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For the first time, I have the pleasure of talking to mystery, thriller, and fantasy writer ANGELA HENRY.
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Angela Henry is a library staffer for 20 years in Ohio. Sheâ€™s been writing since high school. She has read from Trixie Beldon to Hercule Poirot stories. And in an absolute coincidence, she blogged about BLANCHE ON THE LAM a mere 10 days before I posted my critical analysis of it. You can read her post under the â€œHappeningsâ€ tab on her site.
Sheâ€™s a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and International Thriller Writers.
â€œNow being a librarian is cool!â€ ~AH
Sheâ€™s a hybrid author having books in the traditional publishing market and the self-publishing market. There is a ton of great detail about her querying process which resulted in her getting a third literary agent and a lot of rejection. One book took four years but sheâ€™s in a pattern of about one book per year now.
Angela hasnâ€™t done NaNoWriMo but has done Fast Draft Class. Itâ€™s half the time of NaNoWriMo – only two weeks to get to 50,000 words. She admits she produced a mess that sheâ€™ll get back to editing someday.
Of her series, the Kendra Clayton mysteries has some publishing issues. The first three books were out of print for a while until she got the rights back. The Xavier Knight series, she just had to walk away from a contract to get it published. From the sound of it, Angela loves the control of the self-publishing world. She gets to make decisions on her covers and even the narrator of her audio book versions.
The audio book process sounds like Angela had a good experience in getting her book out there. She said no one was auditioning until she was picked for a program that would pay narrators well; then got a lot of auditions. And as author, she was given them and got to pick who would be the voice of her work.
Kendra Clayton is her protagonist of a real world mystery series set in a small town. Xavier Knight however is a supernatural mystery series where heâ€™s a fallen angel and detective.
In her structure, Angela puts her crime right up in the beginning of the book. I shared about my process and structure and the comparison to other favorite authors.
â€œI try to have it (the murder) happen no later than the second chapter.â€ ~AH
Angela is experienced in using Wattpad as a platform to get her work visible. They approached her about participating in their author program where a book is available for free for six months.
â€œWattpad has been great for me as an author because Iâ€™ve found Iâ€™ve tapped into a whole new source of readers through that.â€ ~AH
Itâ€™s around the 45:00 minute mark when my side of conversation began to echo.