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Angela Wallace is here again, with another new book, Earth Tones!
Earth Tones is loaded with animal magnetism – both physical and supernatural!
Nita Young doesn’t know if she has a future with college sweetheart Keenan Donovan—two star-crossed lovers of opposing elements—but she invites him up to Alaska to see if Earth and Water can rekindle their old flame.
When a series of wild animal attacks strike the inhabitants of Yakutat, Nita has to put her romantic plans on hold. Mangled bodies are turning up, and a mysterious black panther has been spotted in the woods. Fur, scales, and a venomous bite suggest the cat is supernatural in origin—and evidence indicates that someone not only summoned it, but is using it to target those Nita cares about. It’s the perfect murder weapon: no fingerprints, no evidence. And in a town this small, the killer is someone she knows.
Nita’s strength will be put to the test as she faces losing her friends, her town, and the man she loves.
Earth Tones is Angela’s 3rd book in the Elemental Magic Series. She also has two other books published: Phoenix Feather, a novel and Dreamwalker, a novella.
Angela is cool twenty-something with a long writing career ahead of her. Let’s chat with her.
I’m excited to have you visiting again, Angela, with your 5th book!
Would you tell us about the first story you ever finished?
Oddly, it was a dystopian sci-fi story. I know, not my current genre at all! It was about a group of rebel teenagers fighting a totalitarian regime in a post-apocalyptic United States. It was complete with flying space pods and ray guns, lol. I wrote it when I was ten.
Wow! you were way ahead of me at ten. I was still playing with my transistor radio and Barbie doll.
Do you think you’ll ever try writing another genre?
I really want to write a cop series, and I did try starting one this past summer, but I just couldn’t get into it. I love the supernatural too much I guess.
I can understand getting hooked on a particular genre. Readers do that all the time. One day, you may suddenly decide to write something totally different. We’ll be watching.
In the meantime, tell us about Earth Tones’ main character and will she appear in future books?
Nita Young is an earth elemental. She lives in Yakutat, Alaska where she works as the town’s veterinarian. Her job is to take care of the animals and land, but she also enjoys helping human patients at the health clinic. She has two Husky dogs, Puck and Lakota, and enjoys pottery in her spare time. She could use her earth wielding to make sculptures, but prefers to use the wheel and tools. As she would say, “otherwise it’s just elemental magic, not art.” Nita was in Elemental Magic 2, Dry Spell as a secondary character, but Earth Tones is all her story. And she will be getting a second one in EM 4.
I know little about elemental powers. What can an earth elemental do with her power?
She can wield any form of earth to her bidding, such as help plants grow, or make vines coil and slither like snakes. She can pull a wall of dirt into the air as a shield. And she can talk to earth animals.
Okay, I don’t want to be Wonder Woman anymore. I want to be an Earth Elemental!
So, you written about Water and Earth elementals. Will there be books featuring air and fire elementals?
Most definitely. I already know who the characters are, and I hope to introduce the air elemental in Nita’s next book before Air gets her own story in #5.
Creating these characters and their powers must be so much fun!
If you could be an elemental, which would you choose?
Earth. I’ve developed a love of having certain plants in my room, but they always die. If I had earth magic, problem solved.
There must be a part of you in your main characters. Tell us about that.
There’s always at least a small part, whether it’s a passion for something, an insecurity, fear, or hope. But there are also pieces that I wish were a part of me, qualities I wish I possessed. In that sense, I guess you can say my main characters are a combination of the best and worst of me.
Cool! That way, through books, we can be whatever we want.
Writing is obviously a great passion of yours. What other passions fill your life? (this can be food, music, tv, film, work, charity, health, etc…make it funny or serious-your choice)
Cats. No, I’m not the crazy lady with nine cats—yet. I only have one (though once I find a better place to live, I’ll be adopting a second). But I love my little girl and spoil her. (I’m not the boss, I’m the pillow.) And a few times a year I buy a bunch of fleece fabric and make cat-sized, tie-knot blankets to donate to the shelter. I will always be grateful to them for matching me with my current kitty, and this is a way to give back.
We all have a little geek inside. What’s your inner ‘geek-girl’ like?
Hehe, I know how to write a form of Tolkien’s elvish runes. I used to exchange letters with a friend in high school written in them. It also makes a very handy code to keep passwords in.
Ooh, that is so cool! If I’d learned that when my kids were little, it would have been a great way to keep secrets from them. I could still be doing that!
I know you’re an SSS woman. Tell us, what mad ass survival skills do you have?
I’m immune to poison oak. LOL. So theoretically, I could escape slaughter by fleeing through a patch of it. But considering everything else I’m allergic to, I’m sure something would get me fairly quickly. Probably a bee.
So you DO have earth elemental powers!
Who would you want on your team to survive the zombie apocalypse?
I’ve seen a couple of posters for this on Facebook. I’ll go with Hawkeye because the dude never misses. And the Hulk because smashing zombies would probably be a fun game for him. I’d also want someone with supernatural fire powers, but since most pyro characters I know of are arrogant men, I’m going to pick a female fire starter from a book I haven’t written yet.
Some writers are influenced by song lyrics. Others need to be isolated in their caves to write. What works for you? Music or silence?
Silence while I’m writing, though sometimes when I’m just listening to music, a song will bring a scene to life in my head like a movie. From then on that song becomes part of that story’s soundtrack.
I know you’re a very productive writer. So, what are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the sequel to my fantasy novella, Dreamwalker. It was supposed to be a one-book deal, but several people begged, argued, and threatened that it must be a series. I can take a hint.
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Thanks, Angela! You were so much fun to talk with!
Angela Wallace loves gun-toting good boys and could have been a cop in another life except for the unfortunate condition of real blood making her queasy. Good thing writing gun and sword fights isn’t a problem. In her books you’ll find the power of love, magic, and redemption.