Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: November 10, 2016
Number of pages: 290
Word Count: 71,500
Cara and Sam are destined for each other, we know it the first time we meet them, and everyone else seems to know it as well. But life constantly interrupts and prevents them from taking the next step.
It doesn’t help at all that Cara is in a codependent platonic relationship with Theo. Cara is forever the damsel in distress and Theo is the enabler who thrives on being needed all the time. When Sam enters the scene, it disrupts the equation between the two. Theo and Sam have a chequered history behind them and share a love-hate relationship; hate being the dormant emotion.
But destiny is a funny thing, and by the time fate is done with these characters their lives will never be the same again.
Excerpt from Chapter 2
“By the time I get back to dancing with Dean, I feel something, someone, watching me. The feeling I felt before my speech is stronger now. There’s something consuming my surroundings—an invisible, sweltering blanket over me. As soon as I have the chance, I look around and try to find the source of this feeling—the burning eyes I can’t see, yet, but I sense are focused on me.
I casually scan the room between dips and twirls.
My breath catches. There they are—the eyes I’ve been searching for. A man, a gorgeous man, in a perfectly tailored suit is staring at me. It’s no mistake. Now that I see him, I know his eyes are the source of this feeling I’ve been having.
There are worse people to have stare at you. He might be a little older, but he’s very attractive. He wears his dark brown hair slicked and styled up and back. It looks soft enough to run my fingers through and short enough to create a little edge to it. His blackish gray suit blends in with his olive, tan skin. Every part of him is dark and smoky, except his eyes. His turquoise-blue eyes are so bright; they’re like headlights shining at me. A lighthouse warning me not to come too close or my boat will crash. ”
Where are you from?
I grew up in Castro Valley, CA (east bay). My parents decided to move to Oregon during my senior year in high school so I decided to be a Duck and go to the University of Oregon. After graduating, I moved to Denver and have been here since.
Tell us your latest news?
Other than releasing Angles - Part I, I have been working on Angles - Part II (finished first draft) and another contemporary romance, Justified Temptation (working title).
When and why did you begin writing?
When I was in my late teens to early twenties I kept a diary/journal. I loved writing. I could sit for hours and go on and on about my day and feelings and adventures. The problem was that I loved writing more than I actually had material to write about, so I would embellish and make up stories just so I could continue writing. When I took a step back, I felt like it wasn’t the healthiest choice to make up stories in a diary. It never occurred to me to be a novelist until almost two years ago.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After the first person read my first book. My neighbor read an early version of Angles - Part I and loved it. When she told me how she couldn’t put it down and how she thought my writing was beautiful, that was the moment I felt like a writer.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My husband. I love contemporary romance and so many of the male lead characters have similar traits. I felt like my husband holds so many of those strong-willed, confident traits… plus, he’s gorgeous and madly in love with me :)
The strong love my husband and I have for each other is hands down my inspiration.
Do you have a specific writing style?
It feels natural for me to write in the first person. Down the road I will probably want to experiment with different writing styles, but for now I’m just enjoying what comes natural.
How did you come up with the title?
The title has two meanings: it’s a play on love triangles and a large part of what the story is about is that it’s different from different perspectives. The next books in the series will be titled “Sam’s Angle”... and eventually “Theo’s Angle”
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
First and foremost, I want my readers to enjoy reading my books. I guess my secondary goal would be to put a question out there, not necessarily answer it, but something to make my readers think. My goal for Angles is for my readers to think about the characters. Even though they’re all flawed, I want my readers to empathize with them and realize that people react to the present because of how their lives have shaped them in the past.
How much of the book is realistic?
I believe it’s all realistic. It’s a situation or situations that people can place themselves in, especially if they had the personalities of Sam, Cara and Theo.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are moments in Angles that I drew from personal experiences. My husband really forced himself into my life and swept me off my feet. For example, he brought me a bouquet of ketchup on our first date (not chopsticks) and said it was because he heard I liked unusual amounts of ketchup. Chocolate and flowers were for everyday, so he wanted me to have something different for our first date. There are also several inside jokes or little, special lines I included in the book. When my husband first got me to meet with him before asking me out on an official date, he
suggested that we go out on “six... seven dates -- tops.” He ended up inscribing those words on the inside of my wedding band.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The top two are Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and the famous Fifty Shades of Grey. I am just so drawn to contemporary romance and those two are my absolute favorites. As much as I love to read, those two books most inspired me to write.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Jamie McGuire. I had the pleasure of meeting her earlier this year but what influenced me the most was her blog post on her website for new authors. The advice she gave was invaluable. It guided me in times when I felt lost in an industry I knew nothing about.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished the fourth book in the Infidelity series and am about to start reading Mr. President by Katy Evans.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I really love reading new authors all the time. For me, it’s not about the author but the genre. I’ll read almost anything contemporary romance at the moment.
What are your current projects?
Working on my finishing up and editing Angles - Part II. I’m also in the midst of another contemporary romance I’ve been calling Justified Temptation. I hope to have both out in 2017.
What would you like my readers to know?
I put my heart and soul into my writing. I know I can’t please everyone, and I don’t expect to, but I genuinely hope at the very least you have fun reading my stories.
About the Author:
Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California and attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in journalism. From there she moved to Denver and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.
It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a Realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book (and binge-watching the subsequent films) in the New Adult genre. Feeling hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story leading up to their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles trilogy.
Erin still lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Phil, and their three children.