What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now?
My name is Alyson Burdette. I was born in Ohio and still live there.
When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?
Not until recently. Even after I signed my publishing contract, I still didn’t think it was real. A few days ago I realized that the last five books I’ve read were all written by friends of mine. I think that’s when it hit me that I was a writer.
Did it take a long time to get your first book published?
Yes. It was about two and a half years from start to finish.
Do you work another job as well as your writing work?
Yes, I work at a pharmacy.
Who is your publisher? or do you self publish?
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’m working on a sequel to my first book, Nightfire, as well as a couple of other projects.
What genre would you place your books into?
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
It’s my favourite genre to read, so it just made sense.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I write the book first, and then try to work out a title as I’m writing.
Do you basic plot/plan for your book, before you actually begin writing it out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the story?
I like to let the writing flow as I go. It’s more exciting that way because I don’t always know what’s going to happen.
How do you market/promote your books?
I’m still trying to learn how to do that. I’ve been working on a book blog tour and will probably be doing some giveaways.
What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?
An inventive plot and interesting characters.
What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it? What format is it?(ebook, hardback or paperback)
I’m reading a book called Slipstream by Michael Offut. It’s an e-book and I’m enjoying reading it.
Do you think ebooks will ever totally replace printed books?
I think there will always be print books, because people like collecting them, but e-books are the publishing world is headed.
What do you think about book trailers?
I think they are a lot of fun.
What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
To not give up. Publishing is a difficult world and it’s easy to get discouraged but it’s a world that’s totally worth fighting for.
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