Author Interview: ‘Nobody’s Angel’ K.T. Wells ‘ I’d kill for an extra hour of sleep’

K. T. Wells has been telling stories since before she could read. She used to narrate books for her baby brother, concocting a plotline from the pictures. Not much has changed. One of her husband’s favorite pastimes is to listen to her tales after asking her to tell the story of people they observe in restaurants, airports or the subway.

Fascinated by the human condition, K. T.’s writing captures the emotions that drive the engines of our hearts. She is captivated by the rituals of love and believes everyone is entitled to a happily ever after.

Join her in celebrating her first published novel – Nobody’s Angel.

You can visit her at http://ktwells.wordpress.com.

About Nobody’s Angel

Jake and Angie’s twentieth high school reunion sets the perfect stage for their lifelong friends to reunite the former sweethearts. Major roadblock – they have to trick Angie into coming home after twenty years. An elaborate ruse ensues at the same time they work on browbeating Jake into attending.

Maneuvering through emotional minefields rates a 10 for difficulty level, particularly when Angie lives the maxim: Time does not heal all wounds. And Jake? Check the Wiki pic next to Pride comes before the fall. Yep, that’s him tripping all over himself year after year.

But the firm conviction that these two were meant to be together propels a cast of quirky, determined friends into action. When tragedy derails the best laid plans, will Jake and Angie’s love rise to the occasion?

Q: Thank you for this interview, K.T. Can you tell us what your latest book, Nobody’s Angelis all about?

Loving each other from childhood, Jake and Angie seemed destined to spend their lives together. Youthful mistakes separated them and twenty years later neither of them could form a long-lasting emotional attachment to another person. With their twentieth high school reunion looming, their cadre of quirky and loyal friends break all the rules in attempt to reunite the lovers. Just as forever seems possible again, tragedy strikes and the strength of true love is put to the test.

Q:  Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

 

Jake takes the road harder travelled even when the easier path is laid out in front of him. As he says, he zigs when he should zag. For the most part, Angie willfulness keeps Jake in check, but when he goes to far and breaks her trust, his misstep was too much for her to handle. Head-over-heels in love, she doesn’t suffer from a lack of self-preservation, but forgiveness gets shut down when fear controls her heart. Their twenty-year separation hurts everyone who loves them and it’s those dear friends that engineer Jake and Angie’s reunion.

Dianne and Nigel are Angie’s truth mirrors, as only great friends can be. With the help of their families and Jess and Avery, they all pull together to right a wrong before it’s too late.

Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

 

A little bit of both. Most of my characters have foundational traits of real people who have touched my life, but the characters’ layers are mine.

 

Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?

 

For the most part, I know most of the major plot points in my stories before I begin writing. But, as characters are wont to do, they can steer the story in a direction that surprises me, however they never veer too far off their original course.

Q: Your book is set between suburban New York and Los Angeles. Can you tell us why you chose these locations in particular?

 

Familiarity, to a certain extent. Also, the story called for a physical separation of the main characters and I thought having them live on opposite coasts emphasized the chasm between them.

Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?

 

In some books more than others, particularly when the setting influences attitudes and outcomes. In Nobody’s Angel, the hometown location played a major role for what it represented to the characters, not so much for it’s actual beauty or topography.

 

Q: Open the book to page 69. What is happening?

Flashback to Angie’s crushing teenage heartache after she and Jake’s big break-up.

We’re in Angie’s bedroom, and Avery has returned home from college to pull her back to from the black hole of sorrow.

Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?

 

This is one of my favorites. We’re at Dianne’s Thanksgiving table where only some of the guests are privy to the ruse that got Angie to return to New York.

“So Robert. You studying to be a lawyer?” Grandpa leaned forward to look past Marc to see Oscar’s face.

         Oscar just sat there, eating his third sourdough dinner role. Erin tried to kick him under the table, but her legs weren’t that long, he was too far away.

         “He’s more of a math guy, Grandpa.” Erin jumped in hoping to distract her grandfather.

         “That so.” Grandpa leaned forward even further. “You going to become Robert Einstein?” He chuckled at his own joke.

         Oscar didn’t register, his eyes glazed over in a food haze. Somewhere between the giant Greek salad and the pumpkin soup, he’d become so absorbed by the meal he forgot the role he was supposed to play.

         “Robert, dear. Don’t let Vincent intimidate you.” Now Grandma leaned forward. “I think math’s a perfectly nice subject to study. Would you like to be an accountant?”

         Grandpa snorted. “Like damn Harry Engels. Who’d want to be stuck behind a damn desk twenty-four hours a day from January through April? That’s not what you’re looking to do, is it Robert?”

         Oblivious, Oscar was piling a piece of turkey and some stuffing onto his fork.

         “Robert” Grandpa called out. “Robert” he said louder.

         “Robert” Erin shouted at the same time she saw Simi stab Oscar in the ribs with her spoon.

         Oscar’s hand jerked up, the turkey and stuffing went sailing over his shoulder and splattered against Mom’s butterscotch silk wallpaper before it slid to the ground.

         Angie let out a squeak of laughter. Ben howled and Marc let a “Damn fine” fly before Dad gave him the dreaded eye-squint.

 

Q: Have you suffered from writer’s block and what do you do to get back on track?

 

Not block, writer’s stumble. Sometimes I get caught up in minutiae and spend one hour on a paragraph trying to find the precisely perfect word or sentence. Usually a brain break cures me, but sometimes I have to go with it and work on through before the flow starts again.

 

 

Q: What would you do with an extra hour today if you could do anything you wanted?

 

I’d love to give an exotic answer here to make me sound intriguing and beyond interesting, but truly, I’d kill for an extra hour of sleep.

Q: Which already published book do you wish that you had written and why?

 

There are more than a few books that are imprinted in my brain for all time, but I’d have to say Charlotte’s Web. It is a classic tale of unrelenting friendship with iconic characters that transcend time and place.

 

 

Q: What kind of advice would you give other fiction authors regarding getting their books out there?

Don’t give up. Know your market. Keep writing. And don’t give up. A popular Romance author that has enjoyed significant success since being “discovered” had written ten books before her eleventh was picked up. Most of the ten have been published now. That could be any one of us.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, K.T.  We wish you much success!

 

Very generous of you; thanks for the opportunity to spend time with your readers.

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