Today I’d like to welcome author Angela Wren. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your writing Angela.
What is your favourite season and why?
I love all the seasons. They each have their own magic and their own colours. If I had to choose only one it would have to be a snow covered winter. I love winter because it means Christmas is around the corner and Christmas, to me, is always about being at home. I once had to spend Christmas away from home and it was so miserable that I’ve never repeated the experience. I love the snow too and I’m a great builder of snowmen. I think it was the winter of 2010 that I had enough snow in my garden for a whole family of snowmen. I called them Mr and Mrs Snow and Little Snow.
Do you listen to music when you’re writing or do you prefer silence?
No I don’t. I can’t listen to music when I’m writing because the words have their own rhythm and to have a different one plaguing my ears is too confusing. I think all language has its own natural rhythm and I like to let that flow freely as I write. This is especially so when I’m editing as that’s usually when I find the lumps in the rhythm of the words from a previous draft.
What food is your naughty indulgence?
Chocolate, of course! I thought that was every girl’s naughty indulgence. And I take my indulgence in every possible form, (cake, mousse, cheesecake, biscuit, chocolate per se), colour and flavour.
What’s your favourite part of writing?
There isn’t really a bit I don’t especially like. The planning at the outset is necessary and can be a bit tedious at times, but I write through my characters. So in my head there is a constant conversation going on as I write and my characters do sometimes do totally unexpected things – which can be a bit scary! I love putting words on the page, always have and it doesn’t matter whether these are business words for strategy documents, for example, or ordinary words for fiction. The action of choosing those precise words, putting them together in that specific order is really great fun as far as I’m concerned. And in fiction, you can make anything happen – and I think that is awesome.
How did you come to write your genre of choice?
By accident. My first story was a romance and I thought that was the genre I wanted to, and would be best at, writing. That first story has now been shredded! My second story also went along the romance theme but I peopled my fictional village with such fascinating secondary characters that, when I finished it, I realised that I could do so much more with it if I changed the focus of the novel. My third story, Messandrierre, I knew from the outset would be a dark tale. There is still a romantic thread running through it but the primary plot is the one surrounding the disappearances of the tourists and the investigation to catch the killer. And it was a discussion at a three-day workshop last April that clarified my thinking for me. Why, I asked myself, am I here on a crime writing workshop and yet believe I write romance? I wasn’t the only person there asking that question either! After the workshop I revised my story and submitted it and now it is published.
What are you working on now and what can you tell us about it?
I’m working on the second Jacques Forêt book, entitled Merle. This is a story about long-plotted revenge, and there is a murder too and Jacques has to find the killer. I’m also working on an anthology of unusual fairy tales, which I plan to self-publish. I’ve seen an early sketch for the artwork for the cover, which is fabulous. The stories are well on the way to being complete, so ‘Tall Told Tales’ will be available later in the year.
Having followed a career in Project and Business Change Management, I now work as an Actor and Director at a local theatre. I’ve been writing, in a serious way, since 2010. My work in project management has always involved drafting, so writing, in its various forms, has been a significant feature throughout my adult life.
I particularly enjoy the challenge of plotting and planning different genres of work. My short stories vary between contemporary romance, memoir, mystery and historical. I also write comic flash-fiction and have drafted two one-act plays that have been recorded for local radio. The majority of my stories are set in France where I like to spend as much time as possible each year.
Sacrificing his job in investigation following an incident in Paris, Jacques Forêt has only a matter of weeks to solve a series of mysterious disappearances as a Gendarme in the rural French village of Messandrierre.
But, as the number of missing persons rises, his difficult and hectoring boss puts obstacles in his way. Steely and determined, Jacques won’t give up and, when a new Investigating Magistrate is appointed, he becomes the go-to local policeman for all the work on the case.
Will he find the perpetrators before his lover, Beth, becomes a victim?
Messandrierre – the first in a new crime series featuring investigator, Jacques Forêt.
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Website : www.angelawren.co.uk
Blog : www.jamesetmoi.blogspot.com
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Thank you for taking the time to speak to us Angela. I wish you every success with your book and your upcoming collection.