Interview with Angie Stanton
I am so excited to interview Angie Stanton, bestselling YA author. Her books are great romantic fun with a serious twist that makes them stand out. I’ve read Rock and a Hard Place and Royally Lost so far and have the rest of her awesome books on my waiting-to-be read list. (Rock and a Hard Place is part of a series about a trio of rock-star brothers. Her book Spotlight features these Jamieson brothers, too. I am assured there is more to come from this cast of characters.)
Obviously, I’m a big fan. You will be, too. Read her books!
So why is she so cool? Let’s find out . . .
Angie, tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I've loved reading since I was a little kid. My mom would never make us put down a book to do chores, which was so smart on her part. I loved books, but I hated writing and never dreamed I'd become an author. Ever. I'm from Wisconsin, love to travel, (read Royally Lost, I took the trip in the book), and love TV Binge watching. Most recently Scandal and the Good Wife. It's an addiction.
What inspired you to write your first novel?
There was a story in my head that wouldn't go away. After a while I realized it was elaborate enough that I should try to write it down. Several years later it became my first published novel, Love 'em or Leave 'em.
You’ve published both independently and with a traditional publisher. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of Indie Publishing?
The main advantage is total control. As an indie author you choose your cover, editor, release date, etc. You also get up to the minute information on sales, which is a great perk. The disadvantage is that if you choose poorly, it directly reflects on your success. Also, you are 100 percent in charge of the whole project. There is no one else to fall back on. It's all you!
Do you have any advice for other writers who are considering Indie vs. Traditional Publishing?
Do your research and make sure you know exactly why you're choosing that method of publishing. Indies can be very successful, but those authors are the exception and not the rule. Thousands of indies self publish and then sell a few to no books a month. It's a roll of the dice.
Are you working on another Jamieson Brothers book or a different project right now? (I’m curious if we’ll get a Garrett book in the future. He’s kind of a jerk, but I’m guessing there’s some likeability hidden somewhere in his personality.)
Haha! Yes, Garrett is getting not only his own book, but his due! He is a piece of work and finally meets his match. Early feedback has been great. His book comes out in May 2015, so there's plenty of time to read the other books in the Jamieson Collection, Rock and a Hard Place, and Snapshot.
Who is your favorite author, and what do you like most about their work?
I really don't have a favorite. I love lots of books and lots of authors, but it's difficult to pick one. I'm a big fan of On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves. It's a great story.
What book are you reading now?
The book on my night stand is To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. It's a time travel that I haven't actually started yet. It was recommended to me by a girl at a recent library event.
What’s your favorite crayon color? (Offbeat question which has to do with my current work in progress.)
I'll say Jazzberry Jam. Sounds delicious, doesn't it?
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy schedule for us!