Monday, January 07, 2008

BOM: Questions and Answers

Okay, time for questions and answers: 

Holly asked for details on how Lori and I wrote together.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, we decided beforehand who would write which story, depending on which "house" we chose.  After polishing our individual stories, Lori would send me her story, and I'd cut and splice it into mine.  Once it was in one piece, we'd actually meet--I went to her house a couple of times, and she came to mine a couple of times--and then we'd go through the entire book from start to finish, and then we'd take time to talk about the next book.  We had a lot of fun during those days together. 
 

In fact--aside here--I was at Lori's house, preparing to catch my flight home, on 9-11-2001.  I woke her and her husband up by screaming that we were under attack . . . and then it took me three days to ultimately get home. By bus.  A surreal experience. 

Susan asked:  Did you have much trouble keeping the voice consistent throughout any given book? Do you think it would be more difficult with a different partner?" 

A good writer, I think, is like a chameleon--you learn to "blend in" with the character.  My "voice" in any given book is really the voice of the character.  Though as a reader you may think that I have a certain voice, I don't see it that way.  I tend to adapt the vocabulary and tone of the character. 

In Heavenly Daze, all of our characters were crusty, country, down-to-earth islanders, so they all tend to have similar voices.  Lori has always written humorous, quirky, country characters, so that is a natural voice for her.  I didn't have any trouble adapting to it. 

With a different partner, it would have been a different book.  :-) 

I hope that answered all of your questions about this series!  Lori and I are still hoping that the Borders edition will sell so well that it'll be feasible to continue the series.  We'll see! 

~~Angie 

5 comments:

CrownLaidDown said...

Wow! Your 9/11 story is one that sounds a bit frightening. I know that I really wanted my family close by after that. I'm glad you had a good friend and compadre to hang out with...the bus ride was probably interesting.

Thanks for answering my question! As I have said before, I often have to replace my books of yours, because I'm always giving them away to friends and family.
Much love,
Holly
PS I also thought you'd be interested in this. I began reading your writing, because Beth Moore (a mentor) recommended you about 4 years ago! Word of mouth is a great way to get the word out...so I'll pray for that will happen for Heavenly Daze.

jan said...

angela,
when are the heavenly daze books scheduled to arrive at Borders?
will i be able to buy them online, (i don't think we have a borders close by), and will you get credit for the sale if i get them through borders online?
thanks,
jan

Accidental Poet said...

Yes, I'm an Angie fan because of Beth Moore as well. I had given up on Christian fiction (don't hurt me!! please notice the past tense!!!) when I picked up one of Angie's books at the library, and there was a tiny recommendation from Beth Moore on the front. I appreciate Beth Moore's Bible Studies so much that I checked it out, and now, in the words of my 12 year old, "Angela Hunt is kind of like who you want to be when you grow up." (never mind that I'm only 3 years younger than she is!!)

Angela said...

Susan, you make me blush. :-)

And some day I'll have to thank Beth Moore in person for her kind endorsement. We have corresponded, but we've never met. But I was thrilled to discover that she likes my books because I admire her so much. It was also a bit of serendipity to work with Mandisa on her book, since she used to sing in the praise team that travelled with Beth.

When are the HD books to arrive at Borders? I don't know yet, but as soon as I know, I'll announce it on the blog and in my newsletter. And yes, any book you buy from a bookstore or online "counts" as a sale with the publisher--as long as it's not a store that sells remaindered (leftover) books.

Thanks so much for coming along on this latest BOM adventure! Tomorrow--back to our regularly scheduled ramblings. :-)

Angie

Angela said...

P.S. I'll have to write an entire blog about my bus trip home after 9/11. Believe me, I could write a BOOK!

Angie