Spotlight On, Angelita Gill
Dimitri Kros is an Inforcer, a protector vampire. He’s the best of the best because of his simplicity.
He’s tempted by no one, distracted by nothing–living–for nothing. A crippling curse forbids the touch of another; igniting only pain, no peace.
After he rescues Brynn Howard, he not only finds himself tempted and distracted, but willing to suffer just to hold her in his arms.
Brynn risks her life for the fight against evil…and now she must risk it all for the Inforcer with a cursed body and soul. Is this the kind of fight she can win?
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I grew up in a house full of males, but was a girly girl top to bottom. I have been writing stories since elementary school when it was quickly determined I had zero athletic ability, but boy could I spin a tale! My mom insisted I was going to be a writer or journalist some day. I didn’t start writing romance until junior high, when every cute guy I had a crush on was the absolute love of my life. I started writing out of pure obsession…and the ultimate fan of the fairy tale.
How long did it take before you were published? Was it everything that you thought it would be?
About four months after I sent out the manuscript for the The Untouchable, I was offered my first contract. Two other manuscripts were rejected before this, but I never allowed that to stop me. Writing is my dream, and getting published is the jackpot. So far, it has surpassed my expectations. It’s so exciting to see my name and story available for all to read. I have gotten more support than I ever dreamed of, and that always makes things even more amazing.
Do you love the ePublishing platform and are you going to pursue traditional publishing as well?
I do love epublishing, and am excited to have joined in at the perfect opportunity, when it’s growing incredibly hot and fast. Like many others, I think it’s only going to get bigger and more popular as time goes on. Still, there’s nothing like seeing your story in print. I will definitely pursue traditional publishing once I complete a full-length novel. I want to do it all!
Can you tell us a little bit your new release? How did you come up with the idea?
The Untouchable focuses on a hero that was cursed with the inability to touch, or be touched, without feeling pain. He’s been able to deal with it, albeit grudgingly, until he rescues the heroine. She stands for something, he stands for nothing, but yet they inspire each other. I came up with the idea by asking myself, what could be a huge challenging obstacle for an alpha male to deal with when he meets irresistible temptation? Not being able to enjoy it, that’s what!
Do you use critique partners or do you go solely from the writing, editing, to submission?
I have one awesome critique partner who lives two time zones away. I was so lucky to find her. We’re very in sync and the support is vital for me to keep writing. I find that whenever I’m stuck, all I need to talk is have a quick chat with her and I’m back on track. Then I edit again, re-read, and if everything is still flowing, submit!
Do you have a daily ritual to get you in the â€œwriting zoneâ€?
I don’t have a ritual other than waking up. I do require hot tea and a dark room. Writing with the lights off with a candle or two in the room is my ideal comfort zone when writing drama and love scenes. When I’m writing a paranormal story, I play house music in the background. There’s something about sexy, pulsing bass music that evokes snappy dialogue and provocative settings.
How do you stay inspired?
Writing romance has been an obsession since I can remember. I am constantly inspired because even the smallest things can trigger a story idea or a random detail. Street signs, a magazine ad, a song, the name of a nail polish…I get ideas literally everywhere. The notepad on my cell phone is full of random inspirations. When writer’s block rears its ugly head, I catch up on all the romance reading that I neglect when writing.
What is the most difficult part of your writing journey? What is the most exciting part?
The most difficult part has been deciding between what story to develop because I have many I would love to publish! Also, deciding between writing short stories, and devoting the time for a full-length novel. I want to do both, but it’s impossible to do so at the same time! The most exciting part? Knowing this is just the beginning, and that I won’t ever stop pursuing my writing career.
What personal goals have you made for yourself this year?
I want to take ballroom dance lessons, learn some French, go to the RWA conference, and do more volunteering for the Ballet company here.
What is the most extreme or wildest thing youâ€™ve done and what did you learn about yourself?
Moving to Las Vegas on a hunch. I didn’t know anyone here, or a job waiting for me. I quit my job in Minnesota, stuffed my car to the hilt and drove out here with no real plan, just knowing it was something I had to do. Everyone thought it was crazy. It was the best decision I ever made. I learned that listening to my instincts and going for what I really want is not only necessary, but worth the risk. I was the only one stopping from making it happen. When I arrived, I got a job, met the love of my life, made friendships of a lifetime, and am now living my dream by writing every day. I am very blessed.
Any last words for your readers?
I want to torture you, then make you shiver and smile.
What should we expect from you in the future?
Currently I am working on fantasy novella romance which will be complete soon. I have 2 manuscripts that are on submission, both are contemporary novellas. I then want to complete the first book in my full-length paranormal series that has been dominating my sleepless nights for so long. I have heroes standing in line waiting for their story to be told…and their heroine to be claimed.
Angelita has been obsessed with writing since handed the #2 pencil and given her first VHS tape of Dirty Dancing. She writes paranormal and contemporary romance, and The Untouchable is her first e-publication through Cobblestone Press. When she’s not torturing her hero and heroine, she’s spending time with her own alpha male, learning how to play texas hold ’em, volunteering for the ballet, and shopping for vintage dresses.
To learn more about Angelita, read excerpts and blurbs, visit her online atÂ http://vegasromantic.blogspot.com.