Angela R. Watts

Author Spotlight: Angela R. Watts

The Mind Behind The StoryAngela R WattsAngela R. Watts is a sinner saved by Yahweh’s Grace.  She strives to glorify the King in all she does. She’s a homeschooled highschooler who lives with her loving family and ranch animals at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee. She’s been writing stories since she was tiny and hasn’t stopped since, though she also enjoys ranch and housework, painting, babysitting, and watching sunsets.

 

Life of an Author

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was very young, I was encouraged to not only tell my stories, but I found writing them down in notebooks was also fun. As a child, I wrote short stories and illustrated them, all by myself. That love of writing was nourished and I haven’t stopped writing since.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I wrote and published a novella in about two months. I have written a 66k draft in less than 30 days, but I’ve also had a novel take a couple of years because of how many drafts I wrote. So, I think this answer varies.

Where do you tend to write the most?

My bedroom. Whether at my desk or sprawled out on my bed with my dog, I’m most likely tucked away in there.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Inspiration comes from anywhere, anytime. Information, well, that depends, too. If we’re talking poisons I had to Google, there’s that. If we’re talking pieces of family history I want to write into a war story, I’m going to my parents or grandparents.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I wrote my first novella when I was twelve years old. At the time, it was my precious escape from reality, even if the story had no plot. I published it as a serial on my blog (it’s deleted now, of course) and still cannot believe friends liked it.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

If I’m not writing, I’m probably doing house chores, ranch chores, babysitting my nieces, practicing karate, and singing. And yes, I like to do all of those things.

What does your family think of your writing?

My family had been incredibly supportive. My mother homeschooled all of us, starting with my Army pilot brother, and so our interests are encouraged. I’m very grateful for their love. Even if my sister is a bit spooked at how my characters can ‘talk’ to me.

What is your go-to food/beverage when you are writing?

Coffee in the morning. After that, who knows?

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Overall, I’ve written two novels and two novellas. I honestly cannot pick a favorite! They’ve each played a role in my life and I learned a great deal writing them.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Believe it or not, an author. A published author who got to write a lot of books and have many bookshelves. This dream, my logical child mind decided, could also match up with my dream to be a housewife.

What is the most rewarding part of being a published author?

The fact others can read my work. While that thought can be a bit crazy to think about, I’m grateful to the Lord that my words have the ability to touch others.

Tips For The Novice

What advice would you give a novice writer who wants to take on the task of writing their first book?

Don’t overthink it. I know, lots of people will advise you to have an outline or plot. And yes, you should probably have some idea of what you want to write, and outlining is helpful. But don’t let yourself get lost in the first stages. You have to write. Even experienced authors know the first draft is never perfect. Your first draft won’t be, either, so accept that and get ready to dive in!

What advice would you give a novice writer who is about to edit their first draft?

My first tip is that you try to find a trusted friend or family member (or a few!) to read the book, just to get some new insight before you edit. It can really spice things up to have people brainstorming with you and give you a fresh mind. Editing can be a weary job alone.

What advice would you give a novice writer who is having a difficult time finding beta readers?

There are plenty of people who enjoy beta reading — the trick is finding them. You have to be in the right circle of friends, which means you’ll probably have to branch out. This can be difficult. Finding groups and speaking to other authors on social media can help you find your beta readers, as well as building your reputation. Building friendships may sound scary, but in the end, most of us Indie authors aren’t so scary!

What advice would you give a novice writer who wants to publish their book for the first time?

Research. Ask a lot of questions. If you don’t have a friend who’s published and have no one to ask but Google, I strongly suggest consulting with a published author (and it really doesn’t always cost much to do so!). Finding answers and watching videos yourself is crucial, but having pals who can help is important, too.

Introducing an author's vision to the world

Angela R. Watts“… the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” ~ Psalms 91:13

Edward Prosner is going to steal from the small town mayor of Fall Springs, North Carolina. He’s got a flawless plan of action and is determined to return honor and justice to his father’s good name. The problem he faces? He needs a date for the mayor’s dinner party.  Lucy Levitt is a huge romantic at heart, but with her family’s ranch and her part-time job, she has no time for dating. She believes God will place her soulmate in her life when the time is right. When the new man in town asks her out, how can she say no?  The first date seems ordinary enough, but then they begin to realize that they can’t fight their dragons alone. 

  • Genre: Christian contemporary romance.
  • Number of Pages: 132
  • Print Format: Paperback, Ebook

Who are your favorite character(s) and why?

I’m always going to adore Officer Sean, so… He’s probably my favorite. If I had to choose. Mostly because of how laid back he is, until he’s lost his temper, then all bets are off.

Favorite quotes: 

“We can face any dragons, because we know Your plans for us. They’re good plans. Better than our own.”

“Fiction is powerful — if ya have a book that has no hope… no love… it’s just not realistic.”

Where can your book be purchased?

(It is free on KU)  Amazon Link

Is your book listed on Goodreads?

Goodreads Link

What makes your book stand out among the other books in the genre?

This romance novella is clean and the romance is not based on physical attraction. Not only is the romance sweet, but the plot doesn’t rely solely on the lovers, but moves along quickly and keeps things interesting!

What would you tell a potential reader (teetering on the fence) to sway them to read your book?

If you like a laugh, a romance between two people who are new to the dating world, some risky business, and forgiveness themes — this book can fulfill!

Social Media Links

Blog | The Peculiar Messenger

Website | Reveries Co. (coming soon!)

Facebook | AngelaRWattsauthor

Twitter | PeculiarAngela

Instagram | angiewatts

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