Angela Drake believes in happy endings, the magic of ‘what if’ and second chances. When not living vicariously through her characters, Angela spends her day working social media accounts for musicians and authors. She enjoys time with her granddaughters, gardening, journaling, and a myriad of artistic pursuits. She shares a home in the Ozarks with her husband, two dogs and three cats. She loves networking with readers and writers through her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blog.

Beverley: Which genre do you write or prefer to write? And why?

Angela: I am a romantic at heart. I write in several sub-genres such as Astral travel, time travel, Western Historical but my passion is sweet romances with second chance at love themes. Those were the stories I grew up reading

Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?

Angela: I’m not sure if there really was anyone. I wrote stories as a child. Though, I guess I’d have to say my ninth grade English teacher, Mrs. Reeves got me started on romance. She had a friend who had a trade book store. Mrs. Reeves would bring boxes of books and put them on a back table of her class room. She wanted us reading. I read nearly every one she brought in for the first two years of high school.

Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?

Angela: Music, song lyrics. I’ll hear a line and suddenly my mind is swirling with a story idea. That’s where my first book, Somewhere Down the Line came from. My new book, An Ozarks Christmas, was inspired by a Garth Brooks song, That Ole Wind.

Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?

Angela: I’ve never been one to watch cartoons. Even as young as nine, my favorite shows to watch on Saturday morning were crafting/ decorating shows on PBS. That said, I think Jerry the mouse from Tom & Jerry is one of my favorites.

Beverley: Who would you love to meet in person and why?

Angela: Wow. I meet a lot of music artists with my day job as a music promoter. I think I would most like the opportunity to sit and talk with former President Barak Obama. I just always found him fascinating.

Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?

Angela: Oh, that’s easy. I would play in my craft room. I sell Stampin’ UP! stamping/ paper crafting products but I’d love to just get inky and play in paint for fun.

Beverley: What are you working on now?

Angela: I’m on a two-week break of sorts. I’m researching Book 2 of the Planned to Perfection series, which I hope will launch in May 2019. But I won’t do any actual writing until November 1 during NanoWriMo.

Blurb from An Ozarks Christmas

From the moment he sees Stephanie across the crowded restaurant, Brendan Keane knows he has to have her… and does. Unaware that four years later, their lives would take different paths and Stephanie will marry someone else.

After the murder of her husband, Stephanie Douglas takes her two children and moves to the Ozarks, carrying with her a secret she’s harbored for ten years.

When Stephanie’s company, ’Planned to Perfection’, is called upon to plan his daughter’s wedding, Brendan’s back in her life.  And this time Stephanie fears she won’t be able to tell him good-bye.

Excerpt from An Ozarks Christmas

“May I join you?”

        So much for wishes. Her heart felt as if a beat had skipped then fluttered back to life. She knew without looking the voice belonged to Brendan Keane – entertainer, playboy and thief. Focusing on her wish, she hadn’t heard him open nor close the ballroom door as he came outside.

        Glancing to her left she could see the tall, strong frame of the man she couldn’t forget. The man who had stolen her heart so long ago.

        “Of course.” She struggled to keep her voice even. She wanted to tell him to go away. Not just from the hotel but from the close-knit community she called home. She hadn’t wanted him here from the beginning but her ultimate goal for the event to be a success over-ruled. This fundraiser would insure that every child in Eureka Springs and the surrounding area would receive a visit from Santa Claus. Being the biggest draw in the music business, Brendan Keane would make that possible. The fact he had volunteered to perform was a big boost to the benefit’s bottom line.

        “I’m sorry if I intruded.”

        An apology? In all their time together she’d never heard him apologize for anything – and he’d had plenty of occasions.

        “Not at all. I need to go back in anyway.” She hated that her voice shook. His mere presence shouldn’t be affecting her.

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