Hello Alicia, and welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Starting out with the basics, tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.
I like reading, writing, long walks on the beach, rainy days, sunny days, and weekends. I’m a big fan of weekends.
Weekends are great! So, how long have you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve known I wanted to be a writer for about six years, but it took me several years to get up the motivation to actively pursue it.
And I bet you’re glad you finally did! Now you’ve pursued it though, I’m curious, when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
Besides my day job, of course, I read a lot. I often pick up hobbies for several months at a time–Tae Kwon Do, jewelry making, spinning. I like to keep my mind and body occupied.
So now we know more about you, what about your novel? What is it all about?
Don’t Call Me Angel is an urban fantasy novella about a fallen angel, named Six, who just escaped from Hell. At 120 pages, this first book is not a full-length novel, but the others in the series likely will be. Six sees things differently than most people, partly because she’s bitter about having been forced into Hell, and partly because she’s new to Earth and discovering it for the first time. Throughout the series, we’ll see her make a lot of mistakes while finding her way.
It definitely sounds interesting. What inspired you to write a novel about angels and demons?
We see a lot of books in urban fantasy about angels, but they seem to focus on a point-of-view character other than the actual angels. I wanted to delve into what it means to be a fallen angel; I’d think the experience of being cast out of heaven would be pretty traumatic, and that’s what you see in this novella.
I like the idea behind this! I have to ask, as this is your debut novel, how have you felt the journey has gone since the release?
It’s been wild! I’m currently working on a few other writing projects, but I’ve had little time for them in the past month with all the promotions for this book. I finally received a finished copy of my book in the mail yesterday. I just kept staring at it!
In your opinion, what is the most rewarding thing to happen to you as an author?
I had a book published. :)
That’s so amazing! So, diving deeper now then, who is your favourite character in your novel?
Other than the two main characters, that would probably be a minor character who appears only twice in the book. He’s an unnamed monster who Six refers to in her head as Red Eyes. Red Eyes has sharp teeth and liquid red eyes, with no pupils or whites. He hits on Six in a bar, and for some odd reason, she finds him creepy!
Antagonists can often be hard to get right, can you tell us a little bit about your antagonist – without giving too much away, of course!
Hmm, there’s not much I can tell you without spoilers, except what’s already in the book blurb. Sorry!
No worries, we understand! I am wondering though, when you were writing this novel, was there a specific place that helped give you inspiration? (a coffee shop perhaps)
Not for me. I wrote whenever and wherever I had the opportunity. Mostly, that was at home in front of my television, with the volume turned super low. But I can work anywhere. Bits and pieces of my manuscript were stored remotely on Google documents, so that I could add to it from my mobile phone when I was out and about.
I can sometimes yell at people when I’m in the middle of writing and they distract me, do you have any bad habits when you’re writing?
Sometimes I forget that I need time to relax and unwind, which can be bad for my stress level. I go to work and type all day for work stuff. Then I come home and type stuff for my current manuscript. I occasionally experience days of burnout where I just can’t get anything done.
And finally, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?
You can do it. Just do it. (And then have it thoroughly edited.)
and a quick fire round;
ebooks or hard copies?
day or night?
reading or writing?
paper or computer?
tea or coffee?
favourite book of the moment?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
most memorable book?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Thank you Alicia for talking with me today! It’s been great to get to know more about you and your novel!
If you would like to know more about Alicia and her novel, you can find her on her website, here, on twitter, here, and on goodreads, here.