Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Guest Author Angelia Almos


Recently, Enchanted Books hosted a promotion party for author Angelia Almos. She was just releasing her new YA Fantasy titled Unicorn Keep. Angelia is also the author of Horse Charming. I asked Angelia if she would talk today about why most of her stories include horses in them and she was gracious enough to explain.

Horses & Writing

Horses have always influenced my writing. When I first started to write in my teens I was at the peak of my horse craziness. Riding everyday, competing in multiple horse events, and riding in lessons and on friends horses in addition to my own. All of my first attempts at short stories and novels featured horses prominently.

 
In my college years, horses often found their way into one story or another, but I also started writing stuff where a horse wasn’t a main character or there weren’t even horses in the story at all. I was expanding my horizons as they like to say. Reading different genres and writing different genres. Now, I have stories where a horse(s) might be a major character, horses might make a small appearance, or not appear at all in a book. Just depends on the book I’m writing.

One of the cool things about writing young adult fantasy is being able to include all types of horsey characters. My one rule when writing YA is to write the books I would have loved as a preteen and teen. My love for equines is often reflected through the eyes of the heroine.

Unicorn Keep was doubly fun to write as I not only got to include horses (in particular, one spunky pony), but also unicorns which I have always adored as much as horses. Who doesn’t love magical horses?

Thanks to Angelia for enlightening us and being a guest speaker today. Loads of luck with Unicorn Keep. Below is a little blurb about what the book is about. Sounds fascinating! You can find out more about Angelia on her website: www.angeliaalmos.com or visit her on twitter or facebook:


Jiline of Ainsley is dismayed when her best friend is selected by the mages to become a unicorn keeper at the Keep, an isolated mountain fortress. Especially since Madelen is in love and engaged to the richest boy in the village. Jiline on the other hand has no prospects of marriage or a trade in their small village. So, she comes up with a plan to take Madelen’s place at the Keep and hopefully flunk out of unicorn keeper training before the mages can discover the deception. Unfortunately, the unicorns have their own plans for her.

Mage Herrick, son of the Keep Mage, returns home to the Keep as the trainee keepers arrive. A chance encounter with Jiline, who he believes is Madelen, on the trail sparks a magical connection between the two. Knowing he can’t feel a magical draw to someone who has no magic, he tries to prove Madelen (Jiline) has magic within her. His attention brings unforeseen complications for both of them.
Unicorn Keep is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and CreateSpace.

7 comments:

  1. Great advice, to write what you would have liked to read!

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    1. I think so. I can't remember where I originally heard that.

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  2. Horses are magical. :) Best of luck with Unicorn Keep. (Unicorn ARE magical ... mythical ... & romantic.)

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  3. I'm reading Dead of Night right now and it made me think of Angelia because there are a lot of horses and horse training in it.

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    Thanks, Kate

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