Ask an Author #1

I’ll be doing an Ask an Author series consisting of 4 posts where I answer various questions that I got online. This first one is a mixture of questions whereas the succeeding posts will be more theme based.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Not really, although some people think that Angela Suzanne is a pseudonym because I don’t use my last name but Angela Suzanne is my given name. One of the main factors I chose to go with my first and middle names instead of using my last name was because if I was to ever get married, I would be changing my last name and then I’d have to choose if I wanted to change my writing name or not. I may change my last name but my first and middle names will always stay the same.

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

Yes. I’m currently in a state of reader’s block. There have been numerous books that I’ve started recently and put down after only a chapter or two because I couldn’t get into them. I’ve been finding the same thing with TV shows and movies right now and at times it’s frustrating because I want to watch or read something and nothing catches my interest.

What do you do in your free time?

During the school year, I volunteer with a kids program once a week. I also take part in various activities put on by my church. Other things I do are spend time in nature, nature photography, read, write, listen to music, organize, listen to podcasts, spend time with family, play around with Excel (this one doesn’t happen too often but I do it occasionally).

Do you keep a diary?

Kind of. I have a journal but I’m very sporadic with writing in it. In the last couple of years, I’ve only written in it a handful of times. I used to be better at writing in it. I always plan to get back into it more regularly but haven’t made the effort to do it yet.

Do you have a library at home?

I have a small one. I moved to an apartment a few years ago and I got rid of a lot of books before the move because I didn’t want to have to pack them all up and I knew I wouldn’t have space for all of them.

If you could live anywhere in the world, which country would you choose and why?

Right now, I think I’m happy living in Canada on the prairies. It is where my family is, love the open green spaces, prairie sunsets, “free” healthcare, and it would take me a long time before another country could feel like home. I wouldn’t mind visiting other countries but they’re not home.

Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?

No, but that could be interesting to do. I’d have to stretch my imagination quite a bit as the majority of dreams I remember are very strange and I wouldn’t be share how to incorporate that into a story. Although I probably could create a story from some of the recurring nightmares I had as a kid.

If you had to give up either snacks and drinks during writing sessions or music, which would you find more difficult to say goodbye to?

It depends if the drinks include drinking water as well. The snacks I could give up easily but if I couldn’t drink anything during writing sessions, I would have short unproductive writing sessions because I need to stay hydrated.

Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or e-books better? Why?

I find that they all have the benefits but I prefer physical books. I can take physical books outside to read, it’s not as hard on my eyes, I don’t have to charge them, it’s easier to see how far I am in the book.

What is your favorite word, and why?

I don’t have a favorite word because I like many. I have been accused of using big words and numerous occasions by my brothers. The most recent word that’s been added to the list of words I like is “pusillanimous”. It means showing a lack of courage and resolution; marked by contemptible timidity.

Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?

Yes, I believe there is some truth to it. Writers tend to be in their heads a lot and writing itself is generally a solitary endeavor so it leads to writers being by themselves a lot. This isn’t to say that all writers are loners but I think in a generalized sense it has some truth to it. I know I lean toward loner tendencies.

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