Friday, November 07, 2008

BOM: Q&A


Questions and Answers about THE FACE?  

Update on the contest:  Last night I had to print out a book list and count 'em up.  I did not count books that have been published in new editions, nor did I count story collections in which I had a story.  I did count books I've ghostwritten (don't do that any more), so that's going to make it difficult for any of you who are trying to count on Amazon.com.  

I think I'd better take Clyde's idea and run with it.  Since we're no where near the number, why don't you guess the number?  The Face is my ____th book.  The person who first gets it right will win TWO free copies (thanks for bearing with me).  Have fun! 

Kathy asked:What would you do if you didn't agree with the edits? How much leeway/say do you have in the editing process?

If I feel STRONGLY about an issue and can make a case for it, then I usually do and it usually stays.  Most of the time, however, I appreciate my editor's experience and opinion, and defer to her judgment.  

Linda asked:

How hard was it to research the CIA stuff? Were there things you wanted to find out and couldn't? (or they'd "tell you but then they'd have to kill you?!)

LOL.  No--most of the CIA info was either found in books or on the Internet--and you'd be surprised how much you can find on the Internet.  Some of the other material was written by ex-CIA agents who have written books about their work for the Agency.  

And did you write the chapters in order (switching back and forth from Sarah to Renee) or did you sometimes write several focused on one and then fill in with the other?

I think there were a few times when I wrote a long stretch of Sarah chapters, followed by a stretch of Renee chapters, but I usually write chronologically.  Occasionally, however, I break up those chronological passages and insert the other character's chapter just to heighten the suspense.  

Lori asked:  
How long did it take you to write The Face?
I think I spent about five or six months on The Face.  I did take a little longer with this one, handing it in on October 1,  2007.  

What is your most favorite book that you have written?
I honestly don't have a favorite--that would be like picking a favorite child!  If pressed, I usually say that my favorite is the one that just left my desk!  Whew! 

Tammy asked if I am a Red Hatter--actually, I suppose I am.  I was a Pink Hatter in the Heavenly Daze chapter of the RHs, so now that I've turned fifty, I'm sure my hat is red!  My RH name (chosen by the HD ladies) is "Her Royalest Angel of Heavenly Daze." :-)

And are there going to be any more Heavenly Daze books?  At this point, it doesn't look like it.  Sorry. 

Thanks for your questions!  And thanks for coming along for another book of the month! 

~~Angie

32 comments:

Smilingsal said...

This has been one of your most interesting posts! I love the "get inside the brain of the author" talks.

Suzanne said...

Number 104
That's my guess and I'm sticking with it.

Kathy said...

107? I was going to say 103 but then saw someone already had 104.

Deborah said...

113?

you mean there's more than the ones i already own? lol

Mocha with Linda said...

Love the Q&A! Thanks for giving us the chance to ask you things!

As for the books, it's always publicized that you've written over 100 books. Only about 75 are listed on the Books area of your website. But I don't know if the "over 100" counts all the re-releases. Not that publicists and marketers would ever stretch and count everything they can! LOL

108?

Mike + Stacey Duncan said...

so i just went and counted on wikipedia how many you have authorship on, and that is 103, but i don't know how many you have ghostwritten! so, i'm going to guess 115. hope i'm close!

Anonymous said...

110?

Kaitlin

Leslie said...

I think she's probably gost-written more than 12. I don't know why I think that, I just do.

I'm going to guess 125.

Wayne S said...

I'm gonna guess 137

God's Prof said...

151?

Valerie said...

Hmmm...I'm guessing 129.

Lora B said...

112

Anonymous said...

105? Clyde

Anonymous said...

Being truly amazed at the speed with which you turn out quality books, Angie, I wouldn't be surprised if The Face was your 200th novel. But I guess your publicists would bill you differently if the number was truly that high--so I'm guessing: 123

Blessings,
Mary Kay

Kathy said...

118

Christy Lockstein said...

I'm going with 127

Kara S. said...

I was going to guess 105, but Clyde took that number. Then I decided on 118 but Kathy had it. So, now I'm taking 117! :)

Crystal M. said...

My guess is 122. No reasoning behind it... just a number that popped in my head. :)
~Crystal M.

Angela said...

Angie here, checking in--

some of you have been VERY close, but no one's hit the number dead on yet. So I'll keep waiting . . .

Angie

Kathy said...

109

Kathy said...

Okay, so if everyone gave up can I keep guessing? : )

116?

Hurry up and someone else guess.

Hey, have you ever been to one of those e-women conferences?

C.J. Darlington said...

I'm going to guess 105.

C.J. Darlington said...

Oh. Someone already guessed that. Okay, let's go with 107!

Kathy said...

107 was my first guess.

HOw about 124?

C.J. Darlington said...

106? I went on Amazon and tried to figure it out.

Kathy said...

Okay, my last guess and I'm closing down for the night--119.

Patti G said...

I'll be conservative and say 101.

Suzanne said...

114?

I don't think that's been played yet.

Anonymous said...

So, I'm wondering, can we guess more than once? If so, I'll guess 121, the other number I debated over. (And if not--sorry!)

Blessings,
Mary Kay

jan said...

ok, i am going to guess 111.
jan

The Koala Bear Writer said...

People ask great questions and you have great answers. :) Thanks again!

(Oh, and I guessed 63, then saw that everyone else is guessing in the hundreds... now I'm really curious how many you've written!)

Anonymous said...

Is it 120?

Kaitlin