1. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write romance since that’s mostly what I read. If someone recommends a mystery or suspense, I’ll read their recommended book. Which is probably why some suspense found its way into Magic Moment. I knew I needed a secondary story and the suspense end seemed to work out really well. Plus, I watch a lot of crime dramas on television.
2. How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?
I do have two other books that I’ve written – which I can barely remember. They were written so long ago, typed on my Smith Corona typewriter.
I do have a favorite short story, though, “Cracks in My Heart.” It appeared a few years ago in The Long and Short of It (now the Long and Short Reviews) when they were doing their “Thrifty Thursday” short story. The heroine is sitting in a park, remembering the hero. Before going off to war, he had told her not to wait for him to return, but to move on with her life. Although she tried to do just that, she can’t forget him, the love of her life. I purposely wrote the story with an ambiguous setting so that the time frame could be any war in our history, World War II, Vietnam, and not just the war in which our country was currently involved.
Many readers told me they weren’t expecting the ending – which was exactly what I had intended.
3. What inspired your latest book?
For Magic Moment, I had the idea for a hero, Chase, who seemed egotistical and shallow on the outside, but was anything but once you got a look into his soul. My idea for Laura came when a colleague of mine mentioned how sad she was over having missed milestones in her daughters’ lives because she had to work. She said she wished she could just stay home and be a Lunch/PTA mom. Some of our colleagues frowned at her. I thought, “well, what’s wrong with just wanting to be with your girls and be a stay-at-home Mom?”
I knew I needed something suspenseful as a secondary story. At one time I did clerical work at a produce warehouse. Although it was many years ago, I still remembering saying to myself as I maneuvered through the banana crates, “Are there really bananas in here?”
4. Give us an elevator pitch for your book.
A man and a woman who think they don’t like each, really do.
5. Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like?
I have a corner in the basement with a television, my stereo…bookcase and desk with computer. A bulletin board with lots of sentimental stuff – a picture of my 2008 World Series Phillies…my dog who passed away many years ago, a couple of “Peanuts” and “Family Circus” cartoons that bring a smile to my face.
My radio is always on while I’m working. If I’m not listening to the Phillies, or someone talking about the Phillies, I’m listening to an Oldies station.
6. What did you want to be when you were a child? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
I always wanted to be, but always thought of it as more of a hobby over a career choice. My grandmother was a big influence in my reading, my writing, and my love of the Phillies. When I was little, I would write stories in a copybook and my grandmother would read them – and critique them. She was the best.
7. Do you have any rejection stories to share?
I was never one to dwell on my rejections – unless the editor offered suggestions, and I never got many of those. I generally got the form rejection.
With rejections, I’ll always make a note in my file and either delete the email, toss the letter, and then (and this is the most important) submit to the next person on my list.
8. Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?
I can only note what I’ve found helpful. First, joining RWA and the chapters, From the Heart Romance Writers and Elements of RWA has been very helpful. From the networking, to the support from other authors, I can’t say enough about my chapter mates.
Also, enter as many writing contests as you can, and not so much for the aspect of winning. But, for the feedback, and you never know what will catch the eye of an agent or publisher who is judging the final round.
9. Where can readers find you?
10.Where can readers find your books? Print/Ebook?
Barnes and Noble
All Romance ebooks
Angela Adams writes and reviews contemporary romances. Her work has appeared in Romance at Heart, Oysters and Chocolate, Whipped Cream Reviews and The Long and Short Reviews. Her short story, “Burgers and Hot Chocolate” appeared in the Whimsical Publications’ anthology, Winter Wonders. Her first novel Magic Moment, was published by Crimson Romance in October 2012. Angela is a member of Romance Writers of America, and its chapters From the Heart Romance Writers and Elements of RWA.
Chase Donovan, who was anticipating a few relaxing days on his boat, stumbles upon his father’s bookkeeper, Laura Roberts, being assaulted. He decides to let the perpetrators believe he is part of the plan and runs them off the boat in order to save her life.
Chase stayed in the shadows while the two men stood on Madre’s deck in the dim light. He kept the gun in front of him, but out of sight.
“What’s your name again?” Chase asked, as if the man was insignificant and the name had escaped him.
“Lou Kent.” He shivered in the late evening chill, his crooked knees knocking together.
Chase kept his eyes fixed on him. “Well, Lou Kent, don’t ever expect to do a job for us again. And pull up your pants,” he added with a snicker.
Kent yanked up his pants and zipped.
"Now get lost." Chase waved the gun. "Both of you."
He watched as they climbed over the boat’s side and ran up the dock. Returning the gun to the back of his pants, Chase took a long, deep breath. His eyes remained on the Towne car until it disappeared. Okay, he had gotten them off the boat. Laura, thank God, was safe.