Interview With Seraphine Angelini: The Brilliant Mind Behind “TMITW”


Seraphine Angelini is an 18 years old high school student and an “aspiring writer”, as she says on her Twitter profile’s bio, although using the term “aspiring” is a bit too much modesty in my opinion, for she’s the brilliant mind behind the novel The Man In The Woods (sometimes shortened in TMITW, now turning into the Virgin Killer saga because she’s currently writing the sequel When That Gavel Fell.



Usually when I write my personal opinion in an “interview-article” such as this, I write mostly what I think of the writer’s writing style in general and a little regarding the stories they write. In this case however, I simply ran out of words to describe it and I overflowed with them at the same time. In other words (word-ception), writing my personal opinion and keep it short inside this article was impossible for me. Sure, I could tell you all of Miss Angelini’s writing style’s qualities, but it would feel like a cold, detached and unrealistic opinion, because it’s absolutely merged with the veins of the story, and describing them requires much more space. Because of this, I decided to create a new category in this site (category’s name: “Don’t Know What To Read?“) and to inaugurate it with a full review of her book. You can read the review by clicking here.








The Man In The Woods

When That Gavel Fell



1. Good morning, how are you?

Good day to you, Nick! I’m doing great, thanks for asking. How are you?


2. I’m very well, thank you Seraphine! When will your book The Man In The Woods be released and can people already pre-order it?

Given that I’m working on TMITW’s sequel, When That Gavel Fell (and other projects), it’s difficult to provide a precise publication date at the present time. I will say I’m hoping to publish it as soon as possible. But then again, you can’t rush something that’s quintessential.
No, people can’t pre-order it, but they can go to my Wattpad and read it there.


3. How do you feel about it being released?

I’m ecstatic! I love reading messages from my readers, telling me how much they love my work. I love when I go onto Wattpad and see fellow Wattpaders add my book to their reading lists, voting on it, etc. Even if my readers don’t leave a vote or comment on it, it doesn’t matter. It makes me happy to see anyone read my book.


4. Will the new, “published version” of the book have any difference from the old one, or it’ll simply be a “grammar-checked” version?



5. What’s the story (or “What are the stories?”) behind the story in your book? How did you get those ideas?

It’s simply creative writing.


6. How long did it take you to write this book?

On Wattpad, I posted the first seven chapters on January 1st, 2016, and finished it on June 21st, 2017. So, one year and six months.


7. Is any part of the book based on your real-life experiences?

Again, it’s all creative writing.


8. What’s your favorite part of the book?

Hands-down, chapters nineteen through twenty-four. You’ll see why.


9. What’s the part that you’ve been struggling the most with when writing it?

I struggled with every aspect of my book when I was writing it.


10. What is the part that on the other hand, had just flowed naturally right out of you?

Writing in the Virgin Killer’s perspective flowed naturally because I LOVE reading, watching, and writing things in the villian’s point-of-view. I’m a sucker for the bad guys, even if they’re insane.


11. Who is the character you relate the most to?

Someone once said that every character in a story is an extension of the writer behind it. I relate to all my characters in some way, shape, or form.


12. Did you wrote every day or did you take periods of writing alternated with gaps of relax?

It all depends on the day and what my schedule is. Some days, I could spend all day writing. And others, I would spend the night writing away.


13. Did you write mostly in the same place or did you change it often?

Again, it all depends on the day and schedule. If the weather’s nice, I’m writing outside on the porch. If not, and I’m at home, then I’m sitting inside writing.


14. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve discovered through your researches for the book?

The following answer contains spoilers: when I was doing research about multiple personality disorder, I found it strange that doctors weren’t able to tell the difference between multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia in the nineteen-sixties and up. There are a number of differences between the two disorders, and either the doctors’ at the time truly could not tell the difference, or they simply didn’t care and chose the best option. But then again, there are people who are quick to label others for whatever reason they deem fit.


15. Is there any main message you want to transmit with this book?

There are a lot of morals that could be interpreted from The Man In The Woods. I don’t want to steer the readers in the wrong direction by telling them what I think. I’m more interested in what stands out to them in this story.


16. Why did you chose to publish it on Wattpad first?

A friend of mine, who’s also a writer, recommended that I should post stories on Wattpad so people would learn to recognize me better. After researching Wattpad, and realizing that there are authors who have published their work (Darly Jamison, Jenny Rosen, Bethan Tear, Ariana Godoy, and many more) that was when I decided to join Wattpad.


17. Are you satisfied with the results so far?

Yes, I am! Coming into contact with other writers is an AMAZING experience, and joining contests (like the upcoming Wattys 2017) is fun to participate in!


18. Did you have any fear regarding whether or not it would’ve been liked by your readers when you first published it on Wattpad?

Yes, like every writer does. I first thought The Man In The Woods would turn out terrible, and no one would read it. But then I remembered something I read about Emily Brontë, after I read her book Wuthering Heights. When she first published her novel (under a male pseudonym, let’s never forget that), she thought her book was a failure, due to the harsh criticism she received at the time. Wuthering Heights didn’t become a success until after she died, when her sister, Charlotte Brontë, published it along with her novel, Jane Eyre. That was when I realized that it would be worth it to publish it on Wattpad.


19. What are the things you like the most about the mistery, thriller and horror genres?

I love when the book pulls me in from the very beginning. Whether it’s the title, the cover, or opening line. Adrian Russell’s book, Nothing Left But Fear, pulled me in right when I initially saw the cover. Also, Bethan Tear’s ongoing book series on Wattpad, Supernatural Rules, lured me in with its opening line, “I will be flesh,” from its first book, Don’t Date Demon Boys.
Those books were page-turners, and I loved them until the last sentence. If the story is the type that either keeps you up at night, leaves you with questions afterwards, and/or displays a good theme, then it’s some damn good writing.


20. When was your passion for writing born?

I have always had a passion for writing from the time I was able to write when I was a toddler.


21. How did you start following it?

I wrote down every story that came to mind. It did not matter what time of day it was, if inspiration struck, I jotted it down on paper until the story was finished.


22. After how long did you started being satisfied with your writing?

When I started writing The Man In The Woods at sixteen-years-old.


23. What are your projects for the future?

The sequel to The Man In The Woods, When That Gavel Fell.


24. What are your dreams (both related and unrelated to your writing career)?

My dreams? I have many dreams, both related and unrelated to my writing career. But as of now, I’m undecided on which one I want to bring to life.


25. What are the things you consider the most important in your life?

I’m a believer in reincarnation, so I believe what’s most important is to make sure I enjoy every second of this life, so it can be carried over into the next one.


26. What advice would you give to people who have a similar dream?

Don’t let people bring you down and try to discourage you from doing something you love. I never understood the point in doing something you don’t like just to please everybody else.


27. What are the best writing advices you’ve ever heard and/or read?

There’s a lot of advice I’ve heard and read whilst writing my book, but one of them has stuck with me. I read the following on Twitter after I finished my book.
“Editing is learning to fall in love with your story all over again.” -Rebecca Renner


28. Who are the people who have influenced you the most?

Stephen King, John Green, Chelsea Cain, Thomas Harris, Andrea Kane, and James Patterson.


29. Is there anything else you’d like to tell the world?

Live your life, take risks, and don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.


30. And last but not least, I’m gonna ask you the most difficult question you could ever ask a writer… not “what’s the meaning of life?”, not “are we alone in the universe?” and not even “is there anything beyond death?”. No, they’re nothing compared to this question… what is your n1 favorite book? 😀

Ah, Nick, the toughest question of all. There are simply too many amazing books I have read, which leads me to decline to pick just one.

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