I recently was able to Interview Author Yolanda Allard!! She’s a new and upcoming author.
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Yolanda Allard, I write Young Adult Paranormal and Fantasy stories.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
It actually was a dream. I was writing another novel at the time and dreamt the entire story of ILLUMINOUS. It was so real and vivid to me I knew I had to write it.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always written YA. Even before I knew there was a name for it. I never really considered writing anything else.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Not a lot. It’s all fiction, with just a few realistic elements from my own life. Dinners of Ire is based on something I used to do with my children when they were small.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Series will all be following Allie, a young girl that just wants to grow up and ‘start’ her life, only to end up an immortal werewolf that doesn’t age. She’s plucked from everything she wants and has everyone around her pulling her in different directions. It’s all about her choosing what to do with her newfound eternity and how the sacrifices she makes based on her choices will change her.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No. Illuminous was meant to be a stand alone novel. It became a series on its own. I’m still writing it actually.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I am a ridiculously busy person. I have too many passions and things going on to usually fit in a single day. I work most often on my writing in the middle of the night, when my little Flock of Allards are sleeping. I do get woken up at 4 am a lot with a new crazy idea or two that needs to be put onto paper as well. I don’t have a daily goal. My life is a series of random chaotic events so I couldn’t stick to something so linear. I do have weekly wordcount check-ins with myself to make sure I’m progressing.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have a couple. The second book in the Illuminous series is well on it’s way. I call it Astral.
I also have a fantasy novel all written and ready to go and its tentatively named Song of Fire.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Naming characters is like naming my own children. I get absurdly attached. I’ve even gotten a few names by asking my husband “If we had another daughter/son what would you want to name them.” Naming characters is a huge undertaking for me.
Where do your ideas come from?
Dreams mostly. I also get a lot inspiration in the weightroom listening to music and pumping iron, oddly enough.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Taming the rabbit trails. All of my ideas seem to want to be 3 different stories with 3 different endings. Afterthoughts, backstories, leagues and leagues of notes. It’s hard to coral it all into one single train of thought. Even Illuminous originally had two alternate endings. Choosing one was torture.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love them! I plan to make one for Illuminous and all future books.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
In life or in writing? In life, my husband and our Flock hands down. In writing, it would be the fact I stopped waiting for someday and put myself out there. I let others read my stories. I got the nerve to query, and be rejected time and again and still keep going. I didn’t let someday stop me from living the dream today.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Sharing your work. Knowing that someone else sees these incredible stories that I watch play out in my mind. Stories I couldn’t properly describe verbally if I tried, but because of this I can share them. Talk about them, and know someone else saw just a glimpse of the world inside my head.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Reading… Writing… being outrageously clever after a conversation is already over. So, basically now only hopefully with many many more books published.
Have you always liked to write?
I have always been a writer. I had stacks of journals in kindergarten, I helped start a school wide poetry anthology in high school. There’s never been a time I wasn’t thinking up strange new worlds and putting them to paper.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just go for it. Don’t get discouraged or give up. Keep telling your stories that are uniquely and wonderfully you. Being a story teller is a grand adventure.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
GHOST HUNTING COMEDIAN!!! Ha. I have this dream back up job, to be a “professional” ghost hunter then create a comedy act based on my ghost hunting debauchery… I mean adventures.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I’ve had bad reviews, but I treat them like rejections. I’m not here to please everyone. I’m not even here to please most people. I’m here to share my stories and mine alone. They’re definitely not for everyone and that’s okay. If I disappoint a fan of YA Fantasy, that sucks, but considering I’m an avid reader I know even in our genre we won’t always be happy. I’ve thrown a few books across the room in frustration before. Ha. So, I’m here for that one person, the one who sees what I see. Who can read light and in depth stories alike and just enjoy it.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Query letters! There is some agent of pure evil out there who created these monsters and they must be stopped!
What are you working on now?
I am currently writing part 2 to Illuminous.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
“The thing about being in two places at once, is sometimes you see too much. Especially when you end up catching someone you love, calling you a monster. Astral projection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
It’s just what I’ve always done. It’s less of a choice and more of a Siren’s call that I have to answer.
Where did your love of books come from?
My parents. They were both avid readers. My home was always drowning in books and the amazing worlds they held.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
All time favorite, God and The Bible.
Fantasy writers there are too many. Ive always loved Dean Koontz. I love Julie Kagawa, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Brandon Sanderson, Sara J. Maas… Oh man so many more.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
My favorite character of all time is my Wisp named Hop. He’s innocent, sweet, funny, and brave. He’s my tiny Wisp hero.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
Oh boy it feels like I’m everywhere. Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, I have a website coming up in a day or so and a blog where people can track this entire journey with me.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Honestly, both. When I get a new idea, or random ideas come together and I’m on a roll I’m absolutely on top of the world. Talking, thinking, and typing all at Mach 10 motormouth speed. But when I get emotionally invested just to have the worst happen to one of my characters, it’s sad and exhausting and I wonder why I torture myself so.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Query letters. Seriously, they’re evil. It’s a thing.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I was told in a rejection letter once with Illuminous that “No one wants werewolf stories anymore.” And I had to make a decision if that mattered to me. I decided it didn’t. I write MY stories, and just hope someone else out there will enjoy them.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
My cousin, A. Maslo. She is great for bouncing ideas off of or questions.
Kimberly Miller, she inspires me and doesn’t even know it.
I have many writer friends. One in particular isn’t published yet but she’s my favorite beta reader and person to talk to about all of my crazy ideas.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
*Tries to think of something that doesn’t sound too pretentious… fails* Honestly I don’t know. It would be a story book. With Once Upon a Time, and a dark insidious background whatever then in comes the Happily Ever After wrapped in an inconspicuous package with a wild adventurous colorful forever hidden inside it. It’s the journey that makes the story.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Hmmm…. The question I’ve always wanted to be asked is, “How does it feel to be a bestselling author who has been to Paris?” hahahaha.
How would I answer? As of right now I’d say; “I don’t know yet, but let’s find out shall we?”
Illuminous Release Party
Author appearance, May 20, 2017 03:00PM
Release party for the release of Illuminous by Yolanda Allard.
Yolanda Allard will be giving away Gift Cards at her ILLUMINOUS Release Party. She will be giving away 3 gift cards.
Two – 5 dollar gift cards
and one 10 dollar gift card.
All for amazon.