Friday, April 24, 2015

And here goes nothin'

HI, everyone.  This is my first blog on the Super Blog and I’m so excited to be here.  I thought I’d start out answering some questions that will, hopefully, help you get to know me. 

1.  What made you choose Supers?    

I've always loved category romance, and yet, I also love big, long, complicated books.  As a reader and as a writer, it's a perfect fit!

2.   Tell us a little about your road to publication.    

It's been a long and winding road.  I've always written, but trying to learn all the skills needed took years.  I've been to so many conferences I'm sure I've taken more classes than a PhD student!  I won the RWAs Golden Heart, but that didn't guarantee anything.  It did get me noticed, though.  Still, I made the choice to go with a smaller publisher, to get my foot in the door, and because I was writing paranormal.  That allowed me to catch an agent's eye, an agent who got me a meeting with Paula Eykelhoff...who was so gracious and encouraging.  At that meeting, we actually brainstormed part of the story I finally sold.  Too many years to count later, I'm writing a series and working just as hard as ever.  I just keep learning with each new book.  I love it!    

3.  Who are some of your favorite authors? 

I will drop everything for a new JR Ward book!  I love to read things I know I'll never write.  Gayle Wilson, and while I don't think she's writing anymore, I've read and reread every book by Paula Detmer Riggs.  Deep, strong stories.

4.  What was your biggest surprise about the publication process?

Probably the realization that I still had so much more to learn and that publishing professionals really do want to help you.  I'd heard so many horror stories, and ran across some really ruthless teachers and critiquers.  I came prepared to have to fight for my wishes.  I'd still do that, but I really don't have to.  My editor SO gets me and what I'm trying to do. I learn and feel as if my writing grows with each book.  A very pleasant surprise.

5.  Favorite holiday?

It's a tossup.  Christmas because I get to see so much of my family and enjoy them --something that's getting to be more and more difficult as the kids grow up and Valentine's Day because I get my husband all to myself, again something we seldom accomplish.

6.  Tell us one thing about you that no one would ever believe?

I am horrible at math.  I avoided it in school and managed to flunk Math 101 in college and had to retake it.  Why is that surprising you ask?  In my day job, I do payroll for a major corporation.  Scary isn't it? :)

7.  If you could live anywhere on the planet, where would you choose? 

I'm living there!  My husband and I chose to live in Colorado. I grew up here, but thought as a kid that I wanted to live anywhere else.  Then when we moved away, I was so homesick for the sight of the mountains that he put in for a transfer so I could come home.  I don't ever want to leave.  Though a castle in Ireland wouldn't make a bad summer home...

8.  Did I hear that the adorable little boy on one of your covers is the son of one of the Super editors?  If so, did you know this when you got the cover? 

Yes, it's true!  It's a fun, amazing story.  My editor actually asked me before they did it to make sure it was okay.  She showed me a picture of her son, and he fit my idea of Tyler in A FAMILY FOR TYLER perfectly.  She shared how excited he was, and nervous, as he'd never modeled before.  The male model kind of took him under his wing and helped make him laugh and relax. She didn't show her son the cover until the book was released.  He was so pleased, he took my book to school for Show and Tell.  I'll bet that was a bit different for his teacher.  It was lots of fun for both of us.   

9.  Social Media? 

Of course.  I'm on Facebook at  Twitter at  And I have boards for each book with inspirational and cover photos (and a whole lot of other cool stuff) on Pinterest at  Also I'm on Goodreads with my own page as well as with the other Super authors in the Super Romance group.  

I look forward to being here more and sharing with everyone what's going on in my world.  It's a crazy place sometimes, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.  

Angel Smits


Mary Preston said...

A great first blog here. What a fun show & tell that would have been.

Laurie I said...

Nice interview. I'm a new reader to SuperRomance books and hope to get to read your book in the future. I'm not good at Math either. ( :

Anonymous said...

Welcome and what a cute cover.

Kaelee said...

Hi Angel ~ Great first post. I enjoyed Message for Julia. I can't find a bio on the Harlequin site for you. How many books are in the "A Chair at the Hawkins Table" series? Is it an ongoing series?

mrcygld said...

Congratulations on your first blog. Was it easier than writing a book?

joye said...

Enjoyed reading the comments.

penney said...

Your book sounds really good thanks for being here I'm looking forward to reading it.

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