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Newsletter Dated: 2/12/2005 8:37:10 AM
Subject: L.C. Martin's Author Spotlight
Angie Ross, the author of False Security, a gripping suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more, has spent most of her life in her hometown of Wichita, Kansas, but sheís lived in various parts of the country, including Texas, Northern California, and Indiana. Sheís an avid reader and dedicated writer and also has a column on a dating website, Dating Again and More.
1. How did you become an author?
I think Iíve always been an author. I like to joke that I grew up thinking I was a schizophrenic, but itís partially true as it relates to writing. I donít remember ever not having a story in my head. One day, I just started writing it all down.
2. What inspires you?
Music moves my soul, fills me with a deeper passion when creating the written word, and I cannot work without music. Every time I write, I try to find the perfect melody to fit the scene Iím writing or character Iím exploring Ė and it can be anything from classical to heavy metal, whichever genre fits. Itís like having my own soundtrack as I write.
3. What are you working on now? Future books?
Right now Iím finishing ripping apart my second novel (Underground) a mystery/suspense revolving around a woman who served prison time for the murder of her fiancť. She did not commit the murder, and now someone is trying to kill her as well. Iím also writing my first screenplay, a romantic comedy, with a local screenwriter/director.
4. If you could have lunch with a literary figure (living or dead) who would it be? And why?
Oh wow, thatís tough. I think Iíd have to have lunch with both Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe, two authors I highly idolized growing up, and who influenced me to become a writer myself. Besides, that would be the ultimate lunch!
5. What advice would you like to offer aspiring writers?
Persistence and perseverance. Thereís nothing easy about being a writer. Not only is it one of the loneliest professions around, but trying to sell, and then market your book is very rough, even if youíve written the next great American novel. An artist friend of mine once said that artists dream during the day, while all others dream at night. If you want to follow your dream of being a writer, donít only dream at night. Be sure to keep track of your dreams, because some days those dreams just might be the only thing to keep you going.
6. What do you like to do besides writing?
Thereís a life outside of writing? Whenever I get the chance to break away, though, I enjoy watching live, local bands.
7. Favorite movie?
Iím a James Bond junkie, and Iíll watch pretty much any ďshoot-em-upĒ, fantasy, or sci-fi movie.
8. Anything you'd like to tell our readers? Upcoming contests? Booksignings? Events?
I am taking a break from booksignings while I finish my second novel, however, there are always updates on my website (www.angieross.com) for readers, and any future events will be announced there.
9. Have you written anything besides books?
Besides screenplays, I also write poetry, and do freelance writing from time to time. I am also a columnist for a dating website (Dating Again and More); I write the Ramblings column.
10. How can people contact you or learn more about your books and all of your writing activities?
My website, www.angieross.com, has poetry, my Ramblings, and information on my upcoming projects, as well as on my debut novel, False Security. I can also be contacted via email at email@example.com.
Thank you for joining us, Angie! Wishing you continued success with your work. Keep on writing!