MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ALLY VANCE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Ally Vance and I would say dark romance is my genre.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Actually this is kind of a long story, but back when I was at university we had to build up a plotline, characters and their backgrounds for a mock script. I came across the character bibles and the basic plotline and ran with that, altering and changing it to fit a different story, but the bones of my original characters are still in there somewhere.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Excessive reading of dark romance, horror and just lots of books in general.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
A little bit on various garden implements, a bit of background on flower names and such.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Mainly I write in the evenings on my pc, but I use google docs as well so I can sometimes write on the go if an idea comes to me. I don’t have a set goal but I like to “sprint” with other authors and see where I end up on the word counts.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have several projects coming up, I am co-writing with another author Michelle Brown and we are using the pen-name Ally Michelle, our first book is called Hatter & His Alice, which is releasing this September, I am also a contributing author on a charity anthology releasing in October called Just Breathe Anthology and my story is called Ignite.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Some of them have special names, in Ignite my main character’s name Aiden mean’s Little Fire. Violet in Flower in the Dark, is named for the flower. I think they are important though, I struggle to get into the character if I haven’t given them the right name and I can’t continue properly until I’ve figured out the right name for them.
Where do your ideas come from?
I’m not really sure, just anywhere really. Sometimes just a word or something I’ve been talking about can spark an idea.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I want to write something a little more horror based, reading horror stories when I was younger sparked a heavy interest in the genre and my earliest little stories that I wrote as a teen were all horror-based.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting started on the story can be a bit of a struggle, but once I start I can usually run with it quite happily. Titles and Blurbs are the bane of my existence though, I can be halfway through the story before I even name the thing. My friend Michelle can’t wrap her head around the fact that I will write without even having a title for the book.
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 think they are a great and different way to promote. I probably won’t for the current story I have out, but maybe in the future.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Getting published for the first time!
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Meeting other authors, speaking to people who love the story and of course the
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully writing full time!
Have you always liked to write?
Yeah, I started writing little stories when I was a kid, but it really kicked in when I was about 14 years old.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t think too hard about it, just do it. Be confident in yourself and don’t second guess yourself. If you think you can do it then go for it. I wouldn’t have done it if someone hadn’t said the same thing to me nearly six months ago.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’m actually interested in proofreading and possibly editing, but I’ve been told I have the voice for audiobooks and I did consider once trying to get into podcasts or radio.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Funnily enough I have read the reviews, and I have responded to a few of them, good or bad. How I deal with the bad, well honestly at the end of the day I know I don’t enjoy every single book I read so I don’t expect that from the readers either. Not everyone is going to like what I write and I’m okay with that, so when I get a bad review if its critical I take it on board and look at how I can do better next time, and if its a simple they hated it I just move on.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Waiting for it to get approved by the retailer (the demons on Amazon), and the costs can be a bit daunting for various things but they are a necessity that can’t be avoided.
What are you working on now?
I also have a solo story that I am aiming to release in Spring 2019 called Fractured Darkness. I am also working on several other projects, one is part of another anthology and my story is called Burnt Embers, I am also working a few other things I can’t say too much about just yet.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
This is from Ignite, my story in the Just Breathe Anthology, its unedited and so far only my betas have seen this.
Rattle. Scrape. Hiss. Breathe in, breathe out. Fuck, I needed that. If I don’t get this back under control I’ll lose myself in the flames and destruction that this desire creates. I’m almost tempted to do exactly that. Rattle. Scrape. Hiss. Breathe in, breathe out.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I just naturally gravitated to it, probably because it’s one of my go-to genres to read, and I don’t write in more than one genre, but sometimes I need to take a dark romance break which is when I go for a more contemporary book to read.
Where did your love of books come from?
When I was 8 my dad bought me the Adventure Series books by Enid Blyton, I’ve been hooked ever since.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Way too many to even count, here are a just few I read regularly in no partcular order; JK Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Michelle Brown, Yolanda Olson, Ashley Jade, Ashleigh Giannoccaro, Dani René, Ker Dukey, K Webster, Jennifer Bene, Anna Edwards and Anita Gray.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Honestly, Caleb from Fractured Darkness is one of my favourites. Writing him just set me so on edge and I hate everything about him and what he does, he’s the villain and he scared the hell out of me. For not villainous characters at the moment one of my favourites is Aiden from Ignite.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, it really depends on the story and which character I am writing. Some stories I get really hyped up and energized but others exhaust me, Fractured Darkness is the most draining story I’ve worked on so far.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
It’s hard to say a specific thing, but I get distracted easily so Facebook probably.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write whatever comes to me, the characters decide whats going to happen and I can’t fight that, I’ve tried and it doesn’t work. So I would like to say I try to be mor original.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have a few that I talk to regularly, Michelle Brown is one of my big ones, she got me started on book writing again after years of not really doing much with my writing. Then I’ve got author friends who give me advice or help me when I’m struggling, like Anna Edwards who beta read Flower in the Dark for me. I also have others like Dani René, Yolanda Olson and Anita Gray, CL Matthews, M.R Leahy and Murphy Wallace who are all amazing authors who I absolutely adore working with.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Thats a tough question, how’s this for a title “How I Became a Writer and the Way it Changed My Life.”
How did you get into writing?
I got into writing when I was about 14 years old when I started writing my first story, and then I moved onto poetry which is how I met one of my best friends Simon, and spent alot of time writing poetry. I then moved onto blogging and reviews after university and then jumped back into writing stories again.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Reader Group with Michelle Brown
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️