Wednesday, December 15, 2010
My characters are usually people I would like to be. They are me—only smarter, funnier, prettier, more athletic, and more talented. But usually facing some kind of problem that I am so glad I don’t have to live through.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I once rode on the shoulders of a unicyclist wearing a balloon helmet. And hey, guess what. I made one of the characters in Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho a unicyclist too.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
My mom was a writer, which I thought was the coolest thing in the world—especially when she wrote about me and I got my picture in Women’s World. But it was 4th grade when I really started embracing my creative writing assignments, and by embracing I mean reading them to the kids in the carpool on the way home and then pretending that I lost the assignment so I had to write another one…and another one. I got a lot of pleasure out of the process.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Kids books have to be my favorite. That’s what I originally started writing, and I have a middle grade novel titled The Water Fight Professional releasing summer of 2012. I also love women’s fiction and non-fiction. An element of romance is good, though it needs to be unpredictable. I like anything that is light-hearted and life-changing.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I run, run, run until I trip and fall. Then I have to stay down there on my knees for a while. I probably should have figured out a better system than this by now, but I’m just glad that God meets me where I’m at.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’m a dreamer so I live in the future. My favorite book is always my next one.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I would be a dolphin. Dolphins are the happiest animals.
What is your favorite food?
I love homemade bread. It is my weakness. Like Kryptonite for Superman.
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I am bad at writing description—probably because when I read a book I skip over the description. As a reader I want to imagine the stories the way I want to imagine them. Plus description just slows things down. So I use a lot of analogy. I try to make it fun while evoking imagery. Laura Ingalls Wilder I am not.
Tell us about the featured book.
It’s a silly romance. Nothing really outstanding about the storyline itself, but the characters will suck you in. They steal the show. I want to write sequels just so I can hang out with them some more.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Tapping the brakes to turn off the cruise control in her rented Ford Escape, Emily squinted to read another historical marker located along the barren mountains of Hwy 75. Should she stop?
When growing up, Dad had always refused to take her to Sun Valley, Idaho. Said he’d rather avoid the snobs that visited such resorts. Of course he was referring to the rich and famous, the actors and actresses. Which ironically she now was. An actress anyway. Never a snob.
Too late. Lost in her memories, she hadn’t made the effort to pull over in time. Which was just as well. She could always visit the landmark later. For now she needed to get to the lodge. Thank goodness she’d have one night to rest before the flurry of filming swept her downstream—literally. She needed her rest after spending a week with Mom in her hometown of Boise, Idaho.
She also needed a bathroom and a hot meal. Spying a rustic restaurant snuggled next to a bend in the river, she pressed harder on the brakes before swinging onto the gravel side road leading to The Point. The log building looked as if it were in need of some sprucing up, but by the number of cars parked out front, the food must make up for any lack of elegance.
Emily pulled the compact SUV into what might be considered a parking space and leaned over the passenger’s side to pull her purse from underneath a sweatshirt. Since it was July, she’d only brought summer clothes, but Mom had pretended to be practical for a moment and insisted she take the ugly orange Boise State hoodie. Of course, it was always good to be prepared.
I know what you mean. I miss the characters I just finished writing about, but they'll be back in book three of my series. How can readers find you on the Internet?
http://www.angelameuser.com/ (Started my website before I chose my pen name Angela Ruth. Gotta do something about that soon.)
Thank you, Angela, for the delightful interview.
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