Monday, July 8, 2013

Straight Chatting from the Library: Angela Myron

Angela Myron is visiting with us today at the Library as part of her virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Angela will be awarding to a randomly drawn commenter during each week on the tour, a wall calendar print from (Items can be exchanged for other equal or lesser value items from Ennara Swag on Cafepress.), and will award a t-shirt from to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY). See the Rafflecopter code at the end of the post. To see the other stops on the tour, go to

Thanks for taking the time to talk about books with us, Angela!

What is the favorite book you remember as a child?
The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis. There is a breathtaking scene in which the world of Narnia, its sky, the stars, and all of the creatures are sung into existence by Aslan the lion. I’ve remembered it vividly since I first read it. I was in the fourth grade. The secret passages between row houses and the Wood Between the Worlds captured my imagination too, and for years I dreamt of how exciting it would be to live in a row house in London!

What is your favorite book today?
These days I love different books for different reasons. The most recent book I read that inspired me was the Dhammapada. “Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” When I read passages like this, the word peace resonates deep within me. My whole body responds to it. That’s incredible.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.
Destiny. Magic. Light versus darkness. Friends overcoming adversity together. Truth.

One book at a time or multiples?
Whether I’m at the library, bookstore, or on the shop on my e-reader, you’ll often find me borrowing or buying several books at a time. I love books. When I’m in a book shopping mood, I’m like an addict. I need them all. However back at home when I crack open a new binding, it is a one-at-a-time affair. I prefer to write the same way too, one story at a time.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)
When I was a young kid and first started reading, I dog-earred my books. I just didn’t see what was wrong with it. But then my mom started giving me bookmarks. Pretty ones. Unicorns, metallic golden hearts that acted like paper clips, crocheted book worms, deep philosophical sayings over photos of towering cedars. As I used them, I grew an appreciation of the un-creased page. And pretty bookmarks. ;)

When do you do most of your reading?
Before I fall asleep and on weekends. My days are full—I wake at 5 a.m. to write before my twins wake, and use their naptime to write as well. The only time I have to read is just before sleep, or when my husband is at home and watching the kids.

Favorite genre?
Fantasy and paranormal. Basically anything with magic, elves, or other supernatural events and beings. I think it is because in these worlds, anything is possible. It's exciting, and reminds me of being a child and perceiving the world the same way. These stories also usually incorporate, in some form or another, the hero's journey. The struggle of a hero’s dark moments and redemptions has always riveted me to the page.

How do you keep your books organized? By subject. The left side of the book case is nonfiction—religion, writing, tech writing, reference & computer manuals, maps & travel guides, and cooking magazines. The right side of the case is fiction, ordered by author.

What would make you not finish a book?
Boredom. Long narratives. Passages with words that require a dictionary to understand the meaning. Spelling errors and grammar issues, as well as basic crafting problems like long stretches of dialogue without tags or action. It isn’t that I don’t want to look up a word, or that I can’t figure out who is talking after the eighth “I did not!”, I just don’t think I should have to as the reader. A writer who makes their audience work for the story is either lazy or needs more practice. By practice I mean not publishing, just writing. Write, write, write, until you are good at it. Critique partners can take your prose a long way. Take advantage of them!


Eleven year-old Ennara Gaern has a serious grudge against the dragon on her right hand.

Born with a caul—a mask that foretold magical powers—she was immediately inked with the fiendish, fire-breathing tattoo that forces her to study boring texts, cover her hand continuously, and worst of all, keeps her from visiting the beautiful capital city, Dordonne. But her quiet life changes when one night she is attacked by a shadowy demon.

Tork, an old friend and wizard, is enlisted to help. But when he arrives, he informs Ennara’s parents that she is her world’s only hope of finding the legendary Sword of Gisilfrid, which is needed to destroy the curse that is creating the demons. Ennara doesn’t want to leave on the dangerous quest, but when she learns the curse threatens her world, she reluctantly agrees.

Ennara and the wizard begin a perilous journey to the Sunken City, pitting them against dangerous oceans and pirates intent on claiming Ennara’s magic as their own. With only her friends at her side, including the intelligent, aquatic cat Smoos, Ennara must defeat monsters guarding the sword and servants of the Fallen Druid. When her world is covered in darkness, will she know how to dispel the curse?


Like many writers, I have a full life in which I juggle many duties and joys. I love to cook, garden, and play with my twins. As a mother to toddlers, I write whenever I am not helping them navigate their day--which typically means in the early mornings and early afternoons when they sleep, and sometimes when Grandma comes to visit.

I was twenty-two when writing became a passion of mine. I've been doing it in one form or another ever since. But it took me a very long time to follow my heart's desire to tell stories.

For years, I simply journaled. I delved into writing articles for newsletters and grant proposals. I settled into technical writing, often finding myself a one-person writing, editing, design, app development, and publication team. I learned the basics of journalism, and finally, when on maternity leave with my twins, I turned to writing fiction.

I am grateful for every reader I have. Writing can be a solitary pursuit, but it can also be a dialog, a meeting of the minds. I invite you to connect with me:

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting Ennara and the Fallen Druid today, Librarian Judith!