New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox writes sweet, fun, action-packed mysteries. Her characters are clever and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, and going up stairs when it is dark behind her. Let’s face it. Angie wouldn’t’ last five minutes in one of her books.
Angie is a graduate of the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism. She lives in St. Louis with her football-addicted husband, two kids, and Moxie the dog.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?
Don’t play it safe. Whatever you put on the page has to scare you a little bit. If it feels too personal, too real, too out there, that means you’ve tapped into your true voice and into what you need to say.
How has this helped you as a writer?
My latest series is about a small town Southern girl who gains the ability to see ghosts, and just how this impacts life for her and the people she loves. I wanted the books to be fun, sweet mysteries, but I knew I had to dig deeper if I wanted the characters to be truly memorable.
Mac or PC?
Do you use Word or Scrivener?
Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?
I take most of my notes longhand and I try not to lose them when they are on the backs of envelopes, receipts, my kids’ school papers…
Do you have any writing rituals?
I start writing every day at 8:30 a.m. with a Coke Zero or green tea at the ready and my scruffy poodle, Moxie, curled up next to me. Shoes cramp my creativity, and rubbing a warm doggie belly always helps me write.
Do you start by writing or researching first?
I always start with the characters and the basic idea of their world. Then I put pen to paper. I like to know where the story is going, but not too much because when I’m having fun, that’s when the story itself takes on a lot more energy.
With The Accidental Demon Slayer, I started with a kernel of an idea that amused me. What if a straight laced preschool teacher suddenly learns she’s a demon slayer? And what if she has to learn about her powers on the run from a fifth level demon? Ohhh and wouldn’t it be fun if she’s running with her long-lost Grandma’s gang of geriatric biker witches?
I started writing and let the story evolve based on the characters and that central issue of what happens when a reluctant heroine is thrust into a series of extraordinary situations. I knew the story was working when I couldn’t wait to get back to the keyboard every day.
Oh, and then, when I did need to research Harley riding biker dogs (for the plot, I promise!), I knew exactly what questions to ask.
Favorite spot to write in the winter?
In my comfy chaise lounge by the fireplace.
Favorite spot to write in the summer?
In my comfy chaise lounge by a sunny window. I’m easy to please.
Angie is best known for her Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries and for her Accidental Demon Slayer books. Visit her website for the latest news.