Monday, December 10, 2012

Blog Tour, Author Interview and Giveaway: An Unexpected Angel by Janet K. Halling

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If you are looking for a sweet Christmas story to add to your holiday reading list, consider An Unexpected Angel. It is reminiscent of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and this heartfelt story reminds us about the importance of family and helping others. Enter the giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win a signed copy of An Unexpected Angel.

About the Book:

Sometimes finding peace means finding a difference perspective.

Ella Davies, is focused, independent, and driven. Her hard work is finally paying off and she is on the brink of great success. But what no one knows is that her frantic drive is born not from a desire to succeed, but from a need to forget – forget her past, forget her guilt, and mostly, forget the tragedy that changed her life forever.

Ella’s strategy seems to be working but on Christmas Eve she meets Cohen, a strange man with an even stranger purpose. Cohen catapults Ella back through time and forces her to confront not only her own pain, but the pain of those long since passed. In the process, Ella learns about courage and compassion and that in the darkest hour, no one is ever alone.

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Interview with Author Janet Halling:

*What inspired you to write An Unexpected Angel?

There were a couple of experiences that helped to inspire me but one was when I was in New York City in December. We’d spent the day shopping and had been all over – Rockefeller Center, Tiffany’s, Saks, FAO Schwartz...everything was decorated to the hilt, of course. It was quite late and we were walking back to our hotel and I looked up into the lit windows of the skyscrapers and could see people who were obviously still at work. Here was all this revelry going on below and they were working. So the story grew from there and opens with Ella working late on Christmas Eve.

*Who is your favorite character in your book?


*How did you decide to pick New York City as the main setting in your story, and have you lived or visited there?

New York has always represented the top of the pile in a lot of things. The whole “If I can make it there...” idea. So Ella is there and she’s got a good job and a nice apartment – everything she thinks she wants. She should be happy, but she isn’t. That’s when Cohen shows up and makes her reevaluate her priorities and find her new perspective.

*What would you say was the high and low of becoming published?

The absolute high is when you get that call or that email telling you the publisher wants your manuscript. The low has been waiting so long to see it in print. An Unexpected Angel was accepted for publication over a year ago but not in enough time to get it out for last year’s holiday season. So waiting an entire year has been...not hard, just kind of long!

*What are your hopes/goals as an author, and what other projects do you have in mind?

Obviously one of my goals is to be able to make a living as an author. I’m not there yet! Another goal is to write things that are meaningful. I want my readers to be able to connect with my stories, I want them to matter.

Right now I’m working on a YA trilogy. The working title is Shadows Rising, but that could change. No vampires though – I promise!

*Do you have any unusual habits while you write?

I do my writing on a PC but most of my development on paper. I scribble down everything – story ideas, plot outline, characterizations, timeline, settings, any complications I can think of, etc. I go through lots of paper and it’s always colored paper. Right now it’s blue but I’ll probably switch to pink pretty soon because I’m getting tired of the blue.

*What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I have four children and a day job so I don’t have a lot of free time, but when I do, I like to read (of course), sew, run, and spend time with my friends and family. I love to travel but haven’t done nearly as much as I’d like.

*What is your favorite book, and why?

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. I love the characters and I especially love the way Jane and Rochester interact.

*What would you say is the best book to movie adaptation?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In a lot of ways I think the movies are better than the books since they are more character focused.

About the Author:

Janet Halling discovered her love of writing at the age of six when her story of a lonely duck won a first grade writing contest. She has a BA in Marketing Communications and lives with her husband and four children in northern Utah. She is currently working on her next novel.

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Janet will be sending one hard copy of An Unexpected Angel to a lucky Literary Time Out follower. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form. The giveaway is open through December 16th, and the winner will be announced on December 17th. The contest is open to those with mailing addresses in the continental United States.

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