Guest Post: Angela Corbett



What fiction most influenced your childhood, and what effect did those stories have on the Emblem of Enternity trilogy? 

When I was young, my parents gave me a set of read-along books. My favorite was a book with hairy little guys who were trying to help destroy a ring. I loved following along with The Hobbit and hearing about Orcs, Elves, and Frodo and Sam. I fell in love with reading at that moment, and realized all of the things that I could experience through the mind of an author.

I loved reading so much that I spent far more time in the library than anywhere else. Story time was my favorite part of the school day, and I couldn’t get enough of books. I wanted more hobbits, more fairies, more places to escape to. I was seven when my elementary school librarian gave me a copy of The Fairy Rebel, by Lynne Reid Banks. I devoured it, and read it over and over again. I was obsessed with the rebellious little fairy and the thought that maybe, just maybe, fairies could be real.

Reading led me to think about what I wanted to be when I grew up. After consulting with my parents, I realized I was too tall to be a hobbit, and dragonslayers and fairies were tricky jobs to get, so I decided to create worlds of my own. I started writing when I was eight. At first, I wrote poetry, and then I started writing short stories. By the time I was a teenager, I had a file full of book ideas I escaped to every night with a pen and a notebook.

Whether the books are paranormal, contemporary, historical, or fantasy, I just love a good story. I love great characters, a plot that keeps me guessing, humor, and kissing…lots of kissing! They’re elements I look for in books I read, and elements I try to incorporate into all of the books I write. I love sitting at my desk in the quiet of the night, listening to my characters tell me what’s going to happen next. Just like when I was a teenager, it’s still an escape for me, only now I do it with a laptop instead of notebook and pen.

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