1. Since the publication of your first book, how has your writing evolved? Are you doing anything radically different than you did in the beginning?
I do everything different now - I go a lot deeper, spend more time up front, and search for new topics. I'm always trying new software, and lately I've begun to write in Scrivener, which I love. After more than twenty years to refine techniques, I think I've learned what works for me and what doesn't.
2. What is the most adventurous thing you've done in the name of research for a story?
Probably going to the Amazon jungle to research THE CANOPY. We fished for piranha, climbed to the top of the canopy, slogged through the river in waders, slept in tents with mosquito netting...cool.
3. Where do you get your ideas for stories?
They usually come in pieces - there are four integral parts (setting, characters, theme, plot), and often I'll get one part and have to wait for the other parts to materialize before I have a complete story. I had the rainforest canopy idea, for example, for years before I discovered the other pieces. And I've had these three sisters in my head for months, and those ladies are about to become THE GRANDMA GENE.
4. Can you share a little about your current WIP?
It's THE GRANDMA GENE, and since I don't usually get the characters first, I haven't a clue what it's about other than the development of these characters. Plots have always come naturally to me, so I'm working on some character stories to flex that "other" set of muscles.
Thanks, Angie, for visiting with us today.