There are wannabes and then there are doers.
I am really excited to introduce to you, Angelique LaFontaine. She is definitely a “DO-er.”
Angelique is as unique as her name. One of a kind. Marches to the beat of her own drum. The kind of person we would all like to be.
Angelique is an engineer by trade but pursues several different hobbies. Her interests are varied and you have to wonder how a logical mind could have such an impressive creative side.
And that’s what makes Angelique so special.
My favorite part of her story is the advice that she gives beginners. But really. It’s great advice for life.
Get ready to be inspired.
What hobby are you good at?
I enjoy painting, writing, jewelry making and soap making.
How long have you been doing it and why did you start? What got you interested?
I’ve been painting and writing for about 20 years now.
The jewelry making I started about 5 years ago and recently I’ve started the art of soap making.
I started writing poetry first with the intent of using my poetry as musical lyrics but the more that I started writing poetry, the more they seemed to take on a story-like format.
So I transitioned my energies into writing stories.
A lot of my paintings stemmed from illustrations that I used with my stories.
I started writing a book, Sandstone and Mirrors, a long time ago.
I would work on it and then come back to it later.
In the midst of that, I got turned on to the art of writing short stories.
I found that very enjoyable and challenging at the same time.
It’s quite a daunting task to create a character, set the stage, create a dilemma then a story climax and finally, of course, the conclusion all without rushing the story, leaving out pivotal moments and important pieces of information.
That’s not the challenging part, though.
Doing all of that in 10 pages or less while maintaining the captivation of the reader is the challenging task.
It’s like baking a cake, you can have all the right ingredients but if you rush the process and go out of order, your end result is very disappointing.
I ended up, of course, finishing Sandstone and Mirrors and am now working on the sequel.
I’ve released other books since then.
She Has No Name which is a drama that I present to the reader in a very stoic fashion.
Readers will find that book, I believe, interesting because it focuses a lot on human behavior.
In my opinion, each person is faced with terrible events throughout their life, the substance of who they become is defined.
It’s kind of like a Phoenix rising from its own ashes.
She Has No Name is an example of a girl rising from her own ashes, figuratively speaking, and the girl that emerges is going to make decisions and behave according to her own experiences.
The jewelry and soap making is nothing more than the crafty side of me coming out. 🙂
What are the benefits for you? What do you get out of it? Why is this your passion?
I think the biggest benefit I get is when a reader comes to me after he/she has finished reading my book(s) and said, “Wow! That was great! Your book really touched me.” or “I’ve gone through some bad times, your book really touched home to me.”
I sold a painting once to an individual who was involved in breast cancer awareness.
The painting was called Stifled Scream and it really spoke to her.
She had told me that there are a lot of people that are screaming on the inside and feel trapped because of their illness.
It’s those kinds of benefits that I really love.
I love the idea of touching someone on an emotional level.
I love the idea that I gave someone reason enough to pause and think about something.
How did you get good at it?
I’m not sure that I’ve ever really gotten good at it.
Some people love my work and others not so much and that’s fine.
Art is so subjective.
Whether it’s a book, a poem, a painting or a piece of jewelry, if you can create something that emotionally speaks to someone, then you know you’re good.
What advice would you give to beginners? What shortcuts or secrets can you share?
Writing, painting or drawing or any other medium you choose to use to express yourself is not an easy task.
You are putting yourself out there for the world to see inside your heart.
Critics are harsh and unforgiving.
The worst mistake a beginner can make is to stop creating because of the critics.
A beginner must keep everything in perspective.
Your art is a creation of your emotion and nobody has the right to criticize that.
Critics lose sight of that when they don’t understand the art.
Are you a member of any local or national organization/club related to your hobby? If yes, please share the name and benefits of belonging.
I do not belong to any organization formally. I engage in a lot of book clubs through Facebook and Goodreads to help promote other people’s books but that’s about it.
Include links for your website, Etsy store, Facebook page, other social media, etc. so others can buy or contact you.
My books can be found at the following:
1. SMASHWORDS: Angelique LaFontaine
2. AMAZON: Angelique LaFontaine
3. LULU: Author Spotlight Angelique LaFontaine
4. BARNES AND NOBLE: Books by Angelique LaFontaine
You can follow me on FaceBook at: Angelique LaFontaine
Any other information that you would like to share?
The last thing I would like to mention is that I am partnering up with my husband David, owner of The Stonelique Company (www.Stonelique.com), where I will be giving away copies of my books as part of my PASS IT ALONG BOOK PROGRAM.
To participate, just contact me through Facebook and request a copy of a book. I will send you an electronic copy.
If you happen to live in the Dallas area, you can come and see me in person when I am at a festival. I will be at The Stonelique Company booth and will give you a paperback.
Either way, contact me through Facebook and I will let you know where I’ll be (for paperback) or I’ll email you a copy.
Get a book for free, review it and then pass it along!
Connect with Angelique
Be sure and visit Angelique’s website at Angelique Art Work to learn more about her and see all she offers including her paintings, books, jewelry and more.
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Be Like Angelique
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There is absolutely nothing that can stop you from pursuing your passion – except you.
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