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

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See you next time,

Angela