Angelique is a Christen fiction author with a unique take on some well-known tales.
Intro What’s your name, what do you write, where can readers find you and your books on social media? And just for fun, what mythological creature would you be?
Hi, Angela. I am Angelique Conger. Thank you for this opportunity to share with you. I write historical fiction based on the bible. My first series is Ancient Matriarchs, allowing the women married to the patriarchs to tell their own stories. These books are set before the flood. I focus on the stories of women that have been suppressed through the ages, until they have been lost completely.
My newest book, Lost Children of the Prophet is book 1 of a spin-off series that tells a different kind of story. This series will end joining Ancient Matriarchs with the story of Noah and the flood. I don’t know how many more books it will take to tell this story. I thought five, but maybe it will be ten. I’m on three, and there is much more to tell.
My books are found on Amazon in both eBook and paperback, though the paperback isn’t available yet for Lost Children of the Prophet. Find them at https://angeliquecongerauthor.com/mybooklinks/65011, which will take you to my author page on Amazon. I participate in social media. I have a Facebook Author page found at https://www.facebook.com/AngeliqueCongerAuthor/ and Angelique’s Reader’s Group found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1563987126990015/ . I tend to share more on the Reader’s Group than on the author page, due to the new Facebook Rules. I also have a twitter page: @CongerAngel, and Pinterest Boards focusing on all my books. You can find them https://www.pinterest.com/aconger1776/pins/ or search for my publishing company, Southwest of Zion Publishing. You can also join my newsletter and receive a free short story on my website: http://www.AngeliqueCongerAuthor.com
For fun, because I dream of flying, and because I can sometimes be fierce, I think I would be a dragon. In the animal world, I’m certain I’d be a mama bear.
- You say on your website that your books were inspired by readings of Genesis when you noticed there was very little information given about ancient women. What kind of research did you have to do to incorporate this idea into a series?
I’ve read everything I can find about the time period in the few chapters in Genesis that discuss these people. I spent many days over many years wondering about the life of Eve. When I started writing her story, it felt like she came and took a seat beside me. Her story poured through my fingers into my story on the computer. Many times, I reached a problem in her life with no idea how it would be resolved. I walked away from it, wondering how it would be resolved. The answers came when my fingers touched the computer keys once more. I looked at the story and thought, “So that is how they solved that problem.”
- Why do you think historical fiction is a fascinating genre?
I’m married to an historian. I have to like history out of self-preservation! I’ve always enjoyed the stories of our past, set in fiction. I try to read straight history and gag. Why do they have to be so dry? Historians forget to tell the story. I love to write historical fiction to find out how or why something happened. I have questions and I must write the story. I love the stories of people.
- What is the book about?
Lost Children of the Prophet is one of the stories I wrote to discover the answer of what happened. In a previous book, Finding Peace, Rebecca and Enos lost their first two children, a boy and a girl. Neither Eve nor Rebecca could tell me what happened to them. I wanted to know. So, I wrote the story.
Nat and Ziva were abducted and taken as young children to the wicked city of Nod where Nat was sold to be a slave and Ziva became a beloved daughter of a wealthy merchant. As the prophet Enos’s lost children, traders search for them, without success.
Lost Children of the Prophet tells their story as they become adults, as they learn about each other, and fight together to prevent Ziva’s mating with Nat’s owner, the wicked and vile priest who is determined to have her.
- What are the characters like?
Nat is courageous within the bounds of slavery. He fights to protect himself and those he loves. He remembers their family and the promises he gave their papa that he would always protect Ziva. He agonizes that he could not protect her from the slavers.
Ziva is quiet and intelligent, and determined to have her own way. She argues with her father about things she feels strongly and begs to see things he would rather she not see, such as the slave market. She struggles to understand why his skin is a beautiful mahogany while hers is pale. She fights for what she thinks is right.
- Who should pick up your book and why?
I find most of my readers are women, though I do have some men who enjoy them. This book borders on Young Adult, and some young adults may enjoy it, though most of the themes are adult.
Those who are interested in what may have happened in the earliest days of our earth should pick up my books, especially people who believe in God. My characters worship the god of the Old Testament, Jehovah, and struggle to maintain their beliefs. If you have questions about how life was for these people in this time period, I think I have come close to representing it in this book. The story is quick paced and with good characterizations.
- What is the most surprising thing you learned in your research?
I think the most surprising thing I learned from writing my books so far is that everyone has the right to choose how they will act. Whenever we attempt to force another to act differently from the way they would choose, we are falling into the realm of the Destroyer, and working to support him. As a mother, sometimes I want my children to do what I want them to do. I cannot force them. I cannot push them. To do so would push me across the line from God’s path to the Destroyer’s path.
- Why did the mystery of the women of Genesis inspire you?
From the time I was a young mother I wondered how a woman alone on a new world, with no memory of her past, could manage things like the birthing of a child. How did she know how to care for, to feed, or to clothe that first child? I wondered how they managed in a harsh and dangerous world to figure out which food was good, how to plant, how to build a fire, and all those myriad of questions and problems they were forced to solve.
Once I wrote the story of Eve, the other daughters called to me to tell their story, to help them be known by the women who live today. They were righteous, god-fearing women who loved and supported their men in challenging circumstances. They help me to know I can do the same in my life.
- Who was the most interesting woman to research and why?
I will always love Eve. Her life, her challenges, her problems are those that enabled us as women to stand beside our men as independent women who love and work and care. Being the first brought problems most of us will never face. And, yet, she had to face most of the problems we face in our day and time. Being a mother, being a woman is universal throughout time.
- Three trivia facts about Genesis that made their way into your books?
Eve agreed to support her husband in all he did. She partook of the fruit to obey the law to have a family, knowing she could not have a family without eating it.
Seth was born to Eve after Abel’s death. He looked and acted identical to his father, Adam.
Though Enoch stuttered, he trusted God and became a great prophet, setting up a city. God walked and talked with the residents of this city, which became the first city where everything was held in common and everyone obeyed the commandments of God. The city of Enoch was taken from the earth.
- What’s a favorite moment you’ve had with a fan/someone who’s read your work?
I have a fan who responds to all my emails and asks questions. She looks for more of my books to read and lets me know when I need to correct an error. Another reader is my almost 90-year-old father who was never a reader as a child or a young man. Now, he has read all my books except Lost Children of the Prophet, because I haven’t given it to him yet. He circles all my mistakes and asks for clarification.
- Favorite quote from your own work?
“We can love them,” Adam said, suddenly calm. “We have taught them. We cannot argue, we can only love. Arguments and hate will be a surrender to the Destroyer.” ~ Eve, First Matriarch
- What was the writing process like for Lost Children of the Prophet? Are you a planner, pantser, or somewhere in between? How did that pricess change due to writing historical fiction?
I have been a “write into the dark” kind of author from the beginning, depending on the women of my story to reveal it to me. Because I am writing the stories of people, I find that I must depend on them to tell me their stories, thus I wait for them to reveal their stories to me, making me a pantser who pretends to plan, sometimes.
With Lost Children of the Prophet, I did more planning than usual. I wrote down some ideas of things I thought might happen in advance. Some of them found their way into the book. Many did not. I am mostly a pantser, though I am learning to be more of a planner.
- You went to grad school in Hawaii, taught grade school, and sail. Did any of those aspects of your life influence the novel? How so?
I received my BS in education from University of Hawaii, and received my MS from Utah State University. I didn’t ever sail, though I did teach grade school. I also lived in other interesting places in the world.
The lush locations found their way into my stories. When I think of an Eden, I think of a tropical island like the Hawaiian Islands and Guam. Plants and wild life from these locations find their way into my writing.
There is a specific scene in Eve, where she worries that the children are not being taught to read and write. She forms a school to help the children learn these necessary skills. So, yes, being a teacher does find its way into my writing sometimes.
The biggest factor of my life that finds itself into my writing is motherhood. All my female characters eventually become mothers. I find that to be most important.
- What do you believe is your main purpose/motivation as a writer?
I write to share the stories of these women whose stories have been lost. In that telling, I try to share their love of their God as an important factor in their lives.
- What’s your favorite writing-related memory?
I will always cherish the first years of writing when I felt Eve’s presence beside me, sharing her story. I look forward to the time when I can meet her in the next life and ask her how close I got to her truth.
- If you could live in any time period, which would you choose and why?
I choose now!!!! There is no time on earth when women have the opportunities to choose and be whatever they would like like now. We are allowed to own property, not be owned by a man. We can be recognized for our learning and skills as women, not as Unknown or by a pseudonym. We are not held back by laws or beliefs that belittle us or turn us into slaves or a valuable property of worth only because of the children we bear or the way we can be traded to another for wealth or national peace.
This time in the world is best. Eve’s time was good, she had most of the same opportunities, without the technology to make life easier.
Thank you, Angelique! Her books are available here: https://angeliquecongerauthor.com/mybooklinks/65011,
Angelique’s Reader’s Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1563987126990015/ .
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/aconger1776/pins/ or search for her publishing company, Southwest of Zion Publishing.
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