Name Angeline Fortin
Age 48 (ouch)
Where are you from: I was born in International Falls, MN but moved around a lot as a child to California, Arizona and Nevada as well as 2 other Minnesota towns, so I consider myself a Minnesotan
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc –
Me: I am #2 of 6 kids and as I mentioned, we moved around quite a bit as I was growing up. I graduated from UNLV in Las Vegas with a degree in US History and with all the logic of a twenty-something determined that if I were going to find a job in history, I should go where the history was. I moved across the country to Virginia where I worked at Colonial Williamsburg. While there, I met my husband who was in the Navy stationed in Norfolk. We have a daughter and a son to add to his two boys. A busy life, especially when he was out to sea! With the Navy and his civilian job afterward, we continued my lifelong habit of moving about, relocating to Connecticut back to Virginia then to Maryland, Illinois and Arkansas before finally returning to my home field of Minnesota. Thankfully, my husband loves it here so hopefully this’ll be our last stop.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Me: I just released the 6th book in my Questions for a Highlander historical romance series. Now I’m working on another book for that series, a historical for a regency era box set and a YA romance as well.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Me: I started writing what would eventually become A Question of Love when I was in high school. Though almost no part of it was the same by the time it was published the title never changed. I was a big Depeche Mode fan. A Question of Love, Lust and Trust all came from them. Why I wrote? IDK. The characters were always there in my head just waiting to get out. It seemed natural to me to put their tales on paper.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Me: That took a while. Even after I published my first time travel novel and the first 3 books of my historical series, I didn’t really consider myself a writer by profession. I suppose when A Laird for All Time was a bestseller on the entire BN site topping at #18 for 30 days, it might have started to sink in.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Me: As I’d been writing on A Question of Love for so long I can’t remember what prompted it but I do recall what inspired me to write my first time travel romance A Laird for All Time. I wanted a time travel where the heroine was honestly out of her element when she went back in time. I wanted her shock be genuine, her 21st century quirks hard to shake and her bold American attitude to really through people for a loop.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Me: I’ve always been what they call a “pantser”. Writing without a set outline. I take the story as it comes to me with only specific plot points I want to hit to guide me. I like doing it this way because something always happens along the way that’ll surprise me. And like they say, no surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Me: After those first few books, titles have actually been one of the most difficult parts of writing for me. Whatever cleverness I think I might have seems to run and hide the minute a title comes into question. In the end, I come up with them after hours of head banging on the keyboard.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Me: In the end, I’d like my readers to see that my heroines are strong women who take the bad hand they are dealt by life and circumstance and turn it on their favor. Though they find a man in their lives can bring happiness, they don’t necessarily need a man to find it. They can often be their own saviors.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Me: LOL, I often tell my husband when he reads over my shoulder with comments like “I never do that” and “I don’t say those things” that it isn’t about him or me, but there are occasionally funny things that happen in life that fit perfectly into fiction. Certain experiences I’ve had that translate well to a story, but mostly it all comes from the deep dark recesses of my mind.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Me: I started reading romances in my late teens years. I loved Jude Deveraux and Johanna Lindsay, but it was Constance O’Day-Flannery who really got me hooked on the idea of writing time travel romance. As a lover of history, I couldn’t imagine anything more fantastic than going back to one of my favorite times in the past and finding my own destiny.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Me: My two best friends, my college roommates, are always there to support me. Of course, their mode of support is often a figurative kick in the rear, telling me to get stuff done. Tough love.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Me: I see it as the thing I’m lucky enough to be able to do. Something I’d like to continue to do for as long as possible. But careers are boring and dreary by definition, right? So no, not a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Me: I feel like I ended it too quickly. I had a completely different ending all written out. One where my hero came back to town and sorted out all the heroine’s problems, essentially saving the day. But then I thought to myself that this smart, spunky NY suffragette wouldn’t need a man to come save her. She could figure out the problem on her own and save herself. I like the concept better but I think I could have shown the whole process more thoroughly.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Me: I always had the stories in my head, even since I was little. It wasn’t until I was in my teens it occurred to me to write them down. Even then, it was more to sort them out than to share them with others. At the time, I never thought anyone besides me would ever see them.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Me: I have several books in the works right now. One is a Regency historical for a box set coming out next spring. I am also working on sequels to my historical series, my time travel series and a YA paranormal romance. I usually skip back and forth until one of my WIP’s engulfs my imagination and draws my complete focus.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Me: For me the hardest part of writing a book is actually writing the back cover blurb. A can put out a hundred thousand words without serious pain but wrenching those 200 words out of me is excruciating.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Me: I have a few times but I’m still waiting for the day I can go to the UK and lose myself there for a month or two.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Me: I actually do my own covers. I have an artistic streak in me a mile wide. I loved drawing as a child and used to do some interior design at one time, too.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Me: Time. I find life very distracting. With two kids and a husband who works from home, it often seems like there isn’t a sufficient amount of quiet time in one stretch to get my creative juices flowing.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Me: I always learn something new when I write. I like to do a lot of research into the time I write in. To learn about the history specific to that time and reference them in the story whether it be the architects of the time, operas, books or inventions that happened just then.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
Me: Chris Hemsworth, hands down. ❤ It doesn’t even matter that he’s blond and all my heroes are dark haired.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Me: For Indie authors especially – invest in a good editor. I still have books out there that I released before I knew better that haven’t been reedited and I still get emails about the grammatical errors in them. You don’t want your reader focusing on those details. Let them lose themselves in the story not your mistakes.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Me: Just thanks, really. I wouldn’t be where I am now without my readers. I love hearing from them, getting feedback and enthusiasm for my work.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finish Sarah MacLean’s A Scot in the Dark and am waiting impatiently for John Sanford’s Escape Clause which releases in a couple weeks
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Me: I’ve always loved to read but the ones I remember from my childhood are the Little House series (like any good Minnesotan child), Where the Red Fern Grows, and My Side of the Mountain. I seriously wanted to live in a redwood tree.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Me: Laugh? My husband, my son. They have an absurdly snarky sense of humor. Cry? Just about anything else. I’m the type who cries at sappy commercials.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Me: It’s a list that’s long and varied as there are dozens of fascinating personalities in history. Picking just one is tough but for the long shot that it has a miniscule possibility of happening, I’d love to meet Robert Downey Jr. I just have a feeling that it could be one of the most entertaining encounters of my life.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Me: First off, I do want an actual headstone. I’m too much of a history and genealogy fanatic not to have some tangible record of my life. ??
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Me: I have a terrible addiction to DIY projects. It’s like a sickness really. I always have to be remodeling something. Which also goes back to my time issues.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Me: I love action movie especially Marvel movies. On the flip side, I love a sobby rom com too. My favorite TV shows are NCIS, Supernatural, The Flash, Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I spend a fair amount of time on Netflix, too. Yes, I’m a closet series binger.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Me: I love fish. Fish and rice. I could make it a hundred different ways and eat it every night if it wouldn’t drive my husband crazy. My favorite color is green, just about any shade. All the walls on my main floor are a soothing shade called Bamboo Shoot. As for music, I’d have to call my tastes eclectic. I love the bebop of the 50’s, the psychedelic sounds of the 60’s, disco, punk, heavy metal, country and most of the new stuff. Just no rap. It can’t possibly sooth the soul.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Me; I used to want to be a teacher. I’m actually a semester away from a Masters of Education but now, I’d probably try to do Interior Design or flip houses for a living.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I have my website www.angelinefortin.com and a Tumblr blog as well. Nothing to serious or deep there. Mostly I just share funny memes about wine and pictures of Thor 😀
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Angeline-Fortin/e/B0069EJSJ0/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
A Question Worth Asking
Love in the Time of a Highland Laird
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A Laird for All Time:
Nothing But Time:
Nothing but time audio
A Time & Place for Every Laird
My Heart’s in the Highlands
A Question of Love:
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A Question of Trust:
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The Perfect Question:
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A Question of Lust:
A Question for Harry: