I’m so excited to be hosting the amazing Angie Stanton on my blog today! For those who don’t know her — she’s the author of The Jamieson Collection series (Under the Spotlight is the third book in this series!!) as well as of Royally Lost, a YA contemporary that was published last year. Something that I really like about her books are that the stories are always so…I don’t know…fluffy and cute! She was kind enough to answer some questions for the Under the Spotlight blog tour today, and seriously, I think I like her even more after I’ve read the whole interview.
- Tell us something about yourself you haven’t told anyone yet.
I can’t imagine what that would be. I’m an open book. Ha!
- I haven’t had the chance yet to read Under the Spotlight, however I did read Royally Lost and Snapshot. I adored both books because they had such strong female lead characters — they never gave up despite their not-so-normal family background. How do you come up with the ideas of the fun and yet unexpectedly deep themes of your books? And how especially did you come up with the idea of your new book?
Thank you! I love writing strong female characters, although they don’t know they are at the beginning. Under the Spotlight was a blast to write. My inspiration came from watching the X-Factor with young contestants who cracked under the immense pressure. Fast forward five years, what would their life be like? The other big inspiration came from the show Shameless. It is one of the best shows on television. A family of kids who band together to survive the issues of their deadbeat parents. Not all kids are raised with white picket fences, especially not Riley Parks.
- Why do you love writing contemporary books? Would you ever consider writing a book in another genre?
I love reading historicals and some fantasy, but they would be a stretch for me to write. So far my brain is in contemporary book mode, but who knows, that could change.
- What’s your favorite thing about Under the Spotlight’s protagonist, Garrett?
Garrett is a hot mess. He thinks he’s so smart, but underneath he’s insecure and afraid. I loved finally showing that side of him.
- Music plays an essential part in the series. Did you listen to a particular song while writing this book?
All of me by John Legend. I was writing one day and heard it. Oh my God, I stoped and had to listen to it over and over. Riley is a real spitfire and doesn’t put up with Garrett’s bulldozing, so the opening line is perfect. ~What would I do without your smart mouth?~
- Have you ever had a fangirl moment and who was it with?
Jude Deveraux. She wrote one of my all time favorite books, A Knight in Shining Armor. I was at a big book signing at the RT Booklovers convention before it opened to the public and there she was sitting alone at one of the prominently placed tables. I rushed over and started blabbering and asked for a picture. She looked at me like maybe my head was about to spin off, but she smiled and the picture is actually great. I don’t even look like a crazed fangirl. Has anything drastically changed from first draft to final copy of Under the Spotlight? I don’t think much changed. Just a bunch of tweaks to fine tune it. I love it when that happens.
- Has anything drastically changed from first draft to final copy of Under the Spotlight?
I don’t think much changed. Just a bunch of tweaks to fine tune it. I love it when that happens.
- With Garret being a secondary character in the first books of the series, did you decide to write a book on him from the very beginning or due to reader response?
The first book of the collection is Rock and a Hard Place. It was a stand alone book and I never planned another, but readers kept asking if there would be books for the other brothers. I had to think long and hard before I came up with ideas that deserved a whole book.
- What are you working on right now? Can we expect some more books in The Jamieson Collection series?
I’ve just wrapped up a Time Travel book that I’m in love with. As far as the Jamieson brothers, it would be fun to write a final novella wrapping things up, but I don’t have any plans for one at this time. Maybe someday.
- Finally, what would you like to say to your readers before diving into Under the Spotlight?
Thank you! And enjoy. And thank you for hosting me on your blog today and reading my books! It’s been a blast. Angie Stanton never planned on writing books—she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in rural America with her brothers’ 4-H pigs as pets, she found that dance didn’t quite work out. Instead, she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head, she began to write them down, and the rest is history. When not writing, she loves watching natural disaster movies, going to Broadway musicals, and dipping French fries in chocolate shakes.