Q & A

My Inspiration for Essence/The EVE Series

January 21, 2014
YA Story Teller
http://www.vanya-drum.blogspot.com/

Throughout my undergrad studies in psychology, I took various courses on perception, motivation, mental health disorders, and neuroscience to name a smidge of them. I found them extremely intriguing, how the brain processes information and uses that data to build a unique perception of the world around us. I wrote numerous research papers on Schizophrenia and the effects caused by the disorder.

When I first began writing Essence and the concept of Essence Voyager Era (EVE) I had to find a way to make the series plausible. In order to do so I had to link it with something common yet well hidden at the same time. Thanks to my social psychology professor, we had been enlightened to the obvious decline of the familial structure. Things that we think of as commonplace, such as divorce and distance amongst families were unheard of a mere fifty years ago. I pulled my research from the wide array of training throughout my undergrad studies and combined it with the often humorous antidotes brought about by my three teenage children and the constant presence of their many friends.

Utilizing all my resources, my series theorizes that with the inherited gift of EVE the individual possess the ability to live parallel lives on two separate planes of existence. Jocelyn discovers that throughout childhood and early adolescence, a barrier remains intact at the conscious level to prevent awareness of the other life from crossing each other. However, during late adolescence to early adulthood, the barrier between the two worlds begins to disintegrate causing the auditory and visual hallucinations of their other life to break into conscious awareness of which she experiences herself. These classic symptoms once recognized by a family member(s) who also have the gift, were throughout history, then guided by that family member(s) to adjusting to the disintegration of the barrier and full conscious awareness of living dual existences. Unfortunately with the decline in extended familial structure, family member(s) with the inherited gift are more often than not no longer present when the symptoms appear and therefore the individual is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

As the series progresses further information is shared and unveiled amongst extended family members. Hypothesis related to evidence hiding in plain sight are brought to light by an unlikely individual whom no one realized had the gift as well. It brings about new light and opens a whole realm of possibilities as to where the EVE series can venture and hopefully entice my readers.

The Secret Writer: Author Interview

January 16, 2014
http://www.thesecretwriterblog.blogspot.com/

Angela, a very warm welcome to you, and can I thank-you for taking time out of your schedule to talk to us today.
It is my pleasure. Thank you very much for having me.

For our International readers can I start by asking you to tell us a bit about where in this great big world do you live and what do you like best about living there?

I was born and raised just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. I have lived in both California and Texas, but Indiana will always be home to me. What I love best about Indy and missed the most while living in other regions was the changing of the seasons. I absolutely love autumn. It is my favorite time of year with its vibrant colors and the smell of apples and bonfires. And of course, we have the Indianapolis Colts!

Do you think books that you read during your childhood may have had an influence on your current writing in any way?

Most definitely. As a child and teenager, I spent hours reading. While I enjoy movies, there is no greater escape from reality than getting lost in a good book. My father is an avid reader and got me addicted from a very young age.

Did you always want to become a writer?

Yes. I grew up writing poems and short stories, worked on the newspaper in Junior High and took Creative Writing in High School. I started writing my first novel when I was about twenty-one. It is a YA fiction romance novel that is still sitting on a flash drive. Maybe someday I will revive it.

Do you have a set writing routine when you are working on a novel?

Yes, it is almost impossible not to. I spend my mornings on my home, errands and researching various time periods involved in my series. My afternoons are spent writing or editing. The evening hours belong to my family and when everyone retires for the night, I spend a few more hours writing. I typically write the most during the hours between nine at night and three in the morning.

Where do you write best?

Even though I have an office in my home, I write best on my laptop in my family room. I create some of my best work when I am surrounded by my family with the television blaring and the endless chatter between them.

Can you tell us a bit about your new novel entitled ‘Essence’?

Essence is essentially two separate stories with the same underlying premise that eventually overlap as the tails unwind into one. The narrator of the stories, Jocelyn Timmons discovers that she is living two drastically different lives on parallel planes of existence. Falling asleep in one and waking up in the other. Half of the story is told from 2009, Jocelyn’s viewpoint, while the other half is seen through her eyes in 1878. There is romance, suspense and drama all wrapped up with the boy across the street.

What was your inspiration for the theme that you have followed within this story?

My inspiration for the creation of the EVE series was my three teenage children and their strong love for the imagination of something just a little beyond their own existence. I have written my manuscript(s) in a fashion that will hopefully appeal to this particular genres ever-changing reality that translates into the adult world and allows them to melt into a world grounded in reality yet makes them ponder their own perception of reality.

You are planning other books as a follow on from ‘Essence’ which you have told us is called the EVE Series. Can you tell us something about this series?

I am currently working on the fourth installment,’ Illumination’ in the EVE series. The foundation for the series is created in ‘Essence’, elaborated further in the second installment, ‘Enlightened’ and blossoms in the third, ‘Perception’ followed by a unique twist in the fourth, ‘Illumination’. The series chronicles the life of Jocelyn Timmons as she discovers that she has the inherited gift of Essence Voyager Era (EVE), which is where an individual possess the ability to live parallel lives on separate planes of existence. Throughout childhood and early adolescence, a barrier remains intact at the conscious level to prevent awareness of the other life from crossing each other. However, during late adolescence to early adulthood, the barrier between the two worlds begins to disintegrate causing the auditory and visual hallucinations of their other life to break into conscious awareness. The EVE series follows Jocelyn as she learns about her unique gift, the challenges she faces with living parallel lives across 130 years and the drastic differences between her two worlds.

What genre would you say that your books fit into?

The EVE series falls under the genre of Young Adult Fiction with the sub-genre of Romance, Time-Travel and Science Fiction/Fantasy. The main characters are relatable to a large audience in that their age group is late teens to early twenties. The narration of the story is
told from 18 year old Jocelyn Timmons viewpoint and the distinctively different lives that she leads on parallel planes when her soul travels nightly.

Do you have any hobbies or other interests that you enjoy in order to give you a break from taking care of a family, household, and the demands of writing under publishing deadlines?

I love gardening/landscaping. When we bought our new home several years ago my husband and I remodeled the entire landscape. We added numerous gardens and flower beds. Every year we add something new. It is still a work in progress that we enjoy sharing. We also walk about six miles every evening after dinner. It gives us a chance to spend some time alone, clear our heads and talk about our day, the children and anything else. He, as well as my children, have become a sounding board for my writing. If I get blocked or am having trouble with where the story line is going, I bounce ideas off them and get their input on various characters and/or events.

Can you give any advice to new writers, as they struggle to try to achieve a work life balance when possibly working, bringing up a family, writing and also probably trying to promote their books as well?

Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Write whenever you can, even if it is just a half hour a day. I remember writing in the afternoons during nap time when my children were small or after I put them down for the night. It is hard, but if it wasn’t then everyone would do it.

Believe in yourself and your writing. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself. Follow the guidelines that publishers/literary agents ask for. Don’t worry about the dozens of rejection letters you receive…and you will receive them. I have enough to wallpaper my entire house with! Don’t give up, it only takes one yes!

What is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is ‘Gone with the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell. Although Katie Scarlett was not exactly a nice lady, she had strength, character and gumption. She persevered in the face of tragedy and did what she had to do for survival.

My father is a huge history buff and as a child I listened to endless stories of not only American History, but World History. He made history come alive for me in a way that no classroom ever did. He made it fascinating in that he would show me how the cause and effects of events shaped the world into the place we now live in. I suppose that is why in my own writing I mixed history in with the current reality.

Are you currently reading any books at the moment, and if so what are they?

About six months ago I started reading George R. R. Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ series. I absolutely love them, love getting lost in them. His writings remind me of J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Ring’ series.

I recently started the fifth book, ‘A Dance with Dragons’. I am only about a hundred pages into it and am fighting the urge not to read it cover to cover because I have so many other demands on my plate that I must attend to first. I know I will become lost in it once I can take the time to relax and breathe for a moment.

From what you have shared with us today, it can be clearly seen that you are kept very busy within your life but enjoy it to the full! To conclude this interview can you finally tell us what simple things in life make you smile?

My husband and my children. I absolutely love being a mom and a wife. They make me very proud and after spending all day at home alone working on the computer either writing or doing schoolwork, when they walk through the door in the late afternoon, it always makes me smile!

Angela, it has been a great honor for me to work with you on this interview for my literary site. I would like to thank-you once again for taking the time to speak to us today.

Thank you very much for having me. I have truly enjoyed it. I hope everyone has a great week and has as much fun reading ‘Essence’ as I did writing it.

Guest Post: Writing for a Living

L.A. Catron
http://www.lacatron.com/2014/01/18/writing-for-a-living-by-a-l-waddington/

Choosing a career that has such a fine line between genius and
insanity is in itself, insane. But I’ve never been what others would
call normal anyway. I’ve always sang my own songs, colored outside the lines and refused to follow the crowd. I truly believe that being like everyone else is boring and there is nothing worse than being boring except perhaps, ordinary. Ordinary is death.

Of course, there are perks to being a writer. I get to live outside the paradigm, sleep until noon and write until 4am. I spend more time in a world of my own creation than in reality, and I get to shape and mold the individuals I spend the majority of my time with. I get to spend my days writing in my pajamas and listening to 80s bands like I’m sixteen years old again. And having three sarcastic teenagers, for a writer, is the golden goose of all drama havens. Throw in their friends, the boyfriends/girlfriends and a house full of mischievous pets and it’s a recipe for YA fiction. They provide me with an endless cast of characters just screaming to be immortalized.

I love to write, I always have. For as long as I can remember it has been my passion, my love. There is something so immensely soothing about it. When I was younger I used it primarily as an escape hatch when reality was difficult or mundane. The first draft of Essence was written over the summer of 2009 after I had just completed my BS. I was supposed to be relaxing before I started graduate classes in the fall but after a couple weeks of gardening and cleaning, I got bored. And I do not do well with idle time on my hands.

Essence was initially never written for publication. I wrote it just for fun out of the antics and dynamics surrounding my own teenagers and their friends. The majority of the characters are based on real individuals in my life either now or in the past. Of course, their names have been changed, and personalities altered a smidge to fit the premise which of course, was a figment of my imagination. But I had so much fun writing about them and creating the word in which they reside. I still do.

I live in a home where a tantrum is thrown because someone else ate the last chocolate fudge pop tarts, comes unglued because someone forgot to charge the battery pack for the x-box controllers, or has a complete meltdown over something not being put back in its place after being used. It can be quite humorous and exhausting… Did I mention all the above is my husband and not my teenagers?

Listening to my children talk about their days and all the melodrama it entails is confounding. I hate to admit it, but they got their individualism and sarcasm honestly. I mean really, you tell one girl who’s gone on two dates (and I wouldn’t even call them dates) with your son that she can’t come in your house without a flea collar and you’re the one who gets the reputation as a Bitch. That seems a bit harsh, especially considering the source. If any mother had seen this…well, they would have said the same thing. After all, I love my home and family and keeping it free of insects and parasites is part of my job description, right!

I love sitting down with a blank screen and decorating it with the capers and humor that waltz so readily through my door. Utilizing every parcel in my pantry is a tasking and rewarding way to spend my time. I absolutely love it and could never imagine going back to the nine to five routine.

Guest Post: Surviving the Teen Years, by A. L. Waddington

Toddie Downs Writes
http://toddiedownswrites.com/guest-post-surviving-the-teen-years-by-a-l-waddington/
January 15, 2014

Hi, everyone! My guest blogger today is A.L. Waddington, author of Essence, the first installment in the EVE series of books. The EVE series pulls threads from young adult fiction, time travel science fiction and romance, and weaves them all together into a unique tapestry. It’s fitting that the tag line for Essence (which will be released on January 16) is “Our minds often wander, but can our souls?” A.L. Waddington is not only an author, though, but a mom. She sent me this great post about what I have to look forward to (God help me).

Surviving the Teen Years

I look at parents of young children and smile when I hear them complain about their two-year-old or their five-year-old and the antics they manage to get into. All I can do is politely offer my empathy and think silently to myself, ‘they haven’t seen anything yet’. After raising three teens I’ve learned a couple things.

10. Teach them to cook at least one meal from scratch. Regardless of whether you have a son or daughter, they should know how to fix at least one meal by their self so that they can honestly say, ‘yes, I know how to cook’ and maybe they will appreciate your effort a little more when dinner is served.

9. Teach them how to thoroughly clean the house from top to bottom for the same aforementioned reasons.

8. Trust them…that they will make the right decision when the time comes. Be it deciding their class schedule for the following year, the clothes they wear, who they choose to date or taking the car out for the evening. This one can be particularly difficult, especially if your child is anything like one of mine. But there comes a time when you have to hold your breath and pray that you raised them well enough to do the right thing. Who knows, they might even surprise you or in my case, shock the hell out of you!

7. Accept them for who they are, not who you want them to be. I know it is easy to have all these dreams for your child when they are young, that they will grow up to be the star quarterback, prom queen, or honor roll student who goes on to college to become a doctor, lawyer or some other six-figure profession. It’s natural. We all want the best for our children. However, there comes a time when dreams must give way to reality. Some children show an aptitude for science and math and others for English. Some do not like sports or enjoy
hanging out with a big crowd and that’s fine. Allow them to cater to their own personalities and abilities to grow into who they want to be.

6. Let the punishment fit the crime and the child. A set standard set of household rules is not always best. For general rules, such as time of curfew, chores and such, this does work. But if your children are anything like mine, the bigger discipline issues are much trickier. I have one child that I could hang upside down by his toes, literally beat him senseless for whatever infraction and he would get down, flip me off and do it again just to show me he could. And then another child who would do something she’s not allowed to and all I would have
to do is look sideways at her and raise my voice a mere octave and she would crumble under the knowledge that she had disappointed me. No other discipline would be warranted and she would never repeat the behavior. Every child has their own unique personality and temperament and what works on one child, even siblings, might not work so well on another. Every infraction should be tailored to that individual child. And no, I am not advocating beating a child senseless or hanging them by their toes…

5. Try not to say anything bad about the teen your teen is ‘dating’. As hard as that may be, the more you voice your disapproval, the harder they will fight to keep that person in their life. And just because they are ‘dating’ in high school does not mean they are going to marry that person. If their boyfriend/girlfriend is that ‘bad’ of a person, their friends are most likely already telling them so and they do not need you to confirm what they are already aware of. Did your parent’s always like the person you dated when you were sixteen?

4. Listen without judgment or offering to ‘fix’ their problems. Sometimes your teen just needs an ear to vent to just like we do without someone offering advice or solutions on how to make things better. You will be surprised how much you will learn about your children by keeping your stories to yourself and your mouth closed.

3. As busy as life is, make dinner time a priority. I know it is not always easy with work schedules and extracurricular activities galore, but this is a must. Taking thirty minutes out of the evening to turn off cell phones, television and all other gadgets and sitting down at the table as a family and talking about the day’s events can keep the channels of communication open.

2. Take a deep breath, relax and remember that you were once a teenager trying to figure out who you are and where you fit in in this world. They are doing the best they can, just like you were.

1. Always keep your sense of Humor. This is critical in order to keep your sanity. Remember you were young once too!

Be sure to check out A.L. Waddington’s website, and enter her grand giveaway celebrating the launch of Essence! Details can be found here.

Library of Erana

Character Interview Number Four and Blog Tour – Jocelyn Timmons

Character Interviews, Paranormal, Time Travel Fiction

Today we welcome Jocelyn Timmons, from the Eve Series.

Blog Tour http://alwaddington.com/store/appearances/

http://www.amazon.com/Essence-The-Series-A-L-Waddington-ebook/dp/B00HV53LXK

Tell Us About Yourself

Name (s): Jocelyn Alyssa Timmons

Age: 18 years old

Please tell us a little about yourself.

2009 -I am a high school senior, and an honour student who plays on the volleyball team. I love playing sports and can’t wait to go to college next fall. My life is fairly uneventful and typical. I hang out with my friends a lot and fight with my brother, Ethan who is only a year behind me in school. I am extremely independent and very sociable within my group of friends. Outside of them, I guess I am fairly shy.

1878 -I am the youngest in the family with four older brothers. I suppose to some I can be called spoiled and maybe even a little selfish at times, but I try to do what I can for others. I am engaged to be married to the young man across the street, Jackson Chandler whom I have known all my life. Our parents have been the best of friends long before I was ever born and they are thrilled about our upcoming marriage. However, I just found out that my dearest friend, Olivia who lives next door, has been secretly involved with my favourite brother, William for months. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the two of them want to make my carefully planned out nuptials into a double wedding!

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less.

2009 -long reddish-brown hair, brown eyes, almost 5’6”, athletic build

1878 – long reddish-brown hair, brown eyes, almost 5’6”, slim build

Do you have any relationships you prize above others?

2009 -I value my three closest friends, Jenna, Caitlyn and Hilary. We all grew up together, play sports together and hang out most weekends. I am also really close with my brother, Ethan who is eleven months younger than I am. I also love to fight with him. I am closer to my dad than my mom but we all get along fairly well.

1878 -I am head over heels in love with my fiancé, Jackson Chandler.

Do you have a family?

2009 -My dad, Shane is the VP of Compliance at Chicago Memorial Hospital where my mom, Amy also works as a paediatrician. My older sister, Sidney is in her second year at Northwestern University as a pre-med student. I also have a younger brother, Ethan who I am very close with and enjoy tormenting.

1878 – My father, Patrick is a physician and my mother, Annabelle adores hosting parties and Sunday family dinners. I have four older brothers, Patrick II, James, Jonathon, and William. Also living in our home is our housekeeper, Mimi who is my sergeant mother and I love dearly. Her husband, Eddie takes care of our horses, drives our carriage and takes care of fixing things around the house. Their daughter Cora also works as the downstairs housekeeper. Sarah does all of our cooking and Missy takes care of the housekeeping upstairs.

Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

2009 -Every time the new kid across the street, Jackson Chandler comes near me I get nauseated, light-headed and cold chills. Stranger still, whenever he touches me everything goes black and I have visions of another time and place that are completely foreign to me.

1878 – My fiancé, Jackson Chandler gave me an elegant pocket watch for my eighteenth birthday, but every time I touch it I black out and see the most bizarre images imaginable. It’s almost like standing in someone else’s skin, but hearing your own voice in your head without having any control over the words your speaking or motions your body is making. But this young woman I get to be in these episodes has so much freedom and the ability to decide who she wants to be. I envy her so much that I almost hate her.

Tell Us About your world. Please give us a little information about the world in which you live.

2009 – I live in the suburbs outside of northern Chicago. I am a high school senior on the volleyball team. I also play on our school basketball and softball teams. I enjoy watching my younger brother, Ethan play football and attend most of our school games with my three best friends. My parents work all the time and are exhausted by the time they get home. My dad and brother love football and my mom is possibly the world’s worse cook. I am very excited about going to college next fall and am torn between joining my older sister, Sidney at Northwestern University or maybe even going a little south to Indiana University. My mom is pushing hard for me to follow in her footsteps and become as doctor like her. I’m not sure yet what I’m going to major in. All I know is it will definitely be something in the sciences, possibly neuroscience.

1878 – I live on an estate just outside the growing city of Chicago on the north side. My world is very restrictive and controlled, mainly by my father, Patrick but also by the example set by my mother, Annabelle. I am fortunate that I am allowed to go to school, at least until I get married this Christmas. But I would love to also go to college like all four of my older brothers. However, my father would never allow it. He believes a woman’s place is at home taking care of her family and running the household. At least my fiancé, Jackson encourages my thirst for knowledge and supports my efforts to educate myself on things that my father believes are not necessary for women to know such as politics and science.

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where?
~Apparently I was born with the gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows my soul to travel across time and live two completely separate lives on parallel planes of existence. I inherited this gift from my Uncle Monte whom I really don’t know at all…at least in one of my lives. Every night when I fall asleep on one plane (2009), I awaken to a new day on another (1878). Throughout my adolescence I was completely unaware of my gift until the barrier in my consciousness began to crumble recently allowing me to see glimpses of the other life in which I reside.

Name a couple of myths and legends particular to your culture/people.
~There are several theories and hypotheses about the gift of EVE and how it is passed on from one generation to the next.

What is the technology level for your world?

2009 – same as the year 2009

1878 – we have a telephone and a phonograph.

Does your world have any supernatural/mystical beings?
~Only the select few individuals who have the inherited gift of EVE.

Author notes:

Book(s) in which this character appears.

The EVE Series
~Essence (January 16, 2014 – release)

~Enlightened (April 2014 release)

~Perception (release date TBA)

Author name

A. L. Waddington

Essence synopsis –

Our minds often wander, but can our souls? Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn.

Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity.

Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?

Brief author bio

A. L. Waddington completed her undergraduate studies at University of Texas Dallas and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She graduated from IUPUI with a BS in Psychology with a double concentration in the psychobiology of addictions and clinical rehabilitation. She is an avid reader, enjoys spending time in her gardens, and watching the Indianapolis Colts. A. L. and her husband, Ty have a son, two daughters, a puppy, and an oversized cat. They reside in Indiana.

Website/Blog/Author pages etc.

Website: www.alwaddington.com

Author Blog: http://alwaddington.com/store/essence-blog/

Facebook series page: https://www.facebook.com/EVEseries

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/authoralwaddington

Twitter: follow me @eveseries

~or twub#EssenceBook1EVEseries
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6 thoughts on “Character Interview Number Four and Blog Tour – Jocelyn Timmons”

michellejoycebond said:

January 19, 2014 at 2:04 am

Sounds cool–I love time travel paranormal romance! :)

Christina Boyd said:

January 19, 2014 at 7:31 am

Looks fantastic! Thanks so much. Cool interview with Jocelyn, too! Clever.

blaztek said:

January 19, 2014 at 9:09 am

Essence, the first book in the EVE series, is simply amazing! It has a unique take on time travel and there’s no sci-fi involved. Funny, though, as it’s the only way time travel could be possible without breaking many of our fundamental laws of science.

The book, at heart, is mainly a young adult romance novel. However, I’m 42 and enjoyed the book very much. I got an advanced reading copy of the book and can’t wait for it to be published so I can read it again, with all the finishing touches added in.

Oh, and the ending, my, my…. it makes you want to rush out and buy the next book, Enlightened, in the series. Luckily, we don’t have to wait long as April is only 3 months away.

Yvonne Hertzberger said:

January 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Looks like an intrigued YA take. It also reminds me of Diana Galbalden’s Outlander series, but they are more adult oriented.

Tammy Morris O’Keefe said:

January 20, 2014 at 1:50 am

Very creative way to talk about the book! I absolutely loved Essence! I can’t wait for Enlightened to see what happens with Jocelyn and Jackson next!

Angela L. Waddington said:

January 20, 2014 at 11:25 am

Thank you all so much for your kind words and thoughtful praise. I hope you enjoy reading Essence as much as I enjoyed writing it!

The Secret Writer: Author Interview with A.L.Waddington
thesecretwriterblog.blogspot.com/…/author-interview-with-alwaddington…‎

A. L. Waddington is the author of the new EVE series. The first installment in the series, Essence is being rereleased in January 2014, freshly edited and revised. The second installment, Enlightened is slated for release in March 2014. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and resides in Indiana.

*This interview is from October 14, 2011.

SW: Angela, a very warm welcome to you, and can I thank-you for taking time out of your schedule to talk to us today.

ALW: It is my pleasure. Thank you very much for having me.

SW: For our International readers can I start by asking you to tell us a bit about where in this ‘great big world’ do you live and what do you like best about living there?

ALW: I was born and raised just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. I have lived in both California and Texas, but Indiana will always be home to me. What I love best about Indy and missed the most while living in other regions was the changing of the seasons. I absolutely love fall. It is my favorite time of year with its vibrant colors and the smell of apples and bonfires. And of course, we have the Indianapolis Colts!

SW: Do you think books that you read during your childhood may have had an influence on your current writing in any way?

ALW: Most definitely. As a child and teenager, I spent hours reading. While I enjoy movies, there is no greater escape from reality than getting lost in a good book. My father is an avid reader and got me addicted from a very young age.

SW: Did you always want to become a writer?

ALW: Yes. I grew up writing poems and short stories, worked on the newspaper in Junior High and took Creative Writing in High School. I started working on writing my first novel when I was about twenty-one.

SW: Do you have a set writing routine when you are working on a novel?

ALW: Yes, it is almost impossible not to. Since I am an adult student, I spend my mornings on my coursework and my afternoons either writing or editing. My evenings I spend with my family and when everyone retires for the night, I spend a few more hours writing. I typically write the most during the hours between nine at night and three in the morning.

SW: Where do you write best?

ALW: Even though I have an office in my home, I write best on my lap top in my family room. I create some of my best work when I am surrounded by my family with the television blaring and the endless chatter between them.

SW: Can you tell us a bit about your new novel entitled Essence?

ALW: Essence is essentially two separate stories with the same underlying premise that eventually overlap as the tails unwind into one. The narrator of the stories, Jocelyn Timmons discovers that she is living two drastically different lives on parallel planes of existence. Falling asleep in one and waking up in the other. Half of the story is told from 2009’s Jocelyn’s viewpoint while the other half is seen through her eyes in 1878. There is romance, suspense and drama all wrapped up with the boy across the street.

SW: What was your inspiration for the theme that you have followed within this story?

ALW: My inspiration for the creation of the EVE series was my three teenage children and their strong love for the imagination of something just a little beyond their own existence. I have written my manuscript(s) in a fashion that would appeal to this particular genre’s ever-changing reality that translates into the adult world and allows them to melt into a world grounded in reality yet makes them ponder their own perception of reality.

SW: You are planning other books as a follow on from Essence which you have told us is called the EVE Series. Can you tell us something about this series?

ALW: I am currently working on the fourth installment, Illumination in the EVE series. The foundation for the series is created in Essence, elaborated further in the second installment, Enlightened and blossoms in the third, Perception followed by a unique twist in the fourth, Illumination. The series chronicles the life of Jocelyn Timmons as she discovers that she has the inherited gift of Essence Voyager Era (EVE), which is where an individual possess the ability to live parallel lives on separate planes of existence. Throughout childhood and early adolescence, a barrier remains intact at the conscious level to prevent awareness of the other life from crossing each other. However, during late adolescence to early adulthood, the barrier between the two worlds begins to disintegrate causing the auditory and visual hallucinations of their other life to break into conscious awareness. The EVE series follows Jocelyn as she learns about her unique gift, the challenges she faces with living parallel lives across 130 years and the drastic differences between her two worlds.

SW: What genre would you say that your books fit into?

ALW: Essence (and the EVE series) is freshly unique in that it bridges genres with its crossover between teen/chick/mom//lady as a work of Commercial Fiction under Romance/Time Travel/Science Fiction. The main characters are relatable to a large audience in that their age group is late teens to early twenties. The narration of the story is told from 18 year old Jocelyn Timmons viewpoint and the distinctively different lives that she leads on parallel planes when her soul travels nightly.

SW: Studying and looking after a family and a home can be very demanding, as is writing novels to publishing deadlines, do you have any hobbies or other interests that you enjoy in order to give you a break from these regular full time demands?

ALW: I love gardening/landscaping. When we bought our new home several years ago my husband and I remodeled the entire landscape. We added numerous gardens and flower beds. Every year we add something new. It is still a work in progress that we enjoy sharing. We also walk about six miles every evening after dinner. It gives us a chance to spend some time alone, clear our heads and talk about our day, the children and anything else. He, as well as my children, have become a sounding board for my writing. If I get blocked or am having trouble with where the storyline is going, I bounce ideas off them and get their input on various characters and/or events.

SW: Can you give any advice to new writers, as they struggle to try to achieve a work life balance when possibly working, bringing up a family, writing and also probably trying to promote their books as well?

ALW: Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Write whenever you can, even if it is just a half hour a day. I remember writing in the afternoons during naptime when my children were small or after I put them down for the night. It is hard, but if it wasn’t then everyone would do it. Believe in yourself and your writing. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself. Follow the guidelines that publishers/literary agents ask for. Don’t worry about the dozens of rejection letters you receive…and you will receive them. I have enough to wallpaper my entire house with! Don’t give up, it only takes one yes!

SW: What is your favorite book and why?

ALW: My favorite book is Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Although Katie Scarlett was not exactly a nice lady, she had strength, character and gumption. She persevered in the face of tragedy and did what she had to do for survival.
My father is a huge history buff and as a child I listened to endless stories of not only American History, but World History. He made history come alive for me in a way that no classroom ever did. He made it fascinating in that he would show me how the cause and effects of events shaped the world into the place we now live in. I suppose that is why in my own writing I mixed history in with the current reality.

SW: Are you currently reading any books at the moment, and if so what are they?

ALW: There are several actually when I find time. I just started reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown for my leisure and The Founders on the Founders edited by John P. Kaminski because it is very intriguing. I try to read a couple passages a day. The Civil War; Day by Day by Phillip Katcher, Beneath a Northern Sky; A short history of the Gettysburg Campaign by Steven E. Woodworth and Now The Drum of War; Walt Whitman and his Brothers in the Civil War by Robert Roper for research for the EVE series. Even though my series is fictional I believe that when creating fiction around historical events, it is important to have knowledge of the time period and what was entailed within.

SW: From what you have shared with us today, it can be clearly seen that you are kept very busy within your life but enjoy it to the full! To conclude this interview can you finally tell us what simple things in life make you smile?

ALW: My husband and my children. I absolutely love being a mom and a wife. They make me very proud and after spending all day at home alone working on the computer either writing or doing schoolwork, when they walk through the door in the late afternoon, it always makes me smile!

SW: Angela, it has been a great honor for me to work with you on this interview for my literary site. I would like to thank-you once again for taking the time to speak to us today.

ALW: Thank you very much for having me. I have truly enjoyed it. I hope everyone has a great week and has as much fun reading Essence as I did writing it.

Author Interview with A. L. Waddington | Sabine A. Reed
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A. L. Waddington is a print published author of the Eve series, a four book series, of which the first book, Essence is available for sale as an e-book and as paperback at all major book retailers. In my last post, I promised you a fabulous interview with her with the purpose of getting a few glimpses of her journey towards becoming a published author.

*This interview is from May 11, 2012.

Q: How was your journey as a writer to a published author? How long did it take you to get published?

A: I began writing shortly before my teens, short stories, poems and such. I started writing my first novel around twenty one. It’s still sitting on my hard drive and needs a lot of TLC. I finally went back to school when my youngest daughter started first grade and that consumed almost all my time and energy and ninety nine percent of the writing I did during those years were for my courses. During that time I had my first poem published, Alone, in The Sounds of Poetry and I managed to finish my second novel and even got an offer to publish it. After great consideration, I decided against it because it was too personal. I may someday reconsider. I started The EVE Series/Essence the summer after graduation. A couple of my professors were kind enough to read the initial manuscript and give me their feedback on everything from characters (those they liked and those who could be cut out because they did not add anything to the story) to plotline. I got an offer on it six months later. So all in all it took more years than I care to admit, but I can say that it is very much worth it and absolutely a dream come true!

Q: What is your writing routine?

A: Despite having an office in my home, I typically write on my laptop in my living room with the television blaring and teenagers running in and out. I guess I write better with all the commotion around me. I find the noise comforting. I do my best to write/edit a little everyday but occasionally life happens and it is not possible.

Q. Tell us a bit about the series? How did you come up with the concept and how many books will the entire series consist of?

A: The EVE series is ultimately a love story between Jocelyn and Jackson. It is freshly unique in that it bridges genres with its cross over between science fiction/time travel/romance/young adult as a work of commercial fiction. The main characters are relatable to a large audience in that their age group is late teens to early twenties. The narration of the story is told from eighteen year old Jocelyn Timmons viewpoint and the distinctively different lives that she leads on parallel planes when her soul travels nightly.

On a much grander scale of enlightenment, it offers an alternative explanation for déjà vu, the consequences of declining family dynamics, the rational of auditory and visual hallucinations as the classic symptoms of schizophrenia and hypothesizes the truth behind noted prophecies. The foundation is created in Essence, elaborated further in Enlightened and blossoms in Perception followed by a unique twist in Illumination and a mind boggling conclusion in Incandescent. The series theories that an individual who has the inherited gift of EVE, possess the ability to live parallel lives on separate planes of existence. Throughout childhood and early adolescence, a barrier in their mind remains intact on the conscious level to prevent awareness of the other life from crossing each other. However, during late adolescence to early adulthood, the barrier between the two worlds begins to disintegrate causing the auditory and visual hallucinations of their other life to break into conscious awareness. These symptoms, once recognized by a family member(s) who also has the gift, were throughout history, guided by that family member(s) to adjusting to the disintegration of the barrier and full conscious awareness of living dual existences. Unfortunately with the decline in extended familial structure, family member(s) with the inherited gift are more often than not, no longer present when the symptoms appear and therefore the individual are diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The EVE series chronicles Jocelyn’s journey of awareness, realization and understanding of the consequences of living parallel lives on vastly different planes, the pains of youth and young love and her struggles of making her way in this new and complicated way of life she is thrust into.

The concept for the EVE series honestly came from a very weird dream that I had. When I awoke I jotted down the premise and tried to imagine what it would be like to live on two separate planes of existence. Right now I am imagining five books in the initial series. I am currently writing the fourth installment and doing research on the fifth. I am contemplating doing a spin-off series that will be related to the EVE series using one of the more minor characters from the initial series, but I have not decided one hundred percent as of yet.

Q: What is your marketing strategy for your books?

A: I work in conjunction with a Marketing Representative provided by my publisher who sets up my book signings and handles the promotion of each event for me. Together we try and utilize Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and LinkedIn to aid us in promotion and notifying readers of upcoming events. Plus I have a personal blog that I try to post in daily that is on my author website. I also give speeches at High Schools, Colleges, and Universities promoting reading and writing and how it shapes the future success of the student.

Q. What is your opinion on self-publishing? Would you prefer to self-publish your books as opposed to publishing with online publishers?

A: I do apologize but I do not know enough about the world of self-publishing or online publishers to have an opinion. I know there has been a lot of debate about it pointing out the high and low points of each, but unfortunately I am not really familiar with either.

Q. What is your advice to a new writer who is trying to get a publishing contract or thinking of self-publishing?

A: As I said before, I wish I could be more helpful in the area of self-publishing, but I am afraid I do not know enough about it to truly offer an opinion or advice in that area. However, I do know how difficult and frustrating it is to find a Literary Agent/Publisher who believes in your work as dearly as you do. What I can say is to utilize the Writer’s Market guide to its fullest. A new one is published annually that offers young authors a comprehensive list of Literary Agents/Publishers and what they specialize in. It also contains helpful hints and suggestions on just about everything regarding submitting your work. It is an invaluable resource. I strongly advise young authors to do your research on which agents/publishers specialize in their genre, check out their websites, and follow their submission instructions to the letter. Write a solid query with no mistakes in punctuation and grammar and do not rely on spell check. Proofread everything before you send it out to anyone.

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