Happy Valentine’s Eve! Today is super amazing because I have another pre-Valentine treat for all of you, my fantabulous readers.
As many of you know, last summer I was lucky enough to meet some pretty terrific people in Kristen Lamb’s blogging class. I’ve written about them before and so you all know how awesome and amazing they are, but did you know there’s one in particular that I have a special affinity for?
Yep. Angela Wallace. She’s this totally sweet girl who, if she lived closer to me, I’d hang out with and teach her how to make healthy gluten free meals (read: gluten free cupcakes and candy). Then when she got tired of that, I’d take her to Disneyland.
But we’re not here to talk about gluten free cooking or Disneyland. Today we get to take a peek into what makes Angela so awesome.
First of all, she wrote this book, Elemental Magic, that I couldn’t put down. My poor family had to fend for themselves on cold and rainy Sunday because I was curled up on the couch and refused to do anything but find out what happened to Aileen!
Aileen Donovan is an oceanographer with magical control over the element of water. While her normal focus is on research and fighting poachers, she’s about to go up against the stuff of legends—and that’s saying something for a supernatural. A transport ship is missing and everyone’s eager to get their hands on the cargo. No one knows what exactly it is, but when fragments resembling coral begin to drive local residents insane, Aileen suspects a preternatural source. Whatever is at the bottom of the ocean, a power-hungry alchemist wants it, and releases a sea dragon to eat the competition—literally. Aileen sees this as an opportunity to win the professional recognition she desires, but keeping secrets is complicated when she’s working with local Coast Guard officer Colin Benson. Her sense of love and duty will be put to the test, and when the tide washes out, it might have been better if that lost ship had stayed lost.
If you want to know what happens to Aileen, you’ll have to read the book. I’m not giving any spoilers away here!
So now that you know about her book, let’s get to know Angela a little more…
Thank you for having me here, Tameri! We could just drop everything and have everybody head to Disneyland, but ah, that might be a tight car ride. Okay, let’s go ahead with the regularly scheduled programming.
Have you always wanted to be a writer, or was there another career you dreamt of doing? I’ve been a writer since I was 7-years-old. I just didn’t know I could make a career out of it. It wasn’t until high school and I met some awesome peers who also shared a passion for writing that I realized this thing I did wasn’t just a “quirk.” Aside from that, the closest alternative dream career I had was to be a veterinarian. I was five or six, and when I learned that the job entailed more than playing with cute puppies and kittens, but sometimes blood and guts, I had a change of heart.
I’m not going to ask you where you get your inspiration, but I will ask why you chose the elements as your magical talent? The urban fantasy genre is dominated by vampires and werewolves. I wanted to do something different. I’ve also always loved the idea of the elements and what each one represents. And though the first Elemental Magic didn’t cover it, you will still be seeing some vampires and werewolves in future books.
Will there be other books that deal with fire or air elementals as main characters? Absolutely. I intend on having a protagonist for each element. You’ll be seeing Aileen again in Book Two, Dry Spell, but Book Three will be about her brother Keenan and his college sweetie, Nita Young, who’s an earth elemental. At the moment, I have six books planned, but haven’t quite decided which one will have the honor of number four—air or fire.
You had to do quite a bit of research for this book, what was your favorite part? Probably the mythology. I love reading about myths that aren’t quite as popular or well-known. However, learning about the life of an oceanographer was fun too. I am as far away from science minded as can be, so having not just one, but four characters as scientists was quite the challenge on my part. And you wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to find some of the information, like how to treat a bleeding dolphin in the water!
Who are a few of your favorite authors? Cassandra Clare, Melissa Marr, Patricia Briggs, Richelle Mead. You might notice the majority of those write YA, but I love their writing voices—strong and compelling.
What hobbies do you enjoy doing when you aren’t writing? Reading. I have a shameless library addiction. I also love to watch my crime dramas like Castle, Flashpoint, and Criminal Minds. Though I don’t have the time for these as much as I used to, I also love drawing and jigsaw puzzles. I used to own 64 puzzles, all 1000 pieces or more, all of which I’d put together and taken apart at least three times.
Have all the books you’ve written been in the fantasy genre? If so, what’s another genre you’d like to write in someday? Yes, well mostly. My other novel, Phoenix Feather, is actually more of a romance/crime story. I love murder mysteries (see favorite television shows above), and I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a cop series, but for the moment I’ll settle with solving supernatural deaths/murders.
What’s your favorite candy? Sour gummi worms. They’re gluten free. 😉
What’s your favorite color? I’m more of a color combination girl than loyal to one shade. My current fav is teal, emerald green, lime green, and midnight blue.
If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, anywhere, who would it be and where? Why him or her? My 4th grade teacher. She really inspired me to pursue writing, even went as far as to set aside special time in class for me to work on a story while the other kids did math. She was also very sweet and supportive. I remember her visiting me in the hospital once. I’d love to tell her I remember what she did and how I credit her for helping me get to where I am.
What would you order? Gah, eating out with a gluten allergy is a nightmare, which is why I don’t do it. However, if I’m dreaming…potato cheese soup from Marie Calendar’s. (Yes, white soups have gluten.)
Now can you see why I love this girl so much? She’s super fabulous! If you want to get to know Angela a little more, check out her blog, follow her on Twitter, @AngelaRWallace, or Like her Facebook Author Page.
And don’t forget to buy a copy of Elemental Magic here (you can also pick up Phoenix Feather while you’re there!) By the way, Caleb Fong did the covers for both books. Just thought you’d like to know.
Because she’s so amazing, Angela is going to give away a free copy of her book to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment either for me or Angela and your name will be entered in a hat. If you RT this post, you’ll be entered twice! Angela is going to pick a winner Sunday night, so you have until Saturday to comment. **This counts for my Wednesday post and Friday post, too.
Be sure to check back here on Friday because Angela will be guest posting on what writing fantasy means to her and who were her biggest influences in her career. I can’t wait to find out!
Got a question for Angela? Ask it here! Have you read Elemental Magic or Phoenix Feather? Share your thoughts on the books. We’d love to hear from you!