Angela Drake believes in happy endings, the magic of 'what if' and in second chances. When not living vicariously through her characters, Angela writes about and promotes Texas and classic country music. She is an active member of two local writer's organizations. Angela enjoys time with her granddaughters, gardening, journaling, and a myriad of artistic pursuits. She shares a home in the Ozarks with her husband, three dogs and two cats. She loves networking with readers and writers through her Facebook, twitter and blog.
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How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
Quite a bit. Since I live and breathe the music business, I have the opportunity to let my readers behind the scenes.
What kind of research do you do for a book?
Mostly for settings. If I can’t travel to where I want the story to take place, then I look through travel brochures, websites and network with people who live in the area. I also listen to music that my characters like – even the secondary characters help add to the fabric of the story.
When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
I’ve been writing short stories and poetry since about the age of twelve. I wrote my first full-length novel in the late ‘90s.
What genre is it?
A Christmas to Remember(o riginally titled Ozarks Angel) is a contemporary romance set in Eureka Springs Arkansas. This was my first ‘second chance at love’ story.
Where did the idea come from?
Somewhere Down the Line came from an experience I had a couple of years ago. I was about to see someone for the first time in 25 years. I sat in his driveway, gripping the steering wheel thinking, what am I suppose to day? How am I suppose to act? How will he react? This was not a relationship reunion but on the drive home later that ‘what if’ question popped into my head. What if my heroine were reuniting with someone for the first time after a long period apart? What if they had feelings for one another they never acted on before? When a fan crushes on an artist, don’t they often think what it would be like to be with them – even married to them?
What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?
My husband of over thirty years has always been my most supportive person. He understands how important this is to me and will often ask if I’ve written anything that day.
What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
I watch TV or create art. I love classic black and white movies as well as family movies like The Waltons. Quality shows with a moral compass. I am also a paper crafter and mixed media artist. I love getting my fingers in paint and playing with rubber stamps
Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?
I read every Vicki Lewis Thompson story that comes out. She’s a neat lady and great with creating characters you care about. I love Jodi Thomas’ contemporary ‘homespun’ stories and J.D. Faver. J.D.’s Bad series is one of my favorite collections. I also enjoy W.C. Jameson’s treasure hunting books and his books on historical figures such as Billy the Kid. He has one coming out about Amelia Earhart I’m anxious to read.
It all began twenty-five years ago on the road: a charming crooner with a boyish grin fronting an up-and-coming Country/Western band, an entertainment journalist with everything to prove, and a love that could never be. A love that was wrong.
Things have changed. Trey Morison and Alana Cozins are finally free to act on their desires, but is it really possible after all this time? From the Abilene Fairgrounds to a storm-swept beach on Galveston Island, from a reunion of friends to a fast-and-furious realization of their passion, Trey and Alana will test the boundaries of what they think they know—and what they know they want. They’ll find a renewed career, a deeper understanding of themselves, the past and each other. And it all begins with a hit song that’s a heartfelt prayer that unwavering love might finally be rewarded…
What Reviewers Are Saying...
"Every perfect country song put into a perfect happy ever after story!
I couldn't put it down! Looking forward to more books by one of my new favorite authors!" ~ Joyce (Amazon)
"This book is a great addition to your Kindle library. I was so determined to finish the book I fell asleep only to be woken by my Kindle hitting me in the face - twice!" ~ Susan (Amazon)