Featuring an interview with Angel Chadwick, author of Weeping Well.
Fiction has been described as a controlled madness. What are your thoughts on that?
Hi my name’s Angel Chadwick. I’m a mom, avid blogger, reader, reviewer, author, traveler. I never thought of fiction that way. I always felt more relaxed with doing fiction because it leaves me with room to be much more creative and imaginative without that restriction. I can explore the story ideas in depth that my mind conjures up with mixtures of fact and fiction blending well together in a complementary way.
I’ve always been fascinated by the tendency we humans have to lie to ourselves. In your novel, what does your protagonist lie to herself about the most?
My novel Weeping Well is about perceptions, how we all see things different such as tragedy, a series of events, fixations. Twelve people can see the same train wreck and still each of them will see different things or fixate on something during the trauma and misinterpret or see it inaccurately believing it to be true the way they saw it. Most people choose not to look deeper below the surface so oftentimes their perceptions can be skewed. Also in this book it shows how perceptions can so easily be manipulated or toyed with.
What is the significance of the title, Weeping Well?
It’s a metaphoric title. “Weeping” signifies Eva’s ongoing pain and anguish. The “Well” is a literal metaphor. Both are symbolic of the story line and the characters in the novel. The title also signifies triumph and strength in the face of adversity.
Do you ever consciously draw on your own life experiences for your fiction?
Yes, always and deliberately. Otherwise what’s the point? Authenticity is important in my works.
If you had to restrict your writing to one genre for the rest of your life, which one would you choose and why?
I don’t think I could do that to save my life let alone the rest of my life since I like to mix genres and I’m a multi-genre author, but if I had to, it’d be sci-fi.
Do you write every day? Do you have a set quota of words or pages for each writing session?
Yes, I write every day. I can’t help it. No, I don’t have a set amount of words. If I just let story tell me how long or how short it wants to be to flesh out well the story, plot, characters, pacing, setting, subplots, etc.
What do you have in the works for 2018?
My third book. A sci-fi, steampunk, mystery, young adult, thriller to name a few genres set in the mid to late 1950s to early 1970s with no blood, no gore or sex. It’s part of a trilogy. I have almost finished with the one of the books in the trilogy. The trilogy will be much shorter than my previous works. But I’m always working on something. I’m working on a series of cozy mysteries, plays the list goes on and on.