Author Interview with Angela J. Ford
We all grow up playing make believe games. Many times, we make up our own characters and story lines and act them out over the course of one game or create an ongoing story in our heads. In this way, we are all born to tell stories. Writer Angela J. Ford, is sharing her make believe inventions in her book series, The Four Worlds series. Below Ford answered my 10 questions describing how she has succeeded in bringing her imagination to life on the page.
1. How many books have you written and where can you buy them?
I’ve written seven complete books. Two are published and available on Amazon. The other five I’m re-writing and revising.
2. What famous books can you compare to your own?
Most of my work has been inspired by fantasy authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Freda Warrington, and Juliet Marillier. My latest book, The Five Warriors does have a Lord of the Rings-ish vibe.
3. Why do you write for this particular age group?
I started writing in 2000 when I was 12 for my four sisters. My stories were composed out of dreams, games we played with our toys, movies and TV shows were watched, and, above all, books we read. I wanted to write a high-adventure series with plenty of excitement and drama for young minds.
4. How autobiographical are your books?
My books aren’t autobiographical at all, I have a pretty active imagination, and while I want to relate to the characters is some way, their desire for adventure is the one shared trait between me and my characters.
5. What’s the best compliment that you’ve ever received about your writing?
Wow, there have been several. The one that stuck with me the most was from my editor. He said he would like to see The Five Warriors come out as a television show, since it’s different enough from what’s currently available today.
6. What has been your greatest moment as a writer so far?
Seeing the reviews and feedback come in, particularly from strangers. Since I write for myself and my four sisters, I always ensure the published product is professionally edited and has a beautiful cover design, but I understand the story will not ring a bell with everyone. Reading the delightful reviews makes my day!
7. Where do you get your covers?
I have the most amazing cover designer, Rashina Bhula (www.rashinabhula.com). We attended Belmont University together and she owns a design studio. I sat down with her over coffee and knew she would the best designer for my book cover because her vision aligns with mine. She even had suggestions for the next books in the series as well. It’s fun working with a professional and a friend. I really thought we might go back and forth over the cover design, but once I received the first mock-up, there was very little I wanted to change. I’ve been impressed by her work and am excited to see what we come up with for future books!
8. What is a subject/character/setting you would like to tackle?
Writing present day fiction is something I would like to try out within the next 10 years or so. I find it hard to write anything else besides fantasy because you don’t have to research it or check facts.
9. What is next for you?
Certainly more books, I need to finish The Four Worlds series and have several further adventures to write.
10. End with a quote from one of your books.
“What you seek is seeking you.” - Rami