Thursday, 21 March 2013

Welcome Angel Lepire To The Thursday Interview


Today I'd like welcome Angel Lepire, author of "Trading Poisons"
to the Thursday interview. Before we get started, tell us a little about yourself.
I've been an avid reader since I was a kid.  When a beloved teacher gave me some heartfelt praise on my writing, I knew I would always love doing it. But I also had a lot of other ambitions. So after changing my major in college a dozen times, I finally got a degree in Criminal Justice. Now I work in a large police department, write, am a mom to three awesome kids, and have truly incredible people in my life. That includes my ex-husband, who is still my best friend and one of the best men I know.

OK - Here goes!
No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? But why?
I work in law enforcement, so this is a funny question to me. Would I break it to save a loved one’s life, absolutely. Laws are set by humans and fluid…once life is gone from this world it is gone. Would I break it to save them from punishment if they had done something wrong, no. Consequences exist to teach us something, and it does a disservice to another individual to take that away from them

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
This is an easy one. I’ve been alive for most of my life now. But this last couple of years I feel I’ve started truly living. Not that I didn’t do some wonderful things in my first 35 yrs or so, but I was always saying "someday I’m going to… (write a book/travel/go back to work/do this/do that)." I’m doing the things I’ve said I would do now, and it truly does finally feel like living.

No.3 What motivates you to write?
The need to get the stories out of my head! Sometimes I feel like I get overly obsessed with something. A thought or dialog or a scene that plays over and over. Once it’s on paper, and I’ve read it a thousand times for editing, believe me. I never want to think about it again!

No.4 Why do humans want children?
Good question. I’ve got three at home that don’t eat much, have decent manners and work cheap. If you know a human who wants children let me know. I can drop them off any day this week around 7am…

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book "Trading Poisons"?
Editing! I was constantly reminded of the irony that ‘edit’ is a four-letter word. Yes, it certainly is! I had friends read it, basically beta-readers, as well as people who are educated in the fine art of the English language. That was extremely helpful in improving the end product, but if it were up to me I could have edited it until the end of time and never been completely satisfied that it was the best it could be.

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?
Just be happy. Or I should say, choose happiness. That sounds cheesy, but it really does work for me. Bad stuff still happens in my life, but the decision of how to react to it always lies within my hands. The more I’ve practiced this over the past couple of years, the more incredible blessings have fallen into my lap.

No.7 How did you come up with the title "Trading Poisons" ?
I did a lot of searches on book sites to see what other books were in my genre. I considered something with the word ‘addiction,’ but that lead me to a lot of self-help books and that wasn’t where I wanted to be. So I just kept looking for the right words, and eventually it just sort of came to me.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism?
First I pout. Then I get mad. Then I get over myself and try to figure out what I can learn from it. If there is truly a lesson that can help me to improve myself (as a mother, writer, friend, etc), I will do my best to make that happen. If the person is just being nasty, I secretly wish for somebody to drop a house on them, smile and go about my day.

No.9 Why should people read your book?
The book’s focus is in the area of addiction transfer, but I think it illustrates something everyone can relate to. We all have that one thing in life that we think would make us happy, if only… If only I were thinner. If only I were rich. If only I had married her or him or whatever. The moral, if you will, in Trading Poisons is that those things are irrelevant if you don’t have things straight in your own head first.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing?
Nothing would get awful boring. I think there is always something. Even in complete silence and darkness, if you concentrate on what is under the quiet, under the black, you will find that even a lack of something is still, something.

Thank you Angel for taking the time to answer my questions & the best of luck with your book!

Check out Angel's new book "Trading Poisons" on

The Book: The book is called Trading Poisons, and focuses on a woman who choses to have bariatric surgery in order to lose weight. As the story progresses, she begins to recognize that she doesn't know how to function in a thinner body, making bad decisions which lead to even greater problems than when she was heavy. Ultimately, it is about realizing the root of life's problems and overcoming them. Sometimes we have to make sacrafices to find out who we really are.

Here is the link to my website. It is the easiest way to reach me through Goodreads, email, see more information on the book and link to various sales sites for anyone intersted in purchasing it.