Author Interview: Unicorn Keep by Angelia Almos

Welcome back to author Angelia Amos

I formed a lifelong passion for horses at the age of five when I first convinced my parents to let me take riding lessons. I often combine my two passions, writing and horses, which is why a lot of my writing projects have a horse angle to them.
I’ve been writing off and on since my teens. In the early years, I often quit out of frustration or took a break. But the characters would always return demanding their stories be told.
I actively study the craft of writing through self-study and courses. Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts: Creative Writing from Charter Oak State College, and taking courses from the Institute of Children’s LiteratureLong Ridge Writers Group, and the University of California, Los Angeles—Extension Screenwriter’s Certification Program.
I live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with my hubby, two daughters. two dogs, two cats, and one pony (thinking I need another one to bump the number up to two).


If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’ve always wanted to be able to talk with animals. Understand them and have them understand me. That superpower would make training and riding horses a whole heck of a lot easier. No educated guess work for me or the horse in trying to understand each other.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
When I was a teen I always wanted to jump into The Secret of the Unicorn Queen series. I loved those books and the world created. Plus, the characters all rode unicorns. Who wouldn’t want to live in a world where you got to ride unicorns?

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
It used to be Ireland. I always wanted to live in the horse country of Ireland. But now I’m thinking somewhere warm all year. 🙂 Hawaii, Australia, or some other tropical place, but it has to have horses and not get crazy hot during the summer time.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Linnea Sinclair.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I think there is a little of me in every character I write. It’s the only way I can get inside their heads and understand why they do what they do.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Just write. Write the stories you want to write and love. Don’t worry about all of the stuff you are supposed to do. Your subconscious is a much better writer than your critical side. The more you actively write the better you get at it.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
Pay off our house. Not very exciting, but it is what I would do and it is a purchase. 🙂 But for a fun thing, I would buy a highly trained eventing horse. Either an Akhal-Teke or a Connemara. Both are very different breeds, but I adore them both.

What do you do in your free time?
Free time, what’s that? If I have any, I try to read from my ever expanding TBR pile or watch a good movie.

Horror or Romance?
I’m gonna have to give my answer toward movies as I haven’t really read much horror. Love a little romance in whatever I watch. As long as it isn’t forced. Nothing I hate worse than a token romance in a movie. If it doesn’t work, keep it out, the movie will be stronger for it.

Summer or Winter?
Summer all the way. I’ve lived in ski country for the last eleven years and I’m pretty much tired of winter. If I got one wish it would be to move somewhere tropical and temperate.

City or Country?
I love living in the country. Right now I’m in the mountains in a residential neighborhood. I would love to move back into the country where we could have chickens and horses in the backyard. One of these days…

Unicorn Keep by Angelia Almos

Jiline of Ainsley is dismayed when her best friend is selected by the mages to become a unicorn keeper at the Keep, an isolated mountain fortress. Especially since Madelen is in love and engaged to the richest boy in the village. Jiline on the other hand has no prospects of marriage or a trade in their small village. So, she comes up with a plan to take Madelen’s place at the Keep and hopefully flunk out of unicorn keeper training before the mages can discover the deception. Unfortunately, the unicorns have their own plans for her. Mage Herrick, son of the Keep Mage, returns home to the Keep as the trainee keepers arrive. A chance encounter with Jiline, who he believes is Madelen, on the trail sparks a magical connection between the two. Knowing he can’t feel a magical draw to someone who has no magic, he tries to prove Madelen (Jiline) has magic within her. His attention brings unforeseen complications for both of them.