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Angie Daniels

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Author Spotlight: Angie Daniels

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It doesn't take much convincing for Lisa to get her sister and their best friends on board for a girls-only getaway to Jamaica. She’s planning to share some important news, but it’ll be hard for her to find the right time…everyone’s too busy dealing with their own drama. Her sister, Renee, can’t decide whether or not to end her marriage but she’s content to fill her nights with different men—until one island tryst turns deadly. Nadines romance back home is passionate and mind-blowing, but it’s who she’s kicking it with that’s making her very uncomfortable. Kaylas been seeing a married pastor for years now. Will she let his empty promises prevent her from settling down with a good man? But when Lisa finally gets her say, it’ll be one getaway they’ll never forget…

Meet Angie Daniels, Author of "In the Company of My Sistahs,  When It Rains, Love Uncovered,  A Will to Love, Time is of the Essence, Destiny in Diguise, Heart and Soul, Intimate Intentions and soon to be released When I First Saw You "
 
 

PWLGB:  When did you decide you wanted to write?

 

AD: I’ve been writing since elementary school.  In fifth grade, I started the first school newspaper and later wrote and starred in a Christmas play.  After that I was writing all the time.  My father kept yellow legal pads around the house and he couldn’t replace them fast enough.

 

PWLGB:  How many novels in all have you written?

 

AD: Ten total.  I started in 2001 with Genesis Press.  I signed with BET Arabesque in 2003 and Dafina Kensington in 2004.  My books are Intimate Intentions, Hart & Soul, Endless Enchantment, Time is of the Essence, When it Rains, Love Uncovered, A Will to Love, Destiny in Disguise, In the Company of My Sistahs, and in September, When I First Saw You.

 

PWLGB:  How long did it take you to write your first novel?  

 

AD: It took six months to write Intimate Intentions, which is a 542-page turning, romantic suspense novel.

 

PWLGB:  Where do you get your inspiration for your stories? Are the characters based on real people?

 

AD:I get a lot of inspiration from everyday life.  My friends hate saying anything around me because they are afraid it might turn up in a book.  Ha ha! There is one character in my latest book that has certain characteristics that are loosely based on me.

 

PWLGB:  Tell us about your latest release "In The Company of My Sistahs."

 

 

AD:  Lisa is tired of watching her sister and their friends looking for love in all the wrong places. Diagnosed with cancer, she’s fighting to save her life, but first she wants Renee, Nadine, and Kayla to save theirs.  She arranges a vacation and soon learns just how much trouble four women can get into when they spend a week in Jamaica.  The answer: Plenty.  I guarantee the book will make you laugh and cry.

 

PWLGB:  After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?? If so, how was that experience?

 

AD:I didn’t self-publish.  I was fortunate enough to sign with a publishing house six months after I began submitting Intimate Intentions.

 

PWLGB:  What feedback have you received from fans?

 

AD:  I’ve been getting a lot of love from this book.  I lot of my fans were with me when I was just writing romances five years ago.  I was unsure how they would welcome my latest book (since it is definitely not a romance), but overall the feedback has been amazing.  Nothing makes me happier than for a reader to take the time to share their feelings about one of my books.

 

What authors do you admire? Did one of them inspire you? 

 

AD:Goodness, there are so many.  I truly love the seasoned romance authors like Rochelle Alers, Brenda Jackson and Jacqueline Thomas. I also admire too numerous mainstream fiction authors to mention.  I am inspired by reading.  If I am writing and hit a dry spell, all it takes is picking up a book and reading thirty minutes every day, and the ideas start popping in my head again.

 

PWLGB:  Is writing your only passion? 

 

AD:  I like to travel, which is an advantage to being an author.  I get the opportunity to do book signings in cities all over the United States.  Other than that, I have a background in Human Resources.  I enjoy contract assignments, working on projects for different corporations when time allows.

 

PWLGB:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

 

AD:  Hopefully I’ll still be writing. Writing is a constant learning experience.  I’m hoping to be writing even better books by then.

 

PWLGB:  What advice would you give aspiring authors?

 

AD: It’s easy to be discouraged if you don’t find success right away. Don’t give up on your dream. Learn the craft of writing well then draw on your own experiences.  Don't assume success comes fast or easy because for most writers it does not. But if you are writing for the love of writing, you will eventually find success. 

PWLGB:  What would you like readers to learn from your stories? 

 

AD:  I write to entertain.  However, In the Company of My Sistahs educates women a little bit about ovarian cancer, and how so many African American women do not realize they have it until it is too late.  I’m hoping this book will help someone.

 

PWLGB:  Are you working on another novel? If so, what is it about?

 

AD:I am currently working on a sequel, The Troubles of My Sistahs.  Renee and the clan (In the Company of My Sistahs) return where the first book left off.  It is a story of four women wondering if they’re getting all they can out of life.  During their search they discover love and the powerful bond that holds their friendship together.

 

PWLGB:  Where can people purchase your books? Do you have a website? 

 

AD: My books are available at bookstores around the country, as well as online.  Readers can also visit my website at www.angiedaniels.com.

 

 

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