Angela Gascoigne began writing around the age of forty and now has seven e-books available on Amazon. Her first book, No Place like Home and Other Stories was published in 2013. She offers a lot of variety in her books: Short story collections, novellas, full-length novels and journal/memoir.
Buy Angel of The Willows on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Angel-Willows-Angela-Gascoigne-ebook/dp/B00IEHQ316/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459094050&sr=8-1&keywords=angel+of+the+willows+by+angela+gascoigne
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7141291.Angela_Gascoigne
Interview with Angela Gascoigne:
Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novel?
TONE Humorous and moving with a dark undertone.
THEME A thought-provoking hint at the possibility of love surviving beyond the grave.
MT: Why should people buy your novel?
AG: People have said I have a unique writing style and a dry sense of humour which complements it perfectly. I aim for a nice balance of laughter and tears in my stories. Through my writing I am able to really connect with my readers on an emotional level.
There’s an honesty to my lovable characters which makes them memorable long after you’ve turned the last page.
Angel of The Willows is a love story with a twist, a story that could melt the coldest of hearts. Once you’ve read this book, I feel certain you’ll want to explore more of my work.
MT: How would you describe your novel in just two words?
AG: Heart warming
MT: What film have you seen most in your life?
AG: I wouldn’t be a huge movie fan, I prefer reading a book, but I’d have to say I’ve watched the original Amityville Horror a good few times. It’s definitely one of my favourites, and you can’t beat the oldies!
MT: Was being a novel writer something you always dreamed of doing?
AG: Not at all. I started writing for fun around the age of forty and the passion quickly developed from there. I was totally hooked and I haven’t stopped writing since.
MT: Do you have an all-time favourite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?
AG: I’ve had many favourite books that I’ve read more than once so it would be impossible to choose just one. I do love Marian Keyes and This Charming Man is my favourite book of hers. I’ve read that one three times.
MT: What motivates you to write?
AG: A need to escape from the real world and into the lives of my characters for a while. Also, It gives me such a huge feeling of pride and satisfaction seeing my book develop and grow until one day all those rounds of writing, typing and editing are all over and there it is, your masterpiece available for the world to see, and hopefully buy! And when someone tells me how much they or their friend enjoyed reading my book it reminds me why I’m doing this, and why I must never give up. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.
MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?
AG: Oh, it would have to be one of the characters from The League of Gentlemen. The writers of this programme are so talented. The storylines are hilarious, and the humour so dark. No matter how many times I watch it, it still has me in stitches. Just one thing though – I want to do the cooking!
MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
AG: I’m a full-time student at the moment which doesn’t leave much time for anything else. Truth be known I’m more than a bit of a recluse. I adore my three sons my two little dogs, music, reading, aromatherapy and crafty things like knitting and sewing.
MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
AG: Stay positive and don’t be put off by all the hard work involved. Believe in yourself, believe in your work and write, write, write… most of all, try not to take it all too seriously and enjoy the process as much as you can.
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.