Hello everyone! Please welcome this month’s #AuthorSpotlight, Alice Rachel!
Elle: If you could be any fantastical being, which would you choose, and why?
Alice: That’s a tough choice. Either a dragon because they are beautiful, majestic, and they can fly. Or a phoenix because they can rise from the ashes. I actually used a phoenix as a symbol for my character Chase.
E: I used a phoenix as a tattoo in my book! What does your typical writing day/schedule look like?
A: Well, I have a full time job, so I don’t have a typical schedule. I need a minimum of two hours if I’m going to be writing (less if I’m just editing), so I only write when I have that kind of time slot in my day. Or I write on weekends.
To write, I put on my playlist first, reread a few scenes to get the tone of the characters, and start typing. 😉
E: Is there anything you simply must have in order to write?
A: My playlists, coffee, and my computer.
E: I need music too! What is your strangest habit?
A: Oh boy! Uh, I have mild OCD, so there are certain things I do to help me not panic.
For example, I will make sure my books are in a place where they won’t get damaged and where no one will touch them. My husband isn’t allowed to touch my books. It gives me severe anxiety if anyone starts going through my bookshelves. Some think it’s funny and weird and I’m just annoying and difficult…It’s really not funny. And it’s easy to respect my boundaries: Just do not touch my books. I could go in a panic attack if people mess up with my books too much. And if someone doesn’t understand that, I simply cannot be friends with them.
That’s one of the strange things I do…among a few others.
E: Are you a Planner or a Pantser?
A: Complete Pantser. I think I will have to make an outline for my last book in the series, and I’ve started writing my stories in order more and more recently, but before I used to write them completely out of order. Chapter 10, chapter 1, chapter 20… Whatever scene I feel like writing first.
E: What’s your favorite book>to>movie adaptation?
A: The Lord of The Rings, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Hunger Games. I like adaptations that are true to the books.
E: I really enjoyed those movies as well. Best advice for aspiring writers?
A: Write for yourself, not for success. Don’t follow trends. Don’t write for money. Writing isn’t where the money is.
E: What are your favorite themes to write about?
A: Love and romance. I hate writing action.
E: It’s the zombie apocalypse! You may choose 3 fictional characters to be on your team. Who are they?
A: From my series or in general?
I’ll answer from my series if that’s okay.
1 – Willow: She’s a genius when it comes to survival in a natural element. She was born illegally and has to learn to survive without relying on society. She knows what to eat in the wild, how to build a cabin out of wood, what plants to use to cure certain diseases… ect.
2 – Taylor or Kayla: They are the most kick-ass characters in the series along with Chase. It’s hard to pick between the three… I’m picking Kayla probably because I’m not sure I’d get along with Taylor. I have a strong personality that might clash with his if we’re both trying to lead.
3- Terrence: Only because he’s one of my favorite babies and I want him with me, always. He’s really sweet and fun.
E: In my series, The Essential Elements, the characters have the ability to control 1 of the 4 Classical Elements (Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind). If you could control one, which would you choose, and why?
A: Probably fire because it’s the most dangerous and useful for self-defense.
E: Fire is definitely a dangerous choice! In just ONE sentence, please tell us about your latest release!
A: My latest release is on pre-order. It’s LGBT YA Dystopian Romance set in a world where being gay means certain death. All the proceeds are going to an LGBT association.
Thanks so much, Alice!
you can find Alice at her website.