As promised, here is the kickoff to the new section on the blog dedicated to cool people that I’ve come across on social media. Please meet Angela J. Ford, author of The Five Warriors. Today is her birthday! 🙂 I first met Angela on Google+ in one of the writer communities. Now, she’s one of my favorite positive, motivating peeps on social media. Get to know a little bit more about her and her book below:
Question 1: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Answer 1: It just happened! Growing up with four sisters we were always telling stories with our toys, reading books and making up all kinds of entertaining tales. Then one day instead of saying those stories out loud, I started writing them down, and short stories turned into novels, and novels turned into a series. When I was 12 I finished the first draft of “The Five Warriors” and after that, the books continued to pour out of me. I knew wanted to publish them, it was just a matter of when. 14 years later, now it’s finally happening!
Q2: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk (if any)?
A2: One of my quirks is always writing the end of the book first, then all the action scenes and finally, I get down to chronological order once I have most of the book written. It makes it a lot of fun because I’m generally writing the parts I’m super excited about, and it comes together like a puzzle.
Q3: What do you think makes a good story?
A3: Of course, everyone has their interpretation of what makes a good story but I enjoy unexpected plot twists, characters that make me think, and well written prose. I enjoy the way words blend together like music.
Q4: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A4: Live life, enjoy the moments, take risks, and go on your own adventure. At the end you don’t want to look back with regrets.
Q5: Do you have a specific writing style (e.g. outline vs. free flow)?
A5: My style is certainly free flow and unrestricted. I always have the general plot in mind but unexpected scenes are always popping up and those are woven into the story.
Q6: Did you learn anything from writing your book, if so, what was it?
A6: Practice, practice, practice, the more you write the better you become. I know I’m not the best writer, my grammar gets away from me, and sometimes I don’t dig deep enough into my characters. But practice makes perfect, so I’m going to keep doing it, whether I write for 10 minutes a day or 10 hours.
Q7: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character(s) from your most recent book?
A7: Oh, this is a hard question. One of my main characters is Alaireia the Lightfoot, I can see Zoe Saldana playing her role.
Q8: Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
A8: The Four World Series will be complete and I’ll be writing the further adventures of various characters, digging into their life and times in the Four Worlds. Hopefully by that time some of my books will be out as movies or television series!
Thanks Angela for taking the time to participate in the interview! I hope you have a great birthday! I’ve linked Angela’s book to Amazon above in the intro. Check it out! Also, you can follow Angela on social media:
Google+: Angela J. Ford