Monty reviewed Angelina's Secret by Lisa Rogers and after talking to her she agreed to answer a few questions. Monty's review is here.
Genesis, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog. I need all the help I can get in getting the word out about my books, so again thank you.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
Even as a child, I had dreams of being a writer, but between raising kids and taking care of a husband (which BTW is harder than raising kids) I just never found the time. When my youngest child started his senior year of high school, I decided it was now or never, so I sat down and wrote and wrote and wrote. Now, five years and almost three books later, I’m still writing and wondering why I didn’t do this sooner.
Are your characters based on someone you know or do they just pop into your head?
A little of both. Some of my characters just pop into my head and I have no idea where they came from. Other characters are loosely based on someone I know and sometimes they are the product of two or three people rolled into one.
How do you get into the ‘writing zone’? Is there a schedule you have, like: 9:00-4:00 Writing?
For me, it’s easier to really get into the “writing zone” if I write first thing in the morning before the days realities have time to muddle my brain.
What’s your favorite book and author?
To be honest this answer changes on a regular basis. I can’t say that just one author or book stands out in my mind. Like most things, it would depend on my mood. One of the perks of being a Spencer Hill author is we get to read each others books. (How cool is that?) So if I’m in the mood for a good YA novel I usually read whichever book is the next on my TBR list. However, if I’m in the mood for an adult murder/mystery or courtroom drama I’d probably read William Bernhardt, or John Grisham. If I’m feeling particularly brave and am in the mood for a thriller/mystery I’ll lock my doors, put a knife under my pillow, make my husband hold my hand and crack open the latest Lisa Gardner novel.
Favorite character from a book?
Again, it’s hard to choose just one, but one of my favorite characters would have to be Ben Kincaid. He is a lovable hard working, soft hearted, downtrodden lawyer who is featured in many of William Bernhardt’s award winning novels.
Since you have had many encounters with ghosts, can you tell us which one was the scariest?
After living in a haunted house for twenty-eight years, I would be lying if I said I had never been scared. With that said, I will also say this fear has always come from within me and isn’t the product of something “bad” the ghosts have done.
My thoughts on ghosts are pretty unusual and instead of trying to explain them in a limited space, I’d like to invite all of you to go read an article I wrote for the Llewellyn journal. It can be found here http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/2288
Was Angelina’s secret the original title? Or did it change?
Angelina’s Secret was the original title
Where did the idea for Angelina’s Secret come from?
My husband and I went out to dinner to celebrate me signing my nonfiction book, On Haunted Ground, with an agent. Since this book dealt with the paranormal, we began toying with the idea of what it would be like for someone to discover that they had the ability to see ghosts and Angelina’s story came to life right there in the restaurant.
Will there be a sequel? And can you tell us a little about what you’re working on now? (A Teaser?)
Oooohhh I sure hope so! Currently I do not have a contract for a sequel, but I have talked to my publisher about my ideas for a second book and hopefully that will work out. The tentative title is Angelina’s Promise. In this book Angelina and friends, some seen and some unseen, try to help a ghost restore his reputation.
Any advice for aspiring writers?
Continue to always hone your craft and never, never give up.
Any books you plan on reading this summer, or that you’re reading?
As I said earlier as an author for Spencer Hill I have been given many awesome books and I’m ashamed to say that due to my own writing endeavors I’m dreadfully far behind in my readings. I have just started reading Elemental by Emily White and I must say it is AWESOME! When I finish it, I’ll be reading Betrayed by Ednah Walters.
And I thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and I wish you the best luck, Mrs. Rogers.
Also, last but not least, here are some links that y'all might find useful. Thanks for stopping by.
Spencer Hill has a free download of Angelina’s Friend, which is a short prequel to Angelina’s Secret. It can be found here http://www.site.spencerhillpress.com/Angelina_s_Friend.php
Angelina’s Secret fan page on facebook