Hi Angelique, welcome to my blog. What kind of books do you write?
I write ancient biblical history about the early women/wives of the leaders, beginning with Eve with Adam in “Ancient Matriarchs”. I have written 4 of the 5 planned books for that. 3 are published on Amazon. I am currently working on a side series that follows from book 3, called “Lost Children of the Prophet”. It will meet with book 5 of the “Ancient Matriarchs series.
That’s an interesting topic. I haven’t heard of anyone else writing on that topic.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Include where you live.
I live in Las Vegas, Nevada with my husband, two turtles, and a lovebird. I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and 6 foster grandchildren. I love them.
I have been reading since I was 4 and writing since I was 5 or 6. I didn’t write fiction. I wrote letters home to my family I called books, because they were so long. We lived in many faraway places with my U.S. Navy husband. I returned to college and wrote many papers. It became a challenge to write within the required limit of pages. Later, as a teacher, I wrote lesson plans. Through all these years, I wrote bad poetry.
Nearly four years ago my sister, who has been writing fiction for many years, encouraged me to participate in NaNoWriMo. My goal was to have the 50,000 words to be written in November before Thanksgiving. I did it. It took two more months to reach the point and 110,000 words to think the first draft was written. It took three more years to have it ready to publish.
I sit in my chair next to my husband, in front of our tv, writing most days, most of the time. I take Saturday and one or two other days off in volunteer work. I rarely write on Sundays, that is my day off.
Besides writing, I crochet, watch grandkids, and play the organ for our church, though not well.
And now the big question; why do you write?
I suppose, I write because I want to find out what happened. I couldn’t find the answers anyplace else. Once I started writing, it has become something I must do. The stories need to be told. I am writing “Lost Children of the Prophet” because I want to find out what happened to them.
How long have you been writing, and when was your first book published?
This November I will have been writing fiction for four years. Bad poetry, academic writing, and long letters have been a part of my life since I was young. My first book, “Eve, First Matriarch” was published January 17, 2017. Since then I have published 2 more and a third is waiting for a cover.
I love your covers. Tell me about your latest book.
“Moving into Light” is the story of the wife of Enoch. I called her Zehira. She is disabled and must learn that her husband, Enoch, and her God, Jehovah, love her in spite of her disability. She shows her courage and kind heart as she interacts with the people in Zion.
“Lost Children of the Prophet” tells the story of Nat and Ziva, children of Enos and Rebecca. They were stolen as little children and sold into slavery in Nod, the city of the children of Cain. Nat is the slave of Qinten, a vile priest of one of their cult gods. Ziva became the daughter of a wealthy business man. Qinten attempts to convince Ziva to be his mate.
What is important to you as an author?
It is important to me that I honestly share the stories as they are given to me in a way that other people will read and share them with their friends.
Do you have a mission for your writing? If so, what is it?
Two things. First, I want to bring to life the stories of the lives of the early women of Earth. I think these women deserve our respect. They have been degraded by historians. My goal is to show that they were women who loved their husbands and worked hard to support them. Second, I’d like to make enough money to take my husband on a nice vacation—maybe even be able to support myself if I lose his income. No, I don’t expect him to die soon, but it is nice to be prepared.
There are a lot of people writing books these days, what makes your writing unique?
No one writes about Eve, and the other women, from her perspective in a sympathetic manner. I believe Eve sat beside me for more than a year while I was writing her story, whispering her story into my ears. My books are clean, love stories about women we know nothing about.
I know that feeling.
What kind of person would like your books best?
People who are interested in learning what it might have been like in those first days after Eden, and people interested in Eve and her daughters.
Choose one word, phrase or sentence to describe the general feeling or thrust of your writing.
Why did you choose the indie route to publication? Did you ever try the traditional route?
I thought about traditional publishing. However, I’m not young and don’t want to wait forever to get someone to choose my book to publish. With the new ability to publish using the indie route, it seemed right for me.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Learning to market my books in a way that others will be willing to purchase and read them.
Yep, I agree with you on that one. What do you like most about being an author?
Finding the answers to my questions, even if it is fiction. I write to have my questions answered.
What is the most unusual object you possess?
An 1892 Singer Sewing machine, an Indian blanket made in about 1750, and a family heirloom quilt made in 1872.
They sound great. Thanks for chatting. I hope my readers will check out your books.
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