I have been waiting for this book for a long time! Angie is an awesome indie author, and her latest book Quelling just launched this weekend! I had the honour of interviewing her today!
- First of all, tell me about yourself! What do you write?
~Hi! Well, I’m Angie…I’m 30 (oh gosh, am I? *calculates* Yep!), been married for about 6 ½ years, love our cats and dogs, taking walks in the woods, singing, music, the fall…
I write fantasy/dystopian YA, primarily. I have a couple different projects (different levels of fantasy or dystopian, haha), by my main one is about two sisters who are kind of on opposite sides of a brewing rebellion against the brutal reigning regime in their city. But I put some of my own little spins on the more typical dystopian tropes. 😉
- How do you develop your plots and characters?
~Honestly, the characters have kind of created themselves. I know my world pretty well by now (been writing in it since 2010), so I know the general mindsets of certain types of people and creating them is easy. I probably have too many, haha! I try to make the characters as realistic as possible. As far as plots, I strive to make those realistic too, fitting for the characters, and just…fun.
- Tell us about your current project.
~My current project, Quelling, is published AS OF TODAY OH MY GOSH. It continues the story I started with Sowing, which follows my two sisters (Rabreah/Rab and Ariliah/Ari). A military regime (the Hulcondans) controls their world and is seemingly the protectors from the itzalin, a humanoid creature race that just wants to kill every human. Or so the Hulcondans say. 😉 I love my twists, haha! Quelling picks up right where Sowing leaves off with the Hulcondans cracking down on the rebellion, of which Rab is a part, and Ari struggling to figure out where she stands on all of this stuff while trying to find her place in her world.
- Who would you say is the main character of your novels? And tell me a little bit about them!
~Oh goodness… Well, Ari and Rab narrate the story. I alternate between the two of them in first-person perspective. Rab is 18 ½, tough, feisty, bitter, and rebellious against the Hulcondans. Her life goal is to protect her sister at pretty much any cost. She has a lot of pride, is angry, and doesn’t trust people (especially men), but for all her flaws, she’s a devoted sister and truly has her heart in the right place. Ari is almost 16, softer and gentler, very sweet, and has been abused all her life by their mother. (Rab stands as Ari’s protector.) But there is a strength in Ari that most people in her world don’t see, and though she can be timid, she’s not weak. She tends to see the Hulcondans as the good guys, but…that may be changing…
Beyond the girls, there are two main guys: Lord Masrekah (Mas) and Sorek (Sorek doesn’t get his name shortened, haha). Mas is the second-in-command Hulcondan in the city, has a bad past with Rab, and is a brutal, vindictive, ruthless…and incredibly complicated soldier. Sorek is the rebel leader. He’s snarky, dedicated, a talented actor, and basically an enigma. I can’t say much about him without spoilers.
- What advice would you give new writers on how to delve into creative fiction?
~Read it, of course. But also get into some good writing groups! My facebook writing groups have been essential in my growth as a writer. Learn to give and receive solid critique – being open to listening to others has also helped immensely.
- What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?
~I get inspiration from anywhere, really, but I’ve done research on WW2 and Nazis, as well as racism, human trafficking, genocide… All of that dark stuff.
- What inspires you to write?
~Breathing? I just have to do it, really.
- What was the hardest part of writing this book?
~Everything? No, for real, this book has been a nightmare. I restarted it at least four or five times, have had so many delays, so much revision…ahhhh! Getting it ready to publish has been insane, but writing it was insane too…
Yeah. I’m going to go with everything. Second books in a series are HARD.
- What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
~I love the horse ride scene. 😉 Can’t tell ya why. You’ll just have to buy it and find out. 😉
- Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
~I probably can’t even wrap my mind around everything I’ve learned. I’ve grown in my writing, for sure…grown in my understanding of what works in a story and what doesn’t… Hmm. I’d say one of the biggest things is just not giving up. I mean, I never really give up, but this one pushed me hard. Critique is invaluable. As are good editors. And others who will give honest feedback.
- It’s sometimes difficult to get into understanding the characters we write. How do you go about it?
~Character interviews have been helpful. Some of my friends and I do a sort of roleplaying thing where our characters interact with each other’s, ask questions, etc. Writing backstories… I don’t really know. Just trying to make them as multifaceted as possible.
- What are your future project(s)?
~Book Three, of course! I am trying something different this time – summarizing the book before I really start writing it. So kind of an outline, but more of an overall “this is what happens in this book” thing. It’s pretty solid so far! I’m excited to start into it.
I also have a prequel/side novel about two characters who show up briefly in Quelling. I’m super excited to write that as well.
- If you couldn’t be an author, what ideal job would you like to do?
~Um…maybe a counselor? Something where I’m helping people. Or maybe I would have pursued music/singing more… Possibly something with animals.
- What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?
~Facebook! I’m also on Instagram, Twitter, and I have a blog that I haven’t really updated in forever. Ack. I also have book links!! They haven’t linked yet, but…