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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Interview and Contest: Jennifer Murgia, author of Angel Star

Jennifer Murgia has been writing since she was nine years old. After receiving recognition for her poetry, she went on to use her talents to bring characters to life in fiction novels that are authentic, intriguing, and personal. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.~jennifermurgia.com3

Please tell our readers something about you upcoming book Angel Star?
Angel Star is a love story that becomes quite a triangle. The story centers on Teagan, who falls for Garreth, the handsome new boy at her high school. As Teagan realizes Garreth is her Guardian, it opens the door for a darker being to move forward with a plan. It's a tale of dark vs. light, good vs. evil and coming face to face with who you really are.

When did you start writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve been writing since I was a child. I remember in third grade everyone fussed over having to write Haiku and I simply ate it up. Yeah, I was the geek! I wrote a handful of picture books when my son was very little, but never really did anything with them.
June 2007 changed everything. That was when I began Angel Star. The story popped into my head late one night while my husband was away on business. I had never been hit so hard with the idea for a book before, that I began writing the next morning. A few months later I had a book.

Why Angels?
I was playing around with the notion of unconditional love. Who could possibly love anyone so immensely, yet be one who is untouchable? I was already a fan of many, many vampire stories and that type of being would certainly fit the criteria, but I wanted to write about a different type of immortal.

Do you have a specific writing style?
Poetry has always been my first love. I’ve carried a poetic, emotional style to my writing ever since. Angel Star is written in first person, through Teagan.

What kind of research did you do for this book?
I did a lot of reading through several books on angels and the rest on the internet. It’s unbelievable to read how many angelic levels there are . . . according the several sites, there are many gates and names. I took some of it and added my own interpretation. Then I looked up names based on their meaning in Latin. I wanted to give my angels identities that would represent the role they play in the story.     

What obstacles and fun memories can you share with us while you were writing Angel Star?
There really weren’t any obstacles. The entire process was amazing and fun to me. I hated stopping for the day, my characters would literally nag at me when I couldn’t be at the computer.  
In all honesty, the book wrote itself and took me along for the ride!

What books have influenced your life most?
I have many that I love. I wouldn’t say they influenced me, but more so, left a stain on me somehow. Some books leave a mark on your heart long after you’ve closed the book. It could be a character, or a line, or an emotion drawn out of you . . . a few books have done that for me.
Some of my very favorites include: A Great and Terrible Beauty (Libba Bray), Spirit (J.P. Hightman), Newes from the Dead (Mary Hooper), The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield), and The Blood Confession(Alisa M. Libby), I also completely ate up the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan.      

Who is your perfect fiction character? And why?
Hmm . . . tough one. Each character has their flaws, which makes them vulnerable, which in turn makes them perfect somehow because of their weaknesses, not just their strengths. I think I’d have to say Gemma Doyle is mine.

Do you have a book that you read recently and feel that it hasn't been noticed enough?
The Pace by Shelena Shorts. What a wonderful book!   
Do you have any advice for our young writers?
Write for yourself first and foremost. If you have a story brewing inside you, let it out and let it carry you along for the ride. Most likely at the end of your journey, you’ll find your masterpiece!
Is there anything that you would like to share with our readers?
I just want to thank you, Pat, for having me on your blog! Also, thank you so much to everyone who has shown such enthusiasm about Angel Star’s release! You have all overwhelmed me!
Please visit my website over the next few months, I plan on posting my events as well as interviews, contests, giveaways, etc . . . there’s lots of fun to come!

Angel Star Snippet:
I was floating. He was holding me and we were spiraling higher, above the stone floor. His lips were on me, cool and mesmerizing. The downdrafts of his wings pushed us higher off the ground, and I pictured what we must look like from below, the beautiful image of us entwined..
Higher and higher we rose, my insides reeling as he pressed his lips to my neck. His black wings carried us, keeping us from falling, and I felt the gentle breeze from them on my skin.


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