First Interview with Angela Verdenius:
Hi Angela. Thank you for doing this interview for us and letting us into your world. I would like to welcome you to the Romance at Heart Interview and Author Grilling session. *bg* We are interested to find out as much about you as we possibly can, so lets get started...
- Please tell us about your latest book.
Soul of a Mercenary is a futuristic romance set in both the Outlaw and Lawful Sectors of the galaxy. It is the 2nd in the Heart & Soul series (Heart of an Outlaw is the 1st). Reya is one of the leaders of the now-pardoned Reeka Warrior Women, but whereas they rebuild their lives, she has a dark secret that is slowly consuming her soul, and keeping her on the edge of insanity. It is this secret that prompts her to return to the life of a mercenary in the Outlaw Sector.
Maverk is the Daamen trader who loves her, and he follows her to the Outlaw Sector with the intention of returning her to her sister’s side. When she refuses, he schemes to stay with her, and ends up following her into the nightmare reaching out to her from her blood-drenched past.
Reya is a strong character, cold and calm, and Maverk is the only one who can bring her emotions to the fore. Make no mistake, Reya is no weakling, and can be merciless. Maverk is a man with great strength of both character and physical build, and his love needs to be strong enough to see him through the darkness to come. Garret & Dana are the supporting characters in this story, which also introduces readers to Kiile of Argon, and Sinya the pirate. All these side characters made their first appearance in Heart of an Outlaw.
- What can we expect from you in the future?
Undoubtedly more futuristic romances! There are six in the Heart & Soul series so far, two of them being spin-offs (Love’s Sweet Assassin & Love’s Bewitching Thief). All are contracted and are coming out this year and early next year. Currently, I’m playing with the idea of a horror romance, but there’s another futuristic in the series pricking constantly at me lately. The hero and heroine keep intruding on my daydreams, so I guess that’s going to have to come first!
- How do we find out about you and your books?
You can check out the current books available from Wings ePress, and buy straight from the site as POD or download.
For current and future books, you can visit my website at Angela Verdenius.com . My biography and photo are up there, too (amazing what a good hairdresser, make-up artist & photographer can do!)
- How may readers contact you?
On my website is my email address, but I’ll reprint here as well: Angela@modnet.com.au I love hearing from readers, what they think of my books, who is their favourite, who they’re interested in, even who’s story they’d like to see.
- Where do your ideas come from?
A line from a song, something I see, anything really. Mostly, ideas come to me when I daydream. I see something and go, “Hmm…what if…I could…and then there’s…whoa! Idea!” LOL
- Do you feel humour is important in women's fiction and why?
Love’s Sweet Assassin & Love’s Bewitching Thief both contain a lot of humour. Even my serious books contain a little humour. I truly believe our lives are so fast-paced now, so high achieving, that we’re in danger of forgetting how to laugh, and to stop and smell the flowers. Laughter lightens a tense moment, brings warmth to the heart, and refreshment to the soul.
- What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write?
Love scenes in romance novels are almost accepted as the normal, I find. Personally, I think the amount and level depends on the story. A love scene put in a romance simply because the author thinks she/he had better put one in, may not suit the story and even jar it. It’s not natural. But if the intimacy is required as part of the story, and flows naturally, it works. The Heart & Soul books have love scenes, but not as imaginative (!) as the Love ones.
My first love scenes were quite tame in comparison to what I write now. I think the more you write, the more at ease you get. It’s a case of getting past the “what will everyone think about me when they read this?” and allowing your imagination to flow. After all, reading is relaxing, fantasy, a way to escape real life for a while. Why not enjoy it?
- Would you like to write a different genre than you do now, or sub-genre?
I like the thought of writing romance with more horror in it as well. Paranormal romance is strong now, but I think we can expand on the horror as well, for those with the taste for it! (This from some one who loves horror movies and books)
I don’t believe we should limit ourselves.
- How many books have you written, how many have been published?
I’ve written six futuristic romances, and all have been contracted to Wings ePress. Heart of an Outlaw is already available, and Soul of a Mercenary is also available this month.
Heart of the Betrayed - August 2003
Love’s Sweet Assassin – Nov 2003
Soul of a Hunter – Feb 2004
Love’s Bewitching Thief – June 2004
- Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?
I actually have two favourites (call me greedy!) Reya and Maverk from Soul of a Mercenary, and Sabra and Cam from Soul of a Hunter. I seem to lean towards the darker stories and complex characters!
- What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest?
Sometimes the beginning can be hard, because you need to introduce characters without trying to describe them on the first page! You want the reader to find out naturally, so I have to reign myself in there. Building up to the middle would have to be the easiest, because the plan is all there – you need to get hero and heroine to this stage, and you’re running for it. Middle block can be a killer. Things really have to happen here, and it needs to make sense for the slide home to a happy ending – and trying to finish the last page on just the right note isn’t as easy as it sounds (well, not for me, anyway!)
Also, when I have a pile of good books waiting by my bedside, begging to be read…
- What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
When a reader tells me how much they enjoyed my book, how the characters & storyline gripped them, and when is the next one coming out? That’s the best! Knowing I had fun writing a book, and someone had enjoyment from reading it.
- Any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
Keep writing, honing your skills, and keep submitting. Heart of an Outlaw was a real labour of love. I hand-wrote it all, then typed it on a typewriter, submitted, told it was too long (over 200,000) words, reworked it to about 106,000 words – shed a few tears – re-submitted and was accepted. Then the publisher went out of business about two months before it was due to come out. Resubmitted again and was accepted. That was three years of work. I nearly cried when I finally held my book in my hands.
I’ve had rejections for previous manuscripts – too many to count – from publishers, but I kept going. You have to. Writing is in the blood; it takes hold and doesn’t let go. Most importantly, keep a sense of humour, and be open to new ideas..
- What are some of your favourite things to do?
Go to the movies with friends, have video & takeaway nights, read, spend time with my cats, and watch the rain while curled up with a good book.
- Please tell us about yourself.
I live in Geraldton, Western Australia, I’m single woman, a nurse, the President of the RSPCA Geraldton Committee, a member of the Cat Sterilization Society, often have abandoned cats/kittens living in my lounge until they can be rehomed, have bottle-fed abandoned kittens, do school talks on animal welfare, dote on my darling niece Chloe Louise, have a wonderful & supportive mother, several close & like-minded friends, can sulk for several days at a time, love to read, drink too much diet coke, have a sweet tooth, hate getting up early, love rainy weather, consider I have a sense of humour (even though one friend told me it was twisted), detest brussel sprouts/cabbage/spinach/ kidneys and other body organs, adore pavlova/home-made stir-fry/potato fritters and chips, love horror movies and hate animal cruelty. And I love to write! That’s me in a nut shell (nut being the main word here).
Thank You, Angela. We appreciate the time that you have taken to give us this interview. I should also mention at this point that your new book, The Soul of a Mercenary comes out this month. It is another fine book, Angela. Thank you.
Yours in good reading,
Second Interview with Angela Verdenius:
Hi Angela. Thank you for doing this update interview, Angela. I would like to welcome you again to the Romance at Heart Interview and Author Grilling session. *bg* We are interested to find out a lot more about you as we have enjoyed many of your books. I know everyone is anxious, so lets get started...
- We know that you have recently released Soul of a Hunter, and it is wonderful read. Where did you come up with such great ideas?
Cam is such a happy man, but I wanted someone complex for him. I’m drawn to the ‘darker’ heroine, and one day while listening to some music, I had a sudden vision of a woman lying dying in the snow, a victim of those she hunted. Sabra was born, and I knew she’d be perfect for Cam. I like to have some side plots going, too, hence The Overlord was born, and I loved the fact that he is totally alien in looks. My pirates came to the fore, but these were different pirates – the ebony pirate, Veknor, and Fredrico, who works for the Overlord and has a – er – now, I can’t go any further without giving too much away. LOL! The worst pirate to date has to be Darcus – the one who took Sabra one savage night, and changed her course of life forever. I can say that my best ideas come to me while I’m driving and listening to music.
- What are you currently writing?
Soul of a Witch – a tentative title. It’s Beulah’s story. She appears in several previous Heart & Soul books. This book is a ‘must’ book, as I need to do this one for a future one I’m planning.
- When did Love’s Bewitching Thief start swirling around in your mind?
I wanted another sassy heroine for Marten, who needs taking down a peg or two. But she had to be a match for him in every way. I love cats, and was drawn to the idea of Marten, a sexual, sensual Argon, facing a heroine who was coming dangerously into heat. And I mean dangerously
- Where did you come up with such a saucy character as Lysie?
I only have to look at my own female cats, young and old, to see how saucy they can be. An ex-breeder of pedigree Balinese & Siamese cats, I’ve seen the little minxes when they’re trying to entice the boys! Some of my girls are so high-spirited naturally, pedigree and moggies, that I drew a lot from their characters.
- Does Lysie have any other abilities other than dancing, heating up the men’s libidos, and thieving?
Smart mouth and a gift of the gab! She’s also extremely loyal when she chooses to be so.
- Is the brooch of any importance other than something to be pawned?
Only to Marten – he originally bought it for his mother’s birthday. To Lysie, it was just a ticket for a comfortable bed and good food. She likes her luxuries and comfort, as do all cats.
- How long did it take you to write Love’s Bewitching Thief?
About four months.
- Who is the villain in this piece?
Revadac – and a small part of the clue as to his role in the story is in his name
- Will there be a sequel to Love’s Bewitching Thief?
I have plans for Illam, one of the Felys men, and Tera, an Argon apprentice healer who has appeared in several previous Heart & Soul books. They’ve butted heads already, and have yet to meet in person. LOL
- Will we be meeting any new humanoid or other species? Anymore new and exciting worlds?
There’s a new species in the book I’m currently working on. I try to make them humanoid, rather than too alien, but who knows what’s really out there? There are so many new places yet to be discovered!
- What is in store for the Heart and Soul series?
Currently I’m writing Soul of a Witch, as I said, which is a change in direction – a little more mystical, which is what you’d expect of Beulah the witch-woman. The fact that Sinya the pirate is the hero, makes it all the more titillating – I hope…
After I finish this one, I plan to continue to explore the lighter side of love and sexuality with the story of Tera and Illam. I just love a hero and heroine who cause sparks, laughter and smart-mouthed comments!
- How many more are there in store for us?
Hmm…a couple more Love’s titles, some more Heart & Soul titles. I’m certainly not finished with the Reekas, Daamens & Argons, and I have some plans for the bounty hunters, too. Heart of the Forsaken (Dec 2004) has opened up paths to the bounty hunters.
- Have you named them yet?
Heart of the Forsaken is Red’s story. The others are ideas waiting to be developed. I’m always working on one, though! LOL
- Do you have a time-table for their release?
Love’s Bewitching Thief is released in June 2004, and Heart of the Forsaken in Dec 2004
- Where can we find more of your works?
- In all the books you have written, is there a character male/female that is your very favorite?
It’s really hard to pick the most favorite. I’m drawn to the darker, tortured heroines. I guess Reya, for her cold, controlled demeanor, which hides hidden fires. She was my first ‘dark’ heroine. Cam is to die for
- What was the hardest/easiest book you’ve written so far?
The easiest – well, probably Love’s Sweet Assassin. I laughed so much in it, and found myself talking a lot of it aloud. The hardest? The one I’m currently working on!
- What made you decide to write romance instead of say horror or drama?
Romance is hope in life and love. Everyone needs some romance – and romance can be light or dark. There is so much variety available in romance, so many genres. The sky’s the limit at the moment.
- What sparks your imagination?
Music is a huge factor. A line, a tune, several words from a song – it triggers off all kinds of ideas.
Thanks for answering our questions, Angela. And thanks again for the wonderful characters, and worlds. We will be looking forward to hearing more from your Heart and Soul worlds!
Yours in good reading,
Third Interview with Angela Verdenius:
Hey Angela, We are glad to have you here at Romance at Heart Magazine. Welcome to the interview where we try to pick the best of the facts out of our author's heads! I know you have a lot to share, so lets get started.
- Please tell us about yourself (family, hobbies, education, etc.).
I’m a nurse who works night shifts. I love the solitude and the fact that a small group of nurses on night shift creates a close working relationship. You also avoid the politics of the days
- Do your fans' comments and letters influence you in any way?
Fans’ comments always bring a smile to my face, and happiness to my heart. To hear how someone enjoyed my stories means so much to me. There are times when writing doesn’t flow smoothly, and I write myself into a corner, or I’m tired but force myself to continue, when all I want is to sit and read instead. But knowing my stories are appreciated makes it all worthwhile – and it means I’m not writing total garbage! LOL
- Why did you decide to write romance novels?
Romance is amongst one of my favorite genres to read, and I love a happily-ever-after. I also think the ride can be intriguing and fun, so…LOL
- How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
I think all writers bring some of their personality to their characters. We instill in them the characteristics we admire, and our beliefs. Some of their darker habits may be the things we fear or loathe. Speaking for myself, I know I live my characters when I write them, and find myself laughing, smiling, frowning etc, according to the scene. Life experiences teach us how to handle situations, or how we should have or could have, and this reflects in the characters. Again, this is only my opinion
- What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?
I live with my mother, and she is a gem. She pretty much leaves me alone when I write. My father, when he was alive, used to wander in to see what I was doing, then wander back out again LOL, but he didn’t interrupt a lot.
- What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
Watch a video, have a video night with my best friends, go to the movies, or simply chill-out with takeaway and sit back and watch TV - or go to bed with a good book. Yep, I’m a party animal!! I have to admit I’m not into social functions and big gatherings.
- What does your husband/wife think of your writing?
Not married, but the cats think it’s great. They like to sit on the desk and play with my pens, sit on my paper, lie on the cupboards with their paws dangling over the edge, and fossick in my writing room. If one of them wants my attention badly enough, they start pulling my Legolas poster off the desk where it’s stuck up *sigh*. Legolas is starting to look a bit tatty.
- If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?
What I used to do heaps of – read read read. I was a voracious reader and still am, but between work and writing, my reading time is cut by at least half, if not three quarters. Before I seriously started writing, I went through books like a whirlwind through a pile of loose leaves. Now I actually have books stacked up I haven’t gotten around to reading yet. Oh, the shame of it! LOL
Thanks so much for this opportunity to share some of myself with you!
Thank You, Angela. We appreciate the time that you have taken to give us this special interview, an up close and personal addition to our collection. I should also mention at this point that your book, Heart of the Forsaken, comes out this month from Wings ePress. It is another fine book, Angela. That makes a total of seven books in the Heart and Soul series! Thank you for the great tales.
Yours in good reading,