Friday, December 07, 2012

Christmas Eve Blitz Interview with Angela Burns

What inspired you to become an author?

I have always had a desire to write, just never enough time.  I remember when I was about 9 or 10 years old, I had written a story for my English homework, which was read out to the whole school during one assembly by the head teacher. If I were to ever pinpoint a time in my life when I had that first fleeting thought about becoming a writer, I guess it would have been then.

Then life happened! I'm not complaining about what I have achieved, or that I have been blessed in many ways with a wonderful and supportive family, however 'life' meant that more pressing needs had to be met and that time to explore writing was virtually non-existent.

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both hips in my mid-thirties, and had around 18-months away from work whilst they tried to fix them. Although the news was awful, they say everything happens for a reason. Stuck at home day in day out meant one of two things – overdosing on daytime TV and losing the will to live, or making the most of something others don't have. The luxury of time.  And so it began and 'Christmas Eve' started to write itself. 'Life' had to go on pause and I finally began to 'Live'.

Do you write in different genres?

Yes. I always have two projects on the go, under different pen names. 'Christmas Eve' falls under the tamer of the two genres, floating around the softer, more emotional side of the paranormal. My alter-ego is far darker, exploring the barriers of horror. Following the release of 'Christmas Eve' this year, I will be releasing '7 Days' in Summer 2013 also through Taylor Street Publishing as a venture under SJ Ingram. I guess if you had to put me into two specific boxes, then I write under paranormal chick-lit, and he lets go in horror.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

I really enjoy writing in them both. I find myself a lot less restricted in the horror genre as a lot of what I write is quite self-indulgent. I enjoy pushing my own boundaries all the time.  That said, I also love the more commercial character work like 'Christmas Eve', as it gives me time to study the human soul a lot more. I really enjoy how my characters from alongside me everyday I write.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Through 'Christmas Eve' the prevalent message (which I hope readers will get anyway) is that we are all at the mercy of fate. I love traditional holiday offerings such as 'A Christmas Carol' and 'It's a Wonderful Life' and unashamedly draw on both.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

Having served as a Police Officer for many years I have had a lot of direct dealings with tragedy. The character's in 'Christmas Eve' have be born from studying the human soul through adverse times. Although as a Police Officer I was not always able to offer redemption from people's suffering, writing 'Christmas Eve' allowed me to complete people's stories and create a sense of triumph and happiness out of some truly awful times.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I have already mentioned '7 Days' by SJ Ingram which is billed for a Summer 2013 release. Once that has hit the stores, I will be working on another Angela Burns novel titled 'Chasing Grace', ready for a Christmas release next year. The early premise for 'Chasing Grace' is a slightly bewildered soul trying in vain to get through the gates of Heaven, having not quite met the criteria for salvation. It will be a funny, heart-warming look at the lengths some people will go to to achieve.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Every time I sit behind the computer is a challenge. It always takes me a good half-hour to warm up.  Although I already know the basic structure and journey of the story I am trying to tell, I find that it constantly evolves and grows with every page I write.  Before I know it I have to go back and tie-in unexpected plot / character developments with previous chapters. A simple scene that should take me an hour can sometimes last a day.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just do it. In a saturated market it is so easy to think why bother? I am not a celebrity or someone who would think themselves as important. I am a person who was given a little time to put words together on a page. Never fear what others may think, because writing is a very personal thing, and you can never please everyone all of the time. However once in a while, no matter what others say, whether good or bad, your words will reach out and touch someone. When that happens it makes the whole thing worth it. 

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Christmas Eve
By Angela Burns


'Christmas Eve' is a simple Winter Ghost Story. 

A tale of one womans redemption from immeasurable suffering, taking you on a journey to the Heights of Heavn and the Gates of Hell, exploring the intricacies of human nature and the the deigns of fate through the eyes of a family left in torment following a horrendous accident.

'Christmas Eve' is a heart-warming read, set over the night when we all feel a little magic in the air.

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About the Author:

Angela Burns is a retired Police Officer, living with her partner and children in Norwich, Norfolk. Having been given the gift of time, she now writes full time, living her ambition to share the stories that have floated around her head for so long.

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