IndieView with Angeline Walsh, author of Memento Mortale

​ A little over 3 years. You have to pick your challenge. ​I’m an indie filmmaker as well! You can spend your time trying to appease other people, or you can take charge of your own project. I’m a perfectionist, so it typically takes me a while to get a full draft out that I’m satisfied with. Ward, Aurora, or Billie Eilish when I’m writing, especially at night. I’m trying to reach out to more niche groups to garner more attention. Ohio. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Where do you live now? Until her parents transform her home into a funeral parlor in the midst of a yellow fever epidemic, and she discovers she can communicate with the restless spirits of their deceased patrons. I never outline anything I write. I’m very disenchanted with the world of traditional publishing; much like the film industry, it really needs to be uprooted and re-envisioned for it to move forward. If so can you please describe it? Ideally, I’d like to reach as wide of an audience as possible, but I definitely think people who identify as outsiders or misfits might enjoy or appreciate this novel a little more than others. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Usually I’ll create a themed playlist for the project I’m working on—for this project, while I did the final edit, I made myself a Southern Gothic playlist—but it usually just depends on the day. I’m a college student and a part-time barista. What would you like readers to know about you? I love listening to moody music like M. Ohio, and I spent two years living in Germany. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Get your copy of   Memento Mortale from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Yep, for more than 2 years. Other than that, I’m working on editing a manuscript, writing a novel in progress, and working on a couple of other film projects that are still in development. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? I was sick of trying to cater to gatekeepers, honestly. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Not to mention, the ghost of her cat won’t leave, and her estranged aunt on an extended visit is boarding in her bedroom…
About the book
What is the book about? Angeline Walsh – 1 December 2019
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Mildred Mortale, aged 13 1/2, is the youngest of three siblings, and decidedly the most average. A little bit of both. Right now it’s in post-production, and our trailer is almost ready to be released. How long did it take you to write it? What came easily? Nowadays I literally sit down with a pen and a notebook and write. I don’t have that kind of money. A girl whose parents transform her home into a funeral parlor during a yellow fever epidemic. What are you working on now? I think the activity of physically writing something—as opposed to typing—really gets my brain working, and I find my writing becomes more spontaneous and connected. Yes, I love to listen to music while writing. Sometimes I will make lists of ideas or events—that’s the extent of it. Do you listen to music while you write? When did you start writing the book? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? End of Interview:
For more from Angeline, visit her website. I never base my characters on people I know. I joined the Historical Novel Society earlier this year and was lucky to get picked up for a review, which was just published. Do you have a target reader? Where did you get the idea from? Do you outline? When my cat, Tim, died unexpectedly in June of 2011 at just a year old. June of 2011. It’s a show set in late Victorian England. It depends on the project, honestly. I’m constantly editing as I go along. It’s a coming-of-age story with ghosts and all sorts of other mayhem. With this novel, I edited as I went—over and over again. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Did you hire a professional editor? I found that a lot of agents ask for “quirky” or “dark” things, but they don’t really like it when they get it. I think art grows when artists are allowed to take risks, and the way the publishing industry is currently set up is not accommodating for writers who want to take big risks or write truly unconventional stories. About You
Where did you grow up? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? My big project right now is called, The Coroner’s Assistant. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? The banter between the characters. Ideally, I’d like to reach as wide of an audience as possible, but I definitely think people who identify as outsiders or misfits might enjoy or appreciate this novel a little more than others. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I actually originally paid someone on Fiverr to design a cover that I described, but I didn’t really like some of the things they did with it, so I put it in Photoshop and changed most of it. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? You get more creative freedom with indie publishing, but it’s a challenge the same as trying to finagle your way into traditional publishing. ​It’s changed over the years, especially since I’ve written this novel. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself?