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Write to the Point with Angela Strong May 27, 2015

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Jordan and MeToday we get write to the point with Angela Strong. She has visited here a couple of times before. You can read her other interviews here and here. Read on to see what she is up to now.

Tell us about your newest book. I wrote a novella that is included in Love on the Run with a couple of Love Inspired Suspense authors that live here in Boise. We call ourselves Team Love on the Run. Here’s the blurb from my novella, False Security:

 

Alex Pierce needs Laney Winters to help him prove neither of them is responsible for the millions of dollars that went missing after Laney arrested him for bank robbery five years ago. Besides Laney not believing he truly repented in prison, there’s the problem of the real thief trying to kill her and the police department treating her like a dirty cop. With the possibility of anotherLove on the Run crime being pinned on them, Laney finally teams up with Alex to save her life. If only she could trust him with her heart, as well.

 

What inspired you to write this book? I love heist movies like Ocean’s Eleven, but I know the motives for robbery are not uplifting. So I took a character like Danny Ocean, had him get saved in jail then had him attempt to change his ways…except he has to make one more heist to prove himself innocent of a crime he didn’t commit. Now we’ve got the excitement of robbery plus a motive I can agree with. Win-win.

 

What was your favorite part to write? The ending is the most important part of a novel to me. I like it to be over the top with a twist that makes the reader want to go back and reread the story. And I love it when the reader knows what’s coming and the characters have no clue. So I had some fun with that.

 

Noses in booksWhat was the hardest part to write? This was a really fun book to write. No deadlines. No editor’s guidelines. I just wrote it for fun, and I wrote it in two weeks. Needless, to say I had to make some edits. Those were harder than writing the actual story. But they are so important because I want a book to work on multiple levels, and in two weeks, I didn’t have enough time to evolve all those different levels.

 

What kind of research did you do for this book? I researched gangs and guns and what you are supposed to do when getting shot at. I actually sat my kids down and told them what I’d learned in case, God forbid, there is ever a school shooting at one of their schools. I said, “You duck and run. You don’t hide behind anything because bullets can go through stuff. You get away as fast as you possibly can while making yourself as little as you possibly can. And you don’t stop outside the school and wait for emergency workers. You keep running until you know you are safe.” Scary stuff.

 

What’s the best thing about being an author? Making a difference. I love creating stories, and I get so much out of my own writing, but it’s when I get a letter from someone who learned something or was inspired by my words, that I’m like, “Yes. This is why I do this.”

 

What’s the hardest thing about being an author? Sometimes I wish I could get a normal job to make a reliable paycheck and not always have characters running around in my head that keep me from sleeping at night if I do get a normal job and have no time to write. That’s when it feels like a curse.

 

What’s one piece of advice you have for aspiring writers? You have no idea how God will use you if you are true to the gifts he’s given you and open to learning to use those gifts through hard work and patience. No idea. So keep writing and find out!

 

If you were writing about your life what would the title be? Becoming Mrs. Strong.

 

Anything you would like add? Happy birthday to my son! He’s 16 today!

Yay for May birthdays. Both of my kids have May birthdays 🙂

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers again. It’s always great to hear from you and see what you are up to.

 

 

 

Write to the Point with Angela Strong August 20, 2014

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Ocean Family PhotoToday we get write to the point with Angela Strong. She visited us awhile back, you can read the interview here. Today she talks about her newest release. Enjoy!

Tell us about your newest book. The Water Fight Professional is a middle-grade novel about a kid who has to make more money with his water-fighting business than his best friend makes mowing lawns in order to beat the sudden superstar at something and save their friendship. It’s for ages 8-12, but it’s a great book to read together.

I often encourage my readers to read a book together so you can have conversations with your kids about what’s going on. I love doing that with my daughter (my son hasn’t picked up a love of reading yet).

What do you do when you’re not writing? I’m married with three children, so I’m always doing something. This summer I got to help my son raise money for a mission trip to San Francisco, then I got to be a counselor at church camp for all my kids now that they are all old enough for youth group, then last week we took a family vacation to the Oregon coast. These moments always inspire more stories, so there is never enough time to write.

My other passion is teaching group fitness, which is even cooler now that I get to teach at a Christian fitness club. Getting paid to work out helps me keep from gaining a bazillion pounds when sitting in front of my computer for hours with my carb-loaded coffee. Plus it gives me the energy to be able to join my husband in events like The Dirty Dash—a 10K in the mountains that involved some pretty muddy obstacles and matching Batman outfits. I’d say this is symbolic of my life in general.

Where do you get your ideas? Ideas are everywhere. The idea for The Water Fight Professional came from a church picnic when my son was a preschooler.WFP Web FRONT Cover He wanted to get involved in a water fight but didn’t know how, so I gave him a cup of water and told him to dump it on someone. That person saw him coming and offered him a dollar to dump the same cup on me. I got wet, he got paid, and he fell asleep that night holding onto the dollar bill. I thought, “He’s going to become a water fight professional.” Hence, I dedicated the book to him seven years later—the REAL water fight professional.

I love how ideas drop into our heads. I also say my head is a crazy place to be.

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer? Endings are my favorite, so everything I write has to lead up to a fantastic ending. Thus, I have to outline. But that doesn’t mean the story doesn’t grow as I grow while writing it. Once I wrote the ending to a book first, but by the time I wrote the entire thing I had to completely change the ending. I believe this made it even more unexpected and powerful.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? Oh yeah. Romancing the Throne is about Jaqueline James, a resort activities director in the West Indies, who ends up falling for a prince, but when he hires a private investigator to look into her past and make sure she is marriage material, he finds out that her father is a fugitive from the United States. Jacqueline hires the same private eye to go back with her to the States to prove her father innocent, but in the process she realizes she’d rather spend her life with her knight in shining armor than prince charming. It’s a fun, and fast-paced story that’s been close to publication, and I still have high hopes for it. If The Water Fight Professional has taught me anything, it’s that God’s timing is perfect, and good things are worth the wait…and the work.

This definitely sounds interesting. Hope it gets published.

Are you like any of the characters in your book? Probably Joey’s mom. I make healthy food my kids hate, I always try to get them involved in activities they are not interested in, and while she’s a theatrical dancer and spends her days in “cha-cha land,” I spend time in these made-up worlds of mine. In the end, Joey’s mom teaches her kids the value of accountability and overcoming, which is something I want to do, as well. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, don’t we?

Are you working on a new project now? The Snowball Fight Professional is book two in the Fun4Hire series and releases this November. These characters are just so fun to hang out with again. Up next, I’ll be writing The Food Fight Professional and The Pillow Fight Professional.

And if that’s not enough, I’ve got revisions to make for my Killer Voices entry. I made it to the final round of the Love Inspired Suspense contest, though I haven’t gotten a contract yet. Fingers crossed.

Anything you would like to add? Writing—like life—is what you create it to be. As with any artistic career, I don’t think you can ever arrive. So do it because you enjoy it. Celebrate every little victory. And keep learning.

Great advice, thanks for sharing with us, Angela. It was great hearing from you again and what God is up to in your life. I pray God’s continued blessings over your writing.

 

Write to the Point with Angela Strong July 10, 2013

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This week we get write to the point with Angela Strong. I hope you will take the time to read her interview, she has a wonderful testimony and a giveaway for you.

Autor PicTell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

My mom is one of the reasons I became a writer. She sold freelance stories, so as a child, I often found my face in Women’s World and that kind of thing. When I wrote my own story in high school, I sent it in to a magazine because I just figured that’s what you do. They bought it for $100, and I was hooked. I went on to study journalism at The University of Oregon. Of course, because my Mom never sold one of her books, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. But she was my first editor and biggest cheerleader, and I was able to build on her experience, which is quite an advantage for anyone pursuing such a subjective career.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I grew up a PK—pastor’s kid. So again, I read my Bible and prayed and went to church camp because I just figured that’s what you do. My dad tells stories of how he’d find me at the age of four leading the neighbor kids in the sinner’s prayer. I’m so grateful for this foundation of faith, though as I got older, I had to learn much of it for myself.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

Having grown up in the church, I know it’s not perfect. I’ve seen a lot of pastors fall. But it’s not because they don’t love the Lord, it’s because it’s so easy/natural to sin. My latest book Lighten Up is about the daughter of a pastor who can’t forgive her dad for running off with the church secretary until she falls in love with her own pastor. When writing it I learned the importance of accountability for ourselves as well as the importance of having mercy for others, and I hope readers find these ideas thought-provoking as well as entertaining.Lighten Up

Lighten Up is the first in my Body and Soul Series following three cousins and their spiritual growth while working in very worldly careers. Up next is Shake it Up about a dance instructor who chooses to let God lead even if it means she’s not in the spotlight anymore.

Wow, you’re books sound so real, very much needed.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

My blog is titled Romancing the Throne. I started it to encourage unloved/abandoned wives, but through it I found a lot of healing for myself, so now it’s focused on celebrating the restoration God’s love brings.

When my ex-husband left me, I’d just sold my first romance novel Love Finds You in  Sun Valley, Idaho, and I didn’t think I’d ever write romance again. But as God walked me (or carried me) through the storm, I learned there is nothing more powerful than love, which means there’s nothing else I’d rather write about.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

I have to say Leave it to Claire by Tracey Bateman. It’s about a divorced woman (think grown up version of Junie B. Jones) who learns to forgive her ex. Funny enough, I read it before my ex left me, but it still touched me deeply. And now Tracey Bateman is my mentor. All things work together for good, you know.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

Ha! I answered the last question before I read this one. But I probably don’t have to tell you that Jospeh is my favorite Bible story. I’m not going to go in depth here—you can read my whole Genesis 5020 experience on my blog—but I’ll skip to the good part by telling you that I had a fairytale remarriage. It’s pretty cool how often I get emails from women telling me that my life has given them hope.

The Author of Life has done it again. So whenever things gets crazy, I shake my fist at heaven and say, “I’m onto you. I know that the darker the black point of a story, the more powerful the redemptive message. So you must have one amazing ending coming my way.”

Amen, Angela J

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

I think the verse used at my wedding sums my writing up pretty well. “And the God of all grace, after you have suffered for a little while, will restore you and make you strong.” I especially like I Peter 5:10 because my last name is Strong. Were I to write an autobiography, I’d title it Becoming Mrs. Strong.

Where can we find you on the web?

www.angelaruthstrong.blogspot.com

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Oh gosh. Just that God wants to romance you. That you are already the heroine in your very own love story. So go live happily forever after.

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers today, Angela. Your testimony is truly amazing and your books sound awesome.

Readers, Angela is giving away a paperback copy of her book, Lighten Up, to one commentator. Leave a comment for Angela by July 16th at 5:00 pm to be entered to win.