Angeline Bishop writes contemporary romance fiction and has a growing fan base. Angeline’s novels are thought-provoking, refreshingly entertaining, fast paced, and with a strong romantic elements. She was born in Washington, D. C., but lived most of her life in New Jersey and considers the ‘Garden State’ her home. Her childhood passion for writing led to a degree in English Literature and a membership in Romance Writers of America.
Aside from writing her own novels and blogging, Angeline is the Vice President of the Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America and enjoys helping authors strengthen their craft. She co-hosts the AMB Talk Radio podcasts each Fall with her pop-culture loving, college-aged daughter. And she’s the founder of the AMB Ovation Awards (The Angie) which provides honor and recognition of authors’ outstanding achievements in the multicultural romance literary profession.
South Beach, the second novel in the Sheridan Series, will soon be following by Wild West and Big East. Angeline also looks forward to launching the Jacmuir Series, a multicultural New Adult series inspired by her college-reader fan base.
Q & A with Angeline M. Bishop
Where did the concept for The Sheridan Series come from?
The siblings in the Sheridan Series represent my favorite reception table at a friend’s wedding or the midnight gathering in the kitchen at holiday time. These people genuinely care about each other and even when they get on each other’s nerves we can see ourselves in their actions. I know the trend is to write about a group of brothers and then the sisters in order to encourage the readers to come along for the journey but that’s not how real life works. Sheridan siblings have lives that intersect with each other and with their friends and colleagues so it only makes sense to let them do what most families do and just have the reader peek into their lives.
Will you be limiting yourself with this series? How far will it go?
At this moment there are four foundation novels for this series but I’m getting so much positive feedback about few minor characters that I’m beginning to outline their stories too. I’m also taking the time to make sure the character biographies are accessible to the readers on my website so newcomers to the series will know which novels their favorite characters appear.
The story is based in South Beach, Is this a vacation area for you?
I’ve been to South Beach and my aunt lived in Miami for years. There’s a life to the city that’s comparable to New York City. I enjoyed my time there and I knew it was the perfect place for Laila Sheridan, the resident fashionista of Psyche magazine.
Which character was the hardest to write?
Sofìa was the hardest character to write because she had a very hard childhood which influences her outlook and her relationship decisions. She has a few breakthroughs in SOUTH BEACH thanks to her girlfriends.
Does Laila love chaos in her life?
Laila has a fast paced lifestyle of the fashion industry. She knows what it’s like to be judged before you open your mouth and she works very hard to show her competence and dependability in her field. This is a very tough task for a young woman dealing with established fashion mavens that have a strong hold on the industry. They can make and break her credibility with a single glance during NYC’s Fashion Week.
With that kind of pressure at work, she wants a reliable, stable love life but she has a nasty habit for self-sabotaging her efforts. She picked her last boyfriend based on his sexual magnetism instead of his character in the hopes to help him become the man she needed. In SOUTH BEACH she must take a hard look at why she makes the choices she makes in love and in her friendships.
Does any of your characters remind you of a friend or family member?
Actually the characters remind me of many friends and family members because I take characteristics of several people I know and mash them together. I also take the traits of some celebrities or other newsworthy people and merge them with real people to create characters readers can relate to as they read the series.
Who is Angeline M. Bishop?
Wow, what a great question. Let me think about that for a moment.
As human beings, we often identify ourselves by our circumstances, how others perceive us, our behaviors, or our positions in life. But none of those are really who we are.
My authentic self, the part of me at my absolute core, is a believer in the healing power of love. Whether it’s the love of your family, friends, or your significant other, love heals. It’s the one thing I know God wants us to embrace.
What is next in store for Angeline M. Bishop?
I’ve completed book one of an inspirational New Adult series that I’m hoping will be pick up by a publisher soon. I’m working on Wild West, Book Three of the Sheridan Series. It will be the story of Latrell Sheridan (Laila’s twin brother). And this fall, I’ll be hosting the AMB Ovation Awards again.
What piece of advice can you give writers who want to start a series?
Writing a romance series can be a daunting project so I would tell them to make sure you they love their characters and that they have a strong desire to complete the series. For me, I want each book to have the ability to stand alone so I can see what resonates with the readers.
Where can readers find you?
You can find me on my website, Twitter, and Facebook. If you want to get my attention Twitter and my contact form on my website are the best ways.
Website – http://www.angelinembishop.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/angeline.bishop
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ambishop1
In SOUTH BEACH, Laila Sheridan, a successful fashionista who attracts male interest with an effortless strut of her stiletto heels, has ended a rocky relationship with Malcolm Khalid, a captivating lothario with a passion for shirking adult responsibilities. She believes partying in glamorous South Beach with her former college roommates is the prescription for getting her swagger back.
When her vacation becomes a media circus that draws Malcolm back into her life and her handsome Psyche marketing colleague, Gray Ryley, arrives on the scene to tame her antics, Laila is determined make the men play by her rules. Gray finds himself torn between anguish and ecstasy when another Lalia-sitting assignment is placed in his hands; he’s asked to hinder Malcolm’s advances and subdue the paparazzi, while wrestling with his smouldering desire to get Laila in his bed.
Will this assignment cause him to disclose feelings that may sever their friendship and jeopardize his career?