Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with author Angela Scott. For those of you unacquainted with Angela, here’s a little information about her…
Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. She’s not crazy. She’s an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West–and loving it. Her zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, she wouldn’t suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. She can’t spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs.
Welcome Angela! Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.
Sam doesn’t remember what happened and Jacob isn’t talking.
Sounds intriguing! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
It would be FIX YOU by Coldplay. Not sure about the opening credits, but it does fit the book quite well.
Great song! Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
A movie about my life? Wow. The world must be desperate for entertainment. It will definitely be a quick movie and it will be BORING. They better give out free popcorn. Anyhoo…I probably don’t care who directs it as long as it isn’t Michael Bay. Oh, I know! Tim Burton! That would be cool and then his wife Helena Bonham Carter could play me! Oh, that would be righteous—still boring, but with crazy effects, maybe they could make my life look intriguing.
What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
I’m a pantser all the way. The very idea of plotting makes me feel like I’m doing homework and I HATE homework. I have a sort of outline in my head and that’s about it when I begin. I love it. I have to write on my laptop. For some weird reason, writing by hand isn’t the same and my creativity isn’t the same either. I suffer from carpel tunnel syndrome that runs all the way up to my elbow and some days it can be pretty bad. I’ve had people suggest I get a voice recorder and I’ve had to explain that it wouldn’t work—I don’t know what I’m writing until I see it come out my finger tips onto the screen.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
“Write, you fool!” I really, really wish that I would have kept writing while I was in college, when I first got married, and even when I was raising my three little kids. I should have found time to do it, but didn’t. I loved writing since I was a kid, but just got too busy to keep at it. Maybe it took not having it in my life to realize how much I missed it and how important it was to me. I guess there is a time and a season for everything, but I think I would’ve been a lot further ahead of the game had I always been pursuing it instead of taking the really long break that I did.
What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret – Judy Blume
Flowers in the Attic – V.C. Andrews (I actually read the whole series and several others that she penned before she died and her name was taken over by someone else).
Great choices! Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Neither. I like hot Cocoa much better. Yum, chocolate.
- Cats or dogs? Dogs
- Snow or sun? Sun
- Print books or eReader? Print books
- Nachos or potato chips? Nachos… so cheesy.
- Baked or fried? Fried, heck yes.
- Candy or chocolate? Chocolate as mentioned above
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Oh, comedy for sure.
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Action.
- Classics or Modern? I know this is going to sound bad, but I like modern. I understand it so much better.
- Old World or New World? New world.
- Sweet or spicy? Both together would be awesome, but if only picking one, I’d pick spicy.
- Comfort or Speed? Comfort. I’m not a risk taker at all. I like predictability.
Now let’s take a look at Angela’s Desert Rice…
Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl, but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. 15-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place–their mother.
Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”–who smells an awful lot like a horse–in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.