Author Angela Jangula loves Durango. In fact, she’s chosen our city as a backdrop for her book, Vallecito Knight. Jangula’s debut novel is a sensual paranormal romance (think Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon or J.R. Ward) that will take readers across the Southwest and around the world. Learn more about Jangula’s favorite city and more in the interview below:
Durango.com: Why did you choose Durango as your book’s backdrop?
Angela Jangula: Durango, to me, is the “bigger town” around my favorite “little towns.” It’s the happenin’ place to meet. Whether I am in the Silverton, Vallecito, or Pagosa area, I always meet my friends and family in Durango to start our day.
In my book, Vallecito Knight, Durango serves the same purpose. The town is the main gateway to Vallecito Reservoir where the paranormal misfits have congregated to survive in their own small town community … I am sure as you read, if you are familiar with the area, you will recognize many of the places mentioned. If you don’t know the area, the descriptions are enough to make any outdoor enthusiast drool!
DC: Do you find the area inspiring? If so, are there any places that seem to foster creativity for you?
AJ: I have to admit that I love Middle Mountain Road by Vallecito Reservoir. The drive starts off at the lake and takes you high up into the mountains. The views are amazing and the forest appears foreboding. The moss is thick on the trees and there are points while hiking when you almost feel suffocated by the dense forest. When you come to a clearing with the sunlight and wild flowers, you can breathe in the fresh air and feel safe again. At this point, I like to turn around and look at the black forest I just walked out of and smirk at it like I just escaped death.
The Pine River and Vallecito River are both inspiring to me. I actually thought of my main story line while fishing the Pine River (I’m pretty sure I didn’t catch any fish that dayJ). I wanted to make an action packed adventure of all paranormal breeds including vampires, witches, werewolves, shifters, mixed breeds, and even…fairies. From there, I decided to make the idea a reality. I typed on my laptop at the Rocky Mountain General Store every morning and wrote about half the book in a week.
DC: What’s your favorite thing about the Durango area?
AJ: My most favorite thing about Durango is all the jeep trails to go play on. All you need is to pack a lunch and you can get lost on any old dirt road.
I also love to rent a bike for the day and tool around by the Animas River. It’s fun to watch the rafters float down it and spend the day relaxing on a nice bike ride.