3 Questions Wednesday with Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

Angela AckermanIt is my privilege to welcome Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi to our blog. These ladies have written many books that help other writers. In previous interviews this year, their book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is mentioned more than any other. . .Becca2

Hello, ladies! I’m so excited you’re here because I love The Emotion Thesaurus. 

Please let our readers know what books have fortified you as a writer? How?

Angela: I have read many great writing books; in fact, Becca and I once spent an entire year studying different craft books together so we could talk through the lessons and make sure we’d absorbed them correctly. Some of my favorites have been Writing Screenplays that Sell (Hauge), Writing The Breakout Novel & Writing 21st Century Fiction (Maass), Save The Cat (Snyder) and Description (Wood). You can find the links to these and more favorites here.

I’m actually reading Writing The Breakout Novel and it’s great. Thanks for providing the links for the books!

Becca: Certain books stand out as being instrumental throughout my writing journey. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (Browne and King) was huge in helping me hone in on the various parts of my writing that needed work. Save the Cat (Snyder) and Structuring Your Novel (KM Weiland) gave me a crash course on story structure. Writing Screenplays that Sell (Hauge) cleared up a lot of my confusion over character arc.

I love Self-Editing for Fiction Writers too. It was such a help to me…

What secret talents do you have?

Angela: Hmmm. I don’t know if I have any stand-out talents, but I know my way around a kitchen, I am a creative thinker and problem-solver, and I would say I am probably pathologically helpful, haha!

Helpful is always good 🙂

Becca: Secret talents? Let’s see…I taught myself to type at the age of 9 and type about 100 words a minute. That’s helpful. I’m pretty good at getting out of speeding tickets, though I admit to not knowing exactly how this happens. Also, I don’t want to brag, but I’m kind of awesome at Plants vs. Zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies, huh? Haven’t tried that one. I’m more of a Candy Crush girl. 🙂

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

AngelaBourbon Pecan Chicken, roasted potatoes, strawberry salad, and for dessert, Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake. Or, I’d do a big fondue dinner, because those are just so much fun. 🙂

Wow. I’ll have to add that cake recipe to my “to do” list…

BeccaBluegrass chicken. Bacon, sour cream…It’s the most fattening meal on the planet, which is why it’s SO GOOD. And chocolate cake for dessert. Because there must be dessert.

Yum! And yes, dessert is essential…

Thanks so much for dropping by, Angela and Becca! 


new thesaurusThe Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces

The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Places

As far as story elements go, the setting is one of the most necessary, yet it’s often underutilized by writers. Together, The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces and The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Places can help authors create stronger, more powerful descriptions by showing how multisensory details can draw readers in and enhance the story. More than a simple backdrop, the setting can also be used to establish mood, steer the story, foreshadow, and build tension. Through their sensory exploration of over 200 city, natural, and personal settings, these books will help writers create realistic, textured worlds that readers will want to return to long after the book ends.

Angela AckermanAngela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are Becca2bestselling authors, writing coaches, and international speakers. Their books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world.Angela and Becca also co-founded their popular Writers Helping Writers site, a hub where authors can hone their craft, as well as One Stop for Writers, an innovative online library built to help writers elevate their storytelling.

If you like, stop by between June 13-20th and Rock The Vault to win some amazing prizes as Angela and Becca celebrate the release of two new books, The Urban Setting Thesaurus and The Rural Setting Thesaurus.


8 thoughts on “3 Questions Wednesday with Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

  1. Aw, thanks Robin! We are enjoying being able to explore all these different areas of description and are glad it’s helping writers brainstorm when they need some help!

    Jennifer, thank you so much for asking us these questions, and having us by. The bonus here for me is that now I have Becca’s Bluegrass chicken recipe, WOOT! (And I’m a candy crush girl too!)

  2. Jennifer you know how to get the conversation ball rolling! 🙂
    The books are very helpful to learn how to write clearly with so many dimensions included in Angela and Becca’s diverse suggestions.
    I have to admit the desserts and two different chicken recipes were the parts I read carefully. Both sound like fabulous cooks! 🙂

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