Hello Angel! Thank you for being here with me today. Tell us a little about yourself!
I've been writing seriously since I was thirteen. Nothing I wrote back then was particularly fabulous, but it got my foot in the door. I mostly used my writing then for therapeutic reasons. I needed to escape, and my fantasy did that for me. Every character was a mirror for myself. Then I stopped writing around age 15 when I hit a dark place. I picked it back up after getting married at 18. My daughter was born 2 years ago, and no matter how much I love her, she puts a damper on my writing time. But she's a little nerd. She watches Doctor Who, rolls dice at the DnD table, and tries to play Munchkin. Sometimes, she takes her play laptop and pretends to write sitting on the couch beside me. It's a wonderful life.
What is your current story about, and what types of themes (if any) do you explore in it?
My current story, Waxing, is a continuation of my Obsidian Embers trilogy. My characters are split, some with the enemy and some racing the enemy for help from the king of a foreign nation. My story is all about slavery, war, seeing things from both sides, and overcoming adversity.
Who has/have been your favorite character(s) to write in this story so far, and why?
In the trilogy as a whole, I love writing Zahir. He's so sarcastic and rude, but he's also the hero. He has fears I don't have, so that makes it challenging, and he's hard to get along with. I also love, on the girl side, writing Desdemona. She's my main villain. She's intelligent, manipulative, but she truly thinks she right in what she's doing. It's been a great experience to look at things from her side. In Waxing in particular, I love writing Verin. He's always been my favorite. He's the secondary villain of the trilogy. He's a sociopath: charming, manipulative, easy to like, but hell if you cross him.
What has been the hardest thing for you about writing (whether in your WIP, or in general)?
It's always been hard trying to find the time. It was easier in high school, but then I had college and worked a full time job. I had a full course load with 3 different areas of focus. That was a hard time for my writing. Now, it's difficult to find the time because I have a daughter who needs my attention and, again, a full time job. I make it work, though. Even if I have to stay up way later than I should.
What is your deepest dream regarding writing?
I dream of being as big as my favorite authors, but I also dream of touching people with my work. Even if I have a small audience, I hope that what I write can inspire people to follow their dreams and fight through their dark times.
Where can we find out more about you and your writing?
If you want to keep up with my writing, play writing and other genre related games, or keep up with up and coming authors, you can go like my page at https://www.facebook.com/angelblackwood13
Or you can go buy either of the two anthologies that have my short stories in them.
All Shall Be Hell is set in Centralia, PN and is a modern continuation of Doctor Faustus and is in The Forgotten Places anthology. All proceeds go to St. Jude's.
The other, Of Oceans and Oblivion, has pirates, magic, and intrigue and is featured in The Road Taken Anyway. You can get either of those on my author page at http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Blackwood/e/B00SARZLFY
I've got a lot more going on, so I'd love to have you over there.
Author E.H. Demeter