Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Interview with Angelia Menchan, Author of Re-Rambled

Joining us today is Angelia Menchan. She is an author, publisher, mentor, wife and mother. Though formerly employed as a Job Corps Counselor and currently employed as a Fiscal Officer, writing is what brings joy and allows her to mentor through the written word.

We'll talk to Angelia today about her journey to publication, her work, and what the future holds.

Welcome to The Book Connection, Angelia. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am an avid reader, since age four and writing is like therapy for me. I have been married 32 years and have two sons. I love mentoring young girls in my community, because I truly believe it is personal responsibility to pass on what has been learned or given.

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Ocala, Florida.

What is your fondest childhood memory?

My fondest memory is of the times, my younger sister and I would pile in bed with my mom on cool mornings and wriggle next to her.

When did you begin writing?

I have been a journaler for over forty years but didn’t publish any work until 2006.

Do you write during the day, at night or whenever you can sneak a few moments?

I write when inspired throughout the day. Mostly I write on Fridays since I don’t work or schedule any activities on that day.

What is this book about?

Re-Rambled: Food and Thought is a non-fiction account of experiences and thoughts as they have occurred to me.

What inspired you to write it?

Years ago when I started blogging, I entitled my blog ,Ramblings and I was encouraged by so many to write my blog in book form. I wrote volume one and it did very well. Earlier this year I was asked to write volume II and a cookbook, so I compiled the two and it has been an absolute blessing for me.

Who is your biggest supporter?

I will have to say my husband, but I have many readers and literary people who are avid supporters.

Are you a member of a critique group? If no, who provides feedback on your work?

I do. Reading and Writing Sisters, also local author groups.

Who is your favorite author?

Colin Channer.

Do you have an agent or are you looking for one?

I do not. I may at some point.

Was the road to publication smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?

It has been a mixture. Once I started my own publishing company it became smoother, however, owning oneself is a grand bit of work.

If you knew then, what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently?

Absolutely, I know I would have moved a bit slower.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

My website and all online booksellers.

What is the link to your website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

Website: http://www.angeliamenchan.com/
Blog: http://acvermen.blogspot.com/

Do you have a video trailer to promote your book? If yes, where can readers find it?

Yes, on my blog. http://acvermen.blogspot.com/

What is the best investment you have made in promoting your book?

My time and learning to listen to and respect the advice of others who were on this journey before me.

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

To read as much as you write and understand the all books do not appeal to all people. That will save you much pain. And write, write, write!

What is up next for you?

I am working on Zen Cooper, Girl Genius, and am very excited about it. I started it with a short story and the readers are clamoring for more. YES!

Is there anything you would like to add?

I simply want to thank you for extending such a gracious offer. I am so appreciative.

Be the Peace You Seek!

Angelia

1 comment:

Angelia... said...

Thanks Cheryl for having me...much appreciation...

angelia