"Mrs. Darling has written a captivating book." - Book Loving Mama
"Fallen by Angela Darling has left me with dreams of mysterious families and dark secrets waiting to be discovered." - Book Loving Mama
"The writing is wonderful and imaginative." - E & K Family Book Review
"The book was an absolute pleasure to read. I could really not put this book down. I wanted to know how it would end. And it's resolved in me finishing reading this book in one afternoon." - Laced Little Muffin's Reading Corner
From the Author
Question: What initially inspired you to write this story?
Angela Darling: Honestly, Fallen burgeoned out of two main points of fascination for me: an old fashioned duel and the intriguing dynamic of family. I thought I'd put the two together, and before I knew it the novel was writing itself. I was literally just along for the ride.
Question: What authors or books have influenced your writing?
Angela Darling: I'm an avid lover of history, genealogy, and dramatic gothic fiction. I devoured everything Poe wrote by the time I was 16. Shirley Jackson is also another influence in my writing. One of my favorite authors right now is Kate Morton - she's really setting a new genre that has been lacking for a long time: Victorian drama. And I love every bit of it!
Question: What research did you do while writing your book?
Angela Darling: My research always takes me the strangest places. For instance, I never thought I would have to thoroughly research the way tobacco and cigars are processed and cured. For my new novel, Dreams of Elysium, I find myself devouring every bit of information relating to old Hoodoo rituals. Again... the books sometimes lead me these places and all I can do is follow.
Question: Is there any character you most identify with? Why?
Angela Darling: I can definitely relate to Marion's naiveté and the deep love of her family. It's also difficult to look at Gabriel as anything other than a monumental villain but in my follow up novel, you get to know him on a deeper level and find out why and how he became the way he is.
Question: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Angela Darling: There is a lot of hidden symbolism in Fallen. For starters, the title itself is reflective of the Fall of Man or the Fall from Grace. Dreams of Elysium uses a lot of allegory tones as well. But the main thing I'd like my readers to take away is to put down the book satisfied they've had a good read and to have taken something away from it.
Question: Have you always wanted to be an author?
Angela Darling: I always dreamed of having a huge office and every morning I sit down at my desk and do nothing but get lost in make believe worlds for hours on end. And get paid for it! At this time it's not yet an option for me. And I'm frankly enjoying writing more as a hobby than a job. But to answer the question, yes; I've always wanted to be an author.
Question: What's it like to have a book published for the first time?
Angela Darling: Surreal. It's one thing to have your "baby" all to yourself. But to know that you've given everyone access to the annals of your own mind incarnate on paper: quite another. I'm sure with the second book I'll still tremble as much as I did when my first was released. It's a vulnerable and yet exhilarating experience.
Question: What's next for you?
Angela Darling: I'm currently wrapping up the follow up book to Fallen. It's a prequel entitled Dreams of Elysium. After that, I'm going to get started on the third novel in the saga. Still mulling over a few titles but I have the general theme for that novel already mapped out in my head. After that, I have a novella entitled The Ridge that I feel should be part of a compilation. Perhaps I'll write a few short stories or another novella to accompany it. The sky's the limit!