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ANGELA SUPER: Pitch Wars 2017 #PimpMyBio

It's that time again. And boy do I hate these things. So I stole some questions (10, I think...) from somewhere abouts on the internet. Some from my friend Kat and her Winterviews article from 2016 and the little ditty she did on me. Can't say some of the answers aren't almost identical. So... what.... I'm a little bit of a cheater. Anyway. Here's my extended whoseywhatsits about me for this year's Pitch Wars.

A little about myself.

Honestly, there's not much to tell. I live in the middle of nowhere KS with my two rescue kitties and my lovely, extremely supportive, art teacher husband. I love to garden in the summer. I bead jewelry in the winter and have begun to sell it at craft fairs in the summer. I want to have a dog, but we rent. I really miss having a pooch. I heart animals. I hate spiders. I got bit by a brown recluse last summer and can't abide. Just can't abide. Also.... Sloths. Seriously. They ARE an ecosystem. It's weird. Super sciencey and cool, but weird. They creep me.

So what do I do? Of course I gif it. Because, face that bloody fear!

What types of books do you write, and why?

I write adult sci-fi. I mean, how can I not? All the great sci-fi works have something to say. I want to say something, engage people in a way that stimulates their imaginations and makes them look to the future. Sci-fi is a great way to have a voice.

What were your early influences? How do they manifest in your work today?

My grandmother had a large collection of Anne McCaffrey and Ursula LeGuin. Every summer I visited her, I eschewed the out-of-doors for a comfy pillow and one of her collection. I don't know how many times I re-read the Damia and the Pern series, among so many others. But it wasn't until later in life, early college, when I read The Dispossessed and Frank Herbert's Dune series that I started really seeing the voices behind science fiction. I started to see what powerful messages writing can spread. Then I read the Ender series, specifically Speaker for the Dead, and I realized I could have a voice that was loud, brazen even, and I didn’t have to speak a word. I just had to write.

Are there aspects of writing that excite you? What is your writing Kryptonite?

I enjoy a lot of it. I love the blank page. Telling myself a story every time I sit down to write. On the flip side, it's actually quite daunting sitting down to draft. You don't know what you're going to write, and you have nothing but a blank page and a vague idea to work from. I actually quite enjoy the editing process, though there are parts that I loathe--the monotonous repetition being the big one for me. But the idea of shining my story is quite romantic. I've got it all down, now I just need to perfect the words.

Tell us about this year's Pitch Wars WIP.

When an asteroid destroys Earth, a geneticist's research becomes key to terraforming a populated planet. When rebels strike--retaliation for atrocities against the aliens--Zera is forced to choose: create a new Earth or genocide.

Tell your younger writing self anything.

Don't listen to what others have to say about what writing "is" or "isn't." Fan fiction is a valid form of the art and you should write that story. You never know... Someone out there could have liked it. At the very least, you would have liked it.

How do you select the names of your characters?

Names are very special to me. I spend lots of time Googling and name searching on baby name databases. I think of the themes that I want to address and character traits that I want my characters to have. For instance, in Seeds, I wanted Zera to embody the soul of the book so I wanted her name to mean "seed." Zera is Hebrew for seed. I have little bits and bobs like that in there. Even the names of the conglomerate, the Attis Combine, has meaning. But I don't want to give away all my easter eggs.

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

I would give up coffee. Seriously. I have an addiction. Must have coffee at 6:30 when I wake up. Don't know what I would do without it. But if it meant a serious workshop once a year with a superb writing staff, I would totally go cold turkey. I mean, I could live off of Earl Grey and chai for the rest of my life if I had to!

Of course, here are some links that might be interesting.

My Twitter page: @AllBrevityWit.

My friend and CP, Kat's bio, who I stole some of these questions from.

My other friend and CP, Glen, who stole questions from me. (It's just a thieving ring!)

And the amazing Lana Pattinson who is hosting PimpMyBio.


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