Thursday, March 28, 2013

AUTHOR INTERVIEW--Angie Merriam


Today my guest is Angie Merriam, author of Neveah. Tomorrow, come back for an excerpt. 

Tell us a little about yourself? 

Perhaps something not many people know? I am lucky to live in the PacNW and to be married to my best friend. We have three wonderful children and a goofy dog. Beyond writing and reading I love movies, music, and have had a life long dream of meeting Jon Bon Jovi.

What made you want to become a writer? 

I have a very active imagination but gave up writing after high school to raise my family. However, all those ideas and stories have always been there waiting to get out. When my husband kindly suggested I take up a “hobby” of some kind so that I am not lost when my kids leave home, it was easy....I had to write again.

Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read? 

Neveah Breaking the Wicked is the 3rd book in the Neveah trilogy. All three books are fantasy with some romance, adventure, and magic. The main characters have evolved from innocent and naïve lovers to strong adults. They have overcome betrayal and tragedy. This last one brings the series to an end with an intense battle of good vs evil. On a side note, there are some racy sex scenes so the series is for those at least 18.

What gives you inspiration for your book?

Anything and everything. I am lucky to live in place that is beautiful and at times magical which gives me a back drop for my stories, but I get the spark of an idea from many different situations.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination? 

Mostly from my imagination, however, I did use names of a few family members.

Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why? 

I can't chose only one; that's like choosing a favorite child. I am quit fond of my main characters Lilly and Shep. They really did begin as innocent young adults but had to quickly grow up and adjust to a world that they never knew existed. I also really like Kelsha and Jax..the villains. They were great fun to write. I am generally a nice, passive person so writing a completely vile character was really fun.

What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer? 

Honestly, I surprised myself at how the sex scenes that flowed and just how awful I could write a character. I am also pleasantly surprised as to how nice and welcoming the writing community is. I have met some really talented and nice people since beginning this journey, and I am thankful for the things I have learned from them.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up as as an adult?

I love all kinds of books and writers. Everything from Nora Roberts to Stephanie Meyer to J K Rowling to Toni Morrison. Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite books. I can't say any one book or writer did any one thing for me rather they collectively helped me decide the kind of writer I wanted to be.

Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer?  If so, what do you do during the day?  

I am a lead Medical Assistant in a specialist office where I also do billing.

What is your favorite writing tip or quote?

My favorite tip is to with your instinct and write what makes you happy. Don't be afraid to express yourself.

Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years? Do you have any other books in the works?

I hope to write full time in the future. I am currently writing another book though I am not quit sure where it is going yet, but I am excited to find out. I am thinking about doing another anthology soon as well that deals with addiction. We will see, so many possibilities.

Where can we find you online?