Thursday, 10 September 2015

Interview With Author Angela J. Ford

Today on the blog I bring you an interview with Angela J. Ford, author of the fantasy novel The Five Warriors, first in The Four Worlds series. Enjoy...

Interview With Angela J. Ford

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

Hi, I’m Angela, and I’ve been obsessed with books as long as I can remember. Growing up summers were spent combing through books at the library or creating imaginary worlds with my four sisters. Much of my creativity stemmed from the games we used to play together as children.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

The Five Warriors is the first novel in The Four Worlds Series. The original version was written specifically for my sisters when I was twelve years old. It was inspired by games we used to play, books I read, movies I watched and dreams I had. I wanted to create a world in a galaxy far away where powerful beings similar to humans lived and fought through the rise and fall of their worlds. It’s a place where magic has not forsaken the land and powerful being are led by their whims and desires which ultimately impact the fate of the world. The Five Warriors is a tale of five individuals who find themselves combining forces to reach a common goal, although each of them have a different reasoning.

How long have you been writing, and how many books have you published to date?

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember, but I did take a four year break after graduating from college. It was a point where I wanted to evaluate where I was going with my work and whether I wanted to continue down the road of re-writing all of my childhood stories. There’s a fanatical, flighty mindset I had when I was younger, and it was much easier to conjure impossibilities into adventure stories, but not necessarily have a great plot to go along with it. I published a short novella in 2009 which I wrote as a teenager, it certainly wasn’t my favorite work but did give me a taste of publishing and what not to do. 

Why did you decide to write in the fantasy genre?

Fantasy is such an easy genre to write in, because I can say ridiculous things and not have to go back and research them. If I want to have a character who speaks to metal and creates weapons with magical abilities, like hypnotizing the enemy, it’s not such a preposterous idea.

Who is your intended readership?

The Four Worlds Series appeals to those who are young at heart. It’s certainly not an intense read for critical critique during a book club or college class. It’s for those who want pure entertainment, a break from normality to read and adventure and deal with the issues of the characters for once instead of their own.

What did you enjoy most about writing your book?

The most fun part about writing a book is discovering where it will take you. It’s like going on a road trip, you already known the end destination, you may even have a visual or picture of it in mind. However, along the journey unexpected things could happen, and that’s exactly what happens when I write. Unplanned scenes pop up, one characters turns into a hot head and goes rouge. I almost feel as if my own characters are taking me on an adventure and that thrills me!

What did you hope to accomplish by publishing your book?

My hope is for readers to enjoy the book as much as I loved writing it. The Four Worlds Series aren’t for everyone, and yes, I am writing with my sisters in mind. But I’m also writing for those who enjoy a good adventure, and a tale with heroes, villains, monsters and unexpected twists. Reading should be fun, it should be entertaining and that is what I hope to accomplish by publishing my book and allowing to reach a much larger audience.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Stop talking and start writing. Just write. Every single day. It doesn’t matter whether it’s one sentence or 5,000 words. We’re all busy, we all have things going on every day which can take time out of our writing. Some days I get five minutes to write, others, five hours. But the most important thing is writing. And just like the weather, there will be sunny days when you’ll feel the muse and write pages, and other days will be rainy, and you’ll spend hours perfecting once sentence. Regardless, keep writing.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?

Writing is such a huge part of my life, but when I’m not writing novels, I’m generally writing for my inspirational blog, working on marketing initiatives for creatives, running my own business and traveling as much as possible. My ultimate goal is to make it to New Zealand for a few months and write one of my books from there. I’m a foodie and my favorite drink is a white chocolate mocha (no whip)!


Author Bio

Angela J. Ford is an imaginative and entertaining writer who creates stories of fanciful worlds that enable young adults to confidently believe in possibilities and overcome differences to be stronger together. Born in Ann Arbor, MI, and raised in Alabaster, AL, she moved to Nashville, TN, where she currently resides, to pursue a degree in Music Business at Belmont University.
Although her career has not been largely focused on creative writing, it has been an integral part of her lifestyle. Brought up as a bookworm and musician, she began writing The Four Worlds, a fantasy action, adventure series at the age of 12. The storyline of those books was largely based off of creative games she played with her sisters. Originally finished when she was 16, after college, Angela began to re-write The Four Worlds Series, bringing it from a child's daydream to an adventure young and old alike can enjoy. Inspired by fairy tales, high magic and epic fantasy, you’ll enjoy your adventures within the Four Worlds.

If you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll mostly likely find her at a local coffee shop, enjoying a white chocolate mocha and furiously working on her next book. Make sure you say hello!

To learn more about the author and her books, check out her websites:

The Five Warriors

What if... 
your best friend started a rebellion in the middle of a war? 
your lover awakened a deep evil and helped it grow? 
your people were too cowardly to face a battle? 
you stole an ancient power source? 
you gambled with the fate of the world? 
Join five powerful warriors in their quest for freedom.

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