Thursday, 16 January 2014

'Essence' Book Launch, Prize Draws and an Interview with Author A.L. Waddington

Release date: 14th January 2014
Published by: Booktrope
ISBN No: 978 1620152058

Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is. 

Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn. 

Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity. 

Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?

Angela, a very warm welcome to you, and can I thank-you for taking time out of your schedule to talk to us today.

It is my pleasure. Thank you very much for having me.

For our International readers can I start by asking you to tell us a bit about where in this great big world do you live and what do you like best about living there?

 I was born and raised just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. I have lived in both California and Texas, but Indiana will always be home to me. What I love best about Indy and missed the most while living in other regions was the changing of the seasons. I absolutely love autumn. It is my favorite time of year with its vibrant colors and the smell of apples and bonfires. And of course, we have the Indianapolis Colts!

Do you think books that you read during your childhood may have had an influence on your current writing in any way?

Most definitely. As a child and teenager, I spent hours reading. While I enjoy movies, there is no greater escape from reality than getting lost in a good book. My father is an avid reader and got me addicted from a very young age.

Did you always want to become a writer?

Yes. I grew up writing poems and short stories, worked on the newspaper in Junior High and took Creative Writing in High School. I started writing my first novel when I was about twenty-one. It is a YA fiction romance novel that is still sitting on a flash drive. Maybe someday I will revive it.

Do you have a set writing routine when you are working on a novel?

Yes, it is almost impossible not to. I spend my mornings on my home, errands and researching various time periods involved in my series. My afternoons are spent writing or editing. The evening hours belong to my family and when everyone retires for the night, I spend a few more hours writing. I typically write the most during the hours between nine at night and three in the morning.

Where do you write best?

Even though I have an office in my home, I write best on my laptop in my family room. I create some of my best work when I am surrounded by my family with the television blaring and the endless chatter between them.

Can you tell us a bit about your new novel entitled ‘Essence’?

Essence is essentially two separate stories with the same underlying premise that eventually overlap as the tails unwind into one. The narrator of the stories, Jocelyn Timmons discovers that she is living two drastically different lives on parallel planes of existence. Falling asleep in one and waking up in the other. Half of the story is told from 2009, Jocelyn’s viewpoint, while the other half is seen through her eyes in 1878. There is romance, suspense and drama all wrapped up with the boy across the street.

What was your inspiration for the theme that you have followed within this story?

My inspiration for the creation of the EVE series was my three teenage children and their strong love for the imagination of something just a little beyond their own existence. I have written my manuscript(s) in a fashion that will hopefully appeal to this particular genres ever-changing reality that translates into the adult world and allows them to melt into a world grounded in reality yet makes them ponder their own perception of reality.

You are planning other books as a follow on from ‘Essence’ which you have told us is called the EVE Series. Can you tell us something about this series?

I am currently working on the fourth installment,’ Illumination’ in the EVE series. The foundation for the series is created in ‘Essence’, elaborated further in the second installment, ‘Enlightened’ and blossoms in the third, ‘Perception’ followed by a unique twist in the fourth,  ‘Illumination’. The series chronicles the life of Jocelyn Timmons as she discovers that she has the inherited gift of Essence Voyager Era (EVE), which is where an individual possess the ability to live parallel lives on separate planes of existence. Throughout childhood and early adolescence, a barrier remains intact at the conscious level to prevent awareness of the other life from crossing each other. However, during late adolescence to early adulthood, the barrier between the two worlds begins to disintegrate causing the auditory and visual hallucinations of their other life to break into conscious awareness. The EVE series follows Jocelyn as she learns about her unique gift, the challenges she faces with living parallel lives across 130 years and the drastic differences between her two worlds.

What genre would you say that your books fit into?

The EVE series falls under the genre of Young Adult Fiction with the sub-genre of Romance, Time-Travel and Science Fiction/Fantasy. The main characters are relatable to a large audience in that their age group is late teens to early twenties. The narration of the story is
told from 18 year old Jocelyn Timmons viewpoint and the distinctively different lives that she leads on parallel planes when her soul travels nightly.

Do you have any hobbies or other interests that you enjoy in order to give you a break from taking care of a family, household, and the demands of writing under publishing deadlines?

I love gardening/landscaping. When we bought our new home several years ago my husband and I remodeled the entire landscape. We added numerous gardens and flower beds. Every year we add something new. It is still a work in progress that we enjoy sharing. We also walk about six miles every evening after dinner. It gives us a chance to spend some time alone, clear our heads and talk about our day, the children and anything else. He, as well as my children, have become a sounding board for my writing. If I get blocked or am having trouble with where the story line is going, I bounce ideas off them and get their input on various characters and/or events.

Can you give any advice to new writers, as they struggle to try to achieve a work life balance when possibly working, bringing up a family, writing and also probably trying to promote their books as well?

Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Write whenever you can, even if it is just a half hour a day. I remember writing in the afternoons during nap time when my children were small or after I put them down for the night. It is hard, but if it wasn't then everyone would do it.  

Believe in yourself and your writing. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself. Follow the guidelines that publishers/literary agents ask for. Don’t worry about the dozens of rejection letters you receive...and you will receive them. I have enough to wallpaper my entire house with! Don’t give up, it only takes one yes!

What is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is ‘Gone with the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell. Although Katie Scarlett was not exactly a nice lady, she had strength, character and gumption. She persevered in the face of tragedy and did what she had to do for survival.

My father is a huge history buff and as a child I listened to endless stories of not only American History, but World History. He made history come alive for me in a way that no classroom ever did. He made it fascinating in that he would show me how the cause and effects of events shaped the world into the place we now live in. I suppose that is why in my own writing I mixed history in with the current reality.

Are you currently reading any books at the moment, and if so what are they?

About six months ago I started reading George R. R. Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ series. I absolutely love them, love getting lost in them. His writings remind me of J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Ring’ series.  

I recently started the fifth book, ‘A Dance with Dragons’. I am only about a hundred pages into it and am fighting the urge not to read it cover to cover because I have so many other demands on my plate that I must attend to first. I know I will become lost in it once I can take
the time to relax and breathe for a moment.

From what you have shared with us today, it can be clearly seen that you are kept very busy within your life but enjoy it to the full! To conclude this interview can you finally tell us what simple things in life make you smile?

My husband and my children. I absolutely love being a mom and a wife. They make me very proud and after spending all day at home alone working on the computer either writing or doing schoolwork, when they walk through the door in the late afternoon, it always makes me smile!

Angela, it has been a great honor for me to work with you on this interview for my literary site. I would like to thank-you once again for taking the time to speak to us today.

Thank you very much for having me. I have truly enjoyed it. I hope everyone has a great week and has as much fun reading ‘Essence’ as I did writing it.

Grand Prize Draw
Win One Walk-on Character named after you in “Enlightened” Book2 of the EVE series as well as a signed copy of “Essence” Book1. Enter this Prize Draw by following the Rafflecopter link below:  

Also Win one e-book copy of Essence!


  1. I enjoyed the interview thank you. ESSENCE does sound like a fantastic read. The series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George RR Martin is a great favorite of mine too.


  2. Essence, the first book in the EVE series, is simply amazing! It has a unique take on time travel and there's no sci-fi involved. Funny, though, as it's the only way time travel could be possible without breaking many of our fundamental laws of science.

    The book, at heart, is mainly a young adult romance novel. However, I'm 42 and enjoyed the book very much. I got an advanced reading copy of the book and can't wait for it to be published so I can read it again, with all the finishing touches added in.

    Oh, and the ending, my, my.... it makes you want to rush out and buy the next book, Enlightened, in the series. Luckily, we don't have to wait long as April is only 3 months away.