As some of you may know, I’m a big fan of Angela Wallace. In fact I’ve been reading her latest release Earth Tones (Elemental Magic) (out TODAY!) and I have a hard time putting it down to do those daily things we all have to do — like laundry, take care of kids, you know the stuff.
Anyway, I caught up with this fabulous author and asked her to stop by for an interview during her blog tour of Earth Tones. Be sure to check out the book trailer for Earth Tones (Elemental Magic) at the end of the interview.
Thank you for kicking off this book tour with me, Virginia! I’m super excited to be here.
What’s your favorite stage when producing a book? At the moment, editing. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so the first draft can be very frustrating. For the story I’m working on now, I’m forcing myself to whip through the first draft without going back at all to change things. I made a to-do list for that instead. So my favorite stage is when I finally get to go back, expand on details, add vivid description, and polish the language.
What do you like about self-publishing? I like keeping control over my story. (Yes, I’m a control freak.) I also like working at my own pace. I can be a drill sergeant on myself, but am well aware that “life happens.” It’s easier to give myself permission to be flexible than it is to ask for it from someone else.
Plotter or Pantser? Plotter. I tried pantsing recently, just for the challenge, and I got 13k in before I stalled out. I write faster when I know where I’m going. What happens while I’m there, however, is definitely open for surprises.
Tell us about the main character in Earth Tones. Nita Young is an earth elemental. She lives in Yakutat, Alaska where she works as the town’s veterinarian. Her elemental responsibilities include taking care of the animals and land. She has two Husky dogs, Puck and Lakota, and enjoys pottery in her spare time. She could use her earth wielding to make sculptures, but prefers to use the wheel and tools. As she would say, “otherwise it’s just elemental magic, not art.”
What piece of mythology did you use this time? Since Nita is Native American, I wanted to play with a Native American tradition. I also knew I wanted it to be some kind of cat. After lots of searching, I found the mishupishu, or underwater panther. I used a lot from the legend, such as its scales, spiked tail, and horns, though took a little creative liberty modifying them. I hope you find it deliciously monstrous.
Will there be books with air and fire elementals? Definitely. I already know who the characters are, and I hope to introduce the air elemental in Nita’s next book before she gets her own story in #5. I have vague ideas for plots, but plan for each element to get two books.
We’re all supposed to be eating healthy, but what naughty treat tempts you the most? You know, I’ve made so many diet changes recently and all forms of sugar have been one of the things to go. Still, I hope to one day be able to eat a gluten-free maple cookie again.
What is the geekiest thing about you? I know how to write Tengwar—Tolkien’s Elvish runes. I used to exchange letters with a friend in high school written in them. It also makes a very handy code to keep passwords in.
If you could be an elemental, which one would you choose and why? Earth. According to personality tests, I fall between earth and water, but I’d want earth powers. I’ve developed a love of having certain plants in my room, but they always die. If I had earth magic, problem solved.
Everyone seems to complain when their favorite book is made into a movie or mini series. What is your favorite movie based on a book? I actually love comparing books with their movie adaptations. Even as a kid, I sat down to watch the Wizard of Oz with the book open in my lap. While I agree some movies or mini series don’t do the book justice, I loved the Lord of the Rings movies.
What’s your favorite sweet food? Peanut butter chip cookies. The best part is I haven’t had to give them up with my new diet; I use almond flour and they still come out great!
If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? A. W. Tozer, author of The Pursuit of God. I love his book so much (I read it over and over), and I imagine it would be an extraordinary conversation.
When a series of wild animal attacks strike the inhabitants of Yakutat, Nita has to put her romantic plans on hold. Mangled bodies are turning up, and a mysterious black panther has been spotted in the woods. Fur, scales, and a venomous bite suggest the cat is supernatural in origin—and evidence indicates that someone not only summoned it, but is using it to target those Nita cares about. It’s the perfect murder weapon: no fingerprints, no evidence. And in a town this small, the killer is someone she knows.
Nita’s strength will be put to the test as she faces losing her friends, her town, and the man she loves.
Available on Amazon (Link: http://amzn.to/SowGlS)
Angela Wallace loves gun-toting good boys and could have been a cop in another life except for the unfortunate condition of real blood making her queasy. Good thing writing gun and sword fights isn’t a problem. In her books you’ll find the power of love, magic, and redemption.