Hi there everyone.
Hope you all had wonderful Christmas and Boxing Day celebrations with your families and friends.
For tonight’s treat in the Author Interview series, may I introduce to you all author Alison Clarke, as she chats about her fantasy and children’s books, along with sharing with us her own writing habits and inspirations.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the show folks.
Hi there Alison, thank for being with us today to talk about your books and your inspirations as a writer.
Let’s start with your fantasy series “THE SISTERHOOD”, which I believe is going to be the first book in a trilogy. Please tell us more about your lead protagonists Oppie and Aurie, their magical battles against good and evil, the world that they inhabit and the challenges that you see them facing over the course of your trilogy.
When Oppie and Aurie are faced with a terrible battle between good and evil, they discover that friendship and sisterhood are the most precious things in the world.
In a realm where magic and legend still exist, it’s easy to think that when you’re just an ordinary girl, you’ll never get the chance to be written into the history books. But when Oppie, and her dragon friend Aurie, find themselves on a mission to defeat the evil, oppressive forces of darkness, in the form of the dragon, Royzendeus, they discover that history is never made alone. As they travel, their army of light grows, and Aurie discovers that as a girl, she is blessed with an entire sisterhood she never realised existed.
They both love to read, and are inspired by TV shows like Charlie’s Angels. Other characters will feature in the trilogy, so Oppie and Aurie’s story will feature later in the narrative.
You also have written a couple of Children’s Books – “The Adventures Of Eli The Elephant” and “Eli Goes To The Moon”. What messages are in them for children who want to have fun but also learn something new about themselves?
Both of these books are about embracing diversity, as well as a love for exciting journeys and learning about life, the importance of friendship, and the power of teamwork.
If any of your novels were to be made into films (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?
Amandla Stenberg would be Oppie, and Lupita Nyong’o would be Aurie.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
Most difficult – Finding the time. Easiest – Focusing on the project-creating.
Who are some of the authors and historical figures that inspire you?
I enjoy the writings of Charles Dickens, as well as Alice Walker and Toni Morrison.
In terms of historical figures, King Arthur, who has been found through archaeological findings, to have been a real person.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
I do research online, and read paperback books, as well as hardcover ones.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I enjoy creating different worlds. Reading, my love of books, inspired me to become a writer.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
That would be reading books, going for walks, and listening to music.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would have said to enjoy life more. To not be afraid to make mistakes.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m reading, watching movies, listening to music, and going for walks.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
I am working on a poetry collection right now. Also, next year, I’ll be working with the editor on book two of The Sisterhood trilogy.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
Keep getting your work out there.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for your time Alison, thank you for giving us more information about you and your books, we look forward to checking them out soon and a Happy New Year to you too 🙂
Alison Clarke is a writer who delves into different fields. She is a children’s author, but is now joining the world of young adult literature. Her latest story, Eena, enters the world of teenagers who are college bound. Her interests in the Victorian era, including automatons, her passion for medieval literature like Chaucer, her interests in Arthurian tales, and so on fuel her writing.
Her first degree is in Sociology with a double minor in French and English. She is now working on a Master’s degree in Children’s literature. Storytelling is her calling, and whether she is writing, painting, or drawing, story is key.
Reading is another passion, and many different genres interest her, including biography, fantasy, poetry, art books, and so on. Alison believes that the word is a powerful thing, and this is evident in many different literary forms. She also believes that art, whether it’s literary or visual can change the world, can make the world a better place.
You can connect with Alison on the following Social Media channels:-
Twitter:- @mythologist200 (Twitter)
Website:- The Realm of Wyrniverdon
You can buy her books here:-
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Happy New Year to you all and look forward to providing you with more entertaining articles in 2017 – have a fantastic week.