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Interview with Angela Yturbe-Rozar


Angela Yturbe-Rozar 

My Justice is Absolute


She is a 54-year-old mom of two and a grandmother of two. Angie called Las Vegas her home for many years, but her home is now a small town in Southeast Colorado where she helps her boyfriend farm almost 600 acres of land and helps raise around twenty cows and calves while continually adding on to build their retirement. When Angie is not on the farm or with her boyfriend, their five dogs, one cat, and many chickens, she drives cross country as a Hotshot Auto Hauler.

Angie records her thoughts, plots, and upcoming projects as she drives. Several of the interviews she uses for her plots come from the lives of inmates whom she has come to know while she worked as a Corrections Officer. Angie has published one full-length novel and has a short story in an anthology under her pen name, Bentley Williamson. Angie has not settled on one style of writing as she has many stories still to be told and enjoys writing in the different styles all of them bring forth. As always, she is here to ride the ride.


Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
A.
I grew up in a very violent and dysfunctional home between the ages of 8 and 13 lending power and purpose to an upcoming short story series.

Q.2 Do you have any upcoming books? What are you currently working on?
A.
I have a book in the works with a good friend. The story is called SOLITARY. Ty Dutcher and I plan on completing the story and having it published by the end of May 2021. All my other stories do not have any sort of timeframe and will be finished when time allows.

Q.3 When and why did you begin writing?
A.
I began writing one day while I was bored at work. My then-husband encouraged me to keep writing since I was having fun with it. I never planned any of it, yet I kept writing partly because he kept giving me new notebooks. Several years and several traumatic events later, I sat in my living room by myself at 2:30am and published my first novel. No fanfare, no part on the back, and no one to tell but myself, and it was one of the greatest days of my life.

Q.4 Among all the protagonists of your titles, who’s your favorite, and why?
A.
Well, right now, I only have two. I am myself in my first novel. I am power, knowledge, and everything my family needs. I like this character because I have always wanted, but seldom possessed, these qualities in my life. The main character does take it a little too far at times. My short story, although not me, she is like me, or I am like her, I guess. I jump in and forget where I am going until it is almost too late. Then I jump out, and I am gone. With her, your time is up. With me, I back myself into a corner without realizing it, then run away before it is too late.

Q.5 What about the supporting characters? Who does think is dearest to you?
A.
The supporting characters in my novel are all based on different people's personalities in my family. I don't think I have a favorite.

Q.6 How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite among them?
A.
I have written one novel and one short story that is published, one in the works to be published soon, and several more as projects still.

Q.7 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A.
My characters are all people in my family so there is no distinction between male and female. Only of assigning a personality to the character.

Q.8 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
A.
On my first, I sat down and started writing and ended up with over three hundred handwritten pages. I had no clue what was nor what would be. I just wrote until I was done writing. When I had an idea; I added it and then kept writing until I was finished. Then when I had something else to write; I wrote until I was done. Over and over.

Q.9 How do you select the name of your characters?
A.
I didn't want to mix up my characters and their personality. I thought if I used someone at the beginning as an aggressive person, then didn't use them again until the end, then forgot their personality as being aggressive and wrote them in again but as being passive, I would look foolish. I decided to use people I knew. Friends and family. All but two characters are just that. You may or may not be the same person in the book as you are in my real life, but I like you in the book if I like you in real life. In the book, I shoot my ex-husband. Yes, we had a talk before I published.

Q.10 According to you, what draws people to erotica novels?
A.
Erotica. Simple as that. You either have it in your life, or you want it in your life. Maybe you found something specific; maybe you’re looking for something specific. Whatever it is, you will find it somewhere. It is so much more pleasurable to realize the fantasy on your own. You can relive it, add to it or take away from it. You can change whatever you want with no one question you or condemning you. Every time is different because you can do what you want without another person telling you different.

Q.11 Outside of your family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author?
A.
Joey. He was 100% backing me. I will never forget when I moved back to town after my separation. He was helping me unpack, and he found my handwritten copy. He was so excited, he carried it like it was made of gold and diamonds. I didn't get it to publish in time, though. He shot himself before I was able to. The book is partially for him. You were my best friend.

Q.12 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
A.
I live with writer’s block. It is a constant thing for me. The first book was easy because I just wrote it as it came out of my head. The second one has to line up, characters match, events need to tie together, craziness. I keep journals and a tape recorder with me while I drive. I record everything I think of and sort it out at home.

Q.13 Do you think the 50 Shades of Grey has helped or hurt other writers of erotica?
A.
I have never read the book nor watched the movie. I have heard it has hurt more than helped, but that is gossip.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A.
I write best when I am angry at someone or something. It gives me energy. I write exactly what I feel, and is usually not appropriate for any audience, especially for the person it is aimed at. I will keep rewriting it as many times as it takes for me to get my point across but in a non-offensive manner to the reader. By the time I am finished rewriting it to where I feel I could give it to who earned it, my mad is gone and the situation is done. Somewhere in the middle is a publishable story if built on.

Q.15 Do you hide any secrets in your book that only a few people will find?
A.
Not yet, but there will be some things in my series that will make a person think of in talking about them or not. It is my memory and opinion based on being an adult child survivor of abuse. It is what I remember or what I felt. It has nothing to do with anyone else.

Q.16 Who designed your book covers?
A.
Covers by Christian. He rocks and you can find him on my friends list on Facebook.

Q.17 What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
A.
Get your own USBN#. They will tell you that you own the story, which is true. You don't own the book, though. To change publishers, you have to use a lawyer to get the number released. You can get the number for free. Just do it. Also, let them read it, let them critique it. Don't let them change it. It is your story, not theirs.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A.
Living in Las Vegas, I have already met quite a few. To single one out, I would say…. Me if I met myself as rich and famous, I would know I did something right.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. Wild Violets
. It is creepy, sadistic, twisted. Strange. I don't really know, but I have several copies.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A.
My journey is my short story series. It has to be written as multiple short stories because no one could ever believe that many shitty things would happen to one person.

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1 comment:

  1. Great interview! Thank you Angie for Being Honest and Keep on Keeping ON!!!

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