Alyssa Bailey-Sassy, Sensual, Suspense- Romance
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1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a Writer/Author? At about ten years old, I realized writing books was a “Thing” that people could do. Once I knew it was a profession, I wanted to be someone who could become an author.
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
I can do the first Rough Draft (about 10k) in a day if I have it stewing in my head. To the finished, ready to “go live” is anywhere from four to eight weeks.
3. What is your work/home schedule like when your writing?
Depends. If I am homeschooling, then up around nine/ten, do homeschool, social media, housework/dinner, time with hubby, then at about ten pm. I write/edit for four to five hours. I always write at night, in a quiet house. I sometimes write during the day but it’s harder.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I can’t have something that I “must” do hanging over my head. It drives me mad until I go do it first. Then I must have relative quiet. I must have little to no interruptions, and I write on my laptop only. I have a couple of laptops so I always have one to use. This is why I usually write at night. Nothing else on my mind.
5. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
My ideas: Well, I have eleven children, twelve unofficially, so life offers plenty of examples of things. I will hear something in the news, or anywhere, really, and immediately a story will start to form in my mind. I have more ideas than I will ever write and that’s just fun.
6. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
READ, watch home improvement shows, READ, mystery programs, READ, travel, READ, enjoy my family/genealogy… did I say READ?
7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A few things have surprised me on this journey. That people really read what I write. I want fire in my women and am rarely satisfied in what I read or write unless I have it. I have found that I have a distinctive “voice” and that I can write more than one subgenre. I thought I was just a Regency Era writer, but I write all kinds, and can pull it off well enough to sell books. That’s amazing to me.
8. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written 54 books but they aren’t all published yet. I love the cowboy books but I think one of my favorites is Taming Texanna. Cowboy stories just pour out but this one, an American Historical, was harder than the others and I loved it.
9. Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a Writer/Author? If so, what are they?
Be prepared for hard work and let the writing be it’s own reward because it takes a while to build up your fan base. Do not get into writing to make money. Do it for the love of creating a story.
10. What do you think makes a good story?
1. Engaging Characters you can “see” while you read. They draw you in. Use all the emotions. 2. Next is PLOT. I want my characters to be living a life you believe they could. 3. A steady movement of the story. Let it ebb and flow evenly with dramatic peaks and rolling valleys. 4. A solid HEA. If they question the HEA, you have disappointed a romance reader.
Thank you, for taking the time to do this interview. If anything you would like to add please do so. Happy Writing,
Thanks Cherry… it was fun.