Ben Interviews Fantasy Writer, Angela Ford

Ang Ford_TFW - ebook cover

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started writing?

My parents and my sisters were, and still are, a huge inspiration for my work. I grew up with two older sisters, and two youngers sisters and we were all homeschooled. Our parents encouraged us to use our minds, to be thoughtful and creative and above all, read.

In childhood, there always comes a time when you’re bored and there seems to be nothing to do. In those times, when you can’t watch TV or pull up a video game, naturally it leads to storytelling, and that’s where my writing was born.

Out of those stories came new tales of worlds and creatures not unlike Earth and its mysteries. I’d been writing for a long time, but it wasn’t until I was 12 years old that I completed the first draft of The Five Warriors.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Technically no, this is not my first book. I have other stories and tales handwritten in notebooks and it’s debatable whether they will ever see the light. But this is the beginning of the series that leads up to my epic masterpiece.

What genre is it and what is it about?

I’ve tried my hand at writing realistic fiction, stories of people like you and I who live in the United States, who made history. Yet, something held me back from writing those, there were too many limitations, so I spread my wings and flung myself into the world of fantasy.

In fantasy, anything goes, everything is believable, and crazy schemes are quite likely to happen. I enjoyed making up landscapes and creatures and magical weapons. I even created my own people groups and monsters. I wanted to move away from the traditional fantasy with wizards, elves, goblins, dragons and the like. Although some of the creatures I created are similar, they are unique in their own ways.

So, firstly, The Five Warriors transports you to that realm where there are no humans, yet there are mortals and immortals. There are four main people groups and one of each come together to face an epic war against the deadliest immortal ever to touch The Four Worlds. Each of the warriors has their own inner struggles with love and power and control.

What inspired you to write this book?

A lot of my writing is inspired by Lord of the Rings, Narnia and the author George MacDonald. Those stories contain the characteristics of everything I love in books. Those stories made me want to write my own.

Originally I saw a warrior standing in the middle of a battle strewn field, undecided whether to mourn the loss of friends or celebrate the victory of his people. Out of that scene, The Five Warriors was born. I think there were five because my sisters and I make five, but none of the warriors resemble us. Well…perhaps…

What does your writing process look like?

I love my writing process! It’s completely random, although I know the overall plot I generally go straight to the end and write it. From there I write all the super fun action scenes and finally I piece it all together.

After the entire book is complete I read through it and add in details, new scenes, new characters, and trot it off to my sisters to read and rip apart. Once they are happy with it, off it goes to beta readers, then an editor and viola! Out into the world to find it’s place.

Are you a plotter or a pantster (writing by the seat of your pants)?

I am a proud panster. That being said, I do have an overall plot, sometimes I even have the chapters all outlined, but I love just letting the words flow, even if it gets away from the plot for a bit.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

I was a bit stressed about the cover art, because 1, I was paying for it myself and I had a budget, and 2, everyone I approached either could not do what I wanted or did not have the quality of design I was looking for. Then I had an old college friend reach out on LinkedIn, and we got together to chat about freelancing and being self-employed and how that lifestyle was treating us.

Well, one thing led to another and it turned out she’s a designer and she was more than happy to do my book cover. You won’t believe it but my book was the first book cover she did and wow. When I got the initial preview back I was beyond THRILLED! I think the only revisions were the font on the front cover.

One thing that helped was that I knew exactly what I wanted, I wrote it all out and sent examples and an excerpt from the book to help – and she nailed it!

Everyone knows a huge selling point is the book cover. People come up to be all the time to tell me how beautiful the cover is and they want the book because of if. Most of the time when I work with designers, I’m either disappointed or feel neutral about it, but she exceeded expectations. Anyways, cover design credit goes to Rashina Bhula, owner of One of One Design Co.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Legone the Swift (pronounced Lee-gone). Originally he wasn’t my favorite but in the final re-writing I came to understand him and his desires. He’s a strange, misunderstood character and can be cold and unfriendly at times, yet he has a good heart. At least, I hope he does.

As with most of my characters, I start out writing them with certain intentions, but then they come alive and take the story away from me. It’s like having my own little mini Frankensteins.

What book do you wish you could have written?

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell: I adore that book it has everything. It’s also quite inspirational and makes me think about life and it’s meaning.

How do you choose names for your characters? Based on sound or meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

All of my character names I created between the ages of 12-16. They are weird and I don’t know what I was thinking back then, but they are also creative and I’m keeping them.

What are you working on now?

I am working on Book 2 of The Four Worlds Series which will be release in September of 2016. My sisters have already gotten a sneak peek and love it, but there’s lots of work to be done. This book has more sea monsters, battles, treasure hunters, jeweled ones, a misplaced King, Horse Lords, Islands, monsters, enchanted forests and more. The next year I’m releasing my favorite book in the entire series and I cannot wait!!

If you were a super hero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?

My nickname is Gus so that would be my super hero name. Unassuming, normal, and leaving lots of room for guesses. I’d likely wear all leather and 5 inch heels – I’m all about those heels!

What were you like as a child? What was your favorite toy?

As a child, I was tomboyish and rambunctious. My favorite toy was a Horse Lord named Peter and I collected toy horses like it was the end of the world. In fact, one of the games I used to playact with my sisters is the entire story for Book 2 of The Four Worlds Series.

What is your favorite song?

Mr. Brightside by The Killers. Anything by The Killers is my jam.

What is your favorite Fiction/Non-Fiction book?

I’ve probably read this book 5 times, but it is my very favorite fiction book: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKilip. I’m a huge fan of her work, but that book was quite “sticking”. I loved the wizard and the magical beasts the heroine collected, and the man who refused to give upon her. Beautiful!

What book/s are you reading now? 

The Golem and the Jinn – I’ve barely started but already it’s captivated me, so we’ll see how it turns out!

ANG FordAngela Ford resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she enjoys sports and music when not reading and writing. You’re most likely to find her sipping a white chocolate mocha at a local coffee shop, trying out the latest and greatest in technology or furiously working on her next book. Connect with her on any social media platform or stop by her website: http://www.angelajford.com to leave a note.

 

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