Monday, May 20, 2013

Author Interview with Angelia Almos

Hillooooooo, everyone! Glad to see you've all stopped by! It's only been WEEKS since I last blogged, so I apologize.

Today, I'm hosting an interview with Angelia Almos, author of HORSE CHARMER.

Hello, Angelia, and welcome!
Thanks Cat! Happy to be here with you.

Can you tell us a little bit about Horse Charmer?
Horse Charmer is a young adult fantasy about a sheltered princess who discovers her remarkable gifts with horses while on a dangerous quest to find her father’s murderer.

That sounds interesting! How long did it take you to write the novel?
This one took forever. :) Seriously, I got the initial idea when I was 14 and worked on it off and on for years as I learned the craft of writing. I finally did the official first draft of Horse Charmer while enrolled in the Institute of Children’s Literature novel writing class in 2008-2009. Went through some rewrites and edits for over a year before deciding it was ready for the big bad world.

That is a really long time. I know I still have manuscripts I dreamt up when I was in my teens. Do you remember the sentence, or phrase, or character, from which Horse Charmer was born?
I remember exactly what happened. I was outside doing yard work and the image of a girl riding a horse with no tack through tall green grass came to me. I didn’t know who she was and where she was going, but I wanted to find out. 

I love it when images materialize like that. It makes the rest of the story so exciting to discover. How quickly do you come up with names for your main characters?
It really depends on the book and the character. Sometimes I just know and other times a character goes through many names before I settle on the correct one. For Horse Charmer, I took common names and twisted them slightly so they looked more exotic for the fantasy setting. It’s been so long since the story originally came to me that I can’t even remember how I chose the main characters’ names.

I know that feeling. :) Was Princess Cassia's character based on any of your friends or acquaintances?
Nope, I’m one of those writers who never base any characters off real people. The few times I tried, I got blocked. Check question 10 for a little more on this.

That's interesting. I know when I write, my characters start off as one thing, and end up accumulating characteristics of people I know. :)
Now, I know you’re a horse lover. How many horses, if any, do you currently own?

I currently have one pony. He’s an 11 year old 14h Welsh/Quarter named Prince Charming. We’ll have had him for 2 years this upcoming summer.

Aw, that is such a cute name for a horse! Hopefully he lives up to his name. :)
Now for a work-related question: What's your writing routine?
I don’t really have one. Every book has been written differently. I keep meaning to get a writing routine, but they never last.

I get that. My "writing routine" is currently write-whenever-I'm-not-working-and/or-studying. :-P
Now for a fun question: Do you like to write in utter quiet, or do you enjoy listening to music as you write?
I prefer to write with the TV or music on in the background, but sometimes I need utter silence. Just depends on the book. If I’m having a hard time focusing, ear buds with certain songs playing can get me in the heavy duty word count or editing mode. 

Are any of the characters in Horse Charmer similar to you in personality?
Not sure. No one on purpose. But I’m sure some of Cassia comes from me.

Who is your favorite character?
Kali. But she has to be since she’s based off my own horse. Unlike with people characters, I do like to put horses I know in my stories. For Horse Charmer, I put my long time riding buddy and show partner Kristy in the book. Kali acts how I guess Kristy would act if she could talk. 

What is your favorite scene in Horse Charmer?
I would have to say right after Cassia runs away from Vespera and Kali jumps in the river. I worked really hard to get that little scene just right. 

If there is one scene in Horse Charmer you’d wish to have happen to you, which would it be?
When Kali talks to Cassia for the first time. Wouldn’t every horse crazy girl like to have her horse talk to her? It would make life so much easier if you could explain exactly what you want and your horse could either understand or explain why they won’t do that.

Thanks for coming over and spending time with us, Angelia!

Horse Charmer* 
By: Angelia Almos

A gifted princess. A special horse. A quest for the truth. 

At sixteen years old, Cassia would rather spend her days in the royal stables than in the royal court. But as the eldest child of King Robet and Queen Sarahann she obediently performs her duties as the Princess of Karah.

Her safe world changes forever when her father is murdered in the neighboring kingdom of Vespera. Cassia grapples with his loss as her mother prepares her for her new role as queen. Her first task - she must travel to Vespera to marry a prince she barely knows to fulfill the treaty her father signed just before his death.

Nothing is as simple as it seems with political intrigues and unusual powers shadowing Cassia on her search to find out who killed her father and why.

*Horse Charmer is on sale for $.99 (ebook) to celebrate the two year anniversary*

Angelia Almos' love affair with horses began when she was five years old and talked her parents into her first riding lesson. Horses have always been a huge part of her life. The initial idea behind Horse Charmer came to her when she was fourteen. The image of a teenage girl riding her horse through a meadow appeared. Who was this girl? Where was she going? What was she running from? Those questions led to the creation of Horse Charmer.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

I'm One Of the Greats!!

At least, this blog award says so, and I believe it. Every word!

This award came from Rose over at The Golden Road blog. Even though the rules don't say to thank the tagger and link back, I'm gonna do it anyway... 'cause I'm NICE like that.

So, here are the RULES...

Copy & paste the award to your blog.
Answer the questions given below (everyone answers the same questions every time).
Award 1-5 bloggers who are some of your favorites, give a quick description of why you chose them, and let them know you tagged them!


Here are the QUESTIONS...

1.) What are some of your tips for the background of blogs? Layout, colors, etc.?
Er... I would say, try to go for colours that suit you, but are also rather pleasing to the eye. Me, I like green and dark colours, because I find my eyes object to overlong exposure to bright computer screens. And sidebars make a blog interesting, and give insight to what kind of person you are.


2.) What are your favorite blog topics to write about?
I like to write about writing, about movies and music, about books, about me... about anything, really. I also post about clay. I guess I'm a random kind of writer! (Or blogger.)


3.) What are some of your favorite blog topics to read?
I really love to read anything that's written well, is engaging and fun to read, and gets my interest. I like writing and art blogs, "crafty" and food blogs, and blogs that deal with book, movie, or music reviews. Hairstyle blogs are fun, too.


4.) What is your biggest blogging tip for newbies?
Be yourself. Don't get too preachy. Sappy posts, or sanctimonious posts, or "I am such a deep thinker" posts can be a turnoff, if that's ALL you do. Try to make your posts light, funny, and engaging. You don't always have to be the joke-a-minute blogger, but when you go for a thoughtful post, truly try to make it THOUGHTFUL and not a soul-searching journey into treacle-town.

5.) Why did you start blogging? 
Because I am primarily a writer, and as a writer I wanted to network with other writers. :)


I Tag:
No one!

S'r'ously, I iz too tired to tag and nominate peoples. So, I shall enjoy this award, and if you'd like it, nominate yourself, blog, and tag. Knock yourself out.

Until next time, cheers! God bless!


P.S. And stay tuned. On May 20th, I shall be posting an interview with Angelia Almos, author of HORSE CHARMER. She's going on a blog tour, and she'll be stopping by to talk about her book, and answer a few questions. :)

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