Today in the Library we have Angelina Jameson, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.
You are very welcome to the Library, Angelina, please introduce yourself:
Thank you for having me here, Pam. I’m Angelina and I live in Alaska. I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and lived in several of the states here in the USA and in Suffolk, England. I love to travel and spend time with my husband and two grown sons.
Which genre do you write in and what draws you to it?
I currently write in the long Regency. I love the elegance and the manners of the era.
Are you an avid reader? Do you prefer books in your own genre or are you happy to explore others?
I love to read. My tastes change often although I mostly read mysteries and romance.
Are you a self-published/traditional or hybrid author?
I’m a hybrid author.
Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?
That’s a hard one but I would have to say Julia Quinn. Her Bridgerton books are why I try to have a little bit of lightheartedness in my work.
Has your country of origin/culture influenced your writing?
Although I grew up in America my mom was fascinated with England, so I grew up learning about castles, kings and queens. I joined the military, made it to England and knew I wanted to write about the history of the country in some fashion.
What was the best piece of writing advice you received when starting out?
To read a lot. By reading you learn how to write dialogue, how to weave in backstory.
Do you have a favourite time of day to write?
The evening when everyone in the house is in bed and I have quiet time. I have a bad habit of needing near silence to really get into writing.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be up to?
I would want to be an Archaeologist. One of my sons is currently in school for archaeology and I am a bit jealous.
If you could live the life of an historical figure for one day, who would you choose and what would you get up to?
Jane Austen. I would love to visit her sister Cassandra and perhaps peep at some of the letters from Jane that Cassandra destroyed. Simply to see what Jane saw every day and mingle with her family.
If you could travel back in time, what era would you go to? What draws you to this particular time?
The Regency era. I like the idea of civility and more elegant dress. It is my favourite time period to write and it would be nice to go back and see if the social customs and habits of the gentry are what we believe them to be.
Please tell us about your latest published work.
My latest work is Lord Albany’s Bride. It is a Regency historical novella with a couple in their 40’s.
Nearly twenty-five years ago John Winge let Emma slip through his fingers. Emma is now a widow, her two sons all grown up. Now a viscount, Lord John Albany needs to know if he used his handicapped sister as an excuse to never marry or because he couldn’t imagine a life with anyone other than Emma.
Lady Emma Upton’s loveless first marriage was merely a way to secure the children she desperately wanted. Now a widow, she can’t imagine a reason she would need a husband, let alone one in the form of Lord Albany, a notorious fortune-hunter.
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