I’ve introduced you to Melanie and Ashley, but now it’s time to get to know me a bit more. I use this questionnaire for my author interviews, but have never answered the questions myself. They’re a lot tougher than I thought. Ha!
A.G. Porter is the author of The Darkness Trilogy, a YA Paranormal Thriller. She is an Independent Author who enjoys writing scary stories as much as she loves reading them. A.G. enjoys writing stories about real people in supernatural situations. She also puts a lot of her faith into her books because she knows that without Christ she is lost and without God she is nothing. Currently, A.G. is working on the last book in the trilogy. When she isn’t writing, she’s either taking pictures, reading, making nerdy jewelry, watching movies, or spending much needed time with her family. A.G. lives in New Hope, Alabama with her husband, Billy, stepson, Brenton, and their 4 dogs.
When did you realize you wanted to be an author?
I’m going to give the most cliché answer ever here. I’ve always loved writing. I feel like it’s been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. However, it wasn’t until I was in the 9th grade that the writing bug really sunk its teeth in and wouldn’t let go.
In what genre do you write?
I write in the Paranormal genre for Young Adults.
Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?
There are so many different genres I’d like to try my hand at. I really would like to delve into Epic Fantasy. I actually started writing a series nearly 7 years ago, but it has gotten so in depth with history, characters, and location. Yes, I’ve even drawn a map!
What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?
I just free style it. I have an idea in my head, but I don’t outline. The fantasy book is as outlined as I have ever been and that really surprised me. With that series though, I had to write everything down. There is just too much to keep up with. However, my other stories aren’t outlined or any details written out prior to going into it. I just let it flow. I’ll start with a journal and then get it all transcribed on screen.
Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?
I have met some great authors over my time “in the field.” So, there are definitely a few that have inspired me in different ways. Ashley Chappell, Brian Weimer, Jeremy Hicks, and Kyle Hannah, just to name a few. There are a few authors I have been reading for years that have been great influences, such as, Dean Koontz, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, and R.L Stine.
How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?
Since my work is primarily fiction, I didn’t have to do much research. My books take place in a real town, so I at least studied the area prior to writing about it.
Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?
I do listen to music while I write and edit, but it’s different for each process. When I’m writing I’ll listen to lyrical music, such as, Three Days Grace (before Adam left), Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence, Taylor Swift, Christina Perri, Our Last Night, and Andie Case, just to name a few. If I’m editing then I have to listen to something instrumental because the lyrics mess me up. I love listening to Lindsey Sterling.
When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?
I love photography! It doesn’t matter what kind. I also make nerdy jewelry, such as, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and I even make ribbon bookmarks. I try and touch many fandoms like Supernatural, Doctor Who, LOTR, The Walking Dead, etc. I sell them through my side company, Nerdy Deeds Jewelry. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nerdy-Deeds-Jewelry-and-More/301073200078500?fref=ts
What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?
I have had many memorable moments, but nothing beats hearing from people who enjoy my books. It just gives me butterflies every time someone loves my stories as much as I do.
Who created your amazing cover art?
I’ve worked with two amazing artists, Mel Gannon and TaniaART. They are simply beautiful souls and talented beyond my expectations. I have been so blessed to know them.
Is there an artist, book blogger, editor, or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?
There are really too many to name, but I can’t thank all of the people who have been Beta Readers enough. Your feedback is priceless.
Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.
I’m in the final writing stages of Book 3 of The Darkness Trilogy. I do not have a “The End” on it yet, but after my rereading I know that there will be one. If you’ve followed Rayna’s journey up until this point then you know it has been a long and dark road. There is much more left of her story and things only get darker. Friendships are tested, love is challenged, and faith means more than anything if she and her group want to defeat The Shadow.
What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?
Dean Koontz, J.K. Rowling, R.L. Stine…Stine has been in my reading life for as long as I can remember. I really think I would flat out fangirl if I ever met him.
It’s completely impossible for a reader to pick their favorite book. However, if you were banished to a deserted island with no hope of returning and were allowed to bring 5 books with you, which ones would you choose?
When writing this question I didn’t realize how difficult it was! Ugh! OK, let me try. First, I would have to bring the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. In my defense of combining the three books, Tolkien did want to make it all one big book. It was his editor who split it up. Next, Circle of Fire by R.L. Stine. It completely freaks me out. I love it! Though it might not be a good idea to read a scary book on a deserted island… The third book I would take would be The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. It isn’t my favorite book in the series, but it is the longest so it would take me longer to get through. I still love it even if it’s not my favorite. The fourth book would be The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, because it IS my favorite book in the Harry Potter Series. Lastly, I have to take Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. Odd Thomas is my literary soul mate. 🙂
What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?
I would love to see Garth Nix’s The Abhorsen Trilogy in a movie. I’m not sure how well received it would be considering that it is quite the fantasy ride, but if done well, it will be amazing!!
As a reader, what about a book turns you away?
Unnecessary graphic language, violence, or sex. Even my own books have an element of violence to them since they are thrillers and there is a supernatural battle taking place. However, if you’re writing these things just for shock value then it is noticeable. I can’t stand that.
If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?
Most of the time I finish the book, but there have been a few times that I couldn’t make myself do it.
Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?
I do have a favorite genre, paranormal, but I do read mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction.
Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?
Both, really. I love a real, in my hands book though, more than anything.
Jurassic Park, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare before Christmas, The Fifth Element, A Walk to Remember, Spider-Man (with Tobey Maguire), Alien, Corpse Bride…the list goes on!
Favorite TV show?
Supernatural, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Arrow, The Flash, Once Upon a Time, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fringe, X-Files, Criminal Minds, Bones, again, the list goes on.
If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chicken Parmesan from Connor’s Steak and Seafood at Bridge Street.
What’s your favorite candy/dessert?
Reese’s Peanut butter Cups.
What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.
Three Days Grace (before Adam left), Taylor Swift, Our Last Night, Breaking Benjamin, The Rolling Stones, Dashboard Confessional, The Killers, Vance Joy
What’s your hidden talent?
I think I’m a pretty good singer. Definitely not the next Whitney Houston, but I’m alright.
What is your dream vacation?
Going to Ireland and exploring all the old castles.
Author Name: A.G. Porter