What’s your pen name and tell me about the books you like to write.
I’m Angela R. Watts and I like to write books that make readers cry.
Okay, but really, I mostly write science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers. I have a pen name for sweet romance (Naomi Hall) and am hoping to write a middle grade novel one day.
But my main books are sf/f and thrillers with thought-provoking themes and fast-paced action. (And lots of snark…)
What’s a secret your hero or heroine might keep from one another?
This one depends on the series, but they probably withhold really stupid things, like how Simon Bucks is ticklish and if Rene’ Fisher ever found out, it would be so over.
Overall, most of my main characters cherish honesty, and secrets can easily endanger their lives.
What is your first sentence of your most recent novel?
The hanging of the three wizards would be a somber event.
TABOR, Remnant Trilogy #2, releases November 16th! A cover reveal is coming soon and preorders will follow. If you like dark fantasy with spooky monsters, diverse characters, and lots of action, this trilogy is for you!
What celebrity do you think would like your books most and why?
Let’s just say, if Mel Gibson picked up one of my books and did a gritty movie about it, I would cry happy tears.
What time of day do you do your best writing and why?
I generally prefer waking up early (5-7 AM) and pounding out a few thousand words before my day starts. If that doesn’t happen, I write when I make the time throughout the day, or get some writing done before bed with my Baji-kun LED lamp. But mornings work best for me because I don’t have a ton of distractions and the coffee is still warm…
What are your biggest obstacles in writing and how do you overcome them?
Sometimes, mental capacity can be a difficult hurdle to face. What does that mean? It means writing a novel that tackles extremely dark or hard topics can make a soul weary quite quickly. Sometimes I’ll finish a chapter and have to take a day off from writing so I can focus on life again before I hit the grindstone again.
Writing about challenging themes and stories is what I am made for, but I definitely have to work hard to balance everything so I don’t burn out or break down!
Which character would you take on a date and why?
If we’re talking about my own characters, this is actually a tricky question! I don’t have crushes on my characters, really… Maybe Azrael from the Remnant Trilogy, though. Readers meet him in TABOR. I think he’d be a real gentleman on a date, even if he’d be a bit nervous! He would love a good picnic in a forest and would listen to me ramble about things without complaint, I think.
And let’s be real! All of my characters deserve a break and a nice date, so giving him a nice meal is the least I could do!
Tell me why you’re passionate about writing.
Stories are in my blood. Waiting to bleed out, waiting to seep onto the page, waiting to reach somebody else.
I’m passionate about writing because I would not be me without it. God gave me the ability to write for a reason. I’ve had readers tell me how much my stories have inspired them or helped them through a hard time, and it makes everything worth it.
I’m passionate about it because my life wouldn’t be the same without it. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
What book do you want to read next?
Since I write my books and edit books for clients, I actually don’t read hundreds of books a year anymore. However, I have enjoyed manga, and I’m currently making my way through Banana Fish.
What are your 2022 goals:
I plan to publish at least five books. I may try pitching a middle grade. My family also plans to move, so yay! Another goal I have is to continue my Youtube channel, which seems like a small goal, but I am so bad with tech, guys! Editing videos is like pulling teeth for me!
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