How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. As a child I loved creating imaginary worlds and the habit never disappeared. Most of my earlier writing was shorter in nature. Beckoning Light is the first novel I finished.
What inspired you to write Beckoning Light?
It all started with a dream. Although the scene that inspired it all never made it into the actual book, it gave me the idea for the hidden world and one of the narrators (Charlotte).
What can you tell us about the sequel, Perilous Light?
Perilous Light picks up about a year after the end of Beckoning Light. There is a lot of action and romance, and most of the major characters return along with some new ones.
Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
I probably relate to Charlotte the most. Although I wasn’t as shy as she is when I was in high school, I can definitely relate to the social anxiety. I can also relate to having to deal with an older brother.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I was surprised by the challenges of creating a fantasy world. Most of my previous writing was more realistic (which had its own challenges) but it takes a lot of work to effectively paint a picture of a fantastic world.
On your blog there is a "Coming Soon" on the "The Crescent Chronicles" page. Is this a new series in the works? Can you tell us anything about it yet?
The Crescent Chronicles is an urban fantasy series set primarily in New Orleans. The main character is a college student. I hope to have the first book out late summer/fall 2012.
If your real life as a teenager was a Young Adult book, what would you, the main character, be like?
Although I wasn’t as shy as Charlotte, I usually preferred smaller groups to large ones. I was a good student and spent a lot of time on writing and theater.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love to spend time with my family, read, and enjoy the outdoors when time permits.
What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Some of the best writing advice I ever received was to embrace constructive criticism. It may not be easy at first but it makes all the difference. Other great advice is that the hardest part of writing is sitting down to do it. If you have an idea, go with it.
A special thank you to Alyssa Rose Ivy for taking the time for this interview.
Read my review on Beckoning Light, the first book in The Afterglow Series by Alyssa Rose Ivy.
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