Author Interview with Angella Graff author of The Awakening

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Angella Graff to the blog. She’s here to answer some of our questions and to share about her book, The Awakening. If this book sounds like something you would be interested in reading, please find buy links below and pick up a copy or two.

 

IBP – Try to describe your book in one sentence.

 

Angella – A fantastic tale of gods, immortals, and humans working together to try and save the world.

 

IBP – What’s your current guilty pleasure?

 

Angella – Oh fun! Haha. My current guilty pleasure is Netflix marathons. I’m taking all the shows I watched years ago and my husband and I will spend the hours after the kids are in bed watching Netflix marathons that (sadly) will sometimes extend into our weekends.

 

IBP – Do you read reviews written about your book?

 

Angella – I do. I tell myself not to, to just let them be, but I can’t help it sometimes. Plus there have been a few not-so-great reviews I’ve gotten which actually helped motivate me to make certain changes to my writing which benefited future books, so they’re really not all bad. Plus I like to see what people think. Sometimes they sting, but other days I get a string of five stars which really perks up my day.

 

IBP – How long have you been writing?

 

Angella – I’ve been writing since I could write. I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I started taking it seriously in college though, during my junior year I took a creative writing class where the purpose of the class was to finish a novel and submit it to agents. It wasn’t picked up however the feedback and experience were amazing.

 

IBP – How long did it taken you to write your current book ?

 

Angella – My current book is the fifth and last in my Judas Curse series, and so far it’s taken me the longest—just over a year. I had some personal set-backs which affected my writing and I actually started the entire book over just before Christmas. I’m at the very last pages now, getting ready to type The End and it’s been probably the most fulfilling journey so far in my writing career.

 

IBP – Are you a plotter or a pantzer?

 

Angella – Oh I’m a plotter. I’m not a strict, extreme detailed plotter, but also being an editor, I notice a lot of inconsistencies, plot-holes, and Deux ex Machina with stories that are pantzed and trying to fix those gaps in the editing process is a lot harder than making sure everything’s plotted out. It’s especially important when you have a series and you’re working with a meta-plot.

 

IBP – What inspired you to write, you took any ideas from other books, movies etc?

 

Angella – I actually wrote a blog post about this recently because I’ve received a lot of questions and criticism about the way I handle the idea of religion/theology in my series. My main inspiration came from my studies when I was getting my theology degree. Most of it was rooted in history, and I’ve spent years studying variations on religion, comparisons with other religions, and really obscure theories that only exist in a few places. I’ve also always had a love for mythology and history so I spend a lot of time reading non-fiction theory books and those tend to give me fuel to add to my writing fire.

 

IBP – How many books do you read/month?

 

Angella – This is a tougher question because when I’m writing I try and limit myself to reading either very little or nothing at all. I don’t want any outside influence to affect the style or subject of my writing (especially since it’s a series). I’ll go back and read my own books from time to time, and I will read the occasional non-fiction book. When I’m not writing, I usually get in at least ten or twenty books per month depending on my schedule. I have a very full kindle app which is on my phone and during the day when I’m waiting for my kids to get out of school I’ve got it up and loaded, trying to make my way down my huge kindle queue.

 

IBP – How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?

 

Angella – I love talking to readers, even ones who don’t like my books. A lot of people have found me via email or on my facebook page and I get usually one or two messages per day on there. I always engage private messages (unless they’re spam or abusive, then they get the cold shoulder). And I do read reviews, but I never respond. I think people are entitled to leave their opinions on my book without having me go on the defense. I put my books out there for people to judge, and it’s only fair their voices be heard in an unbiased fashion.

 

IBP – What’s your favorite vacation spot?

 

Angella – I have a few, but my most favorite would be San Diego. We try and take the kids there once or twice a year (since it’s not a far drive from where we live) and there’s nothing more relaxing than lying on the sand and listening to the waves. I can’t wait to go back!

 

IBP – Are you working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see it?

 

Angella – I’m working on several projects. Two new series, both in the paranormal genre but very different than the Judas Curse series, and I’m actually co-authoring a Fantasy Episodic Series with one of my favorite authors, Delena Silverfox which should see release dates sometime this year.

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3D cover (2)Blurb:

The Awakening is a tale of immortals, ancient gods, and a Detective who doesn’t believe in any of it. Detective Ben Stanford is forced to come face to face with theology, mythos and everything he refused to believe in as his world is turned upside down by Mark, the immortal Gospel writer, who requests the detective’s help in finding his missing companion, Judas Iscariot.
As Ben dives deeper into the world of broken Theology, ancient religions and terrifying Greek gods, he’s forced to come to terms with the world where vast forces struggle in their endless game of power. He must make his way, with the help of companions he doesn’t believe in or trust, to try and stop a potential global disaster.

The Awakening can be purchased from:

Amazon

 

Graff.AuthorPicture.Feb28.2015Author Bio:

 

Angella Graff grew up in Tucson, Arizona where she lives now with her husband and three kids. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Angella studied History, Theology, and Creative Writing. She is the author of the well-received Judas Curse series, and the new up and coming Young Adult Series, Alexandra Fry, Private Eye. Angella also works as a freelance editor through her website. She spends what very little free time she has on family hikes or crocheting.

 Angella can be found:

Blog  |  Facebook  |  Amazon Author Page

Interview with Marina Raydun, author of One Year in Berlin/Foreign Bride and Joe After Maya

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Marina Raydun to the blog. She’s here to answer some of our questions, and to share about her books. If any of these books sound like something you would be interested in reading, please find buy links below.

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IBP - How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?

MarinaRaydunTwoNovellas_kindleMarinaOne Year in Berlin/Foreign Bride—“Two novellas featuring captivating psychological suspense, each introducing the reader to relatable female protagonists involved in fragile personal relationships.”

 Joe After Maya—“Filled with satisfying twists, this entertaining novel is pure nail-biting suspense. An unusual whodunit, updated for the modern era.”

 

IBP – Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?

Marina – There is something breathtaking about London. I’ve visited a few times and find it to be almost magical. It may be fun to live there for a bit, though I understand that tourism and permanent residence are rarely comparable experiences.

 

IBP – What are your favorite hobbies?

Marina – I absolutely love to sing! Though I don’t sing remotely professionally, I do love me some karaoke time. I also love to bake and crochet.

 

IBP  – Do you write at a laptop/desktop or do you write freehand?

Marina – Mostly, I use my laptop, but if I’m nowhere near it and feel the urge to write down a line or an idea (or even a chapter), I either type frantically away on my phone or use the good ol’ pen and paper in my purse.

 

IBP – What do you love about writing?

Marina – For the most part, it’s about creating an escape for myself and, hopefully, future readers. It’s about crafting and telling a story. It feels good to lose myself in an imaginary world of my own making, even if it’s not all rosy (and even if it’s only for a little while). When I’m done with a project and it is out there in the world, I find myself missing my creations, my babies.

 

IBP – How long did it take you to write your current book?

Marina – Each story takes a different amount of time to contemplate and create. I also edit and rewrite quite a bit. When it comes to my two novellas (which were published together in a compilation entitled “One Year in Berlin/Foreign Bride”), each one took well over a year. More specifically, “One Year in Berlin,” in its earliest incarnation, began to take shape in 2003 (though I didn’t begin truly taming it until 2007); finally, in 2012, I sat down and made it what it eventually became. “Foreign Bride,” on the other hand, was written in about one and a half years. “Joe After Maya,” my latest, full-length novel, took a little closer to two years to produce.

 

IBP – Where do you get your inspiration?MRaydun_Headshot

Marina – Believe it or not, quite a few of my ideas originate in my dreams. Not all, but some. Both “One Year in Berlin” and “Joe After Maya” began as dreams…well, in the case of “One Year in Berlin,” it was more of a nightmare.

 

IBP –  What book is currently on your nightstand?

Marina – I am currently reading “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng. What a fantastic read! It is such a relatable and well-written novel.

 

IBP – How can readers stay in touch?

Marina – I am virtually always on Facebook, so feel free to reach out (facebook.com/AuthorMarinaRaydun). In addition, I refresh my Twitter feed a lot as well (@Author_MRaydun). I love hearing from readers!

 

IBP – The last book you’ve read?

Marina – “Cartwheel” by Jennifer DuBois. At first, having read that the book was vaguely inspired by real-life events surrounding the arrest and prosecution of Amanda Knox, I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m so glad I decided to check it out, anyway. This novel is about perceptions and societal norms, social media and its fairness. It’s about people, their biases, their predispositions. It made me think. It made me, at times, quite uncomfortable, which is not a bad thing. I highly recommend it.

 

IBP – What projects are you currently working on right now? Would you mind sharing them with us?

Marina – I am working on a two-part literary fiction/romance series, the first installation of which, I hope, will become available late this spring. The name of the first book in the series is “Effortless.” You’re the first to know! This will be my very first series, so I’m equal parts anxious and excited.

 

Marina can be found:

Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Blog

Excerpts:

JoeAfterMaya_KindleJoe After Maya:

“No, he definitely could not sleep there. It was a mistake to even try, but he couldn’t face another night of smoking on the windowsill, looking out into the vacuous sky, the black river. He couldn’t face those mutely neighing horses of the Jane’s carousel, frozen mid-gallop, trapped in their enclosure.

Shuffling out of the dark bedroom and into the dark hallway, Joe listened to the silence in his wasteful, empty apartment. It wasn’t worth it. None of it was.”

Joe After Maya is available from:

Amazon  |  AmazonUK

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One Year in Berlin:

“Animalistic fear was slowly rising within her, working its way up from her feet to her neck, but she remained as still as a tree. Her roots, thick and intertwined as they were, seeped deeper and deeper into the hardwood floor, flights below and then, finally—the ground.”

Foreign Bride:

“She delivered that first strike with startling precision, her palm landing firmly on his cheek with a whistling sound that took them both by surprise. He never knew that his foreign bride, many years his junior, possessed such strength in her right arm.”

One Year in Berlin/Foreign Bride is available from:

Amazon   |   AmazonUK 

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