Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Interview with Monica Millard, ENTERTAINING ANGELS


Q. Where did the idea for Entertaining Angels come from?
A. I was working on another project, which is usually when new ideas hit and demand attention. I was driving home from Anchorage and the opening scene hit. I got home and wrote out the opening scene and my thoughts about where it was going and saved it in my ideas folder. Not all of those go anywhere, but this one wouldn’t leave me alone, so when I was finished with the other project I started on Entertaining Angels.

Q. Tell us something about yourself that has nothing to do with writing.
A. I have a YouTube problem. I’m completely addicted. I might click on a link for some cute cat video that someone posted on Facebook or Twitter, but then it ends and there are all those horrible suggestions for other videos I might like in little boxes all over the screen and I’m weak. I can’t help clicking on them. I can spend hours watching upcoming movie or TV series trailers, or that guy in Australia who vacuums up the spiders that invade his house, speedart videos, or my latest terrible discovery; the luckiest people in the world videos. Did I mention street performers? See. It’s a problem. I need to stay away from those insidious links.

Q. How do you deal with writer’s block?
A. I tend to get writer’s block in the middle and towards the end of a book, right before it ends, but that last part might actually be less writer’s block and more procrastination because I’m not ready for it to end. I hate endings and leavings, even if they are good. To break through writer’s block, exercise with work out music in my headphones often helps or the best cure for me is physically writing in a notebook rather than typing on the computer.

Q. Who is your favorite character in Entertaining Angels?
A. I love so many of them especially the angels, but if I had to choose one it would be Terem. He is fierce and untouchable, which is something that always draws me in, but it’s his reasons for being the way his is that make me love him.
I do of course love the main character, Sam, and I’m also terribly fond of Dr. Anchine and Kevin.

Q. Terem is a unique name. How did you come up with it?
A. I love names. I have a document on my phone and a more extensive one on my computer where I add any new name I find that I like, but for Terem, his name was a happy accident. It was a typo while I was at work and when I said it aloud it was instant love. I stopped what I was doing and added the name to my list on my phone, recognizing it immediately as his name.

Q. Are you a dog or cat person?
A. Both. I have two dogs and one semi-evil cat. The cat believes he rules the house and everyone else in the house, including the dogs, often fall prey to this same misconception. I think I might have a stronger will than the cat and he has finally begun to recognize this and make a few concessions. (It’s only take 3 years.)

Q. Is there one type of music you listen to when you are writing?
A. I’m all over the map. For Entertaining Angels there is a lot more classical/movie score type music than would usually feature in a book’s playlist, but the playlist has a lot of Piano Guys, some Florence and the Machine, Lorde, Bryson Andres, She Wants Revenge, scores from movie and game soundtracks and Stephen J. Anderson to name a few.

  
Book & Author Details:
Entertaining Angels by Monica Millard
Publication date: November 11th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
As a senior in high school, Samantha Heman’s too busy trying to avoid getting stomped by a moose at the bus stop and keeping her grades up until graduation to put much thought into angels or demons.

That all changes on the day she is kidnapped by notorious serial killer, Christopher Hainsely. It’s a day she finds herself confronted by both evil and good, because her savior appears in the form of an avenging angel come to strike the monster down with a single stroke of his flaming sword.

Though she’s trying to get on with her life, she cannot get the angel out of her head. It isn’t the burning wings, fiery eyes or the flaming sword that keeps her searching the internet for proof one way or another of his existence, though.

The feeling of warmth she experienced when she witnessed that sad smile just before he vanished in a wash of golden light, haunts her nights almost as often as the nightmares.
If angels exist, then demons must too, and they’re about to wage a war for her soul.


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AUTHOR BIO
Monica Millard was born and raised in Alaska. She doesn’t own a dog sled team, but has worked in a place where there are buildings with caged exterior doors to keep employees from being eaten by polar bears.

Monica’s favorite quote is, “People do not see the world as it is, they see it as they are.” She is not sure who said it but it is a quote that has always stuck with her. She loves to read because it allows her to see the world through someone else’s perspective and experience something she would otherwise never be able to. Sharing that same experience with others through her own writing is a possibility that makes her excited to get out of bed in the morning.

She lives in Wasilla, Alaska with all her critters, some four legged and others that stand on two. She writes Science fiction, fantasy, and Paranormal for young adults.

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