Thursday, August 19, 2010

Take A Chance On Angela Kay Austin!!

Anyone else feeling the Back-To-School grind? With lunch boxes to fill, dress codes to ensure, homework and car pooling, don't the days just wing on by?!

If you're looking for a snazzy read to make the wait-times for pick-ups and practices a little less mundane, you've come to the "write" place!!

ANGELA KAY AUSTIN is here today to pass along some kickin' advice and to tell us about her latest book, LOVE'S CHANCE.

Grab a scone or three and top off your cup. We're getting down to the good stuff!

1) If you were a book, what would your blurb be?

This one is difficult. I've never thought of myself in 250 words or less. Maybe something like...From modest beginnings, Angela Kay Austin faced constant struggle to become bestselling author. Berated by many, loved by more and envied because of it she faced fear, exile and loss in search of the answer to the question...where do I belong?

2)Using three words, describe your voice.

Contemporary, urban, feminist

3) What's been the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome in your writing?

Believing I really had something to say that was ohh so slightly different from what everyone else had to say. And, then convincing everyone else that it was more than just a hobby that I would give up on or that would eventually burn out.

4)What's the best writing/career advice you've ever received?

Write everyday. No matter what it is...write in a journal, blog, or your grocery list, but write something. It helps you to find out exactly what your voice is, and allows you to strengthen it.

5)If you had to start all over again, what would be the one bit of writing "know-how" you'd want to take along?

Know-how? Hmm. I've thought about knowledge before...I'd definitely want to remember that every action has creates momentum and has a consequence. Know-how? Aside from how to tell a story, I'd love to remember how to play music. Being able to read the notes, and create something from nothing has always fascinated me.

6) What do you think are the vital components every romance should possess?

Strong chemistry between the h/h. A plot that is filled with the right plot twists that carry the story forward, and that allow for enough push and pull between the characters. This allows the reader to become a true part of the relationship understanding what each character is willing to do for the other.

Characterization. The characters have to be truly defined so the reader believes them and the situations you put them in. Focus on the GMC of each of character. And, of course, description. So often, as a writer, I will a scene and forget the layer in all of the necessary pieces to pull a reader into the scene as I see it. Only on the 5th round of edits do you have it exactly the way you really want it.

7)What's up next for you? Any news you'd like to share?

Nest ;-) I have a short story, My Son, that will be coming soon from my publisher--Red Rose Publishing. It's the story of misplaced trust, love, family, and murder. I really hope your readers will keep an eye out for it.

Links for Angela Kay Austin:

Love’s Chance blurb:
To pay back her parents and prevent the loss of their family business, Sinclair Mosley leaves her family and friends behind. Pennsylvania doesn’t welcome her with open arms, but Chance O’Malley does. At the risk of losing everything that brought her to Pennsylvania, including her family’s restaurant, Sinclair must decide if she’s willing to take a chance on love.

Love’s Chance excerpt (PG):
Chance pulled out a chair beside Sinclair and sat. He leaned back and rested his arm across the back of her chair. His thigh touched hers underneath the table. “Your presentation was really good. I think you were the only one who actually kept to the time limit.” He ran a hand across his military hair cut. “How long was Raquel up there? Forty-five minutes.”

She could feel her cheeks redden due to his nearness. “I think so.”

Chance’s look fixed on something across the room; he shifted in his seat. His body leaned closer to hers. “So, when are you leaving? I’ll walk you to your car.”

She followed his stare. Raquel Dickinson, Bakery Category Manager, stalked in their direction. Her broad, angry movements destroyed the effect of the body hugging dress she wore. Reddish blonde hair flowed like untamed fire over bare shoulders.

Sinclair searched the room for her boss, Daniel Houser. She caught a glimpse of his back as he and his wife slipped out of the dining hall. As the breath escaped her, her shoulders slumped. Not so much as a pat on the back or job well done. For some reason, he spent as little time as possible around her. He wasn’t a bad guy, but he definitely was not the ‘go to’ guy in case of emergency. “It looks like I can leave at any time.”

Chance stood, and pulled out Sinclair’s chair. “Let’s go.”

Raquel reached their table before they could leave. “Calling it a night so early?”
He stood between the two women, and reached for Sinclair’s hand to help her stand. “Yeah Raquel it’s been a long night, and I’ve got a meeting in the morning.”

Raquel leaned around Chance. “Sinclair, do you mind if I walk out with the two of you?”

“Of course not. Are you ready?”

Chance released Sinclair’s hand, but walked closely behind. “Raquel, where did you park?”

She snaked her arm around his. “Next to your truck.”

“And Sinclair what about you?”

“I am on the other side of the lot. You really don’t have to walk me all of the way.”

“Sinclair, Chance and I would not dream of letting you walk to your car alone.”

Raquel rubbed her hand up and down Chance’s arm, and looked up into his eyes. “Would we Chance?”

Chance stopped underneath the awning in front of the banquet hall. “Sinclair, wait here. Come on Raquel.” Chance and Raquel walked into the night toward their cars.
Sinclair didn’t wait; she headed in the direction of her car. Footsteps behind her caught her attention.

“Sinclair. Stop.” Chance’s voice was stern. He blocked her path. “I asked you to wait.”

“I know, but I didn’t want to be any trouble. You and Raquel…you seemed—”

“We seemed what? If you have a question, ask it.” His stare was amplified by his silence.

She had questions, but they didn’t matter. She shook her head from side to side. “No. It’s really none of my business.”

“None of your business?” Chance walked slow and close.

“No. You and Raquel have your own thing.”

“We do have a history, Sinclair, but—”

Sinclair stopped at her car door. “But it’s none of my business.”

Chance stepped in closer. “What if I want that to change?”

She took a step back. “It couldn’t”

He stepped back, and stared. “It couldn’t or you wouldn’t let it?”

“Chance, I can’t.” She turned to open her car door. “Thanks for walking me to my car.” She stepped back to open the door, for a moment her body fit into his. She slid into her car, and shut the door behind her.

Love's Chance - Available NOW from Red Rose Publishing

Here's hoping you found a must-have end of summer read!! I'd like to thank Angela for letting me interview her. If you'd like to know more about Angela Kay Autsin, please check out the above posted links!

THANK YOU, TLN'ers!! I've been missing Waikiki and the beautiful beaches of O'ahu in a bad way. So, I figured it was time to revisit an old fav:

After trolling for the video, I'm definitely gonna be "Cruising" for a copy of Cocktail to watch! Talk about an awesome summer time flick. WHAT's YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER MOVIE??


Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Angela,
Nice interivew.


Josh Healy said...
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Angela Kay Austin said...

Thanks Margaret. I apologize for all of the typos ;-)

Kaye Manro said...

Oh wow, Angela! It's great to see you here! I frequent Sarah's blog often and I'm glad you are here. A true familar face. Great book she has her folks--