Angela Ackerman co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression

Hi Anna, thanks so much for inviting me here.

Is great to have you, Angela. A book for authors that is so awesome. Well lets get started…

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

Let’s see…I was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in Canada and about sixteen years ago, moved one province over. Now I live in Calgary, Alberta, nice and close to the Rocky Mountains.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Once Becca and I decided to turn our blog tool, The Emotion Thesaurus, into a book, we spent a long time planning it out, and thinking about how to create something that would really help writers. Even though some of the content came from our blog, most of it was new. I would say the first draft of the book took us about four months to write, but it’s not a traditional, ‘read it from first page to last’ sort of book. Here’s the blurb:

One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by exploring seventy-five emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.

Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment, including situations where a character is trying to hide their feelings from others. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them.

This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project.

What genre does your book fall under?

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression is a non fiction writing tool. I can’t quite call it a writing how-to book like Stephen King’s On Writing or Donald Maass’ Writing The Breakout Novel, simply because while a portion of the book deals with showing writers different techniques for writing strong emotional scenes, the biggest part of the book is the brainstorming thesaurus entries. So, I think it’ more a reference tool than how-to.

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

Becca and I wrote this book because so many writers struggle with how to show emotion without getting caught in the clichés (a single tear sliding down the cheek, etc.) and the repeat gestures (eye rolling, shrugging, smiling, frowning, etc.). Offering a tool that shows different examples of body language, thoughts and internal sensations helps kick start the brain, allowing them to better imagine how their character might react in an emotional situation.

Where can we find your book?

You can find it anywhere online (print or ebook) and order it from any bookstore, but most people go through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  You can also get it from Kobo, Smashwords, Createspace, Sony and iTunes, and can find all those links in my sidebar HERE. And for people who prefer PDFs, we offer that too, straight from our blog!

Thanks so much for the fun interview, Anna! I’m wishing lots of good writing to you and all your blog visitors! 🙂

Same to you, Angela.

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