Welcome to My Website
Instead of just rambling my way across all the white space on this page, I’ve taken the easy route and answered some common questions I’ve been asked. Hopefully this will help you piece together a quick picture of me.
And here’s a cupcake while you read. 🙂
What’s your background?
I’m British. I was brought up in the UK, and I still live here.
(Ooh, let me ramble a bit here because I absolutely love the UK.)
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 romance because story for me is all about relationships.
I enjoy writing about people, 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 just so intense in every way, happiness and sadness all rolled into one messy package. It’s always wonderful to read about. Wonderful to write about too, and that’s why I make ‘falling in love’ the heart of my stories.
The other reason I write romance is because I love a satisfying happy ever after ending, and romance does that very well.
Which is your favourite romance?
Pride and Prejudice, no competition.
Oh, Mr Darcy… He’s never been beat in my eyes (swoon!).
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 really 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 onto 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 three to four months to complete a book.
Much of this is because I can 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. So yeah, I plod along with one book until it’s finished before starting the next one.
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 Chibi lives with me. He’s my ideas 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 chapters from my NEWEST book.
– And check out my non-fiction in my BLOG.
– Or just get in touch at alyssiacontact(at)gmail.com
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