Today I had the chance to speak with an author that I was really excited about interviewing. Angie Anomalous, she is the author of The Hallowed Chronicles- a series that I have been really enjoying. The third installment of the series is set to release soon and I can’t wait to add that to read list as well. Anyway, without further ado here is the amazing Angie!
Why don’t we start off by you telling us a little about yourself?
I’m an avid gamer and bookworm who works two jobs and loves to stay inside like the introvert I am. I’m also the type of person who’s always staring off into space and quiet until I grow comfortable (that’s when I’m the weirdest person in existence). I’m an outdoors type of person who likes to hike and grow irritable when I can’t get outside even for a few minutes!
What do you like to do for fun?
Archery is my newest love, but before I got into that, I only liked to binge read, hike, play video games, work on my car, and, well, write.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
It’s funny; I never really realized I wanted to be a writer for a long time. Originally, I wrote poetry and short stories as a way of venting and I’d never show anyone because they were so personal and truthfully, fairly depressing. However, one time in eighth grade, we had to write a poem and the teacher absolutely praised my work. That was the moment I had confidence enough to start writing for an audience and only shortly after did I want to challenge myself and write an actual novel, though I never intended to publish it.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family is very supportive of my writing. At first, it was a struggle to get them supportive because they had never really read anything of mine until my first published book. But, my mother hated my first book — said there was too much cursing (it’s true). Since I started working on The Hallowed Chronicles, both of my parents had grown to support me even more and my mom absolutely loved Uriel which really kicked my inner critic’s butt.
What do you think makes a good story?
I find that I get bored with books that have no immersion. I’ve read a lot of books that tell, but never show, and it really takes away from the enjoyment. If I’m not placed into the center of the story and feel like I’m actually there, it’s not a good read for me. Another thing I feel makes a good story is believable characters that I can have an emotional attachment to. If you can’t get me attached to a character, I won’t feel what I’m supposed to when something life changing happens. You want me to cry for the MC’s loss? Make me emotionally attached.
Is there a subject you would never write about as author? If so what is it?
I’ve been through a lot in my life so I feel like I can write about any subject if I put my mind to it and research it enough. But if we talk about genres I’d never write, it would be non-fiction, erotica, and mysteries.
The Hallowed Chronicles has quickly become a favorite series of mine. Can you give me anything about the next in the series, Raphael?
I’m so happy to know how much you’re liking the series! Raphael, I’ve noticed, has become the most anticipated of the series. There is just something about him that seems to get people interested and the story itself was really fun to write. With his story, I decided to make it a bit different; I’ve added in Norse Mythology. At the beginning when I had this idea, I wasn’t sure if I could even pull it off… I mean, mixing religion and mythology seems hard (and at the time, nearly impossible). Another thing I can say about it is that we do find out what happened with one of the other Archangels and I continue connecting the stories as I did with Gabriel.
How did you come up with the Hallowed Chronicles story? It’s very unique and I’ve read my fair share of angel books.
A few years ago, I used to work at a Gamestop that was nearly an hour’s worth of a drive and I used that drive to listen to my brainstorming music. The very song that inspired Uriel came on (Zack Hemsey’s “See What I’ve Become”) and I kind of zoned out. Ideas come to me in the form of a movie trailer for the most part; I get scenes and basic gists of what the story will be about and the more I listen to the song, the more ideas I come up with to make the story whole. It wasn’t until I heard “Necrosis” by Future World Music that I got the idea to make it into a five-part series. The ideas I got were so overwhelming that I just had to write ASAP.
How much research do you have to do before writing a novel?
Surprisingly, for this both Uriel and Gabriel, I didn’t do much research. The two books didn’t really need much considering that I grew up as a Catholic and happened to already know the gist of the religion. For the most part, all I needed was the bible for quotes. It helped when I played the game Darksiders, too! If I’m writing something about a topic I have little to no knowledge in, I will actually take a few weeks to gather as much information as possible and even then, I find myself still researching even during the writing process.
Any advice for getting through the dreaded writers block?
One thing that I found about writing is that it is a formed habit. Writing isn’t sitting with a cup of coffee just waiting for inspiration to hit, it’s about forcing yourself to write every day. When faced with writer’s block, I still write… it doesn’t have to be good or about anything in particular. The act of writing forces away that block because it’s like each word knocks into it like a wrecking ball. Another thing I like to do is read inspiring stories about writing… like Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul or A Cup of Comfort for Writers.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors, like myself?
Keep writing; even if that inner critic tells you it sucks. As Shia Lebouf says, “just do it.” Get beta readers to help you through it, find a writing community to make other writer friends who will support you through the difficult times! And make sure you’ve got your author platform down which means get on social media and start blogging, tweeting, updating statuses, etc. Get yourself known and out there, spread some information about your book before it’s even out… before it’s even complete. That helps you in the long run!
How is the publishing process? Any advice?
That really depends on the type of publishing that you want to do! Both self-publishing and traditional publishing have their differences when it comes to publishing, so once you figure out which way you want to go, you’ll know where to start. I have a lot of books on both types of publishing and that really helped me make my choice.
What’s next for you?
At the current, I’m taking a break from The Hallowed Chronicles and starting something new. This year, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo and putting together, what I’d like to call, a modern, Dystopian twist on Disney’s Pocahontas, titled as Stormdancer. You can actually follow my progress via Twitter (@AngieAnomalous) and my website (www.angieanomalous.com).
Okay now for some lighter questions.
Coffee or Tea?
Always coffee. I’m actually drinking the world’s strongest coffee, otherwise known as Death Wish to keep me awake and ready for writing.
Do you write more in the morning, afternoon or at night?
I’m more of a late afternoon to night type of writer.
Are you an early bird or night owl?
Huge night owl… I’m not a morning person at all, so I’d advise no one to approach me in the morning unless you see a cup (or mug) of coffee in my hands!
What is your favorite genre to read?
Young Adult of all kinds, but mostly fantasy and paranormal. I write what I like to read, apparently!
Is there a book that you wish you could have written?
Yes! I really wish I could have written the Throne of Glass series. They’re amazing!
What is your favorite book at the moment?
That’s a super hard question and I’ve been thinking about it for over an hour now. I’m going to have to say the prequel stories to Throne of Glass, titled, The Assassin’s Blade. I haven’t read anything that could blow me away like that since the first time I read it a few years back.
Is there anything else you would like for your readers to know?
First and foremost, those who subscribe to my blog at my website (www.angieanomalous.com) get a sneak peek into my new novel, Stormdancer. The other thing I’d like to announce is that I’ll be having a giveaway via Goodreads for a triple-pack of The Hallowed Chronicles, which will include Uriel, Gabriel, and Raphael. The start day of the giveaway will be announced in the very near future, so I suggest keeping an eye out for the official announcement!
Thank you so much for chatting with me. I’m so glad that I got the chance to speak with you and find out how much we have in common.