Saturday, June 13, 2015

Author Spotlight



 
Welcome Author Angela Ford we are so happy to have you here today.
Can you please tell us
about yourself and your work?
 
Best Selling Romantic Suspense & Contemporary Romance 


 

 
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
 
I have always loved to read. Escape into a great story. I've written here and there over the years but never shared until a couple of years ago. That's when I got serious and decided to write to share. 


How long does it take you to write a book?
Two to three weeks when I'm writing a short story. But then I wrote 50K in 30 days when I participated in NaNoWriMo last November. (National November Writing Month) I'd write more if the day job wasn't in the way lol

What is your work schedule like when you're writing? With a full time day job it's usually in evenings. Except for weekends I love to write late at night. There's just something so peaceful when it's dark and quiet. I've been known to write until 3 or 4 in the morning. 


What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Writers have lots of quirks. We don't sleep much...caffeine addictions lol and I've come to notice my most interesting is that I can write just about anywhere in my house, doctors waiting rooms and anywhere I have a moment or two even just to write a few words of an idea, title or character name. 


How do your books get published? I am published with Books to Go Now; a small traditional publisher out of Seattle. I love the personal service they give me. You can check them out at http://www.bookstogonow.com 
If you submit, let them know I sent you :) 
 

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Just a word or two ignites ideas. I can hear it on the radio, TV, see it on a sign while walking or driving. And it's best to tell people you are a writer instead of telling them you hear voices in your head lol

When did you write your first book and how old were you? The first book I finished was about fifteen years ago when I was in my thirties. I didn't publish it until 2013. 


What do you like to do when you're not writing? Spend time with my family and walk our Pug and new Chug puppy. We live close to a park with paths and trees. It is very peaceful. And yes I plot while I walk lol

What does your family think of your writing? They are very supportive and have become accustomed to my writing ways and quirks. Though I am frisked before I come to the dinner table-I'm not allowed any electronic devices during our family dinner lol normally a teen would have these but in my house it's the teen who won't allow me to write, promote or chat with anyone besides the family. My parents are my biggest fans. They ask anyone if they read romance and hand out my cards or bookmarks. 



What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? I've learned so much in the past couple of years. The most surprising would be how much promotion goes into the book once written.  Writing is the easy part. Learning all the technological ways to promote it was overwhelming in the beginning. I'm still learning but enjoying it! 


How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? I'm about to release my eighth book in June 2015! A fav? They all are :) I fall in love with each story and my characters stay with me. 

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Never quit! If you have the passion to write. Then write!write!write! Wherever and whenever you can. Don't let the lack of sales or bad reviews get you down. Remember there are so many books to compete with. So keep trying to promote yourself and your book. And it's never a bad review. We can always learn and keep improving. Not everyone will like your story and you can't change that but focus on your readers that do love your stories and interact with them as much as you can. 


Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I love to hear from my readers! They make me smile and keep writing :) their reviews and comments make my day. I love to hear they enjoyed my book, they can't wait for the next, I never disappoint them...there are so many comments I could write a book of how they make me feel. 

Do you like to create books for adults?
I do. I haven't written a children's book. Maybe someday and I'm sure it would involve my Pugs! I love to escape as a reader. To get away from the everyday stressors we all encounter. I hope I can do the same for my readers. 

What do you think makes a good story?
A great plot. A believable one. Characters you love, cheer for, cry with; ones that you can relate with. A story that makes you smile in the end yet you wish didn't end. With suspense and mystery stories (I write Romantic Suspense and Contemporary Romance) the story must have great twists and one to keep you on the edge of your seat!
 
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? It's funny now that I think of it. I wanted to be so many different professions which made me wonder if I really knew what I'd be when I grew up lol. Now it makes sense. I wanted to be a writer so then I could be all those professions. 


Here’s a lil about me…
 
I love to hear from my readers!

Angela Ford originates from Nova Scotia…Canada’s Ocean Playground!
Her love of the ocean and sunsets are always in her heart and give her inspiration. Her love for words keeps her turning the page. She is never without a book, whether she’s reading or writing. Now residing in Ontario, Angela works in Finance – numbers by daywords by night. Her dedication to volunteer and involvement with cyber safety seminars gave her an Award of Distinction and sparked the idea for her first book Closure – suspense with a dash of romance that hit the best- selling Action/Adventure and Women’s Fiction. Angela continued this FBI suspense with Forbidden and will deliver the final of the series in 2015. She also writes contemporary romance, sometimes sweet…sometimes spicy and sometimes with a dash of suspense. Unforgettable Kiss delivers a spicy romance with a dash of suspense. Blind Tasting of The Love List series and The Christmas Wreath of the Forever Christmas series are sweet reads. 2015 kicked off with a new Romantic Suspense Surrender .
Between two jobs, being a mom with a home always filled with young adults and rather interesting stories; she is lucky to have one very patient and understanding man. But it is the furry family members who rule the house – a Puggle (Pug/Beagle), a new Chug puppy (Pug/Chihuahua) and two loveable cats. Every possible quiet moment she finds, she treasures and just writes about the moments to come. Angela is an avid reader of romance, a member of the RWA, KOD (Kiss of Death – Suspense Chapter) and Mississauga Writers Group. You can follow her at BTGN www.bookstogonow.com or visit her website/blog Romantic Escapes at http://www.angelafordauthor.com to connect with her on her social network sites. She loves to hear from her readers – they keep her smiling!
Connect with Me!
Angela Ford’s dedication to volunteer and involvement with cyber safety seminars gave her an Award of Distinction and sparked the idea for her first book Closure – crime suspense that hit Best Selling Action/Adventure. Ms. Ford continued her FBI series with Forbidden with the final in the series coming in 2015. In between mysteries, Ms. Ford writes short contemporary romance…sometimes with a dash of suspense! You can view her books and connect with her on social media at http://angelafordauthor.com


I also have a Street Team on FB – Angie’s Angels – always welcome new angels! A place to keep connected…have some fun and share goodies :) https://www.facebook.com/groups/269396209887638/
And a review site on Goodreads & FB called ‘Book Buddies’ for those who like to review https://www.facebook.com/pages/Book-Buddies-Club/337843456420496 (The Goodreads tab to connect is located under the banner on this FB group)


I have Smashword coupons that are good until June 18th copies if any readers would enjoy. They are epub coupons for Closure, Unforgettable Kiss, Blind Tasting, Christmas Wreath & Surrender. I also have some audio codes up for grabs if anyone would like to review for Closure, Forbidden (Closure's sequel), Unforgettable Kiss, Blind Tasting & Christmas Wreath.

I have a $20 Amazon Gift Card up for grabs with my article of Selfie Craze on my blog...runs till June 15th http://www.angelafordauthor.com/blog 

And a new release coming! Any bloggers interested can contact me at angelafordauthor@gmail.com A new summer love story called Sunset Kisses. Cover reveal scheduled for June 17th. Blog tour to follow the week after with a pre-order link coming and if bloggers participate in both they can get an ARC for review to post and a chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card :) 

I'm at Sexy in the City Author Signing Event in Toronto, Canada on June 13th and off to Iowa in September! All events and updates can be found on my FB author page http://www.facebook.com/writerangelaford and also a link on my banner to sign up for email newsletter.

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