Friday, August 9, 2013

11 Questions with Angelina Hansen

If you write, you know that this is can be a very isolating and solitary experience.  A lot of times, we turn inside ourselves as we wrangle with the words that create our characters and scenes.  We process a lot of information; snippets of overheard conversation, images we manage to capture as we drive by. I consciously look under things or around corners or take a different route home, just to see what's there.  Those around me don't necessarily understand why I do these things, but that's because they don't write.

Only a fellow writer will understand the anxiety of facing the blank white page. The exhilaration over finding that perfect word to complete the sentence. The fear and doubt that you may not be able to write another story again.

This is why I am so happy to have finally found a community of writers, both in person and online, with whom I can speak to freely about this thing I do.  It's almost like I've found a tribe that has welcomed me for who I am and what I do.  One of those in my tribe is this talented lady I am introducing to you today. Please meet, Angelina Hansen.

I met Angelina through the blog of author, Jennifer R. Hubbard.  She is a regular commenter there and eventually, we became regular visitors on each others blogs.  I have always found comfort in her posts, and I am more than happy to support her in her new endeavor.

Last month, under the name of the little green alien, Ace Hansen, Julius Caesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery was published by MuseItUp Publishing. As part of her launch, I have invited her for a round of 11 Questions.

How early in life did you realize that you were a writer?  At what point did you decide to pursue publication? What brought you to that decision? 
I started my first novel, a WWII historical, when I was 10. Didn’t get far, but I knew I wanted to write novels some day. I think I’ve written poetry since I first learned to write. But for a long time I forgot I was a writer. Remembered about five years ago. That’s when I decided to write seriously and pursue publication. I knew in my heart I needed to do it.

Your published work is for the children’s market.  Have you ever written for other audience?  Do family and friends count? I’ve written a lot of poetry for them. ^_^  What is it about writing for this market that calls you? I adore children and love children’s books.

 Is there a specific topic, whether within your genre or outside of it, that you feel you cannot write about?  There are way too many to list here. Would you explain to us why? I only write about things I’m passionate about. I’m not passionate about everything. ^_^

Could you describe for us the birth process of your stories?  Ideas for new stories often come while I’m  working on something new. Are all your stories born or developed the same way? No. The story idea for my debut MG novel came from a breath mint commercial I watched many years ago.

Where do you typically find inspiration for your stories and the characters you create?  Inspiration arises deep inside my overactive mind. Some characters come from people I’ve known in real life, others are purely fictional. Is there a particular source that you return to regularly? That amazing thing, the creative mind.

Can you describe for us a typical writing day?  Early morning. Around six a.m. Do you write every day? Yes. I write something every day. I don’t always work on my novels. This summer I’m writing tons of poetry. Do you dedicate regular hours to writing? When drafting a novel or working on revisions I clock in every morning and write for at least an hour. Sometimes I’ll do a bit in the afternoon, depending on my energy level. What would be the optimum conditions for a “perfect” writing session? Bottomless mug of tea and unlimited silence. No interruptions.

After a writing session, how quickly can you step out of your story to tend to real life? Interesting question. The transition has always been tough for me. Once my head’s in a story, I can stay there all day. Makes real life hard. But I manage. Somehow. ^_^

How does real life affect your writing life? My real life is rich and diverse. Keeps me balanced and engaged. I wear many, many hats.  Is it a hindrance? If I get unbalanced in my writing life, real life goes wonky. A refuge? Reading and writing are a refuge. A refueling point? Reading, listening to music, playing music.  . . these are the things that refuel me.

Have you ever found the inkwell dry? Not dry, but sometimes dull and meaningless. How do you refill it? Read. Read. Read.

What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most? Drafting a new story. Like the least?  Copy editing. Why? Tedium.

This is a question that was posed on the blog of one of my favorite authors, and answering it helped me identify my priorities in terms of what I want to focus on as a writer.   So, I’ll ask you:  “If you had just one story left in you, and it was guaranteed to be published, what would that story be?”  
Something that would bring joy and laughter and insight to the readers.

Angelina Hansen, is a novelist from Flagstaff, AZ.  She is a member of SCBWI and recipient of their 2009 grant for a Work-In-Progress for a Contemporary Novel.   Her debut novel, written as the little green alien, Ace Hansen, was published by MuseItUp Publishing in July 2013. Julius Caesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery is available on Amazon and MuseItUp Publishing.  Follow Angelina and Ace on Twitter as @AngelinaCHansen or @AceHansenMG or on their websites and


  1. "The story idea for my debut MG novel came from a breath mint commercial I watched many years ago."

    OMG, I think I know that commercial--and it makes perfect sense!
    Which just shows that writers find inspiration everywhere!

    1. Yes, everywhere! I hope you had a nice break. Thanks.


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