About Heidi Angell:
Heidi Angell is a bibliophile, lexicomaniac and wordsmith! She is the author of The Hunters Series, The Clear Angel Chronicles, and The Hell School Series. She also created Royal Prince Vince, and Creative Exercises to Inspire,
When she is not reading and writing, she can be found spending quality time with her lovely family camping, hiking, swimming, or binge-watching Netflix.
What inspires you to write?
Reading allows me the freedom to explore ideas and share world views. Writing allows me to shape those world views and share those ideas with others.
Tell us about your writing process.
Every story is different. That being said, I am a planner, before I ever begin writing I know the beginning, middle, and end of a story. Sometimes that is established through months of plotting, planning and crafting. Sometimes it comes in a dream and I have to get it down before it disappears. Sometimes it is pulled from the real world and carefully placed in a fictional environment to make more palatable. Each method requires different levels of planning and tools.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen and talk to my characters. Often my children will walk in on me plotting a scene while doing laundry or dishes. Sadly, I think they are more embarrassed when this happens than I am.
What advice would you give other writers?
Quit now. It is a hard row to hoe, and you probably won’t make a living, or be successful. There are more books published every day than one reader could read in an entire lifetime. It is a dying industry.
Still here? Then you are a writer. Get your butt in that chair, and write!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started out looking for an agent. I got one and my series Clear Angel Chronicles was under contract for 2 years. We got several offers, but nothing from any houses I had heard of, and most were not offering me anything that I couldn’t do for myself. When a publisher has errors on their website, you are in the wrong place!
I ultimately decided to let the contract die and self-publish. One of my friends had introduced me to the concept and I dove in head first. I love the ability to control my books from the way the pages are laid out, to the cover design, to getting it into the hands of readers.
I have played with the idea of finding a more traditional route, but right now I am really enjoying the process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that it will continue to evolve and develop. It is not dead, despite what others may say. It is not an easy industry, by any means, but it is thriving. There is a reason Hollywood keeps coming to us for ideas!
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: I have an urban fantasy series, a paranormal detective series, a YA literary series and two children’s books.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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