Interview with Tracey Alley
1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write?
Because I’m a bit of a night owl I get most of my work done at night, usually fairly late at night but if I’m struck by sudden inspiration I’ll write at any time.
2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?
I actually start with pen and paper where I ‘diagram’ my idea, write out a rough sketch of the storyline, how I want certain characters to develop etc
3: What do you draw inspiration from?
Absolutely everything – sometimes it can be something as simple as the expression on a person’s face and it’ll give me an idea
4: Do you set yourself goals when you sit down to write such as word count?
Yes and no – I like to do a minimum amount of words when I’m working but I’m not rigid about it, sometimes inspiration/creativity, or whatever it might be just isn’t working
5: Being a self published author how do you come up with your cover art?
I have absolutely zero artistic talent, couldn’t draw a straight line with a gun to my head so I did some research, put out some queries and found a brilliant illustrator who I really enjoy working with
6: What drives you to chose the career of being a writer?
I’m not sure that you choose to be a writer. It could be just me but I’ve loved words for as long as I can remember and I honestly cannot remember a time when I didn’t feel driven to write so I’ve always thought of it as something you’re born with.
7: Do you own an ebook reading devise?
Yes, a Kindle – it has saved more trees than I could possibly imagine, not to mention that my house is no longer filled with bookcases
8: Who are some of your favorite authors and What are you reading now?
I have so many favorites it’s hard to be only a few but I guess the main ones are Terry Pratchett, Katharine Kerr, Anne McCaffrey, James Rollins, Allan Folsom, Richard North Patterson, Ben Elton, Douglas Adams and Stephen King. At the moment I’m re-reading Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series.
9: What do you think of book trailers and do you have any plans to have any?
Still a bit ambiguous on the subject of book trailers and have no current plans to have any.
10: What are you working on now that you can talk about?
Finishing my ‘Witchcraft Wars’ series of fantasy novels, also working on a series of short stories – ‘History Tales of Kaynos’, which are background stories related to the Witchcraft Wars novels. Also working on a long-term non-fiction work on the subject of Christianity and religion in general.