The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Hello! It's a pleasure to be here. I guess I'll start by telling about the most important part of my life. I'm a mom to two beautiful girls. They keep me terribly busy. We're always running around getting into whatever comes our way, especially since summer began. Now that we only have a few weeks left until school starts, things get rather panicky around here, trying to get in our last few adventures of the season.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I would love to be Katherine in my upcoming book, The Sea's Embrace. She's successful, beautiful, and very artistic. She's adventurous, which is one thing I am, but rarely have the freedom to act on. If I could be more like her, I'd definitely go skydiving today and racecar driving the next.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
The Sea's Embrace is my new paranormal romance coming out November 1st, 2008.
Here's a short blurb:
Imagine being carried through a fracture in the universe linking two worlds together-Earth and Atlantis. This is exactly what happens to Katherine Shaw when she meets Derrick, an immortal Atlantean with the responsibility to return the fading magic to Atlantis.
Join Katherine as she walks through space and time, high above the ocean waves. Wonder with her as she steps down onto a pyramid amidst a city of gold and discovers the legend of Atlantis. Sail with her as she travels a vast sea to meet a siren, and finds herself turned into a mermaid. As she searches for rare gems, talks with a troll, has dinner with a Cyclops, and befriends a dark soul, she finds herself falling in love. Only to find out the man of her dreams is destined to end her life to prevent the downfall of his world.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I'm working on a few new stories. One is an action-packed contemporary romance, and the other is a paranormal romance about a werewolf and a killer. *g*
What do you do for inspiration?
I studied music in college and hoped to get my music education degree, but I ended up moving and never got to finish. But I love listening to music and find it one of my biggest inspirations and motivators to write through certain scenes.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
When I began seriously writing to pursue a career, I wanted to write in the horror genre. I've always been a fan of deep dark messages with twisted plots that chill to the bone. Believe it or not, 1080 Kiss started out as a horror, with a killer and a werewolf as the two main characters. I didn't mean for it to turn into a love story, but it did. So I ended up taking out all the paranormal elements and turned it into a contemporary romance. I decided to submit 1080 Kiss in spring of 2007. I'd often thought about it before. But it was my sister, who is an avid reader of romance novels, who encouraged me to go for it. So I did research on publishers and found Black Lyon Publishing in eastern Oregon. I couldn't think of a better place to be. They're wonderful.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
My stories usually begin with dreams. From there, I let the memories stir inside my head until I develop a working plot. Then I sit down and begin to write. I love writing on a whim rather than outlining. For me, it holds a surprise factor. Instead of, "This goes in this chapter, and that goes in that chapter" it's "Oh wow, that's a great twist. I can't believe I just thought of that! I'm going to write it down!" Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
My critique partner is Kimberly Adkins, author of Darkenbane: The Fountain and The Medallion of Solaus. She's helped me tremendously, not only with things I overlook when it comes to writing, but with just being there as a friend. She's absolutely wonderful! What was your first published work and when was it published?
1080 Kiss is my debut novel. It came out November 1st, 2007. I was very excited to find out it was going to be published, but also very nervous about what people would think. I'm so glad it's earned such good reviews. What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
There's a lot of information at my website. I'm always updating and changing things there too. http://www.angelasteed.com. People can also learn more at my publisher's website. http://www.blacklyonpublishing.com.
Thanks so much for interviewing me.
Thank you for this opportunity!