MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ALICIA RADES
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
YA Paranormal, Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My upcoming book is titled The Fire Prophecy. It’s a collaboration project with YA author Megan Linski. We started out with the idea of cowriting together, then went through a couple of different ideas before we agreed we both wanted to write about Elementals living at a secret academy. Everything else evolved from there thanks to long phone conversations and Facebook Messenger.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I was always drawn to young adult paranormal books as a teen. When I decided to write my first book at 19, I knew the genre was for me because it’s what I loved to read.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
The world we created was inspired by Native American culture, so Megan looked heavily into Native American customs to influence the society we’ve built. We did some research on magical creatures as well, since we’re trying to incorporate creatures from all different types of lore into the series.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Megan and I always planned for The Fire Prophecy to be a series. We originally wanted to write three books, but once we got into the story, we’ve decided to expand it to at least five.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write full time, but I also have a little one at home, so my day be a little erratic. A family member usually comes over in the morning to watch my son while I get some writing done, and then he’ll go down for a nap, so I’m lucky enough to get all morning to work. Then I’ll write again when he goes down for his afternoon nap, and sometimes after he goes to bed. I move around to different rooms during the day, so I’m not always writing in one place.
I absolutely set writing goals. It’s the only way I get anything done! I have my annual goals, so I know how many books I want to write each year, then I drill those down to monthly goals, so I know which books I’ll be working on when. Then I break those tasks up into weeks, then down to daily goals each week. I usually shoot for around 2,000-3,000 words per day, along with other admin tasks that need to be done.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part is getting my characters to act like themselves and grow throughout each book and series. Luckily my editor is really good with this, so she helps me improve my characters before I publish.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
That’s a tough question. On paper, one of my biggest accomplishments is hitting the USA Today bestseller list. But the real accomplishment is hitting my goals and being able to write for a living.
Have you always liked to write?
Absolutely. I’ve been writing since I was 8 years old.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep writing! That’s it. Just write, work on your craft, and worry about the rest later.
Where did your love of books come from?
I have no idea! It might’ve been from spending so much time in the library when I was twelve. I went there every day after school to wait for my mom to pick me up since the bus didn’t go by our house. I read SO many books!
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
There are way too many to name. As my co-writer, Megan definitely helps me write better. She gives me amazing feedback that has revolutionized my writing. Other authors are always there to offer their advice. They motivate me to do better because I want to be where they’re at someday.
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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️