Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Author, author... Stolen Time by Angela Rae Harris & Giveaway

...read all about her !!

Running just a tad behind today but we're thrilled that we have the talented Angela Rae Harris here to share a bit about herself!!

       Welcome Angela, so great to have you here with us.  Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Thank you for having me! I am a work-at-home mother of two, a five year old girl and a two year old boy. I live in Northern Utah currently, but call the small town of Price in Central Utah my hometown. I love to be outdoors and anything to do with an ocean.

Do real life events find their way into your stories?

I think there are real life situations in my stories. In Stolen Time, Keaira has a traumatic experience that changed her life. She has to find the strength in herself to move on from that and live her life on her own terms. On the other hand, the reason I love to read and write is to leave the worries and the stress of real life behind, to enjoy seeing a new world unfold. I want the same for my readers.

Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?

I would say most of my secondary characters are based on real people in my life. The history teacher in the beginning of Stolen Time is basically my high school history teacher. It was my way of leaving a little tribute to him and saying thank you.

Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?

Finding an inspiration for my stories is easy for me. I see it in the people I meet, the songs I listen to and even the things my five year old says. It is always different. After I start writing the characters pretty much take it from there. They tell the story after I come up with the idea.

When do you write?  Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?  After the kids go to bed?

Writing on a schedule is difficult for me. I have a part job and I’m a full time mom. Usually nap time is my writing time. This time of year is hunting season though, and my husband is an avid hunter. That means after the kids go to bed I’ll be writing until midnight or so. I love to write when the house is quiet.

How do you feel about marketing your book?

This is my debut. I’m new to it, but I’m enjoying it. I believe in soft marketing, reserving time and energy I have at the end of the day for writing the second book in The Time Series, Present Thought.

What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?

Facebook and twitter are the big ones right now. Who knows what tomorrow will bring though. That is why keeping your website and blog up-to-date is important. Facebooks will come and go but your website is yours forever.

Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to turn in?

I sent the manuscript for Present Thought, the second book in the series, into Tri-Destiny Publishing and was offered a contract. However, they felt something was missing and it would give me the opportunity to grow as a writer if I wrote a prequel. I pitched Stolen Time to them. They asked me to write it and here we are ten months later.

Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing?  If so, what is it?

Writing in the New Adult genre is where I’ve always wanted to be. I like to try new things though. I do think that writing science fiction would be fun and I have outlined a contemporary romance based on a dear friend’s battle with cancer.

Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?

This is a great question!  I don’t really see myself as my heroine. She is much stronger than I am. Sometimes I think that she represents a part of me, the part that would do anything for those that they love. I would think all mothers feel that way though.

Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 

Favorite 5

1)  Favorite Male Actor  - Robert Downey Jr.

2)  Favorite vehicle – Such a hard question for me! I really love old trucks, like a ’37 Chevy.

3)  Favorite way to relax – Curl up on the coach watching a movie with my husband.

4)  Favorite ice cream – Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Brownie

5)  Favorite outfit – My favorite shoes – brown felt boots with a line of fringe down the side. If I wear these, whatever else I’m wearing becomes my favorite outfit.

And for a bonus:  If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be?  (Of course, without the hindrance of jobs or money needed)

I love that I have mountains where I live now. The only thing that would make Utah better would be a beach. New Zealand would be the perfect place for me. It has a large mountain range and a beautiful ocean. I’d even take just a few weeks there. J

Where can our readers find you?? 

Website/blog: www.angelaraeharris.com

Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

Thank you! Stolen Time is a New Adult/Urban Fantasy novella that was released on October 22nd.

 Tragedy has made Keaira wise beyond her twenty years. Forced to work for the General, a commanding man who blackmailed his way into her life, she was ordered to study self-defense and master knife throwing. In the hidden community of Shifters, falcons are considered weak, a fact which may ultimately save her life. To escape his cruelty, she will need to call upon her quick-witted falcon side, but the General has other plans – ones which involve his only son, Carson.
When unexpected feelings form between Keaira and Carson, the General quickly moves his pieces into place, launching his quest to take over the world. If she wants to survive, Keaira must stay one step ahead in the General’s deadly game and discover his weaknesses. Even if it means risking her life and the lives of those she cares about most.
With war on the horizon, sides are being drawn.  Deadly secrets must be exposed. Time is running out for Keaira and all of mankind.
 Buy Links:  Amazon     B&N   

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One last thing before we let you leave us today.   Do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?  I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share.

I am not a very good cook. In fact, my husband makes dinner at our house. I do, however, love to bake. Mostly deserts. My favorite this time of year is Peach Cobbler:

        You’ll need:

        ½ cup of butter

        ½ cup of flour

        ½ cup of sugar

        1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

        1/3 cup of milk

        3 cups of PEELED sliced peaches

        ½ teaspoon of vanilla

        ½ cup of sugar (for later)

2 small bowls and a 9X9 baking dish

Slice and peel peaches (I think it is easier to cut them into slices then take the skin off each slice) leave a small bowl. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter and pour it evenly into the 9X9 baking dish. Blend flour, sugar, baking powder and milk together in a small bowl. Pour over butter in the baking dish. Add vanilla to sliced peaches; carefully stir peaches around to evenly spread the vanilla. Pour peaches over the flour mix in the baking dish. Sprinkle ½ cup of sugar over the peaches. Bake uncovered for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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Don't forget the giveaway :)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for having me Krista! I had so much fun filling out your interview! I hope your readers enjoy it!