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On the set of Shameless

shamelessWhen I first started watching the Showtime original series Shameless it was not because I’m a best-selling author who loves creating dysfunctional characters. I became a fan of the popular series (which just finished its seventh season) because it’s filmed at my birth home.

No, I’m not joking.

I lived on the set of the Showtime original series Shameless.

Every week I get to turn on Showtime and watch the saga continue while being flooded with memories of my life as a child living at the “Gallagher” home. Trust me. It was weird at first, seeing my grandparents’ home on television, knowing I had also lived there as an infant with my mother.

They’d bought the Homan house (as we refer to it), with 2119 on the glass above the door, in 1953, and then kept the property for almost thirty years, while raising their own six children. When my grandmother bought another place in the mid-70s, away from the West Side of Chicago, Illinois, her oldest daughter moved back into the Homan house to raise … go figure… six children of her own until the house was eventually sold.

I’ll never forget the summers spent running up and down Homan Avenue with the rest of my cousins, jumping double-dutch, and hanging out at the park at the end of the dead end street, where I had also met a boy, and fell in love for the first time. Those are fond memories that flood to the surface each and every time I tune in to the addictive series.

Shameless is a favorite of mine. I love the writing, and even though my grandmother is probably turning in her grave at all the shenanigans going on in a place the Anderson Family once called home, I continually tune in laughing at William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, and the engaging series about probably the most dysfunctional family on television. I thought my family was crazy, but I guarantee once you watch the series, you’ll decide your family wasn’t as cray-cray as you had suspected.

homanThe Gallagher home, my birth home, and those memories growing up, will be the backdrop for my upcoming time travel, Timeless Desire, coming this spring. The story is about a young jazz singer who finds an old locket that sends her traveling back to the 1970s, to fill her grandmother’s patent leather shoes.


Self-Imposed #Deadlines

I sincerely try to complete my novels on time, but every week things just seem to get in the way: running errands, housework, spending time with my new husband, binging on a trending new series on Netflix, and did I mention spending quality time with my wonderful husband? Before I know it, the due date I thought I had plenty of time to meet, is closely approaching, and then its crunch time!

Yikes!

It’s gotten so bad I decided to just do away with deadlines all together. POOF! No more pressures of trying to get a book released as planned. Instead, in 2017, I intend to work smarter, not harder, allowing myself the freedom to develop my characters and stories until I’ve reached the point I’m ready to release. Isn’t that the beauty of being an indie author?

With that said…

I will just have to learn to keep my projects a secret until they are ready for preorders. Readers will probably think I’m nuttier than they already do, and that’s okay. I’m an author… but I’m also human.


it’s not about me

Rudy

I always try (with good intentions) to create characters who don’t mirror me, but I have discovered that’s easier said than done. For instance, when I started writing Breathless, Sedona had a cat. It wasn’t until the book was completed that I realized I had only mentioned her pet one time the entire book. I had to go back, add some appearances and weave that cute little sucker into the story. However, if the heroine had a dog, like my beloved Rudy, then he would have been all over that damn story! The same goes for creating characters with habits, likes, and dislikes that I might not agree with, or find odd, I had to learn it’s not about me. It’s about the character.

Currently, I am working on a romantic suspense and the lead character smokes cigarettes. Personally, I would never date a man who does, but again I have to remove my own personal opinions and beliefs from the story in order to create characters that ring true to the world around us. So I have posted on a cork board CIGARETTE SIGHTINGS in big bold letters in order to keep track of how often my hero pulls a cigarette out his back pocket to maintain realism.

Geesh!

The things writings go through to create believable characters. Readers…you have no idea!

 

 


When Characters Start Talking Back

Okay, so I’ve been flooded with emails. I even had a fan dropping hints by sending me a satin blindfold in the mail. All were asking the same question, when is Seduced into Submission #3 coming out. And guess what???

serveI’ve been avoiding you.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Guilty as charged. But see what had happened was…

I had this idea of this story of a desperate housewife who ended up having an affair with a rich and powerful man and I had no idea Curious would be so popular with my romance readers.  A married woman having an affair… really??? But readers loved it so I decided to write Serve and when I began working on that last scene I kept thinking, Angie, if you end the book that way you know readers are going to be asking for the next installment. And sure enough it began then I was biting my nails and asking myself, what have I done? And where do I go from here?

Obey is coming, but I want to make sure to give the book the justice it deserves, so it’s taking longer than I’d anticipated. But I am pleased to announce the characters are finally starting to talk back and the next twist is underway. Thanks for being so patient and for loving the series so much.

For all the rest of you… have you read the Seduced in Submission series? Well what are you waiting for? Both books are available at all e-books retailers.

Seduced in Submission #1- Curious

Seduced in Submission #2– Served

Seduced in Submission #3 – Obey – coming in early 2016


I’m Claiming What’s Mine 2

With my latest release, I decided to interview myself. I know, I’m a little crazy at times. LOL

What’s this book about?

claiming 3d coverWell…, what are ALL romance novels about? Love and conflict. LOL. Sorry, I just had to say that. But seriously, it’s the love and conflict that readers fall in love with. For Claiming What’s Mine, I decided to only give away part of the conflict in the blurb and save a little intrigue for the book.

Is this another erotic romance? No, I decided to go a little old school this time. For the last two years, my books have been loaded with sex first, and a relationship later. With this book I wanted to take a little more time to develop my characters first.

Why the change?

Do you have any idea how much work it is writing love scenes? Goodness! After writing Seduced into Submission. I needed to breathe [exhale] and decided to slow it down a bit and focus on creating my characters with the hopes of readers embracing them.

In the end, what are your thoughts?

I was thinking… I’m so glad I’m done with this book! LOL. No, really, I was thinking readers are going to be happy to revisit with some of their favorite characters (Beaumonts) and to finally find out Darnell’s story, since I’ve been hinting about it all year.

Why a holiday story?

Why not? I try to release something every Christmas and the good thing is this time it’s a full-length book.

I hope my readers enjoy my latest creation. Be prepared to curl up in an electric blanket and enjoy. Happy Holidays!