Welcome to My Website
If you’re looking for stories filled with adventure, fun, and sexy romance you’ve come to the right place.
It’s awkward randomly talking about myself beyond a few sentences, so on this page I’ve answered a few common questions I’m often asked. This will help you piece together a quick picture of me 🙂
What’s your background?
I’m British. I was brought up in the UK, and I still live here.
It’s a magical place in my opinion, but I may just be biased. But if you haven’t visited the UK, then I can only describe it as a place where enchantment lurks in ancient forests, and fairy circles abound in wild green fields. There’s a glimpse of old in nearly every road and building, no matter how modern. What you’re seeing is long-ago history that delights in sneaking up on you and surprising you. Often it’s charming. Sometimes it’s even funny. Once or twice, heart-rending.
So that’s the UK. At least, that’s how I see it. And that’s how it tends to show itself in my stories.
I write about people primarily, and a big part of that is the relationships they share. Now, when it comes to relationships, I’m of the opinion that nothing beats ‘falling in love’. It’s intense in every way, happiness and sadness all rolled into one messy package. But it’s always wonderful to read about. Wonderful to write about too, and that’s why I make it the heart of my stories.
The other reason is I love a satisfying happy ever after, and romance does that very well.
Which is your favourite romance?
Pride and Prejudice, no competition.
Who are your favourite authors?
They haven’t changed much since my younger years. Diana Wynne Jones, Terry Pratchett, Roald Dahl, Kenneth Grahame (Wind in the Willows) and many others whose depth and range of imagination continues to blow me away.
Where do you find your ideas?
I can’t pinpoint it. Stories can be triggered by something as short as a word or as long as a life. But once my mind latches on to an idea, I get no peace until I start writing it down and giving it shape.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It varies with the complexity of the story, but typically it takes me two to three months to complete a book.
Much of this is because I only work on one story at a time. I’m a bit of an immersive writer who loses herself in her world and characters. This isn’t as romantic as it sounds. Just ask my family and friends who spend most days exasperated with me. Another consequence is I can’t keep two stories playing in my mind at the same time.
Do you ever worry you’ll run out of ideas?
No. Refer to Chibi below.
Who on earth is Chibi?
Meet Chibi Cat, my muse. He was born and bred in Taiwan (courtesy of my brother who used to live there), but now he lives with me. He’s my idea magnet. That is, when he’s not being a dust magnet.
So now you know me better than I know myself, here are some other awesome things you can do…
– Download my FREE book today!
– Read sample chapters of all my BOOKS.
– Read an excerpt from my NEWEST book.
– And check out my non-fiction in MUSINGS.
– Or just get in touch at alyssiacontact(at)gmail.com
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