Tell us about your most recent publication.
Thou shalt not kill.
A contradictory message written in blood at the scene of a young woman’s murder. Within days, another body surfaces with a similar calling card and, to Detective Ramon Faust and Criminalist Kelly Garret, it’s clear a deadly game is underfoot.
As the rash of horrific crimes continue, a phone call unearths a shocking revelation: Nakeita isn’t the first city the elusive killer has left his mark. The Bloodletter, as dubbed by the media, has played his deadly game before.
Delving deep into the most terrifying case of Kelly’s career, threatening phone calls and flashbacks of a forgotten near-death experience challenge her sanity and the lives of everyone she loves.
How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?
“Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.” Stephen King.
More than I realize. In my thrillers, you’ll see my passions for forensics, crime scene investigation, anatomy, pathology, and delving into the criminal mind. That much is obvious. There are also a few tidbits I pull from different situations from my past or situations I see around me. Beyond that, I’m sure there’s much more—subtle hints to the doorways to my mind that even I don’t see. Enter with caution . . . 😉
Which of your characters do you relate to most?
The hero, Kelly Garret, and her stalker, Ryan Keegan. LOL. Weird mix, I know. Kelly is like the angel sitting on my shoulder. She is a criminalist who is down-to-earth, fun and outgoing, someone who wants to see justice served. Ryan is like the devil on my shoulder. He is mysterious and seriously warped.
I’m an angel…with black wings.
With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would have changed with your publishing journey?
One thing I would have changed is having a few more books ready to go before I published my thriller and YA fantasy. It’s better to have a few out so when readers finish your book and search for the next one, they aren’t left waiting. Luckily, I have a couple thrillers that are about a month away from being sent to the editor. I am also working on my next fantasy.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the sequel to Bloodletter (still untitled) which is due to be out in the Fall. I am also working on the prequel to my YA fantasy, Legacies of Talimura: War of the Witch. I can’t wait to spring it on my readers!
Who would you say is your biggest fan in your writing career?
“If you truly believe you were meant to write, believe it. And I mean really believe it. Believe it with all your heart.” Slade Sewell
My husband, Slade. He is the one who pushes me to believe on those days when I lack motivation. He challenges me to prove myself, to think about writing while I’m at work so I’m excited to come home and put words to paper.
We work together on our YA fantasies. Sitting on the deck, brainstorming ideas is one of the most exhilarating feelings! I feel like this is meant to be and there’s else we should be doing.
Why did you decide to publish independently?
“When the stepping stones to your dreams are jagged rocks, you can either move quickly and efficiently or let them puncture you and slow you down.” Angel Haze
The exciting possibilities of indie publishing are limitless! With traditional publishing, you play by their rules. Really, the game is rigged. You’d be shocked at how some books become bestsellers.
When you epublish, the game is in your hands. No one is going to push your book to the top. The success of the author lies in the author’s marketing abilities. (Assuming the author has talent.)
With Amazon’s royalty plan, the author receive 35% of all books sold ($0.99) and 70% of all books ($2.99 and higher). If you do the math, you’ll see that an indie author has the potential to make more money than if they’d chosen to publish traditionally. Not only that, the author has complete control over the content and the cover art. No one is trying to add their visions into their work. The accomplishment is theirs alone. If you want to make it, you have to work harder than the famous authors. You just need to know how to get your books out there!
How about some quickies!
Pencil or Pen: Pen
Print or Cursive: Cursive
Pantser or Plotter: Plotter
Favorite Candy: Chocolate and Sour Keys
Worst habit: Procrastinating
About the Angel Haze
I’m a Canadian author who is an avid reader of fantasy, thriller, and mystery novels. I write both fantasy and thriller novels. My free time is spent dancing, fitness training with P90x, watching movies and Game of Thrones. Legacies of Talimura: War of the Witch is co-authored by my husband, Slade Sewell. Slade grew up as an only child, and, therefore, developed an active imagination. His free time is devoted to the three things he loves most: hockey, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and RPG games.
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