There are very few people who have been as supportive of my work as Angela Watts, fantasy author and a truly decent person. When I found out that she had published a new fantasy novel, I leaped at the chance to return the favor.
Her novel, Golgotha, has been published through Blade of Truth Publishing, and is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. You can purchase it here
Angela was gracious enough to take some time out of her busy day to provide us with answers to my burning questions. So without further ado, here they are:
1. Briefly summarize what GOLGOTHA is about.
Four unlikely companions must band together to escape the Realm of Bones and save their kingdom from a reign of darkness.
2. Where did you get the idea for this novel?
But, for real. There wasn’t any “one thing” that sparked the idea. This was a slow-brewing project, which isn’t normal for me. I’ve always enjoyed fantasy worlds and obsessed over them as a child, but this was my first completed fantasy novel.
3. When did you start writing it?
Hmm, a couple of years ago. I can’t remember the specific date. Oops.
But I wrote about two drafts and kept dropping it because I despised it. Then I really prayed about it, ignored the entire fantasy community, wrote what God told me to write, and was actually happy with it. Weird, right?
4. What is your writing process?
If I have an idea I like, I’ll write down what I know, even if it’s just some basic, random thoughts. If I really love it, I’ll sit down and plot it out. I set deadlines for myself because I like them and it helps me get a lot of work done within a year.
I write better in the morning so 5 AM mornings are beloved, though I don’t do them as often as I used to. I write till the first draft is done (usually 2-5 weeks) and then give it a short break before diving in for revisions!
5. What does your novel bring to the world?
It’s about what it can bring to each reader.
For one reader, perhaps it will make them question their beliefs. For another, maybe it makes them question why they hold onto fear so tightly. And for another reader, maybe they get caught up in a fast-paced, complex world they wish they could visit.
If this novel gives something to each person who grabs it, then I’ll be happy.
6. If your novel were made into a movie, who would you want to direct and star in it?
As strange as it sounds, I haven’t truly given this any thought. I have many readers tell me how they wish it were a movie already and they have casting ideas, but I truly don’t.
I have a face claim for Finnigan, so perhaps Daniel Sharman might be up for it, but… besides him, I draw blanks. I might just do an Instagram poll for this, haha.
However, I do think it’d be cool for Mel Gibson to direct it, though it’s a fantasy. Still, a girl can dream. (Readers compared the action in my bestselling series, The Infidel Books, to Hacksaw Ridge and Gibson is a hero of mine so… it could work...)
I would like to sincerely thank Angela Watts for her time, and I would encourage all my readers to check out GOLGOTHA for yourselves. You can also follow Angela on Goodreads where you can get her latest updates, and you can go to her website and subscribe to her newsletter. I know I did.
Thank you all for reading and have a great week!
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I'm Ian Wilson; an eccentric comic artist, just telling a story.