Wednesday, November 28, 2012

LAW Day #22 - Candid Q&A with Author Angela White


Welcome to the hot seat. Lol. Ready?


You know it.


Good. Here we go. First, why do you have a pen name? Do you have more than one?


Funny you should ask. I have 2 that I write under. One, very new,  is not so well known. I prefer it to stay that way for now. I’ll tell you why some other time.

Why do I use pen names? Because it’s fun, of course. And because my real name is boring. That’s my other life. This one is so surreal some days that it deserves its own name.

 

Are you a racist? Many reviewers have called you that.

Lol. That’s not all I’ve been called. I assume because two of my bad guys in the series are black/Mexican, that’s where it comes from. However, I have more than 5 white bad guys in this series as well, so I’m not sure. It’s never been about race for me, only survival. My true fans understand that, and its good enough.

 

What about the gay population? You hate them, right?

Again, not sure how they pull that in. I think maybe they expected my hero to solve all the world’s problems with a few hundred pages, but I don’t write shallow shit like that. I’ll get to it in my own good time, and if I lose readers who don’t understand what Adrian’s building, well, frankly, those are sheep and I don’t care quite as deeply as that infamous leader would.

 

How much of this story comes from personal experience instead of fiction?

Probably about 1/3 of every book is influenced/flavored by the author’s life experiences. Mine are no different in that regard. Some people, for instance, just scream to be immortalized in one way or another.

 

Can you tell us about one of them? Your choice.


I have a relative, a non-blood cousin, who is evil. I doubt he means to be, but the fact is, he lusts after everything he can’t have and takes them without thought of right or wrong. It’s landed him in jail, and made no difference. He refuses to change, to even entertain the thought of not being so wild and rebellious to even normal rules. You could beat him over the head with bricks and he’d tell you it feels good, while holding handfuls of blood. The background there has never been clear, but I have little doubt it was ugly.

That’s where Rick came from.

 

Real people like that for all the characters?

Most of them, yes. Shhhh…



Are you really planning for the LAW series and the Alexa’s Travels series, to cross at some point? How, without ruining either of them?

Very carefully.

You laugh, but I know.

I have every intention of bringing these two stories together for one hell of a climax. The kind that leaves you shuddering and not sure you should try standing up.



Your Bachelor Battles are pretty graphic. Shouldn’t it be labeled as erotica?

As long as my Beta Readers don’t think so, no. I have a wonderful group of 25 men and women who won’t hesitate to tell me when I’ve gone too far.



You have 2 ongoing series now, and a trilogy that’s almost complete. Don’t you ever write stand-alone books? Does everything have to be dragged out so long?

Pft. Long was waiting fifteen years for S. King’s Dark Tower series. I turn out an average of 4 books a year. That’s pretty good considering they’re all over 500 pages!

Honestly, they write themselves when it’s flowing. I don’t sit down and go – “Okay, let’s write that book today! I go – “Um, what the hell’s in there today that wants to come to life?” Whatever answers, is what goes on paper. I can’t force it. If I did, it would suck and you’d all be reading someone else’s interview.

 

There are a lot of teenage girls in your stories, and most of them seem to be pregnant by or lusted after by old men. Why is that?

Because it’s true of life. Don’t think so? Look on ANY city street. You’ll see babies pushing babies, and older men watching them in longing.

That’s a part of my books that draws the critics. They hate the truth, and that’s what I deliver. Like it or not, ugliness exists in this world.

 

Well, I think we’ve covered everything, but let me check my notes. I gathered most of them from reviews, but honestly, I loved both series. PA fiction has always been one of my favorites. I’m looking forward to the Bachelor Battles ending. When can we expect that or book five, from the Ashes?


February for from the Ashes. Maybe as soon as December for The Network.

 

Wait, I did miss something - … is Adrian trying to steal Angela from Brady? Will he succeed? Come on, you can tell us!


Steal? No. Adrian doesn’t do that. Does he yearn for her, ache to kiss her, hold her? Of course. Perhaps his infatuation will fade as more of the stronger women in Safe Haven start stepping forward.

 

Thank you for sharing with us. Is there anything you’d like to say before we go?

Yes. It’s been a pleasure. Thank you for hosting me.

 

You’re very welcome. I’m sure we’ll invite you back. Maybe you can stop by here on your release tour for book five.


That sounds good. I’ll add it to the stops. Bye now!






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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

LAW Day #21 - An Interview with Kyle - Former Mobster and Highest Eagle in Safe Haven




I hadn’t expected to see Kyle coming in, so this interview is being done without the benefit of preparations. It may slow me down a bit, like it was meant, I suspect, but maybe we can get some answers anyway. Let’s talk with the mobster.

 


Kyle held up his arm as he entered the tent, and set his watch.

“Five?”

Kyle nodded, settling back into the interview chair. “And it just started with that first question.”

Frowning, Cynthia thought for a few seconds, and then dug in.

“You are the highest Eagle in Adrian’s Army, his go-to guy. It seems like there isn’t anything he could ask you to do, that you wouldn’t be able to accomplish. Do you think that’s partly because of your previous profession?”

Hating it, the mobster did as he’d been instructed. He told the truth. “Yes. The life I led wasn’t good, but it toughened me up, gave me this second chance.”

Cynthia’s tone was thoughtful. “You haven’t wasted it so far.”

“No, and I won’t.”

“What was your job in the Genovesi Mob Family?”

“I did a lot of things.”

“Was killing for hire one of hem?”

“No.”

“You’ve never killed for your family?”

“I’ve never been hired to kill.”

Not understanding the difference, Cynthia pushed harder

“Were you a convicted Felon before the War?”

“Yes. I was arrested for tax evasion, and resisting arrest.”

Frustrated at the lack of something she could use, the reporter lashed out. “Do you think you’ll burn in hell for all the killing you’ve done, or do you sleep well at night?”

Kyle didn’t flinch, despite that being a topic he’d been giving a lot of mental time to lately. “I hit the rack and drop right off, knowing I’m doing everything I can to help Adrian.”

Cynthia latched on to that. “How many people has he ordered you to kill?”

“Does a number really matter? Isn’t it enough to know those people are not here, harming others?”

“Frankly, no. It’s murder.”

“Its self defense, in a war that we haven’t won yet.”

“Do you really believe that?”

“Yes, and I don’t understand why you don’t.”

“I know that killing is wrong.”

Kyle saw the eye movement and wondered what the reporter had just lied about. That left look was a give-away, and it made the mobster give her a small glimpse of why his men followed him so willingly.

“Tell me there’s no one, before or now, that you wouldn’t cheer to see hanging from a rope.”

Cynthia wanted to keep going, but knew she couldn’t win that way. She hadn’t known this interview was coming, hadn’t expected it, and the ambush wasn’t solid. “Wanting it is one thing, Mr. Genovesi. Actually doing it, is another.”

“But why does that make you better than me? Because I have the courage to do what you dream of? How odd.”

Understanding he was well protected from that angle, the reporter switched topics, a bit off of her groove now. She hadn’t expected Kyle to be so… smart.

“If Jeremy requests a team transfer, will you sign off on it?”

“Yes.”

“What do you think about the mess Neil is making of things with Jeremy and his team?”

“That’s not in my job description.”

“What isn’t?”

“Worrying over Neil’s love life.”

It was sent with sarcasm, but Cynthia picked up that tiny undercurrent of annoyance. She hadn’t planned on getting into Kyle’s personal life at all. There was too much career ammunition to work with, but if it bothered him to talk about it...

 “Do you have a woman in camp, a pair of quiet arms that you seek comfort in?”

“No.”

Again, the bitterness, and she couldn’t resist needling him. “What are you looking for in a mate? Inquiring camp members want to know.”

“I’m not.”

“But if you were?”

Kyle grunted, understanding he needed to give some sort of an answer.

“Someone like the other Eagles, I guess. Strong, brave.”

“Good looking?” Cynthia pushed.

Kyle snorted. “Covered in mud or blood, that doesn’t matter much.”

“So like…Angie?

She was watching for his flinch, any sign of feeling, but she saw only awe.

“…probably not. If she were an Eagle, too, we’d never get to see each other.”

And I like them a little less set in their ways, he thought. Understanding the meaning behind that thought, Kyle grimaced.

Cynthia picked up on it. Assuming it was related to the female member of his team, Cynthia tried again.

“Why didn’t you kill Kenn when the truth came out about his abusive nature toward Angie?”

Kyle’s watch beeped, their five minutes up.

He stood, looking down at her with hard eyes. “For the same reason you’re still here. I don’t do anything without his say so.”

Cynthia watched him head out, heart thumping painfully. His parting words sent the panic up another notch.

“But when he tells me, I don’t hesitate.”

Meaning that when Adrian gave the order to get rid of her, the mobster would do it.

Cynthia closed her notebook, file-like mind sorting through drawers and folders. She was faced with a sudden flash of guilt at Kyle’s loyalty. If more people had been so determined to be helpful before the war, things could have been so different.


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

LAW Day #20 - Profile - Zack



35

6’

195 lbs

Green eyes

Trucker driver

Black and gray headed

Prematurely graying

Woman hater, beater

Father of Eric, Timmy, and mike.

 

Zack had a bad childhood.

Not nearly as rough as some people, but Zack has let the abuse eat him up inside, until he’s a bitter widower with nothing kind to say to a woman. The only light shining from Zack’s dark soul is that he served, and learned without duty and loyalty, you have nothing. The codes of the military are deep in the trucker’s mind, and as he spends more time with Adrian and the Eagles, he begins to realize he hasn’t been honoring them.

As Kenn’s right hand man, Zack has done many things that could get him banished, and toss him and his 3 teenage boys back out into the apocalyptic wastelands. It was a risk he was willing to take. Until Dean snuck into Safe Haven and almost killed Angie, Zack was content with his idol and the orders Kenn has given, because he feels he is being loyal.

Always abusive, Zack’s sense of right and wrong are scrambled. He thinks it was okay for him to treat his first wife (who died during the war) as badly as he wanted because he was suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. He also thinks its okay for Kenn to hit Angela, because they were together for so long. However, in camp, he might openly shoot a man for hurting a female. Clearly, he has a lot mental work to do, before he becomes a ‘real’ person. There is hope, though. After being in Safe Haven and watching how the Eagles don’t hurt the innocent, Zack has started to realize that he’s been wrong about it… his whole life. Will he try to make amends? It’s hard to tell.





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Friday, November 2, 2012

Book Five - From The Ashes


It’s been 6 months since the end of the world, and Adrian must now discover if the choices he’s made have cost him a son. Even Angie can’t be sure. On the way to Arkansas, the battered refugees face a danger that threatens to destroy all they’ve built.

Furious at the latest bloodshed, Nature has declared her own War on the survivors, and she repeatedly unleashes her fury against Safe Haven and its army of violent defenders. The apocalypse has never been more deadly, as the aftermath takes its toll on what remains of the great American herd…. And even Pitcairn Island isn’t safe from her wrath.

 

Release Date: 2/1/2013

Length (estimate) – 800 pages

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