Angela Correll is a debut author- her first book is GROUNDED. One of the best things about blogging is finding debut authors (or having people assist you in the finding of new authors!) Angela graciously allowed me to interview her at Traveling With T- so here is the interview. Check back later this week- because even the debut authors have to answer the #literarycrush and #literaryconfessions questions at Traveling With T!
Interview with Angela Correll, author of Grounded
What was the inspiration for the book Grounded?
Fifteen years ago, I left Lexington to marry and move to a farm outside of a small town. This was like coming home for me since I grew up in a neighboring town and most of my family members farmed. However, I hadn’t lived on a farm since I was five years old, so this was a new experience for me as an adult. My recent city mindset made me see the differences in rural and urban environments, city vs. small town, and the value of both. That experience was the original inspiration for Grounded.
Angela– Grounded is your first book. As a debut author, is social media playing a role in promoting your book?
Facebook has been huge for getting the word out to friends from different seasons of my life. I can’t imagine doing this without it. I am blogging and tweeting, so yes, it is important. Part of me wants to retreat to a time when there is no technology and I am pecking away on an aged typewriter, but in order to be relevant in today’s age, it’s important to do.
What is the best advice you have received in regards to writing?
It’s a little talent, but mostly perseverance. Stay with it day after day, learn, grow, improve, and always be willing to revise. In the beginning writers want to know if they have enough talent to invest a huge chunk of time writing. That’s not the question as much as do you want to put the time and effort that it will take to do this? Can you persevere?
Do you have a writing space? Or a writing routine?
The early morning is my favorite writing time. I sit in my den with my feet propped up on an ottoman, a laptop in front of me, a lapdog beside me, and a steady stream of coffee.
Will you be going on a book signing tours for Grounded?
Yes! I have lots of dates lined up in Kentucky and friends in Texas, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, and North Carolina are working on dates there. You can check out the events page on the website for updates (www.angelacorrell.com).
The characters in Grounded– are any based on people you know or are they created from your imagination?
They are all based on parts of people I know or have known in my lifetime. Each character is like stained glass, a melding of this piece and that piece, to make something unique.
Do you have a favorite character in Grounded?
I have always been partial to Beulah. She was the easiest to write.
If Grounded was made into a movie- do you, Angela, have a dream cast in mind?
I don’t watch enough of TV or movies to know the possibilities, but I hope whoever is picked will come to Kentucky and soak up the culture and the accents before taking on the job.
Can you give any hints about what you are working on next, Angela?
My hope is to continue to write about different characters from Somerville so that when readers invest in the place, they will get to visit it over and over through the eyes of different characters. Next up is a sequel for Grounded.
*Special thanks to Angela Correll for agreeing to be interviewed!