An Unexpected Angel by Janet Halling – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Janet Halling

Janet Halling discovered her love of writing at the age of six when her story of a lonely duck won a first grade writing contest. She has a BA in Marketing Communications and lives with her husband and four children in northern Utah. She is currently working on her next novel.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Teleportation. I could live anywhere in the world and think how much time I’d save without traffic!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Dreyer’s chocolate fudge brownie.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Lunch. I never eat breakfast. But I do like breakfast foods, so sometimes we have them for dinner.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It is a quick, easy read but very inspirational and it will give you a new perspective.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working on a YA trilogy. No vampires, I promise!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I have had some wonderful feedback from readers. I did not expect the book to touch such a deep nerve and I have heard some amazing stories as a result. It has been extremely gratifying to know that in some small way, it has influenced someone’s life for the better.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I loved the Belgariad series by David Eddings. It is high fantasy filled with magic, wizards, quests, heroes, strange lands – all the things that sparked my imagination when I was younger.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Don’t think of your book as your baby. You have to be willing to edit ruthlessly and honestly and you can’t if you’re too emotionally attached.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why? 
I would love to experience a lot of different time periods and lifestyles but I think I would ultimately want to come back to the present. We have a lot of challenges and difficult problems, but we’ve also made a lot of progress. I really appreciate modern medicine, indoor plumbing, computers, electricity, and all the other conveniences we take for granted.
I think we tend to idealize the past without remembering that human history has always been very difficult and rather savage. Watching movies set in the past and swooning over the beautiful clothes is one thing, but actually living there would be something else entirely.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
An astronaut.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
JRR Tolkien, Charlotte Bronte, JK Rowling, John Grisham, Toni Morrison, Audrey Niffenegger

Hidden talent?
High-level sewing, especially elaborate costumes. I have done costumes for some local dance studios and theaters and Halloween at my house is always a big deal.

Favorite Food?
Really fresh fruits/vegetables with crusty bread. And chocolate.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
The Hobbit! Can’t wait!

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Autumn. I love the crispness in the air and the beautiful colors.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I like to play music REALLY LOUD. Not all the time and it depends on my mood, but sometimes the only thing to do is turn the volume way up and just go with whatever emotion is there until it has run its course.

Print or Ebook?
Print! Ebooks are very convenient but there’s nothing like the smell and the feel and the sound of a real book.

Regular or Diet?
Regular! My philosophy is if you’re going to eat something sweet or something fattening, then eat the real thing! Just don’t eat it all the time.

Favorite quote from a movie?
That status is NOT quo. The world is a mess and I just …need to rule it. (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I grew up on a farm – milking cows, raising chickens and pigs, moving sprinkler pipes, driving tractors, the whole nine yards!

An Unexpected Angel

Ella Davies hates Christmas. Every year she spends the holidays working, trying to forget the pain of a childhood tragedy that left her all alone. But this season, Ella’s about to learn something only an angel could teach her. This modern twist on a Christmas classic will remind you that the best gifts of all are the loved ones you learn to treasure!

Giveaway Details
1 copy of An Unexpected Angel
Open to US only
Ends 12/16/12

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