Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Interview with Angela Orlowski Peart

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I am originally from Poland. I have been living in the States for many years now, and most of that time in the Seattle area. I currently write Young Adult novels and short stories. As for the pen names, I strongly believe in building the author’s platform and using the real name for it. I also use the same photo on all social media sites, which allows my readers to easily spot and recognize me.

Tell us a little about your latest release.

Forged by Greed is the first book in The Forged Series. It is a Young Adult paranormal romance, although it’s far from a syrupy-sweet love story. The plot is firmly set in reality, which also makes this book contemporary. There are elements of high fantasy and a lot of mythology as well. Add a good dose of action to the mix and you have a book that should appeal to a large audience.

Are you a mom (or parent)?

Yes, I am a mother of two school-age children.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

It definitely gets hard from time to time, but I try to do the majority of my work while the children are at school, and also after they go to bed. Sometimes I get up very early in the morning and work until the kids come downstairs and it is time to get them ready for school.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

Maybe that English is my second language? And that I currently write exclusively in English, and not in my native Polish.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I love spending time in the nature. I go for walks, or go running. Reading is my escape and the biggest hobby. But I also paint in watercolor, draw, and grow vegetables and flowers in my organic garden. As for the guilty pleasures, I have a few: chocolate, sunshine, and stilettos.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

The second book in The Forged Series, Forged by Synergy, is scheduled for publication in the early summer of 2013. There are new developments of the story that take root in the ending of the first book. There is a new conflict, and all the characters—the main and the secondary—are forced to deal with the brand new personal challenges. Plus there will be a new antagonist.

I am also working on a novella introducing a new sci-fi series. This one will be published in spring of 2013. The story takes place some 50 years from now, when our world is provided with an amazing technology, but human flaws, feelings, and relationships are still similar to what we all currently live with. 

What is in your to read pile?

That pile has gotten ridiculously huge. I keep track of all my to-be-read books on Goodreads. I like to read a variety of genres, but most of the books in that list are paranormal and fantasy—both, Young Adult and Adult novels.

Angela can be found on:
her website www.angelapeart.com (subscribe to my newsletter)

Cold wind whipped his hair as if trying to help Jatred erase the painful memories. It started to rain, but he hardly noticed. His soaking-wet t-shirt plastered to his body. The rainwater dripped from the strands of his hair.
The bus pulled to the stop, and the door opened with a long whoosh. Jatred got in and sat by the window behind the driver. By now it was completely dark. The city lights appeared distorted by refraction stretched into long streaks on wet pavement.
Jatred yawned and rubbed his eyes. When he glanced out the rain-veined window, he saw a huge wolf sitting on a nearby sidewalk. The animal’s human eyes were fixed on Jatred.
He jerked in his seat, bumping his forehead on the glass. It can’t be! None of us would shift in front of humans. Jatred blinked and the wolf was gone. I am delusional. He turned in his seat to take another look, only to see ordinary people walking on the sidewalk. I can’t remember much from today. So weird, like having a huge hole in my memory. Like I’ve slept, but the world kept on going. Where the hell had I been all day today?
The bus came to a halt and the doors opened. Jatred saw two large wolves sitting right on the curb. One was white and the other dark gray. Behind them a beautiful leopard stretched its neck to peer inside the bus. Jatred lurched up from his seat, looking in disbelief from the creatures sitting on the sidewalk to the bus driver, who didn’t seem to notice anything out of ordinary.
Three absolutely normal-looking people walked in, glancing at Jatred. He continued to stare at them incredulously. This isn’t happening. I’m going crazy. That’s it, I’m completely nuts. Jatred squeezed his eyes shut. When he looked at the new passengers again, he expected them to shift back to the animal forms.
He got up and yelled to the driver, “Stop the bus!”

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Forged by Greed
by Angela Orlowski Peart

Their choice had been taken away long before they were born.


Two Seattle 16-year-old Shape Shifters, Jatred and Jasmira, are torn between following their hearts and protecting the order of the world. The path of the star-crossed lovers leads only to destruction.

The ancient Shape Shifter Races—the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards— live among humans and fit perfectly into modern life, while keeping secret societies with their own laws and traditions.

Two Goddesses, Crystal and Amber command their respective Races. One is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means sacrificing Jatred and Jasmira’s love.

The Amulet commissioned to bring stability into the world remains hidden and concealed with the help of advanced technology. Jatred is the guardian of the Amulet and key to the Goddesses’ conflict.

When the forces of nature are disrupted, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world.  The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. Jatred and Jasmira must fight not only for their love but to protect the future of both Races and humankind.

About the Author:

Angela Orlowski-Peart was born and raised in Poland. She describes herself as “European born, American by choice”. She was just seven-years-old when she decided to learn English to translate her favorite Polish fairytales.

Angela is a Young Adult fiction writer. She completed her first YA paranormal romance novel, Forged by Greed, which is scheduled for publication on September 20, 2012. It is the first book in The Forged Series. Angela writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fiction, sci-fi, and short stories. She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Western Washington Chapter (http://www.scbwi.org), and several authors’ and readers’ networking groups on Linkedin and Goodreads. 

Angela loves reading good books almost as much as writing them. She can’t decide which is her favorite season—summer or fall. She speaks with Polish accent, but loves listening to the Southern drawl.

She is passionate about watercolor painting, fashion—especially stilettos, rock climbing, environment, and organic food and gardening. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, two children, and a very independent and chronically curious cat.

Angela can be found on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin and Goodreads.

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1 comment:

Author A.O. Peart said...

Thank you for interviewing me and featuring Forged by Greed on your website!