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Friday, March 8, 2013

"What's In a Name?" Indie Autor Spotlight: ME!

So, we're nearing the end of the list of indie authors contributing to the great big giveaway. I think I've interviewed everyone, except for the wondrous Andrea Colt, author of Torched, who is currently busy with wedding planning, and myself. So today, I'm going answer the "What's In a Name?" questions too. Woot! There are three days left in the Indie Giveaway! Don't forget to enter for a chance to win 11 ebooks, or 3 print books and a $20 Amazon card! 

In case you're new to my blog, my name is Angela Roquet, and I'm the author of Graveyard Shift, the first novel of my Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series. Book 2, Pocket Full of Posies, was released last year, and Book 3, For the Birds, is due out in April! Graveyard Shift is available in both giveaway drawings, as an ebook and in print. So here's what's in a name, according to me...



Urban Fantasy Author Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, and random craft supplies. She has an unhealthy obsession with television shows created by Joss Whedon and fantasizes about him directing television or film versions of her novels. Angela is a peace loving, tree hugging hippy who tries to buy organic and local as often as possible. She’s a fan of renewable energy sources, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too. Angela lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband and son. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.



Graveyard Shift                                 The Inferno has Evolved… Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. She’d much rather be hanging out with Gabriel, her favorite archangel, at Purgatory Lounge. But when a shocking promotion falls in her lap, Lana learns something that could unravel the very fabric of Eternity. If the job isn’t completed, there could be some real hell to pay.

Do you write under your actual name or a pen name, and is there any special meaning behind your name?
I write under my maiden name. I had not met my husband yet when I first published Graveyard Shift. I think it's important to be consistent, so your readers can find you. Also, I really like my maiden name. It has a Q in it! ; )


What are the names of your main characters and what can you tell us about them?
Lana Harvey is reaper. She works for Grim at Reapers Inc. She doesn't really like her job, but as a race created especially for said job, she doesn't have much of a choice. She gets by doing the bare minimum, but she'd rather be hanging out with her best friend, the archangle Gabriel, at Purgatory Lounge in Limbo City. Besides Lana and Gabe, Lana's sailing partner, Josie Galla, is also part of the central gang. Josie is more serious about being a reaper. She does her best to keep Lana in line.



Do their names have special significance to your story or were they just names that you liked? 
Most of them were just names that I liked, but there are also quite a few deities from various faiths whose names I did not makeup, and I can barely pronounce some of them. For example, the Aztec goddess Tlazolteotl. There are a few names for a handful of the reapers, that come into play in later books, that I chose because of their meaning. They either related to death or consolation or light, as in the light at the end of the tunnel. 


What are some names of places where your characters’ stories unfold?
Most of Lana's story unfolds in Limbo City, the capital of the Afterlife. There is a plethora of fictional business and such, like Purgatory Lounge and Athena's Boutique. Some of the story also takes place in a few of the heavens and hells, where there are more fictional places, like the Inferno Chateau.There is an occasional stop in the mortal realm as well.


Do the names of your setting has special significance?
I try to make them fun and cleverly appropriate. I even have fictional brand names, like Gabriel's preferred beer, Ambrosia Ale, and the top radio station in Hell, the Fallen Frequency.



What do you have planned for 2013? 
A heart attack if I don't hurry up and finish this third book! haha I'm only half kidding. I'd like to release the fourth book in my Reapers Inc. series and also finish a standalone YA novel by the end of the year. Wish me luck!


Hope you have all enjoyed this series of interviews!
Leave a comment and let me know 
what kind of questions you'd like to ask your favorite authors!
 

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