Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Angela Lain!
My name is Angela and I live in the countryside in Norfolk, UK, with my husband (who is an engineer and always busy) and my horse. My two children have left home, but I help my daughter with her horses and her whippets. I tend both house and garden rather reluctantly and I write and read.
For years I had woven stories in my head, when travelling and watching the world go by, when lying in bed trying to sleep, or just when I was transported by a place or an event. I finally started to put the stories on paper while I sat through several endless nights when my young daughter was ill. The result was several handwritten manuscripts, hard labor over a typewriter and eventually a single romance novel accepted and published back in 1990. Then I gave up, too much family life and a business to run. Finally both children have left home and I am less busy, and now the revolution has happened. Computers. The internet. Self-publishing. I felt able to inflict my creations on the world once again.
I love reading author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? I have always woven stories in my head. I first wrote them down while sitting at my daughter’s bedside when she was ill. (nothing awful, just a childhood complaint). From there I attempted to get published, finally succeeding once back in 1990. I then gave up due to other family commitments. I started again about four years ago, and then discovered self publishing. I decided that I wanted my books on my bookcase. They will be my ‘Mona Lisa’s’, even if no-one else buys them!
Why did you choose to write your genre? I write both contemporary and Historical romance (not erotica), although my stories have been called ‘a bit naughty’. I enjoy reading Historical best of all which is why I tend to write it.
What are you currently working on? Editing a western romance, plotting the 2017 anthology, plotting an offshoot of my historical series.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Lance Buckingham-Brown (or possibly his friend Carel Lescott) [Both are] honorable men.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Not really. If I get stuck I just do something different. But since its only a pastime, not a career, it doesn’t matter how long things take.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Probably. The women are all independent types.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? Possibly crime, but I don’t think I could be violent enough.
Which authors inspire you? How long have you got? Recently Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, Louis L’Amour, Alistair MacLean, Wilbur Smith, and always J.R.R. Tolkien.
What novel would you read multiple times? Lord of the Rings. Have read many times, but I have also read many other books several times.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Aragorn (Lord of the Rings)—just because. Julia Quinn—I would like to talk historicals, and humor.
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Horse
What is your favorite color? Blue
When you’re not writing… For Angela, she’s always writing. She approaches it as a hobby.
Check out Angela’s author page on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gmv36Z
It was a pleasure getting to know you Angela!
Join me next week when I’ll feature Bethany Adams!
Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving.