What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I started writing back in my early teenage years. Mainly started with poetry, back when I thought that poetry meant that you came up with lyrics that rhymed and it wasn’t poetry unless it did rhyme. As I got older, my writing transitioned from poetry to short essay type pieces. No real plot or storyline… just quick sporadic thoughts. There was always an undertone to my writing though. And I think that’s what inspired me the most to make the final transition into short stories and full length books. Before the transition, I knew that I was trying to capture a feeling – that kind of warm, cosy feeling you get when you are curled up on the couch watching a good horror or suspenseful movie. Or that feeling you get when you read a book and you are just so engulfed with the story that you literally cannot put it down. That was my inspiration; I wanted to capture that feeling and provide it in my writing. The best way I knew to do it was to tell a story. Tell a story that as I wrote it, gave me that same warm, cosy feeling because in all of the stories I write, I have no idea where they are going or how they are going to end until it’s all finished.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I write when I can. Outside of writing, I’m a full time engineer, I’m an artist, and I co-own a metal art business. I don’t “make time to write”; I cannot force the stories to come. So, just like anybody else, I have my dry spells and I also have my moments when I cannot get the stories down on paper fast enough. When that happens though, I drop everything and write.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I love writing thrillers, suspense, horrors and science fiction/fantasy. One of my full-length books was a drama; although I really enjoyed writing it, I didn’t like not having the freedom that the other genres provide. For instance, I could have a crazy dream that makes no sense, is physically impossible and borderline ridiculous, but can work it into my horror stories or science fiction/fantasy stories because you’re not bound to the same parameters that most drama stories are. Even though a drama book can be written as a fiction, a lot of times, you are still bound to the rules of the “real world”. I’ve written a poetry compilation and will be putting another one together soon. It’s important to remember your roots and poetry is where I started many, many years ago. That being said, I’m curious on how each piece will have matured from how I used to write poetry.
What draws you to write in those genres?
I think that a lot of people read books and watch movies to both be entertained and to give themselves an opportunity to leave the world as they know it and experience a world that somebody else dreamt up. I thrive off trying to create that world in my stories. Many of my stories do not end in a conventional way. They have the traditional introduction, climax and conclusion, but the conclusion is usually never what people are expecting. And the great thing is that it doesn’t have to be. It’s my story. It’s my world. I make the rules.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
Ok, current projects… I am wrapping up the second book to a science fiction/fantasy series called Sandstone and Mirrors. It’s a great story that is an exemplary book illustrating my desire to create new worlds, interesting creatures etc. Check out the first one before you dive into the second one though. It’s available in eBook format and is called Sandstone and Mirrors: The Crossover. I am finishing a digital, short story series called Thirty-1. Volumes 1 through 5 are now available and in due course, I will be releasing the final three volumes. It too is a science fiction/fantasy series. For those of you heavy into the sciences, check it out. I have a number of digital short stories that I am going to be releasing over the next few months. They will range from thrillers, ghost stories, horror and maybe a few more drama. Last, but certainly not least, I will be starting a new digital short story series called Crashing Waters. I’m excited to start it! Although, I’m not going to share much about it, except that it’s going to follow suite with the genres I write best in: thriller, suspense, horror, and mystery.
What are your writing plans for the future?
Write, write and write some more. I’ve been publishing my written works myself and have been doing that for a while. I’m on the fence as far as seeking out publishing representation so I’m not sure if that’s a path that I’m going to go down. Regardless of those incidentals, I’m going to continue to do what I love to do and that’s keep people entertained by telling them stories.
Where can people find out more about you?
My website is www.AngeliqueArtWork.com
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I can be found on Goodreads as well as Google Plus.