Interview with Angela Townsend
1) When did you first realize you wanted to be an Author? From the time I was old enough to hold a pen or pencil.
2) What would you say is your interesting quirk that only happens when you are writing? I like to write in places filled with people or music. I like lots of energy and distractions.
3) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books? That no matter how much I was told as a child (by crabby English teachers) that I would never be good enough to be a writer–that I was able to do it and be successful.
4) Where did you get ideas for your books? They just come to me. I am never without ideas.
5) Out of all the books you have written which is your favorite and why? Angus MacBain and The Island of Sleeping Kings. I love this one because it speaks so much to my celtic roots.
6) What do you think makes a good story? One that is written by a skilled story teller. You must be able to weave a good tale in order to write one.
7) Who are some of your favorite Authors? I love Emily Bronte and Bram Stoker. Also I love the poetry of William Butler Yeats. I think these classical authors were some of the most skilled at visually telling a story.
8) If you could pick one actor to play a character in your book in the movie version, who would it be? I wouldn’t pick a well known actor I would pick someone who is completely new in the acting industry because I love to give people chances to achieve their dream.
9) Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing? I really wasn’t influenced by anyone. It was something I was born to do. I come from a long line of Irish oral storytellers. My grandparents all told tales around a fire.
10) What kind of TV shows do you like and do you find that as a Paranormal Writer that you gravitate toward True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Lost Girl and others that center around Preternatural or Supernatural Creatures? I don’t watch TV but I do enjoy movies a lot. I tend to lean more toward Alford Hitchcock and supernatural horror films.
11) How are your Supernaturals different from the traditional mythology? Mine are more spooky than traditional Greek mythology.
12) What is your view on the Paranormal “Craze” that’s going on, do you feel that it is a fad that people will look back on and laugh or a lasting interest that will birth classics to come? No because most people love a good escape and they love fairytales and creatures. It is deeply rooted part of our culture. I feel paranoramal stories will always be around.
13) What other genres do you write? Middle Grade, Horror and Biographical.
14) If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Author what would it be? Do not give up—no matter what. Do not let rejections or bad reviews get you down.
15) What would you like to say to friends and family of Authors (not just your own)? Most authors are introverts. Don’t try to change the weird quirks of those who are creative–just be supportive.
16) Is there anything else you want to share with your readers? If you love audio books I have many out there to choose from. 🙂
Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.
Angela’s first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. She later went on to sign with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013 and currently has two novels published through them: Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings and River of Bones. Her third novel, Moonflower is scheduled for release in March 2014.
Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant.