Saturday, August 22, 2015

Interview with Angela Scavone, author of A Journey Home

Today I am interviewing author Angela Scavone. Thank you for joining me Angela.

CJ:   So tell us a little about yourself.

AS:   Thank you for having me here today! I'm from Ontario, Canada. During the day work full time as a IT analyst for the local school board here and love every minute of it (a person with OCD loves the organization that is project planning ha!) and at night I love to write contemporary, humorous romance novels. 

CJ:   Do you have a current work in progress? If so, can you tell us about it?

AS:  I do! It's Christmas story based on the poem Twas the Night Before Christmas and a fictional possibility of who the true author of the poem was. In reality Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership of the poem but only after twenty some odd years...why so long? What was he hiding? Who was the true author? Therefore my lastest WIP dives into those questions and a possible secret romance that may or may not have been held as blackmail against the true author... 

CJ:  What made you become a writer? Was there a specific event or a life-long dream?

AS:  I've always wanted to be a writer. I've always had stories running around in my head and when I was a kid I started writing them down. I lost sight of writing in my teens and twenties but then picked it up again in my thirties and never looked back :)

CJ:  Where do you draw inspiration for your books?

AS:  Everywhere, a line in a commercial, a dream, a movie really anything can give me inspiration. If I hear a sentence and I love it then I can write an entire story around that sentence :)

CJ:   Who is your favorite character from one of your books and why?

AS:   My favourite character, so far, has to be DA in A Journey Home. He comes off as this arrogant jerk in the beginning but as the story moves forward you see he doesn't just have a hard shell but he's all gooey inside :) 

CJ:   If you could be any character in any book, who would it be and why?

AS:  Stephanie Plumb from the Stephanie Plumb series. That girl has one hell of an interesting life! Course I don't want all my cars to blow up but I just love her character. Janet Evanovich has done a great job with that series and to be twenty books in and still be entertaining and "a must read" worthy is quite the feat! 

CJ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser? If you plot, what tools do you use?

AS:  I plot certain points of the story but the characters have to get themselves to those points. So I would say I'm half and half :) 

CJ:  Have you ever met anybody famous? Who? What was that like?

AS:  I met the rap group the Beastie Boys at a Yankees game once in the 80s. They were very nice and super sweet. It was a lot of fun, they just sat down in front of my cousin and I and we were like what the... so my cousin asked them if they really were the Beastie Boys (even though we knew they were) and when they said yes my little twelve year old self almost screamed out loud -- I didn't though I had to act cool in front of them however I will tell you I have absolutely no idea what happened at that game all I know is that was the day I met them :) 

CJ:  Which book- to- movie adaption do you like and why?

AS:  Harry Potter! I think the books were sublime and the movies did the books justice. Yes a lot was left out but if they hadn't the movies would have been seventeen hours long. I still read the books from time to time and then watch the movie.

Thank you for joining me, Angela.

Keep reading below for a blurb from A Journey Home

BLURB for A JOURNEY HOME by: Angela Scavone

Stephanie Tyler’s sole job is to fly overseas to war torn areas of the world to retrieve and escort the bodies of fallen soldiers back home to the United States. It is a tough and emotional job but she is honored for the privilege. Her duty also helps her to escape her past and her failed marriage. But those flights have become increasingly more dangerous and she is forced to have a partner accompany her. Much to Stephanie’s surprise and dismay, she is partnered up with her ex-husband, Captain “D.A.” Douglas Aston. From the moment Captain D.A. enters the scene, he irritates her. It could have something to do with the fact he slept with her best friend while they were married. As they go on several missions together, Stephanie is forced to be courteous and professional with D.A. even though the very sight of him irritates her beyond comprehension.


The Colonel spoke as I reached for the door handle. “I’m curious, off the record, of course. How did your marriage not continue on a positive note? I remember the wedding. You two seemed so compatible and so in love. What happened?” DA and I looked at each other for the first time since his arrival.<“He cheated on me with a friend of mine,” I replied baldly.“I did not cheat on you! How many times do I have to say it before you believe me?” he retorted, all vestiges of professionalism gone.“Oh, here we go again!” I shouted back. “I came home early, I walked into the kitchen and there was Alex on top of you on the kitchen floor.”“I told you it wasn’t what it looked like. I have said over and over again that I did not sleep with Alex!” His tone increased until he was shouting, too. “You’re telling me that you two never slept together?” I demanded an answer.“Well . . .” He looked away from me. “Not while we were married.”“I knew it!”“It was after we were separated and you had moved here! What did you want me to do? Never sleep with anyone again?”
“You can sleep with whomever or whatever you want for all I care—”
“Ahem.” The Colonel cut in. I jerked back, startled; in the heat of arguing with my frustrating ex, I had forgotten my boss was there.
“Sorry, Sir. Do you see why I can’t work with him?”
The Colonel regarded us both. “Alex?” he questioned DA.
“Alexandra Keating, Sir. She was Stephanie’s best friend.”
“Best friend, my left toe! She’s a traitorous, backstabbing, two-faced, lying, husband stealing bitch.”
“Wow, that’s quite descriptive, Captain. Why don’t you tell us your true feelings about her?” Both of the Colonel’s eyebrows rose in shock.
“I’m only speaking the truth, Sir.” I addressed the Colonel but glared at DA.
“Well.” He clapped his hands together to signal the end of our bickering. “I know you two can be respectful when escorting a fallen soldier home and I know you will be professional during the dignified transfer ceremonies. However, please try and be professional at other times as well or at least civil to each other.” He waved us toward the door. DA and I both nodded and exited the office. Before we could leave the reception area, the Colonel poked his head out of his office door. “And, Captain Tyler- Try not to kill him, please. He just arrived at our base and it wouldn’t look good in the press.”
Knowing the Colonel had a wicked sense of humor, I still couldn’t find my own jocularity. “No promises, Sir, But I’ll give it my best shot.”
“That’s all I ask.




Angela lives in Ontario, Canada sharing her home with her father and much-loved duo of pups (and one evil cat).  She currently works for the Board of Education behind the scenes supporting and analyzing student data, however, in her spare time, apart from her avid love of story telling, she likes to read, spend time with family and friends and concoct dairy free recipes from scratch. Sometimes she wins some and sometimes she loses some – tofu, banana and peanut butter pudding we are looking at you.

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