September 9, 2011 by Fifi Flowers
Angela is Editor-in-Chief, Founder and main voice of www.EatLoveSavor.com, Magazine, a luxury lifestyle magazine. Covering luxury lifestyle, food, farm to table and travel; from simple luxuries through ultra luxury, we love luxury!
Angela is passionate about good living and loves writing. She is an author and publisher. Her first book, for which she developed the recipes, wrote and published “Simply Summer: Gourmet Meals Made Deliciously Easy with Tips for Elegant Living” won the 2007 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for ‘Best Easy Recipes’ and was a Finalist in ‘Best in the World’. She was nominated as a ‘Woman of Vision’ by Women of Excellence Awards Langley and for an RBC Women’s Entrepreneurs award. She is an Associate member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, is the wife of a successful entrepreneur and mother of one. (via her Facebook page)
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Where are you from?
I'd like to say I'm from an aristocratic family from Paris, France but as far as I know that is not the case (still hoping I might be!)
When and why did you begin writing?
I was a secret writer. I did it privately from a very young age because I struggled to find my voice. I experienced many years of hardships, poverty and helplessness. As years passed, and I fought hard to get out of those circumstances my voice appeared, though it never roared until motherhood which for me was much later in life.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After I held my printed book in my hand, but even then, it still seemed surreal. Now that I write constantly for my luxury lifestyle magazine www.eatlovesavor.com I feel more like a writer. Especially at 5-am, bleary eyed with coffee cup in hand.
What inspired you to write your first book?
It all started with the birth of my son; he was the catalyst for my writing and he continues to inspire me.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Conversational. I'm told by readers that they feel like they're talking with me. In my book, while it is is a cookbook, I added headnotes that were stories and valuable cooking resources not found in other cookbooks. Readers tell me that their copies are as likely to be found on their night stands as well as in their kitchens.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I'm inspired by books more than influenced. I'm hard pressed to single out just one. I read many genres except horror (definitely not a fan of horror!). Out of my collection of over 400 books and scores more I've read, I would say that just reading as much I can has been an influence because its a juicy rich experience and sharpens a writers pencil!
What book are you reading now?
I always have stacks of books all over my home; some of the titles peeking out at me are a Coco Chanel biography, 'Flair' by Joe Nye, a decorating book, '1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment', and 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog'.
What are your current projects?
I've moved from book writing to online and magazine, writing about luxury lifestyle and luxury brands for a magazine that I founded www.EatLoveSavor.com I built it from the ground up and now get to work with a lot of famous brand names and some great emerging ones. All my clients are just wonderful and they are a pleasure to work with and I get to write and meet people every day. I love it and I'm in heaven!
Do you see writing as a career?
Writing itself is part of a bigger equation. Like any creative endeavor, they're is much more to writing than just writing. As an Editor in Chief and publisher, running a magazine requires wearing a great many hats including connecting with both clients and readers and online marketing.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It started first with the smell of books -I love their scent! From first sniff, the journey began. In my journey to becoming a writer, I used to read the dictionary like a book. I figured that the bigger my vocabulary, the easier to find the words needed to best express my thoughts!
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Having to stop! I could just keep going if I didn't need to eat, sleep or have a life outside the page!
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing a book is a very disciplined process but is the easiest part. Its the editing that is the most challenging. Working through all those red marks and rewriting sections you've seen a million times.
Thank you to Angela for doing this interview... FAB getting to know more about you!
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