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Thank you for inviting me to be a part of The Write Way Café today! I appreciate the opportunity to meet your readers and talk about Magic Moment.
When did you first have the thought you'd like to write a book? Was that first thought related to writing romance?
Always being a fan of the “happy ever after” ending, I’ve been reading romance novels since high school. Like so many other authors, I have old manuscripts tucked away that were written and never went anywhere. Persistence is part of an author’s nature. Whenever I got a new idea, I’d write the story, send it out and hope that sooner or later, something would click.
What was your path to getting this book written and published? What type of research did you do?
I queried lots of publishers with Magic Moment. I was also entering parts of the manuscript in writing contests. One of the contest judges commented that my hero, Chase Donovan, wasn’t likeable when we first meet him. I rewrote the first chapter, sent the manuscript to Crimson Romance, and had a contract. I’m a big fan of writing contests and the feedback they give.
I thought having the couple travel by boat, on the open sea, would be more interesting than a car. But, I know very little about boats and contacted the Philadelphia Yacht Club and Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May for information on sailing and boat terminology. Both were very helpful, and now I know why a college friend of mine always used the phrase, “I have to hit the head” before going to the Mens’ room. On a boat, a “head” is the bathroom.
Where did the idea for your story come from?
Magic Moment started about four years ago. I had the idea for a hero who goes through life believing he has to be the type of person others want him to be, rather than the person he wants to be. Chase Donovan is a man who grew up torn between a self-centered, unprincipled father and compassionate, selfless mother.
Then, a colleague of mine said she wished that her family could live on just her husband’s income and that she didn’t have to work. She was melancholy, feeling she hadn’t spent enough time with her children because she had to work. She said she would be happy just being a volunteer lunch mom at her daughters’ school and going to PTA meetings.
That’s how I thought of the character of Laura Roberts, a woman who never aspired for a high-power career, but a simple, unpretentious life as a wife and mother.
The idea of bringing the FBI into their lives, and sending the couple on the run, I needed some twists and turns. The most successful romances, the most interesting storylines, were the ones littered with suspense.
Why did you pick the setting you did?
Every college English professor I had preached, “Write what you know.” I live in Philadelphia where Magic Moment starts out. Sea Tower, Maryland, where Chase and Laura eventually end up, is a combination of Cape May, where I’ve vacationed with my family, and Vermont, where I went to college.
Several months ago I began drafting a new project. This book’s setting is also in Philadelphia. Every day I walk through Washington Square Park, and one day an idea popped into my mind. It only seems fair to set the story not only in Philadelphia, but in Washington Square.
Did you face any blocks while writing the book, and if so, how did you handle them? If not, what's your secret?
There weren’t any blocks in writing Magic Moment. The road blocks came with finding a publisher. Every author goes through the process of rejection after rejection. I learned from the experience. With each rejection, I felt sorry for myself for a couple of minutes then queried the next person on my list. If I happened to be fortunate enough to get feedback, I listened. Some advice I took, and some I didn’t.
Tell us about your writing space and how or why it works for you.
I need to have the radio on while I work. I can’t concentrate without it. I listen to a lot of Frank Sinatra, Classic Rock, and Oldies. And, I’m a huge baseball fan. During Baseball season, I’m listening to a Phillies’ game or someone discussing a Phillies game. I also have a bulletin board with sentimental tokens hanging over my desk – including a picture of the 2008 World Series Champion, Philadelphia Phillies.
What are some of your favorite books and why?
My grandmother gave me a book, when I was maybe 12 or 13, titled Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith. The book was published in the 1960s and set in pre-depression era New York. The heroine, Annie McGairy Brown, comes to New York to be with her law student husband, Carl. They have little money, no friends, and are pretty much ostracized from their families for getting married so young. She also gets pregnant. Annie is a strong person who faces every challenge thrown her way with a positive disposition and confident outlook.
Although this book was written over fifty years ago, Annie is exactly the type of heroine a writer wants to write and a reader wants to read no matter what the time period.
I’m also a fan of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series. Virgin River reminds me of the small town in Vermont where I went to college.
Would you like to try your hand at writing a different genre? Which one and why?
In college I won an award for a young adult short story, and it was later published. I also had a children’s short (what we refer to now as “flash fiction”) published back in my college days, too.
I hope to someday write and publish a children’s book. My favorite book as a child was The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. If I can write a story that’s one quarter as touching and as heartwarming as The Velveteen Rabbit, I’ll feel honored.
What aspect of writing gives you the most trouble?
The initial draft – at times, I just stare at the computer screen, nothing comes to mind, and I feel as if I’ve wasted a writing day. It’s very frustrating.
I’ve heard some writers say they don’t like revising, but I do. Once the initial draft is completed, I find it easy to just go back and rewrite to make it better.
Who is your favorite hero/heroine?
Of course, Magic Moment’s Chase Donovan and Laura Roberts! That has to be my answer…or they’ll be angry with me! (smile!).
When the FBI brings Laura Roberts - a quiet, reserved bookkeeper - in for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she works, an uneasy Laura resigns her job - only to be attacked by thugs.
Chase Donovan intends to spend a few peaceful days on his boat getting his head together - and finds a woman being assaulted by two men who say his father told them to do it.
Chase doesn’t want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn’t understand why she’s a target. Can they learn to work together to discover the truth - before someone dies?
Caught up their new-found passion for each other, Chase and Laura almost forget that they are on the run from some dangerous characters.
“Time for this later,” she breathed into his ear. “First, I want to see our new window.”
He rolled off her and flipped over on his back. “You sure can kill a mood.”
“I’ll be back.” She slid off the bed. “I want to see our window.”
“No, too late.” He propped himself up on elbows and looked down at his pelvis. “You ruined it.”
“I can fix that easily.”
She knelt on the window seat, staring out the casement. Chase loved hearing her say our window, jointly, together, like regular, sharing, married people. It felt right. Her divorce notion…He had gone along with her because it was the easiest thing to do. But Chase was convinced he and Laura were good for each other. He had at least nine long months to convince her.
“Chase,” she said, her voice wary.
“What? Did I forget a nut or bolt?” He swung off the bed and stood beside her.
She whirled and looked at him, her previously amused green eyes now alarmingly wide. “Chase, there’s a man watching us.”
Where to find Angela Adams:
Magic Moment is available at:
Crimson Romance (for information on Crimson’s great book club and webstore opening in May)
Barnes and Noble
All Romance ebooks