Today I am joined by the awesome, Angela Aaron!
EM: Welcome to My World, Angela. Thank you so much for stopping by to play twenty questions with me :-)
AA: Thank you so much,
for allowing me to be your guest. Elizabeth
Before we begin, could you tell us a little about yourself?
My love affair with writing began at nine years old when inspired by the "will they ever be together" relationship between Candy and Jeremy on "Here Comes The Brides." (Did I just date myself?) I filled notebook after notebook of "happily-ever-afters" for these characters. I haven't stopped writing since.
I live in the
Midwest, am a single mother, work full time,
and includes my rescued Bouviers and
Poodle as part of my family. I am down to earth, and hate phony people. I crave to be outdoors as much as possible
and find my inspiration from the lakes and forests which surround me. I hate
winter, love summer and sun. I am captivated by the moon and night time. I am
an "autumn." I am addicted to
chocolate, a good romance and bag pipe music. I am completely at home in the
water. I adore fantasy and believe in
magic. Enough? Probably more than you wanted to know. LOL.
EM: I'd love to hear more, but then I could probably keep you talking forever. :-P *Rubs hands together* Are you ready to play 20 questions?
AA: Okay, I've got my coffee and I'm ready for anything. Bring'em on! J
Which do you find harder to write?
1. First person POV or Third?
First person is hard for me. I am notorious for accidently switching to another point of view.
2. As a male or female?
I find it harder to write as a male. When I write from a male point of view I have to be careful not to make it "female trying to write like a man" point of view. I ask my male friends lots of questions to make sure I understand the male psyche.
3. Beginning, middle or end of the story?
The end is always hardest for me to write. I don't know if it’s just because I don't want the story to end or if I feel I just don't have it right. But I always struggle with the end.
4. Fight scenes or sex scenes?
Oh, I just experienced this with " The Fire of Beltane". Fight scenes are so hard for me to write. I can write sex scenes at the drop of a hat…or pants, but fights? Sooooo difficult.
5. Synopsis or blurb?
Blurbs come pretty easy for me. But I tend to over do a synopsis.
As a writer, do you prefer:
6. Writing in the morning, afternoon or evening?
I work full-time so the only time I have is in the evening or on the weekends. I squeeze writing in whenever I can. Sometimes even in the car while I'm waiting to pick up kids.
7. Writing with music, or in peace?
Definitely with music. I have an ipod with three thousand songs. So I have something for every mood. I have my favorites which seem to be standards every time I sit down to write. Headphones are a must, it blocks out the noise from the kids.
8. Planning, or Improvising?
Both. I like to have a basic outline, but then I let the characters take me where they will.
9. Juggling a few projects, or concentrating on one at a time?
I am usually swimming in a sea of half-finished projects as I work on one.
10. Sticking to one genre, or exploring many?
I started with Contemporary Erotic Romance, but I am moving into Erotic Romantic Fantasy. Who knows where this will lead?
As a reader, do you prefer:
11. Story being told from female view or male?
12. Good guys or bad boys?
Definitely bad boys that do the right thing. I love flawed but perfect alpha heroes.
13. Feisty females or fragile damsels?
Either/or. Not picky. I like to see some vulnerability. Even a fragile character can have strong qualities and a feisty character can have insecurities.
14. Stand alone stories or series?
I find I get frustrated with series waiting for the next book to come out. I either forgot where the previous one left off or I just wait until all books are out before beginning to read the series. .
15. Quick reads or long stories?
I like both. Depends on how busy I am with work.
16. Romance as a side dish or the main course?
For me, romance always has to be the main course.
17. Erotica or soft romance or something in-between?
Hot, hot, hot Erotica! The Steamier the better, but always with romance.
18. More action or humor?
Depends on the story. I love both.
Just for fun:
18. Vampires or Angels?
Fallen or flawed angels.
20. Werewolves or Demons?
Demons. For some reason I never warmed up to werewolves. Not sure why, just a personal preference thing.
Do you have any current release?
You betcha. The Fire of Beltane is being released April 30th (appropriately Beltane eve) from Noble Romance. It is an Erotic Romance with fantasy.
When Aedan is denied his soul mate that fateful Beltane night, he is given the gift of immortality, permitting him to wait for her prophesized return. Reunited after eleven-hundred years, he is disheartened to learn his true love holds no memory of him.
Wishing for a distraction from the winter doldrums, Aislinn never expected to be caught up in a whirlwind of magic and danger with a man she has spent her whole life dreaming about. What he asks of her tests the very reality she holds dear.
Now, as Beltane approaches, and with time running out, Aedan and Aislinn must reach
to pledge their love to one another. But in order to live out their destinies,
they must overcome an ancient foe determined to see an end to their fated love. Ireland
Eleven hundred years he waited for her. He could lose her in a single moment.
Here is an excerpt:
Aedan shifted his gaze as the longing of a thousand years descended upon him. The sensation moved through him with a force so powerful, so overwhelming in its strength, he halted all movement, the intensity besieging him.
He saw her then, standing right before him, and his heart stopped. She stood at the counter, flipping through a book of the museum's paintings.
His breath caught in his throat, while his eyes traveled the length of her, his entire being unsure whether to believe the woman before him was really her. Her coppery hair and timeless features were exactly as he remembered.
Approaching cautiously, Aedan watched as bewilderment crossed her face. The book slid from her hands, landing with a thud on the floor. She gripped the counter, her other hand going to her head. In two remaining strides, he was at her side.
"Aislinn, are you all right?" He took hold of her elbow to steady her, raising his other hand to her cheek, stroking his knuckles down the smooth skin.
"Did you feel that?" Her bewildered gaze snapped up to meet his, inquisitive. She pulled her face away from his intimate touch and lifted her arm from his hand. Her brow furrowed. She responded belatedly to his question, stepping away. "I'm sorry." She swallowed hard. "I don't know what came over me." Rubbing the gooseflesh on her arms, Aislinn took another step back.
Do you not know me? he silently pleaded.
Purchase link: https://www.nobleromance.com/Books/416/The-Fire-of-Beltane
EM: This sounds sooooooooo yummy. It's definitely on my too buy list!
EM: This sounds sooooooooo yummy. It's definitely on my too buy list!
Any previous releases?
Released March, 2011 from Noble Romance
When Cassie Douglas unknowingly arrives at a sultry tropical island resort where the sole business is to provide the perfect pleasure fantasy, Cassie finds it difficult to overcome her inhibitions and join in the fun.
Ryan MacKenna isn't about to let the feisty red-head disrupt his life or his business. He lives firmly by his set of self imposed rules which keep business and pleasure very separate. But from the first moment he meets Ms. Douglas, he is in danger of breaking every rule.
What are you currently working on?
I have two works in progress. The first is a medieval erotic romance about a knight is charged with delivering a childhood friend to her betrothed, but the journey proves more tempting than he anticipated. And the second is a contemporary erotic romance about a sizzling Mediterranean cruise and an unsuspecting Italian hunk.
Where can readers find you on the internet?
Facebook: Angela Aaron or Angela Aaron Author
EM: Thank you so much for joining me, Angela! :-)
AA: Thank you for having me. I had fun!