Guest Post at Becky’s Barmy Book Blog

Today I was able to share a guest post about my hero. He is someone very special to me who I have lost touch with over the years.

To read my guest post go to Becky’s Barmy Book Blog.

And don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Stolen Time!

I hope you all enjoy it!

See you next time,

Angela

Interview and Giveaway

Today Liz Crowe invited me over to her bar for an interview. (I knew she would hackle me for ordering water :) ) I was very honored that she asked me to be a guest on her blog. I love her books and am a big fan.

Thank you Liz!

To take a look at the interview, and a change to get a free copy of Stole Time, here is the link:

http://www.brewingpassion.com/2013/10/a-glass-ofann-arbors-finest-with-new.html

And be sure to check out  Liz’s books! You can go to her Goodreads page and see all of them listed :)

See you next time,

Angela

 

20 Questions

Since Stolen Time is releasing tomorrow I knew I’d have some new visitors to my blog. Welcome! I wanted to do a post that would be somewhat of an introduction to me and of course fun! I found Twenty Questions from creativity portal and thought that would be a great post!

Here you go:

1. What’s your name?

Angela Rae Harris

2. Where are you from?

I moved through out Utah most of my life. I call Price, Utah my hometown. That is where I graduated high school and I loved living there. Right now I live in Layton in northern Utah.

3. Who are you today?

Today I am a mom who gets to be home with her kids but still has a part-time job which I do from home. I love being able to be there for my kids. I’m luck enough to love my job and people I work with and have the flexibility that I do.

4. What do you do?

Well, today I took my oldest to preschool and then hung out with my two year old. He loves the one on one time he gets when his sister is at preschool. Usually the request is to watch a movie and eat pop corn.

When I have time in between the kids and work, I love to write. Stolen Time is my debut book and it’s official release is tomorrow, October 22nd! I’m very excited!

5. What’s your story (how did you get here)?

Over a year ago I was doing book reviews. After a few months all the stories I was reading where inspiring me to write my own story. I wrote Present Thought and submitted it to a few publishers. I signed with Tri-Destiny Publishing five months later. They encourage me to write a prequel to Present Thought to improve my writing and so that I can get experience in the publishing process. That is how Stolen Time can to be.

6. Why is creativity important to you?

I think it expands your mind. When I watch my five year play and her imagination just takes over, she tell really funny stories. But what you don’t see is that they are leaning. I also think that being creative, in an form, is a stress reliever. I know many people who have etsy stores and I think that they are so talented and skilled. I could never do the things they do. Many of them started their shops because they like when they make things it relaxes them. Then someone saw their work and asked them to make another one.

Doing something creative that you love is like taking your brain out for a nice relaxing walk. Stretching it out and breathing in the fresh air. Its good for you!

7. When/how did you realize you had a creative dream to fulfill?

I never saw myself as an author growing up. I found my dream not that long ago and at first I thought it was a silly dream. Then I realized there is no such thing as a “silly” dream and if I wanted to write a book, I should write a book. At first I was writing it for my teenage cousins and thought perhaps that they would be really the only ones to read it. Then I challenged myself. I wanted to publish my story. I had heard stories about how hard it is to find a publisher, and I did get a few rejection letters. They were always positive rejections and full of suggestions. I never really saw the “dark side” of the business. Tri-Destiny Publishing accepted my story and I met my goal. Then I made another goal. That is how you reach your dreams. One goal at a time.

8. How did you embrace it?

One of the many things I find myself telling people who want to write is, “Just write it.” You’ll never reach your goal if you don’t try. That is what I did. I just jumped right into the pool and ignored the cold water.

9. How did that feel?

Cold. :) haha I’m mostly just kidding! It is a surreal feeling when you reach your goal. Especially that goal at the very top that all your smaller goals are leading to. Then you make another goal. It’s an on going latter, and you just go higher and higher.

10. Where has your journey taken you?

I can now call myself a published author. I’m living my dream.

11. What challenges have you faced?

There are challenges on any road you take. Everything depends on how you face those challenges. Some people see them and turn around and find another path. I think you should ask yourself what will make you happy in the end. If you take an easier path, will you be happy? Or will you be happier knowing that you took your challenges and over came them. I would suggest taking it one step at a time.

12. What worked for you?

I write down my to-do list. It helps me organized my time and keeps me focused on what I need to do. It reminds me to take one step at a time. It also takes my list out of my head so I’m not constantly thinking about everything I have to do. Doing that only makes the list seem longer and more impossible. I’ve done this all my life though. In college that was the only way I could remember what homework I had to do. I was probably one of the few people that actually used that day planner they give you at orientation.

13. What didn’t work for you?

Stressing about it. If what you love doing becomes something you feel miserable doing, then you need a break.

14. What three tips can you share to help others starting on a similar path?

1) Just write it! 2) Everyone has a story to tell. 3) When you want to give up, that is when you shouldn’t. The trail is hardest going up hill but once you reach the top you can look back on all you’ve accomplished.

15. What are you working on now?

Write now I’m doing a blog tour for Stolen Time and also working on Present Thought, the next book in The Time Series.

16. What’s coming up for you in the next year?

Present Thought will release! And more writing. I love doing what I’m doing!

17. What else do you desire/dream to do?

I would love to travel a bit more. I probably won’t get to do that much until my kids are a bit older, but I have fun looking forward to it. I’d also like to have a house in the country soon.

18. How will you make that happen?

Keep working towards it!

19. What one question would you like to answer that hasn’t been asked?
What do I do for fun?

I love the outdoors! Hiking and four wheeling are relaxing for me. I also try to find time to take my kids to the park or on a walk when the weather is nice. Doing things that they love or things they haven’t done before are always fun because you get to see their reactions. We just went to a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch and my two year old loves trackers and has found a love of pumpkins this Halloween season. He was just in heaven because they had a tracker pull a wagon out through the pumpkin patches. Doing things as a family is very important to me.

20. What’s your Web site and/or blog address?

Website is angelaraeharris.com

Blog is angelaraeharris.com/blog

You can subscribe to it on the right hand side and also find links to my Facebook page, Twitter page and Goodreads profile! I hope to see you around!

See you next time,

Angela

Yellowstone Vacation

Every year my family goes on a vacation. This year it was just me, my kids and my Uncle Ray. Traveling with little ones isn’t easy. Mine are ages four (five in a week) and two. I came up with a few ideas to keep them entertained on our long car rides.

First of all, I don’t go anywhere that is going to be longer than an hour without my in-car DVD players. We just bought the kind that strap onto the back of the front seats. Best investment ever!

Another must have, clipboard. The are great for coloring!

We made a travel bingo for my oldest to do in the car. I just printed on off for this trip. It had simple things like a cow, a horse, an airplane, a bus, a stop sign. Things that would be typically seen on the road. Next time I might make one more specific for the trip. When we go to Yellowstone again I’ll add a buffalo, and a cowboy. (Wyoming has many cowboy signs)

Those magnetic coloring boards. This was most entertaining to my two year old. He loved it! He also had a few picture books to look at.

My Uncle Ray is a wonderful, talented photographer and was kind enough to let me post some of his pictures from the trip. If you are interested in any of the pictures you can message him on facebook.

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Ray awoke early one morning and decided, at 6 a.m., that he might as well see what the dawn might offer. Well, it was 20 degrees and foggy along the Snake River Valley and below the Tetons and the full moon. Chilly, but not toooo bad. (Sept. 20, 2013)

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Morning mists have burned off, and a crystal clear blue sky and Mt. Moran reflect in the mirror-like Snake River Oxbox, near Grand Teton National Park’s Moran Junction, (Sept. 20, 2013)

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A mama and youngster elk sample the same tender grassy stalk – and perhaps a tender moment, as well – along the south bank of the Madison River, near West Yellowstone, Montana. (Sept. 20, 2013)

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 Summer demonstrates that Old Faithful is faithfully bursting forth, during our visit to Yellowstone National Park. (Sept. 20, 2013)

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Steam rises from beautiful, intriguingly deep Black Pool, in the West Thumb geyser area beside Yellowstone Lake in – where else – Yellowstone National Park. (Sept. 20, 2013)

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A distant, handsome bull elk bugles at twilight in a fall-tinted meadow near Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. (Sept. 20, 2013)



See you next time,

Angela

New Schedule

This week started a new schedule for my family. I’m a born scheduler (although, I’ve had to taper off because my husband isn’t). I like to plan out my week every Monday. It keeps me organized and I have been called a scatter brain before and this helps with that. I’ve been doing basically the same thing every week for the last ten months. I was setting aside the hours that I can work and the hours that I can write and keeping up with housework and the kids’ needs. I was thrown for a loop this week.

My oldest started preschool. Now my mornings involve dropping her off and picking her up. I’ve found it is hard to find something to fill those two hours with. I tried to fill this time with writing or work. Instead of being productive, I was watching the clock and wasn’t fully invested in the project I was working on. So, starting next week I will dedicate that in-between time to going to the gym.

Now that I have my new schedule set up, I have to force myself to follow it. I have to adjust to change. It isn’t that I don’t like it. More that I ned that time to get used to it. I went through the same thing the start of every school year growing up. I had drill team practice at six in the morning before school everyday and new classes on top of that. I’m pretty much a zombie that first week until I get the schedule down. College was even harder for me because I had more opportunity to slack off.

Writing things down, like my schedule, helps me tremendously.

The responsibility you have over your time doesn’t end. The ability to manage it doesn’t necessarily get easier. Once I get into my groove, I am better with my time management.

I know that a fair bit of us are going through something similar right now. College class are going in full force, kids are going back to school. Just know that support from friends and family helps and we will all hit our groove. Until then, don’t give up because you feel overwhelmed with your new schedule.

I’m rooting for you! :)

See you next time,

Angela

 

Why Do I Write?

Why do I write?

I never saw myself as an author growing up. Sure, I liked writing those short stories in grade school and I even enjoyed my college English class. I just never thought of writing as my occupation. I saw myself as the dancer, not the choreographer. Or the person who admires paintings, not the artist. I never saw myself as creative. In college I changed my major many times; from Elementary Education to Meteorology until I settled on Interior Design. After three semesters, I got married and dropped out of school. I had a great job working in the business end of health care and I was enjoying being a newly wed. Going back to school wasn’t really on my mind. Then I found myself in a whole new world - motherhood. I became a stay at home mom with no regrets.

NO REGRETS!

I loved spending time with my kids and being there for their first smiles, first laughs, first steps, and first tantrums. By the time my son was ten months old (just over three years into motherhood), I was starting to get lonely. I had always been a social person and it is very hard to hold a sophisticated conversation with a three year old. I also missed being wanted in a work environment and challenging my brain. So, I started to look around for something that involved working with adults.

As I began to look for something stimulating to do during my free time at home, I found a book review site that was looking for reviewers. I wouldn’t have called myself a reader at the time (though looking back, I do think I read more than most teenagers), but I liked the idea of reading free books and giving my brain some exercise. I absolutely loved it. Soon my imagination began to take over. I was having a hard time sleeping because these characters would act out scenes when my eyes where close. Finally, I started writing things down and writing my first book. I also began to sleep better.

Once I started, I couldn’t stop. Even when I had to stop reviewing and I started a part time job from home (which I love), writing has become a part of me. When I’m able to write, I’m free in my own world. When I’m not able to write, I go through withdrawal. I read to get lost in a new world. I write to get lost in MY world. I was accepted by a publisher and so began the long, sometimes bumpy, road of getting my book published. I have often thought of Tom Hanks’ line as Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own – “It’s supposed to be hard! If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great!”

All I want to do is share my world with you. I hope my book can be what some many books have been for me – an escape. And so I write.

This blog is for me to connect with others. Not only about (my) books, but sports, high school, college, being a new parent and outdoor activities. Things that I enjoy chatting about.

I hope you have found a place that will keep you checking in.

See you next time!

-Angela