Today's Five Minutes with is with Angela Meadon. Angela is a professional writer by day and an avid amateur scientist by night. With a growing sense of wonder at the beauty and simplicity of the natural world she tries to keep her eyes (and her keyboard) firmly targeted on the truth. Angela dedicates most of her free time to smacking quacks, debunking chain e-mails and exposing myths. Whenever possible she pursues nerdy activities such as reading and games.
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I have been a book-lover my whole life. I read voraciously in a wide variety of genres, except romance, and I love writing horror and dark fantasy stories. I am happily married and have two wonderful sons.
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
I don’t really have a preference, although “Weird” makes me think of H.P Lovecraft so that has specific connotation of what to expect.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
This is a tough question to answer because there are so many! I’d have to go with Patrick Rothfuss, Mark Lawrence, Guy Gavriel Kay, Cormac McCarthy and Terry Pratchett.
What are you reading now?
I am reading NOS4A2 by Joe Hill and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
Which book do you wish you had written?
I wish I had written The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s so beautifully written, there were moments where I found myself laughing with joy at how lyrical the prose was. *sigh*
If you could use any other author’s creation in your own work, who or what would you use?
Ummm… The Alien from Aliens. That is one mean monster, utterly devoid of humanity, alien in its motivations.
Describe typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I am a technical writer by day and a novel writer by night (and during my lunch break). I also have kids, so I try to write something every day, and I try to finish one project before moving onto the next. Apart from that, I take it as it comes.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
I recently wrote a short story that is dark and scary and full of emotion and I love it to bits. I’m trying to find a publisher for it right now. Hold thumbs for me.
What is the hardest lesson you have learned with regards to your writing?
I have learned that I can’t write a full-length novel without planning it properly first. If I try, I always get lost along the way. This took a long time to learn and I have many unfinished stories.
What do you like to do to relax?
I like to read, walk with my boys or play PC games.
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
My novella, A Taste Of You, was published by Damnation Books in December. It’s a tale of regret, guilt and forgiveness set in the zombie apocalypse. I have recently finished a dark fantasy story set in a world like ancient North Africa involving demons, necromancers and a scholar caught between his conscience and his desire for revenge.
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