Book Nerd Author Interview
The daughter of a psychiatrist and a drama teacher, Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She moved to the UK in 1995, and now lives in Hampshire with her husband.
L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. Another pen name she uses is Titania Woods.
Tell me a bit about yourself, where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and now live in Hampshire, England, where I've lived for the last 16 years. (Yes, I still have my American accent!)
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a writer - in fact, one of my first memories is of writing and illustrating a story. I was very serious about it, too; I was determined to get it published.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Angel Fire takes Alex and Willow to Mexico City to face the Seraphic Council - where they also encounter Seb, a half-angel who's been looking for Willow his entire life.
What is your favorite food?
I love spicy food, so am very lucky to live in England: home of fabulous Indian curry!
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
My parents were both hugely supportive of my writing. I've been writing almost literally my whole life, though I've only been published for about the last 10 years.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
"Don't worry if your story ideas seem boring to you; that's only because you're used to them. To someone else, they might seem new and exciting."
How did you come up with the title and cover design for Angel Fire?
Angel Fire seemed a natural title - it continued the 'Angel' theme started with Angel Burn, and basically indicates that things are heating up in the series. I don't really have anything to do with the cover design, but feel extremely lucky to have two such great covers for the book, both in the UK and the US.
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
No, not really; they pretty much came to me fully-formed! However, my mother was a little bit psychic at times, so that might have influenced me when writing about Willow. Also, both Alex and Willow were forced to grow up quickly, which I can also relate to.
If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Oh, they already do speak for themselves! I promise, I have no control over them. If they could speak outside of the context of the story, though, I imagine they'd tell me to get back to work on book 3, Angel Fever. (I can just see Alex now, watching me accusingly with his arms crossed over his chest...)
Why do you feel you had to tell this story?
Well, the Angel series was a planned trilogy, so I always knew that I'd be writing Angel Fire. I particularly wanted to explore the themes of love, loyalty and temptation.
Who is your favorite character in this book, and why?
Ooh, tough one! I don't think I can choose. I love Alex and Willow (obviously!) but really, really love newcomer Seb, too. When I was writing the story he was often a problem child, but totally worth it. I also had a lot of fun with the character of Sam.
What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
Hmm, I can't really say very much about this without revealing spoilers for the book...but let's just say there's a point in Angel Fire where something happens that's been building for a long time, and it was wonderful to finally write it.
Is there anything you would change in your last book and why?
There are always small things. I don't think any writer alive has ever written a book in which they're happy with every word. I'm really pleased with Angel Fire, though, and for a change can't think of anything significant that I'd want to alter (which is rare for me!)
What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?
People don't often ask about specific decisions that I made in a story - for instance, why I chose a particular plot twist - and I really enjoy discussing that kind of thing, probably because I also teach writing, and love talking about craft.
Has a review or profile ever changed your perspective on your work?
It's always fascinating when readers see things in your work that you didn't even realize yourself - but then you read their comments and think, "Wow, yeah, they have a point." An example is a reader who pointed out that Willow was raised in a house full of women while Alex was raised in a house full of men, and how this had affected them both. She was totally right, but it had never occurred to me, and it was very interesting to read.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Yes, I hear from readers all the time on Twitter and Facebook. They tell me what they think of the Angel series, ask when the next book is going to be out, and in general nag me to write faster. ;) I really enjoy 'chatting' with them - it's nice to have that kind of connection with your readers. People sometimes also send me links to songs that remind them of the Angel series, which I love getting. I make personal playlists for each book I write, and lots of readers' picks have made it on there.
Are there any tips you would give a book club to better navigate their discussion of your book?
No, I don't think so. Books are a very personal experience, and even as the author, I don't think it would be right for me to guide someone else's perceptions of the story. When you read the Angel series, it becomes yours, and that's how it should be.
If you weren't writing, what would you want to be doing for a living? What are some of your other passions in life?
If I weren't a writer, I'd love to be involved in making movies in some way. For instance, I think I'd be a great film editor, splicing the story together in post-production and ruthlessly tossing scenes onto the cutting-room floor!
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
It would be great to be able to go back in time and meet Mark Twain - he must have been the ultimate raconteur.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
For me, it's writing that grabs the reader up, sweeps them along on a journey, and makes them care.
Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us?
I'm currently busy writing Angel Fever, the final book in the trilogy.
What are you reading now?
I just finished reading Dark Matter by Michelle Paver and thought it was extremely good. It's a ghost story and is genuinely very creepy, set in the Arctic in the middle of the long, dark winter.
What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
I'm a little behind the times - I recently watched Joss Whedon's Firefly series on DVD, and absolutely loved it. (Why, why was it cancelled?!)
Where can your readers stalk you?
I'm on Twitter almost daily: @LA_Weatherly. You can also find me on the Angel Burn Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AngelBookTrilogy.
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In the wake of the Second Wave, the angel menace has exploded, and Alex and Willow are on the lam. Willow has a prophetic dream that points them to Mexico City, where they connect with a fledgling group of angel killers. Alex takes the team in hand, training them for a rush attack on the Seraphic Council, an elite group already under watch by Willow’s angel-father, Raziel, who wants “The Twelve” dead for sinister reasons of his own and will stop at nothing. What Alex doesn’t know is that there was also a boy in Willow’s dream, one she felt overpoweringly attracted to. And when enigmatic Seb shows up in the flesh, he turns out to be another — possibly the world’s only other — half angel. Seb’s been searching for Willow all his life... and as the team prepares for grim warfare against a divine enemy, Willow must weigh her love for Alex against the truth of her nature, with everything to lose. In the second book in L. A. Weatherly’s wild romantic, action-packed trilogy, the angels are back with a vengeance, and they don’t have heaven in mind.
The Angel Series is one of those stories that truly deserve to be on my top ten favorites of all time. Not only is the story captivating and amazing, but I have also found an amazing friend. The author, L.A. Weatherly, has shown me that friendship can initiate online and remain to continue even if an ocean sets two people apart. I am gratefully humbled that I have a friend I can talk to, who also happens to write great stories.
Angel Fire, the second part of Weatherly’s Angel Series, was just as compelling, attractively written and breathtaking as the previous book in the series. Even though the book is a continuation of the story, new characters were easily loved and old ones managed to capture my interest. Angel Fire was beautifully written and has raised my anticipation level for the third installment.
As more Angels disembark on Earth to infiltrate the minds of people worldwide, Alex and Willow are running out of places to hide. With no more places to go to, Alex and Willow must stop the Angels ghastly agenda. A special group of Angel Killers is formed that takes the couple to Mexico where they realize a price must be paid in order to accomplish their mission. Willow’s half-angel position makes for untrustworthy with the group that pushes away the world around her.
The relationship between Alex and Willow has grown to be more interesting as the presence of Seb carried some questions between them. It wasn’t a true love triangle but it made for good reading. Seb is a very interesting character. He is fascinating and pleasurable to read about and I hope to learn more of him in the next book.
The story of the angels and how they operate is remarkably amazing. I loved reading how the power plays between them for their undertaking of Earth. Willow’s father, Raziel, added excitement to the story as he did some surprising things. The plot is cleverly put together and I appraise Weatherly for such an amazing work. I am sure that the heart-pounding action and temperature-rising romance will leave you enthralled from start to finish. The pages of Angel Fire are intense but Weatherly’s style warranted the plot remained passionate and exhilarating throughout. It was absolutely addictive and I can’t wait for the third book to come in October.
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