Fantasy Meets Romance

Michelle Griep here to introduce you to a new author buddy of mine, Angie Brashear. Grab a cup o’ joe and put your feet up for a few minutes for a fun interview . . .

I see you’re a
speculative fiction fan, so it makes sense your debut novel would be a young
adult fantasy. . . which can be a tough sell. So, why fantasy? What’s the

I am a huge fan of speculative fiction. I write
fantasy with a strong thread of romance. My debut novel, previously retitled
from Never Let Go to Of the Persecuted, has undergone some
unexpected but exciting changes – a new title and cover, as well as a new
release date of May 27th. Ultimately, my goal is to reach young adult females
much like the lost, lonely girl I once was. As a nonbeliever for the majority
of my life, I enjoyed reading speculative fiction and it was the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by
C.S. Lewis which ultimately opened my eyes to Christ. My prayer is that my
stories will do the same for others. I also hope believers will enjoy the
Christian undertones of my work. So, while fantasy is…well, fantastical, the
genre makes the most sense to me.
Your book comes out May 27th. What are some marketing techniques you’re
employing to get the word out?
My schedule surrounding the release is hectic, but also fun.
In the midst of working full-time outside of my home and raising three great
kiddos, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time working with a new cover
designer, editor, and formatter to finalize many necessary details to prepare
for the release. As to marketing, I’m a new author and have much to learn. Due
to the graciousness of fellow authors, I have nearly fifty blog appearances
scheduled, which has been my main marketing focus at this point. I’ve also
focused efforts on building a platform for my blog, as well as my Facebook
Are you a pantser or a
plotter? How did you pull together OF THE PERSECUTED?
Panster, definitely. And
sometimes I wonder if that is good or bad for my writing endeavors. As I write,
I know exactly where I want to start and finish, but I fly by the seat of my
pants when writing all of the details in between. In some ways, it’s a fun
approach because my own characters surprise me with their decisions. LOL!
What’s surprised you
most about this writing journey?
While I shouldn’t be at
surprised at all, the fact that God is truly in control never ceases to amaze
me. The publishing world has a lot of ups and downs. But God’s will is always
done. For that, I am forever grateful.
What authors have
influenced you and how?
C.S. Lewis. He opened the door to my
personal speculation, which eventually led to my salvation.
I’ve also had the opportunity to get to
know several authors through ACFW. While I cannot name all of them in one
interview, Nadine Brandes, an author with Marcher Lord Press, has been
invaluable to my entire writing journey. Whether critiquing my manuscript,
sharing marketing strategies, or praying for my endeavors, she’s been a rock
since the first day I joined ACFW. I encourage fans of speculative fiction to
look for her debut novel, A Time to Die,
in fall 2014.
Tell us about your
process of writing. What does a “normal” writing day look like in your
life? Okay, so who’s got normal days? Just tell us about what your most recent
writing day looked like.
I write…well, slow. I tend to over analyze
every sentence and scene rather than just accepting the flaws of a first draft.
While this makes the completion of the first draft a bit tedious, it makes the
rewrites a little less stressful (or so I’ve convinced myself). And I long for
a normal writing day. As a mother of three active kids and a job outside of my
home, I stay quite busy. I basically write whenever I can, often stopping in
the middle of tasks to jot notes and ideas in my journal, but the majority of
my writing is completed during late night hours while my family sleeps.
What’s one word of
writerly advice you’d give a newbie writer?
Pray. If Christian
writers are to glorify the Lord with our endeavors, we must pray that His will
is done with our efforts.

Laila Pennedy awaits death by hanging. For the Rendow Clan rules the Woodlands Region, aiming to slaughter the Faithful. And she deserves to die. But Lars Landre, the man destined to lead the Faithful out of persecution, has other plans hidden behind his rare and mysterious blue eyes. Rescue.

Following the daring escape, Laila seeks the path of a warrior and vows revenge against the Rendow Clan. She embarks on a dangerous journey with Lars, one in which they endeavor to reach the promised safety of a magical village, to train for battle, and to ultimately assure freedom for those with faith in the Maker.

Clashes of weapons and souls. Brutal loss of lives. Unrequited love. How in all the Woodlands will Laila survive?


When Angie Brashear isn’t working or taking care of her family, she writes. Usually at night after her kids fall asleep. She’s a fan of speculative fiction and an avid runner, both of which perplex her nonfiction-reading, football-loving husband. Saved in her early twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of her life. She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in Cameron, Texas with her husband and three children. 

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