Saturday, December 15, 2012

Angela Townsend, Author of AMAROK

Special thanks to Angela for being my first Author Interview! :-) 

Available now in
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I loved the originality of Amarok and the beauty of Angela's writing. As a matter of fact, I'd love to see Disney get their hands on it. Emma, the main character, is a modern teen forced to survive the Alaskan tundra with nothing but stubborn wits and a beastly wolf at her side. It definitely has the feel of a historical legend that should be told for generations—with the moral of the story being... Respect the wild animals, because you never know the profound depth of their souls.

I can't wait to see where the next book leads! (hint hint). By the way, Amarok is a Young Adult, Fantasy.

Here's the official Blurb: Emma's life has been hell since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Abandoned by her father and living with the guilt of causing her mother's death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her planned escape leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining.

Dragged across the tundra by an evil mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she learns that love can be found in the most unexpected places. Amarok, as she's nicknamed the wolf, is a young man from the gold-rush era enslaved by an ancient shaman. Emma's gentle touch and kind heart win his love and devotion. When a vicious madman--trapped in bear form by the same Shaman--attacks the travelers and injures Amarok, Emma must find the strength to face her fears and free the wolf she's come to love. But that means she must face down the evil shaman, a Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age, and he has no intention of giving up his power to her.

Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing.

Angela is represented by Jill Corcoran of The Herman Agency and AMAROK is published by Spencer Hill Press.

And now, a few quick questions for Angela. 

Who is your favorite character in AMAROK? (and why?) 
      I love Uncle Jock—he reminds me of a mixture of my own uncles.

What scene was the most fun to write? 
      I enjoyed writing about the shaman’s history. I really am fascinated with the Ice Age.

What was the hardest thing about writing AMAROK?  
      Writing was easy. Editing was the hard part.

Now that Amarok is out of your hands, what's in your writing future?  
      I’m working on a middle grade fantasy that features a society of dogs and a YA Russian paranormal. I am also polishing two other Amarok novels.

What was the hardest scene to cut? 
      I  never cut any scenes in Amarok but what I found very difficult was getting some of the tense correct.

Quickies for Readers:

   Salt/Sugar? Salt
   Tea/Coffee? Barry’s Irish Tea
   Pet? Dog

Quickies for Writers:

   Panster or plotter? I’m a recovering panster now I’m a strict plotter
   Tips for writing with kids underfoot?  Spend time with your kids. There is nothing more important. Write in the early mornings or after they are in bed.
   Tips for beating writer's block? I’ve never had writer’s block. I’m lucky that way. I’ve had my share of problems with plotting and I’m struggled with how to fix those elements that cause holes or convenient plot elements. 

Thanks for visiting! 
For more information, Angela can be found at:

Angela Townsend Books
Afterglow Book Reviews
Operation Awesome


  1. Thank you Toni for the awesome review of Amarok!

  2. My pleasure, Angie! It's a fabulous book! :-)