In honour of the 10th anniversary of publishing Graveyard Shift, the first novel in the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, we have an interview with author Angela Roquet.
What does it feel like to celebrate the 10th anniversary?
Surreal. Some days, it seems like a hundred years ago. I’ve written 20+ novels and novellas since then, but I will always be proudest of that first book.
Can you share what 10 years as a writer has felt like?
It has been a strange, exciting adventure. The publishing landscape has changed so drastically over the past decade. My writing style and methods have changed quite a bit, too. I keep learning new things about both business and craft, and I think that’s important to do if you want to have a lasting career as an author–or a lasting career in any profession. It also keeps boredom at bay. Stay curious and keep learning.
What has been the biggest surprise to you as a writer over the past 10 years?
The first royalty check I received that was larger than my day job paycheck. The idea that I could make a living doing something I loved had just been a hopeful daydream up until then. Granted, it didn’t happen until 4-5 years after publishing that first book. I think a lot of writers give up too soon.
When you look back at your very first book, how do you feel about it now?
I’m proud of it, despite its flaws. There are so many things that I’d do differently with the story today, but that’s the nature of being a writer. Every time you look at a manuscript, you’ll find some new bit of prose or dialog you want to polish. But at some point, you have to let go and call it finished. “Graveyard Shift” has been downloaded over half a million times, and the reviews have made me smile more often than cry, so I’m content.
Do you have a favorite out of all the books you’ve written so far? Or a favorite character?
“Graveyard Shift” is still my favorite book. As far as characters, I’ve always been a big fan of Gabriel. He’s my main character’s best friend, and for good reason. Even when they’re on the outs, Gabriel has Lana’s back. He’s also good for comedic relief. He’s fun and laid back, and always up for a round of Ambrosia Ale at Purgatory Lounge.
What are you planning for the next 10 years?
I have a million stories in my head begging to be written next, but at the top of the list is a steampunk trilogy (World Clock Journals) about a broken time machine and clockwork zombies in Boston. I also have a Lana spin-off (Return to Limbo City) planned for 2021. Lana is still a reader favorite, and I receive a ton of emails asking for more adventures in Limbo City. I’m enjoying the other worlds I’ve been playing in, but it’s been long enough now that nostalgia has set in. I’m looking forward to checking in on Lana and seeing how she’s been these past few years, too. ; )
How can people contact and learn more about you?
I’m pretty active on Facebook but I also reply to readers via email too firstname.lastname@example.org and if you’d like to know more about me and my books, you can find all of that on my website http://www.angelaroquet.com