Interview with Angelina J. Steffort, Author of Two Worlds of Redemption

31 Dec 2019

What can you tell us about your new release, Two Worlds of Redemption?

Two Worlds of Redemption is the third book in the Two Worlds Saga, a fantasy romance for young adult–but not exclusively young adult–readers. It follows the story of Maray as she has to decide between what her heart demands and what Allinan court expects. Set in contemporary Vienna, Austria, and a parallel world called Allinan, where intrigue and betrayal run deeper than Maray could ever have imagined, Maray is confronted with magic, shifters, and even demons.

After the success of Two Worlds of Provenance and Two Worlds of Oblivion, I was nervous about the release of Two Worlds of Redemption, but first resonance from my readers has been overwhelming. The series has been such a wonderful experience for me as an author and I can’t wait to finish the Saga with Two Worlds of Dominion with a release in March 2020.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Dr. Seuss “The Cat In The Hat” for my son, the score for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and the first chapters of my first draft of Two Worlds of Dominion (Two Worlds Book 4).

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Patience! Everything will work out better than you could ever imagine. Trust me. I know, I am you.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Is that what they call the magic-hour between 12pm and 0am?!

Seven extra hours a week, 365 a year… I would use them partly to spend more time with my family, and partly to get down more words–there is always another story that wants to be told.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

My family, music, writing, meaningful conversations with people of all kinds.

My family is my safe haven. Music is part of who I am, I grew up with it and I can’t do without it. Whether it’s reading a score or singing, playing piano, or simply listening to music. Music is like this externalized emotional cloud which extends my capacity for joy, but also to endure sadness or stress. Writing is the one thing that never tires me, it takes me to fabulous worlds, introduces me to fascinating characters, and allows me to experience incredible adventures–all from the safety of my living room couch. Meaningful conversations with people of all kinds are something I deliberately make room for in my everyday life. You never know what may come of a conversation–any conversation. Whether it is with the local baker, the train conductor, someone who is having a coffee at the table next to you. People are as diverse as life, and their stories never cease to surprise me and inspire me.

What scene in Two Worlds of Redemption was your favorite to write?

The scene I enjoyed most while writing was the fight on the frozen lake (and everything that came after). The fight happened unplanned and therefore it was a great surprise for me when Jemin all of a sudden faced his opponent on frozen water, especially that he did it in a place that reminded me of the place where I grew up.

The second scene I loved writing was the intro to the final chapter. I was able to give my choir a cameo and I can’t wait to share that scene with them.

Basically, all of Two Worlds of Redemption was super intense. I wrote most of it during NaNoWriMo which forced me to stay in the story more or less day and night. That made a big difference, staying immersed in the story, compared to books I’ve written before, where I took breaks for weeks before continuing with the plot. It was an amazing experience and I want to do the same for Two Worlds of Dominion which is due for my editor by the beginning of February.

Angelina J. Steffort is the author of the new book Two Worlds of Redemption.

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