We still have a lot of amazing authors to get to know. Let’s jump in today with Angela Shelley!
What was the first book you wrote? Published?
The first book I wrote was in the second grade. I co-wrote a story about some kids who found a tunnel that went into a secret world. A friend from church illustrated it, and we had big plans! I wish I still had that book.
Which author do you most look up to?
This is a difficult question, just because there are so many wonderful authors out there. I have a deep respect for any artist who commits to their art to the point that they spend decades on it, and use the medium as a means for personal growth. I’d list many authors that I’ve read since childhood, or even some newer ones who, you can tell from the story, were dedicated to it. They worked hard, and I respect that. And then there’s the unpublished authors who study craft, enter contests and break their brains learning their artform. There are so many, too many to list.
What is the most challenging part of your writing process?
Finding time to write with two preschoolers is definitely my biggest challenge. And yet, they are my biggest loves, too.
What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?
Patience, perhaps. Understanding that being a writers is being an artist. Just like a painter, not every painting is going to reach everyone. And being okay with that.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Write every day.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I love that as a writer, I’m both an artist and a business person. It’s the one career that allows me to exercise both halves of my brain!
What is your favorite place to write?
My office. I know, it’s kind of boring, but I’ve set it up nicely and actually rarely get to write there, oddly. I suppose the second favorite is this quiet little cafe I go to sometimes, MacLean’s Coffeehouse.
Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!
I love making and decorating cakes for my family. I’m currently making a Lightning McQueen cake and My Little Pony cake for my kids birthday. I’ll send pics when they are done!