Today’s interview features Angela Castillio!
Intro: What is your name, what do you write, and where can readers find you on social media? And just for fun, if you could be any mythical being or creature, who or what would you be?
I’m Angela Castillo. I write several genres, including middle-grade fiction and women’s historical and contemporary fiction. You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/adventurestobythetrilby/ .
If I could be a mythical being I suppose I’d be a fairy. Wings would be lovely to have.
- Your most recent publication, Blessed Arrangements is the second in your Miss Main Street series. What inspired the idea?
Part of the book’s plot is based around the Bastrop Complex fire, which happened here seven years ago and had a huge impact on our town. I wanted to show how the fire affected people and the community in different ways. Another arc of the story involves Lila and her sister, Alice. Alice takes advantage of Lila’s kindness and basically runs her over and I wanted to show that sometimes you have to say no in order to help someone take charge of their own life.
- What was the first book you fell in love with? The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. My parents had the seven books in the Narnia series in that slipcover from the seventies with its mysterious pictures and those crazy round trees. I couldn’t believe when my mother took the book down one day and began to read it to me. I was seven.
- What are common traps for romance writers and in your opinion what is the best way to avoid the biggest pitfall? There’s always the problem of falling into tropes. I also struggle with trying to figure out what the reader wants versus what I want to write. Romance in real life isn’t perfect, so I try to be realistic and follow my own instinct when I’m writing.
- If your book were ever turned into a movie, who would you pick as your dream cast?
All the movie stars I like are in their 40s now, lol. Maybe Zoey Deshanel as Lila and Chris Helmsworth as Jasper. Because Chris Hemsworth.
5. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer? Actually, Jamie Foley is my real-life neighbor; she lives down the street from me. We talk on the phone almost every day and meet a few times a month. We’re currently working on a writing series for busy moms.
- If the characters of Blessed Arrangements were each a flower, what would they be and why? Well, that’s an interesting question. Lila would be a daisy. Cheerful and uncomplicated. Alice would be a snapdragon. Tanya, Jasper’s sister, would be a hibiscus, colorful and fun. Miss Travelsham would be a mum. In looks only, since she talks all the time.
7. Do you or did you ever consider writing under a pen name? How do you think the decision has influenced your writing career? I’ve thought about it a few times but I never really saw a need to. If I ever decided to write something wildly different, like travel memoirs, I guess I’d reconsider. Maybe.
- You write in a number of categories and age groups, from Middle Grade to adult. What is the best part about writing in so many genres? What is the worst part? I love reading and writing middle grade fiction. I think they are the toughest group to reach with a book and therefore a wonderful challenge to write for. But it’s a tough online sale, so I decided to throw some women’s fiction in as well. My favorite part about writing MG is seeing kid’s faces light up when they pick up my books at a local craft booth or an author event. The best thing about writing women’s fiction is when someone tells me the book touched them in their own life. It’s an amazing thought that these books go all over the world, touching people I will never meet.
- What is your drafting process like and how does it change for each of your respective series? I get a first draft out as quickly as possible, which has been taking longer since my baby was born last year. During my second draft I post each chapter on a critique group called Scribophile. I generally go through the third and fourth drafts implementing suggestions from critiques. After the fourth go-round it goes to beta readers, then finally my editors. The whole process takes 4-8 months.
- Favorite moment/moments with fans who have read your book? The little boy who went as Toby the Trilby for ‘dress up as your favorite story book character’ to school.
11, What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? At 11 years old, I read my first book out loud to my friend a little at a time. She would beg me to hurry up and finish the next chapter. She still reads my books when they come out.
Thank you Angela! Don’t forget to follow her on Facebook and check out her books!
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