1. Tell me about your book, A Diamond in My Pocket, and where you got your inspiration for it?
The inspiration for A Diamond in My Pocket came from a crazy dream I had one night, which was really weird because all my dreams up to that point consisted of spies, secret agents, military operations--nothing in the fantasy genre.
2. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?
Yep! Three times. Each time I was let go with a warning even though my speed was waaay above the limit.
3. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?
Around six months.
4. Which do you use more often, dictionary or thesaurus?
A Thesaurus. Otherwise all my descriptive words would be the same basic boring words.
5. Mountains or the beach?
Definitely the mountains! However, if I could live on a mountain by the beach, I would.
6. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?
Snow White and The Huntsman. Oh, this will be fun! Those dwarves are hotties.
7. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
I’d travel to the past and slap myself for deciding not to go to college. Then I’d make sure I go.
8. If you could bring one fictional character to life, who would it be and why?
Maetha from my series. She’s been alive 5,000+ years. Oh, the stories she could tell. I’d love to hear about the progress she’s seen, also the rise and fall of empires and civilizations.
9. If you could have an answer to any question, what would that question be?
What happens when we die?
10. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?
Young Adult. I have two different series of books I’m working on: The Unaltered--YA Fantasy/Superpowers, and Scars of Defiance--YA Suspense/Thriller. I’m drawn to the YA genre mainly because my natural writing style best fits this age group. I didn’t intend to write for the YA audience when I began writing the Scars of Defiance series (my first series) but as I came into my own, I realized that’s the level of my writing and I’m just fine with that.
11. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Yes and No. Word of mouth and recommendations are huge in the decision process of what to buy. Nowadays the book cover is viewed as a one-inch blotch on a digital device along with many other blotches. It’s really hard to make a cover stand out when so often it’s viewed in such a small format. Clever blurbs and headlines probably clinch the sale more than the cover, but that’s just my opinion.
12. What part of your writing time do you dedicate to marketing your book?
90%. I’m hardly ever not marketing in some way or another.
13. Do you think giving away books for free works and why?
I think Free works when you have a YA series. However, readers seem to dislike abrupt cliff-hangers at the end of the first book, so it’s good to provide a full story with closure to the main plot in the first book. Naturally, loose ends are there to tantalize the reader to purchase number two, but that goes without saying. Personally, I bounce between free and $0.99 because there are readers who refuse to read a perma-free book.
14. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?
Yes. Scars of Defiance and The Dictator’s Daughter, books one and two of the Scars of Defiance series. I removed them from sale while I rewrite the series.
15. What has your experience been like as a new Indie Author? Bruises, Highlights, and lessons?
This is a heavy question. My experience up to this point has been a whirlwind. Huge Lesson Learned: ALWAYS have your book edited before releasing. Bad reviews are immortal. Bruises Received: being called a fraudulent author because of having a lot of five-star reviews. Highlights: having A Diamond in My Pocket chosen in the inaugural launch of iTunes Breakout Books category in 2013. Also, when my book is priced it appears on an iBooks Fantasy list next to Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Dean Koontz, Brandon Sanderson, and J.K. Rowling.
16. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I’d say, Thanks for reading and for being patient with my evolving writing style.
17. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?
At the time of answering these questions, yes, I have a part-time job working at the drugstore, Walgreens. I’m a customer associate running checkout, working the cosmetics department and I also work in the photo department. I really love watching the photos come out of customers’ trips around the world. I feel like I’m experiencing it with them. Of course, they might be a little creeped out if they knew I studied their vacation photos like that.
18. Is there anything I’ve left out that you’d like to talk about?
One of the best fan mails I’ve received was from a thirteen-year-old girl who wanted me to know that Calli, the lead character in A Diamond in My Pocket, helped her to not be afraid of her bullies anymore. This fan said the story helped her realize there is so much more to the world around her and that these bullies were nothing more than insecure girls needing to feel powerful. She loved Calli’s ability to be comfortable in her own skin and not feel pressured to conform to what other teens thought she should wear, do, or be. That email touched me deeply as I hadn’t really thought about my writing having that kind of effect on readers.
After breaking the 100m world record, sixteen-year-old Calli is whisked away to a secret facility where she's placed with other teens who possess superhuman speed. She soon finds herself in a deadly situation involving other superpowers, a magical diamond, and a centuries-old clan vying for world domination. Calli will have to rely on her quick wit and gut instinct to navigate her new world which includes secretly carrying a power-infusing diamond, all the while steering clear of the young man who mistakenly believes she's his soulmate.
Book one of The Unaltered series introduces a secret universe existing within our own. In this world, cosmic energy grants superhuman abilities, and people of like ability band together in clans for both safety and community. Flesh-ripping demons prowl at night, drawn to the cosmic energy. Governments spy on clans, clans spy on governments, and trusting the wrong person may carry a terrible price.
Lorena Angell lives in arguably the most beautiful location in the world, nestled deep in the scenic Columbia River Gorge of the Pacific Northwest, USA. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, bar-b-queuing, exploring the Pacific coast, and hiking in the Cascade Mountain Range with her family. She has yet to run across Sasquatch, but you can bet when she does she'll write him/her into a story.