03/04/2014 -You asked and you got it! This new series of interviews is 100% inspired by the readers. Each interview and set of questions are a result of reader submissions on my Facebook page.
Kate Angell is the next author in this series of fan-inspired interviews. Thank you to the readers for supplying the questions and to Kate for the great answers.
Life’s A Beach
Though his family owns the charming beachside town of Barefoot William, Aidan Cates is as down-to-earth as the locals. He’s also practical to a fault and doesn’t believe some psychic on the boardwalk can predict his future.
Jillian Mac is as free as the breeze, so when the hot stranger and his date mistake her for a fortune teller, she’s ready to have some fun. But one devastating secret told, one mistaken identify revealed, and numerous long summer nights later, it’s Jillie and Aidan who discover that sometimes love comes with a simple twist of fate.
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And now for the interview…
1. What kind of books do you read? Are they similar to what the author writes?
I have very eclectic tastes in reading. I especially enjoy chick lit. I also read mystery cozies and young adult. I am a fan of mainstream fiction authors Stuart Woods and Carl Hiaasen.
2. Where does the inspiration for a story come from? Did you ever take writing classes?
I write what I love. That pretty much involves baseball, as well as the beach and boardwalk. I took several creative writing classes in college. A professor encouraged me to pursue writing. I did so. However I worked a lot of jobs before I ever got published – it took me twenty years to sign my first New York contract. All worth it!
3. Do you know how many books will be in a series when you start writing it?
I usually propose a trilogy to my editor Alicia Condon. If the first two books sell well, then we discuss additional titles.
4. When writing a series, do you write all the books at once and then tweak each book’s storyline before it’s published or do you write them individually?
I write each book individually. I often give future characters cameo appearances as I go. I keep a notebook of character identities and plot points, so I can remember who did what and when it happened.
5. When your first book was published what special treat did you buy just for you?
I didn’t really celebrate my first three books being published. It was when I started my Richmond Rogues baseball series that I treated myself to a gift. My grandfather took me to my first baseball game many years ago. I was in middle school then. We saw the Washington Senators play. My granddad was a Frank Howard fan. Gramps has long since passed away, however when Squeeze Play was published, I purchased a vintage Frank Howard jersey. I framed it, the jersey hangs in my home office. Lots of happy memories there.
6. When you read books, are you able to sit back and enjoy them or do you re-write characters, plot, and the ending in your mind?
When I have time to read for fun, I sit back and appreciate what an author has written. I know how much time and effort goes into a book. I absorb every word.
7. Do you ever take a vacation away from the stress or do your stories just flow that easily? Do new ideas come to you while you try to vacation?
Some days when I write I stare at a blank screen; other days the plot comes together perfectly. My ideas come to me at ‘odd times’. When I’m at the drive-through at the bank, grocery shopping, sitting on a lawn chair in the backyard watching my dogs play. When I go on vacation…I vacation! Vacations usually come at the end of a book. That’s how I clear my head between stories.
8. Have you been to all the places you write about?
Both the Twins and Red Sox take spring training in Southwest Florida. Attending an occasional game keeps my mind in baseball mode. I live in Naples on the Gulf Coast, which is a beautiful beach town and retirement area. Sunshine and warm weather are inspiring! Lots of good mojo.
You can find out more about Kate and her wonderful book at her website (http://www.kateangell.com/) and her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKateAngell).