My Guest Author, Angela Hayes, chats about her new book, LOVE'S BATTLE

December 13 2013

Angela Hayes’ description of herself on her website AuthorAngelaHayes.com:

“An author with The Wild Rose Press I am a married mother of two living in Alabama. When I'm not writing I can usually be found with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.”

 Questions for Author Angela Hayes

  • Where are you from?
  • In my early childhood I spent a few years in Maryland, but for the past few dozen I've lived in Alabama- ROLL TIDE
  • When did you start writing stories?
  • I don't really know, when I started, but I do remember having a poem I'd written about moving published in the local newspaper when I was in elementary school. Then there was the required teenhood journal. I guess it kind of evolved from there.
  • Do you write the kind of stories you like to read?
  • Of course. I'm such a sucker for a happy ending. I cut my teeth on Nora Roberts and Julie Garwood. Two women who know how to do romance. And I just love that. Their characters have such a human quality to them that it makes me sad when I realize they're only figments of brilliant minds. And I try my best to emulate that. I want someone who reads my books to say, "Wow,___ could be my cousin.",or "That's something my best friend would say." And when they're done, I want them to end with a sigh of happiness because it was a great love story.
  • Is there special setting for each of your stories?
  • Sort of. In my soon to be published first book, Love's Battle, I set the majority of it in Maryland. I just felt right to have it there, sort of an homage to another life.
  • Have you yearned to write a different kind of story, but don’t quite dare?
  • I have, and the idea of it bugs the heck out of me. But I don't know if I'm brave enough to put it on paper.
  • What do your friends and family think of your career? They're ecstatic. They can't wait until I have a publication date so they can all read it. So far, Michelle (my editor) and The Wild Rose Press team are they only ones who have set eyes on it.
  • Where do you set your stories?
  • For Love's Battle and the two that will follow, I've set the majority of them in Maryland. But they each have flashback scenes that are set in Scotland, France, England, and Spain. (Peaked your curiosity haven't I?) Some other books that I have in the works are set in Miami, Greece, the mountains. My mind is kind of like a wandering gypsy. It gets bored if it stays in one place for too long!
  • I enjoyed your November series of daily blogs listing all the things you are thankful. How did you think of that, or do you do that every year?
  • Thank you so much. The ideas just kind of came to me on the spur of the moment. I tried to pick out what I was thankful for during that particular time. I'm looking forward to next years and was thinking off asking a few authors to do a week here or there to mix it up.

     Tell us about your most recent book and/or about your favorite. 

 

    Love's Battle is the first in a trilogy about a trio of sisters who can see true love. Here's a blurb for you.

 

Love Howard has more than a knack for matchmaking. Born from a forbidden passion and a twelve-hundred-year-old promise, she and her sisters can literally see true love. And while Love has no problem bringing other couples together, her own romantic life could use a little help.

 

Danton DeAngelo has always been well grounded in reality. So it throws him for no small loop when the woman he’s fallen for believes that she’s been reincarnated eleven times and can actually see true love.

 

Now Danton is faced with the biggest decision of his life. Accept Love for who she really is, or walk away from her forever.

 

And now,that I've captured your imagination, an excerpt:

            The hand Love pressed to her brow was visibly shaking. “There’s something I need to tell you. I just need you to keep an open mind.”

            “What is it? Are you sick?” Danton asked.

            “No, I’m not sick.” Her voice trembled on a forced laugh. “It’s something else. Something I‘ve been trying to prepare you for. This would be so much easier if you believed in magic. If you could believe that what I’m about to tell you is the honest truth.”

            Turning, Love opened the iron chest, the hinges groaning with the effort as specks of rust littered the floor. From its depths she pulled out a clear plastic bag that she held tight to her chest, eyes closed, before handing it to a confused Danton.

            “This is my tartan, my plaid. Before it faded and was dinner for the moths, it was once patterned in checks of green, gray, and brown. The purple and white stripes that ran through the hem identified the wearer as part of the royal family.” Love tapped the plastic, her finger pointing out where each color should be. “It was a gift from my father. The first and only time my sister’s and I met him, he was on his deathbed, we were eighteen. A week later our mother died in the same moment he drew his last breath.” Needing the extra air Love drew a breath of her own. “That day was the thirteenth of February, eight-hundred and fifty-eight AD. My father was Cinaed mac Alpin, crowned king of the Picts and Gaels. He was Scotland’s first king.”

            “Eight- hundred and fifty-eight?” That couldn’t be right, she was only twenty-five. “Don’t you mean Nineteen-eighty-seven?”

            “No. I was born for the first time in Scotland during the middle of the ninth century.”

 

You can find me at www.authorangelahayes.blogpspot.com  Be sure to check back often for a publication date.

 Thank you so much for having me Anne. I had a great time.