Wanted: Dead or Undead by Angela Scott: Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Angela Scott

I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author.
 For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.
I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.
As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it. 

Website: http://whimsywritingandreading.weebly.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/whimsywriting
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AngelaScottWriter

Can you tell us three things about yourself that you can’t find on the Internet? 

Let’s see, I’m a pretty open person and tell everyone EVERYTHING (which my husband and children hate) so let me think…One thing about me, I HATE feet–so nasty. I will physically abuse you if you touch me with your feet, or I’ll vomit–one or the other. I don’t know what it is about feet but they really bother me. Baby feet are cute though, but that’s the line. I own a dog who thinks she’s human and a cockatiel that thinks he’s a dog–no joke. My husband is Vegan, my daughter is vegetarian, and my two sons call themselves Meatetarians. They refuse to eat a vegetable–even ketchup. So that’s why I hate cooking. When someone asks me “What’s for dinner?” I cry a little inside 🙂

Is there anything specific you would like to say to readers while we have you here today?
Without readers there wouldn’t be writers. So thank you. And the greatest thing a reader could do to make an author’s day is to leave a review once they’ve finished reading a book. Author’s LIVE for honest feedback from readers–even if the review isn’t glowing. We want to hear from you so we know what you liked and where we can improve.

What do you love to do when you’re not writing?
I love to travel! I’ve been all over the United States, but just recently I got my passport and I’m heading to Paris and London in a few short weeks for my birthday. I’m completely excited about this trip.

What is the hardest part of writing for you? What’s the easiest?
Writing the ending. I think every writer has one troublesome spot in their books that throw them for a loop–either writing an intriguing beginning, or having a droppy middle, or tying the ending of the book all together. For me it is the ending. I usually have to rewrite the ending several times before it feels just right. The easiest part of writing? Wow. Not sure there is an easy part. BUT the funnest part is writing the first draft and giving myself permission to suck so I can get the concept and idea down on paper without getting hung up on being perfect. Writing the rough first draft is a blast for me.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
I’m pretty sure if I wasn’t a writer I would be an inpatient in a long-term psychiatric unit 🙂 Writing is my therapy.

What was the inspiration behind your book?
Actually, this book came about as kind of a dare/writing exercise. My critique partners, in an effort to force me out of my comfort zone of writing contemporary YA, dared me to write the beginning of a zombie western. I took on the dare, loved the concept, and so it spiraled out of control to where I will have three books in a zombie western series. Whoda thunk?

How did the title for your book come about?
A critique partner of mine came up with it during a brain storming session, and I loved it. It worked since it combined several elements of the story together.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Wild West Fun–Zombie Style!

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
If you want something bad enough, you go for it. Take a chance. It’s better to live a life full of oh-wells versus a life of what if’s. (A quote someone sent to me that has always motivated me to keep going).

Hidden talent?
I play a mean clarinet 🙂

Wanted: Dead or Undead

Trace Monroe doesn’t believe in luck. He never has. But when a fiery-headed cowgirl saunters through the saloon doors, wielding shotguns and a know-how for killing the living dead, he believes he just may be the luckiest man alive. 
Trace wants to join “Red’s” posse, but she prefers to work alone—less messy that way. In order to become her traveling companion, Trace has to agree to her terms: no names, no questions, and if he gets bit, he can’t beg for mercy when she severs his brain stem. He agrees, knowing only that Red is the sharpest shooter he’s ever encountered. The fact she’s stunning hasn’t escaped his attention either. 
What he doesn’t know, is that Red has a very good reason to be on top of her game. She not only has the answer for how they can all outlive the plague taking over the wild, wild west, she is the answer.

Giveaway Details
1 ebook of Wanted: Dead or Undead (Kindle or Nook)
Open Internationally
Ends 4/30/12

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