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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Interview of Author Angela Kay Austin

Today I'm presenting an interview of romance author Angela Kay Austin.

Latest Book: Love’s Chance
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After twenty years of practicing marketing: writing copy, designing layouts, developing advertising campaigns, she realized each piece of the plans she put together eventually told a story. And, since she was a tween reading her mother's Reader's Digest, and teen magazines she'd dreamt of telling stories.

Her first book, "Love's Chance" stayed on Red Rose Publishing's Best Seller list for 10 weeks.

Angela has written for webzines like Rithm 'n Blues.

Q: What’s the first thing you did when you received word you’d sold a book?
A: When I received my contract, I think I read it twenty times. I wanted to know and understand every word. I filled it out immediately, and sent it back. I didn’t want to jinx it. Then I called my mother and my brother. They’ve always supported me in every single way, so, I wanted them to be the first to know it had finally happened after a million and one years.

Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
A: In Love’s Chance my favorite character is Chance O’Malley. When I first began to write the book, I didn’t know exactly who he would be because I am not a plotter. I knew who I thought I wanted him to be, but not exactly how’d he turn out. As the relationship between he and Sinclair Mosley developed I fell in love with him because he turned into who I wanted him to be: gentle, patient, supportive, strong, and so many other things.

Q: If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as one of your heroines? Tell us about your heroine.
A: I use picture montages as one of my techniques to visualize my characters. Sinclair is based on Kim Fields. I have tons of pics of her saved to my computer which I used in describing Sinclair throughout the book. So, I’d definitely have to have her play in the movie.

Q: Do all your heroes and all heroines look the same in your mind as you “head write”?
A: I guess in a way because there’s really nothing there until I begin to develop the story line. Then they begin to materialize more completely. Sometimes, one character is crystal clear, but the other one is hazy. I have a script that I’m working on now that needs a lot of editing because the heroine was just not clear to me at all, but my hero was formed in a matter of weeks.

Q: What is your favorite romance book that you’ve read?
A: Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Novels. Her plotting and characters are wonderful. She can take something simple and twist and develop it until it becomes a major point in the story. She surprises you on every page. I devour one of her books in a matter of days.

Q: What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?
A: Science Fiction. I have been sketching out an idea for a SciFi romance, but I haven’t begun to write it, yet.World Building is such a daunting task. Quite frankly it’s kind of intimidating, but I am determined to write it because I absolutely love SciFi and Paranormal.

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To pay back her parents and prevent  the loss of their family business, Sinclair Mosley leaves her family and friends behind. Pennsylvania doesn’t welcome her with open arms, but Chance O’Malley does. At the risk of losing everything that brought her to Pennsylvania, including her family’s restaurant, Sinclair must decide if she’s willing to take a chance on love.

Chance pulled out a chair beside Sinclair and sat. He leaned back and rested his arm across the back of her chair. His thigh touched hers underneath the table. “Your presentation was really good. I think you were the only one who actually kept to the time limit.” He ran a hand across his military hair cut. “How long was Raquel up there? Forty-five minutes.”

She could feel her cheeks redden due to his nearness. “I think so.”

Chance’s look fixed on something across the room; he shifted in his seat. His body leaned closer to hers. “So, when are you leaving? I’ll walk you to your car.”

She followed his stare. Raquel Dickinson, Bakery Category Manager, stalked in their direction. Her broad, angry movements destroyed the effect of the body hugging dress she wore. Reddish blonde hair flowed like untamed fire over bare shoulders.

Sinclair searched the room for her boss, Daniel Houser. She caught a glimpse of his back as he and his wife slipped out of the dining hall. As the breath escaped her, her shoulders slumped. Not so much as a pat on the back or job well done. For some reason, he spent as little time as possible around her. He wasn’t a bad guy, but he definitely was not the ‘go to’ guy in case of emergency. “It looks like I can leave at any time.”

Chance stood, and pulled out Sinclair’s chair. “Let’s go.”

Raquel reached their table before they could leave. “Calling it a night so early?”

He stood between the two women, and reached for Sinclair’s hand to help her stand. “Yeah Raquel it’s been a long night, and I’ve got a meeting in the morning.”

Raquel leaned around Chance. “Sinclair, do you mind if I walk out with the two of you?”

“Of course not. Are you ready?”

Chance released Sinclair’s hand, but walked closely behind. “Raquel, where did you park?”

She snaked her arm around his. “Next to your truck.”

“And Sinclair what about you?”

“I am on the other side of the lot.  You really don’t have to walk me all of the way.”

“Sinclair, Chance and I would not dream of letting you walk to your car alone.” Raquel rubbed her hand up and down Chance’s arm, and looked up into his eyes. “Would we Chance?”

Chance stopped underneath the awning in front of the banquet hall. “Sinclair, wait here. Come on Raquel.” Chance and Raquel walked into the night toward their cars.

Sinclair didn’t wait; she headed in the direction of her car. Footsteps behind her caught her attention.

“Sinclair. Stop.” Chance’s voice was stern. He blocked her path. “I asked you to wait.”

“I know, but I didn’t want to be any trouble. You and Raquel…you seemed—”

“We seemed what? If you have a question, ask it.” His stare was amplified by his silence.

She had questions, but they didn’t matter. She shook her head from side to side. “No. It’s really none of my business.”

“None of your business?” Chance walked slow and close.

“No. You and Raquel have your own thing.”

“We do have a history, Sinclair, but—”

Sinclair stopped at her car door. “But it’s none of my business.”

Chance stepped in closer. “What if I want that to change?”

She took a step back. “It couldn’t”

He stepped back, and stared. “It couldn’t or you wouldn’t let it?”

“Chance, I can’t.” She turned to open her car door. “Thanks for walking me to my car.” She stepped back to open the door, for a moment her body fit into his. She slid into her car, and shut the door behind her.

Thanks for being here with us today, Angela!


Paris said...

Great excerpt and I thoroughly enjoyed your characters! Good luck with your Sci-fi idea:-)

Katalina Leon said...

Hi Angela! Thank you for sharing this great excerpt.

Jean Hart Stewart said...

Loved your excerpt, Angela...HOpe you post more.....Jean

Linda Kage said...

Sigh. Oh, what a nice excerpt. I liked it too!!

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