Author Interview with Angela Addams
July 15, 2014 Leave a comment
For the hot month of July, I am pleased to bring you an interview with fellow Canadian and #gothsis Angela Addams.
I’m from Ontario, Canada and I write Paranormal Erotic Romance with a little twist of Urban Fantasy
2. With all the risks and uncertainty around publishing, what was it that drew you to a career in writing?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid but it wasn’t until I was on maternity leave with my daughter that I actually, seriously, started pursuing publication. I used my time off (we get a year in Canada) to write my first paranormal romance (which was not my first attempt at writing a novel) which ended up landing me my first (of two) agents. It’s been a long and winding path to get to the point I’m at now but I wouldn’t have done things any differently. I’ve learned a lot about crafting my words and developing my voice over the years and needed the time to learn some truths about the business as well as develop some thick skin and extreme patience.
3. What is it about paranormal erotic romance that attracted you to it?
I’ve always loved anything paranormal and I love having se….er…I mean, I kind of stumbled into the erotic romance genre. 😉 I have a lot of fun writing about werewolves, witches, vampires, etc and enjoy twisting them up and sometimes tearing them apart in an emotional sense. I’ve always been a pretty straight-forward person, saying it like it is, no purple prose for me, so erotic romance came naturally.
4. What was like for you, querying an agent?
I bumbled along not having a clue what I was really doing, with a ms that really wasn’t ready to shop around, and somehow got my first agent. That didn’t work out and I ended up getting my second agent via a referral. Both experiences ended with a difference of creative opinion – mainly that I want/need/have to write erotic paranormal/urban fantasy and for some reason was being steered in various different directions. Both relationships ended amicably and I did learn a lot through the process. At the moment I’m “between” agents and am focusing my attention on building my brand with epubs.
5. What is the hardest…uh, most difficult part of writing steamy scenes?
Although I can’t imagine not having a high level of hot in my books, they are sometimes challenging to write. It’s not always just about the sex…I mean, it is a lot about the sex, but it’s also about the chemistry between my characters and whatever emotional point they’re at in their relationship. Language, actions, inhibitions all have to match the characters involved as well–can’t have my little sweet and innocent, yet to be corrupted heroine spouting off about cocks and pussies. They also need to be unique from scene to scene and book to book. Sometimes I have to leave a scene in rough form and move on in the manuscript if it’s just not coming (<—hehehe) and then return to it when the mood is right.
6. What is your take on building a ‘brand’? Do you think it’s necessary or more of an anxiety for writers?
I think building a brand is really important and once you have a brand you need to stick with it for the most part. Now, that’s not to say that a historical romance author can’t move on to paranormal or steampunk or whatever, but I think that when a reader comes to expect a certain style of writing, like a particular heat level, you should try your best to stick with it, especially if you’re writing in the same genre. Brand shouldn’t limit you, but you need your readers to be able to trust that if they buy a book with your name on it because they like your writing style, you should deliver on that branding promise. If you can’t then you should write under a different name. I guess I equal writer’s voice and style with brand, rather than genre exclusively. I would hate to lose a reader’s trust because I pulled a bait and switch on them.
7. What things influence (not sex) your writing? Have you ever written them into a story?
Dreams play a HUGE role in my writing as well as talking with other people about supernatural stuff. I’m lucky in that I have a day job that gives me the opportunity to have many, many discussions with folks about the paranormal world and this often inspires ideas that I jot down (usually frantically on sticky notes). Another secret of mine is astrology…most of my characters have sun and moon sign descriptors as part of their profiles. I once read an article that claimed that all romance heroes were Scorpios (it was quite funny) and that got me thinking, since I do like to read up on signs, it might be fun to include that in my character development to a certain degree.
8. If you were given the opportunity to write a fan-fiction novel, who is the author you would choose, and what would be the book?
This is a tough question for me because I don’t really see the point of devoting time to writing fan fiction when I have so many of my own original ideas. So, I’ll answer it this way, if there was one author whose series I would like to be a part of it would be Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld. I’d be totally cool with any role as long as it hooked me up with one of her werewolves…preferably Clay (but he’s taken and I would hate to have to kill off Elena). Even though I won’t take her work and write fan fiction, I do find her writing to be very inspiring in my writing life.
9. Some authors tend to stay away from certain genre’s/categories. Myself, I can’t write YA. Is there one you know you can’t write or would have a difficult time trying to write?
Literary fiction is definitely a big no for me. I’ve had experiences in this publishing journey where I’ve been strongly encouraged in that direction because it’s more of a “Canadian” publishing want. It’s just not something that I would enjoy writing or building a career with. I do quite enjoying reading it though.
10. What do you like most about the genre’s you write? What do you like the least?
I like being able to make up worlds and create characters that are magical in some way. I don’t mean spells necessarily (although I do have a series in the works revolving around witches) but magical in the sense of exploring the unknown. Paranormal allows me to delve into the darker aspects of human nature as well and tap into themes that can be pretty heavy at times. On the other hand, it also gives me an outlet for my imagination with romantic relationships both emotionally and physically.
What I don’t like about it is this attitude that paranormal is dead or that everything has been done already. I don’t believe that and would dare anyone who thinks that way to take a peek at Cursed and see what I can offer to the paranormal genre.
Every day is Halloween for author Angela Addams. Enthralled by the paranormal at an early age, Angela spends most of her time thinking up new story ideas that involve supernatural creatures in everyday situations. She believes that the written word is an amazing tool for crafting the most erotic of scenarios.
She is an avid tattoo collector, a total book hoarder and loves anything covered in chocolate…except for bugs.
She lives in Ontario, Canada in an old, creaky house, with her husband and children.