Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Interview and Giveaway with Author Angie Frazier

I absolutely loved Angie Frazier's debut novel, Everlasting. I met her a local writing panel she participated in and bought the book. I'd heard the book was pretty good but I was blown away by just how much I enjoyed the story and am so very excited for book two in the series. I was lucky enough to interview her and am so excited that one of our lucky followers will soon win their very own signed copy. Enjoy the interview and don't forget to enter below!

1. When I first started reading Everlasting I was surprised at how very usual everything seemed. I knew that it had a supernatural element to it from the writing panel discussion you participated in in NH but I was intrigued to see when that element would appear. Has Everlasting always been a supernatural historical romance or was that something that evolved as you were writing it?

The first drafts of Everlasting had absolutely no supernatural elements in it. I really wasn’t sure what the story was supposed to be about for a few years! I just kept writing and hoping that the right storyline would find me. It wasn’t until I asked myself one question: “What does Camille want more than anything?” and the answer was, “She wants her father back.” And then Bam! It all hit me, and I was amazed that it was going to involve a supernatural element. It felt so right, like it was just what the story was waiting for.

2. Was there any one part in particular of Everlasting that you found difficult to write? If so, what was it and why?

     Oh, definitely. The most difficult scenes to write were the “romantic” scenes. Seeing the romance unfold in my head was one thing, but then having to put those emotions and actions into words was a whole different story. It was uncomfortable at first, and now I feel such a huge appreciation for romance writers!

3. Everlasting's heroine, Camille, is such a strong female character. Do you find it easy to relate to her?

     I actually find it difficult to relate to her. I’m not saying I think I’m weak (grin), but she is so brave and determined and willing to take risks…I admire her more than I relate to her. I think that is why her character is so hard for me to write. She’s a big challenge, and I love that.

4. You mentioned that there was a ton of research that went into writing Everlasting. That must have been really interesting or I can't imagine you would have been able to keep up with it. What was your favorite part about that?

     Yes, I admit that I am addicted to historical research. If I wasn’t a writer, I would want to either be an archaeologist or in a museum somewhere just researching objects, maps, papers and artifacts for a living. Writing historical fiction gives me that opportunity to delve into tedious research that other, more sane people, snooze over.

5. How many books will there be in the Everlasting series and when can we expect them?

     As of right now, there are two: Everlasting and its sequel (currently without a title) due out in June 2011. I would love to write a third and final Everlasting book, but need to wait and see.

6. I know that you are also publishing another set of books, the Suzanna Snow series, and the first is coming out early next year. Are you currently working on any other projects that you can tell us about?

     Yes, Suzanna Snow is coming up in March 2011 and I’m very excited about it! A second Suzanna book will be out in 2012, and I’m crossing my fingers more after that as well. At the moment I’m working on a proposal for a dark paranormal historical YA. I have about four different stories I want to pitch. It’s all a matter of time and patience.

7. What is the best advice you can offer to others who are hoping to be published?

     My best advice is simple: Don’t “hope” to one day be published. Work for it. Make writing a big part of your life. Open yourself up to critique. Query endlessly. Read everything. Treat “getting published” less like a dream, and more like a goal.

8. As a fellow New Hampshiren (?) are you loving this cooler weather as much as I am?
     I love autumn! It’s a beautiful time of year—the foliage, apple picking, steely gray skies, and harvest festivals…I love living in New England and the fall is a big reason why. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

GIVEAWAY: 

Angie was nice enough to offer a SIGNED copy of Everlasting to be given away to one lucky follower. Thank you Angie! To enter, fill out the form below. You must be a BCM follower to enter. You can earn extra points by following us on Facebook and Twitter (+1 each), tweeting or facebooking this giveaway (+1 each), blogging this giveaway (+3), and adding our button to your sidebar (+5). You must provide links below of any tweets, facebook and/or blog posts to get the points. Giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday, October 10th. Winner will be announced Monday, October 11th. Good luck!

7 comments:

  1. Awesome interview and great giveaway~

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  2. You asked great questions! :D BTW, is this international? o.o

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  3. I just ordered this book 2 days ago. I have heard so many good things about it. I cannot wait to read it.

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  4. Thanks so much for a brilliant giveaway!!

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