JB: Why do you write?
Angela: Poetry is my first love, but I also like to hop genres. I’ve written satire, personal essay collections, middle grade stories, and young adult fiction.
JB: When did you first start writing?
Angela: I started writing poetry in college as a way to deal with stress.
JB: Is your present work a stand-alone, or part of a series?
Angela: My present work is an edgy stand alone YA romance.
JB: Where do you get most of your inspiration from?
Angela: Most of my inspiration comes to me while folding laundry. You’d think that be more incentive for me to get my laundry done, but I still drag my feet when it comes to housework.
JB: Do you edit as you write?
Angela: I do now. When I first started writing fiction, I turned my inner editor off and was very prolific. Unfortunately, what resulted was such junk that not even the best editor in the world could save it. I’ve found a lot more consistency in the quality of my writing when I slow down and edit as I go.
JB: Do you plot out a story or do you just freely write out your rough draft?
Angela: I’m kind of a hybrid pantser/plotter because I’ll start with a skeletal outline. But then, my characters typically won’t behave, and I’ll end up having to change my outline as I go along.
JB: What hobbies do you have that add an extra nuance to your writing?
Angela: I play the violin, the viola, and I sing. So a lot of my stories and poems make use of music in one way or another.
JB: What qualities do you look for in a good story?
Angela: Lots of tension and complex characters.
Thanks again, Angela, for stopping by! I'll have another author interview for you fine folks out there next week. Until then, keep reading and keep writing. Literature is a non-stop, two-way conversation, after all.