Angela Stevens is the author of the contemporary adult romance books, The Cocktail Series. She also writes YA/ New Adult Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal and has a Children's Classic style Fantasy book (8-12y.o).
Angela is British born but moved to the United States a decade ago. Always a keen traveler, she has enjoyed spending time living outside of her native country. She is an ex-teacher and the mother of two children. When empty nest syndrome threatened, Angela turned to writing novels to fill her growing free time. As her hobby grew she found storytelling began to fill her waking hours.
Her debut novel, Lemon Drops and Love grew out of her voracious appetite for reading. After one particularly momentous year, where she consumed over one hundred paper backs, Angela Stevens decided to attempt her own. The story is set in her local town and the setting for her love story was partly inspired by her passion for ice hockey. "I discovered ice hockey when I first moved to America. We went first to see an Anaheim Ducks game when I was visiting L.A. We all loved it so much when we came home we went to watch our local team. Now I'm a rabid Washington Capitals fan, and can often be found 'rocking the red' at the Verizon center supporting the Washington Capitals."
In Angela's stories, you will always find a hero to fall in love with and a heroine who will be worthy of his love. Her characters are three dimensional and down to earth. She writes with a strong voice and in a gritty style weaving tension and suspense throughout her narrative. Her characters come to life and whisk you away, whether into a romantic or fantasy setting. Which ever you chose, be prepared to laugh out loud, cry and fall in love.
Angela began her writing career on wattpad.com and she highly recommends it for anyone beginning writing or for someone wanting to get their stories out there. Part writing site and part social media the website has been the driving force in getting her work published. "The community over there [wattpad] is amazingly supportive. It allows writers to experiment and show their works to a huge range of readers. It also encourages a lot of writers to mentor each other. I was lucky enough to come across some exceptional writers who took the time to critique my work and pass on advice. On the social side, I have met the most wonderful people and have formed some long term friendships with authors across the world."
Making connections in any industry is important but connecting with your peers in the writing field is doubly important. "Without making connections with other authors I would never have been able to release my book. The whole process is totally daunting and there are so many elements to it. Over the last few years, I have made connections which cross over into firm friendships and together we form a little community that provides each other with experience, expertise, technical knowledge, therapy, and a whole host of support."