. Although I tend to use spellcheck a lot.
6. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?
Finding Dory. I’m in trouble, but it’ll be fun! Oh look, something shiney!
7. If you had to choose to live without one of your five senses, which would you give up and why?
Hearing. I don’t listen, anyway. I know that sounds awful, but I have so much going on that my mind cannot take anymore outside abuse. Which means it’s up to my ears to provide the buffer. Plus, my hearing isn’t that good anyway. May as well shut that factory all the way down, I guess. I will miss bird song though. Maybe smell...yeah, smell. I have a very touchy sense of smell that can be a real pain at times. Is it too late to change my answer? Hang on; if I get rid of smell, then won’t my taste buds lose their zing? I love food way too much to mess with that. But then I do need to drop some poundage. What was the question?
8. What do you find are the most effective ways of marketing your book?
HA, HA, HAAAAA! Aren’t you the funny one? Pardon me while I go have a nervous breakdown. I’m back. If I had the answer to this question, I would be making more than the $97.00 I made in 2016 with three books out. Still laughing...crying...seething...
9. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?
Absolutely! I wrote a dark comedy titled Gold Dust, about a woman who gets even with her abusive husband. It is impatiently sitting on my computer, waiting for me to format it. I swear that book keeps messing with me. Knocking me off line, typing in cuss words, brushing against the mouse pad so the curser jumps all over the page.
10. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Oh yeah, they hijack. I begin with an idea, the movie plays in my head, and I struggle to get it all on paper or the computer. However, my characters are open to discussion. For example: if they head off in a direction that bogs the story down, I’ll give them a, “Hang on. I’m yawning here.” That’s when the yelling...I mean, discussion...begins. I can usually convince them to change course, unless they have something up their collective sleeves that I am unaware of.
Gabriel's lust for adventure leads him to the Maine wilderness where he enters an ancient maze and is transported to another world. His sidekick? The nagging voice inside his head. What could possibly go wrong?
As if escaping an arranged marriage and Jaguar warriors bent on making him a sacrificial lamb weren't enough excitement, Gabriel's tour guide seems to enjoy killing whenever the opportunity arises. Will Gabriel be his next victim?
About Angel M
From story dabbler in the 1980's, to published author as of July 2013, Angel M. is a multi-genre fictional author. To date, she has published The Keeper Book 1 and Underwater City Book 2 of an adventure/fantasy series and Pawper to Pedigree, a dog comedy. In between her day job, family, and writing, Angel M. uses her humor to help those wanting to pursue a writing career on the Lessons Learned page of her website where she posts the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of what comes after you've written your manuscript. With an almost non-existent attention span and selective memory, you can usually find her scribbling down yet another book idea, line of dialogue, scene, or even something as small as a name for use in future novels.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Angel-M./e/B00H8C5JZ4