Interview with Aline Strong

What do your fans mean to you?
We are all in this together! Personal and financial growth is possible as we stand on the shoulders of the giants who went before us. I am a little ahead of my readers since I have been researching and practising practical and spiritual money management for many years. But, as they improve, we all rise. We're in the rowboat together.
What are you working on next?
For the fun of it, I am now finishing a novel which touches on money issues, but also weight issues--- they are so often linked! But, it is detective fiction, so it's more plot twists and a little bit more romantic than financial. God is still present though, thankfully!
Who are your favorite authors?
Ahhh, who doesn't love Janet Evanovich? Such funny writing! But, other than the writers of the classics, my newest discovery is the brilliant Louise Penny from Quebec, Canada. Her detective fiction far outstrips the genre, going into psychological thriller more often. Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Robert Rotenberg--another newbie but goodie. And scores of others. You?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If I'm in the middle of plotting a novel, that will do it. It's exciting. But, if I'm editing, it has to be breakfast. At the moment, I have a frozen mango shake with protein powder. Mango. Mmmm.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do a lot of volunteer work with women who have financial fears. When I'm not doing that, and not at the library getting audio books, I plan vacations. Research and pray. That is a lot of fun.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Actually, the Bookbub site has been the best source for me, lately. Other than that, I listen to the CBC radio interviews with authors. I pick from the ones that appeal.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was called the Family Circle. Maybe it was more literary non-fiction. It was about my father's funeral and the emotional confusion. Painful still to recollect.
What is your writing process?
That has changed over time. For fiction, I used to just sit down and write. But that got harder as the stories got longer. If I changed one plot point, I had to go back and rewrite earlier chapters to include hints. That got to be too confusing after awhile. So now, I outline, and know the end of the novel.

For non-fiction, I outline in detail. That part took me months with Live Well Within Your Means as I clarified the pattern which I wanted to use to communicate the content in an easily understood way for my readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My grandfather had been a book peddlar. In the basement of our small bungalow, we had an weathered green trunk piled with classic literature. So, as a kid, I was reading pretty heavy stuff. The first one I remember was The Picture of Dorian Gray. I was thrilled when I seemed to understand it, and I have never forgotten it. Who would?
How do you approach cover design?
I hire someone! I know what I like, but I am verbal, not visual. I know my limits.

As for the content, I want it to hint at the book's theme. In Live Well Within Your Means, though the word spiritual or God isn't on the cover, the picture implies it, I hope.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Really, I cannot narrow it down. Can you? There are too many wonderful wonderful books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Detective fiction, humour, non-fiction, finance books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have what I think is the oldest Kindle in the world. I might have to upgrade one of these days. And I am lately using a small tablet.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The jury is still out on that one.
Describe your desk
My desk is an immense white wooden slab door anchored by a two-drawer filing cabinet on each end. On it there is a postcard of Michaelangelo's statue of David, leaning on the tree stump for spiritual support. A picture by the famous photographer, Ansel Adams, which he presented to the Japanese people interned during WWII. It inspired them to have courage. And the usual mess of file folders, pencils, notes to self, and a box of Kleenex.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Small town girl when Toronto was a small town. So, I moved to Los Angeles, and then New York and a few other places to get some experiences. Now I'm back and writing them down.
When did you first start writing?
I cannot believe it myself, by at age 6. Or to be more accurate, at age 6, I told my family I planned to be a writer. Why they nodded in agreement I'll never know.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Sara is fighting the cliche of being a single mother, so she open a business, a bed and breakfast. One night, while tending her own baby daughter, she hears a murder on the baby monitor. She thinks she recognizes one of the voices to be her close male friend.

I've always thought owning a B&B would be fun. All those interesting people dropping in, and then out, and maybe in again the next year. I wanted to see how it felt in my imagination. Also, I wanted to walk through the life of a single mom, which by the grace of God, I have not had to experience, and see what might come to me as solutions for some of them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The excitement, and the choices. I have heard too many authors decry the awful covers and limited marketing publishers do for them. I don't have time to waste on that. I have the excitement and the challenge of making my own choices, and agonizing or celebrating the results of my decisons.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So many people have downloaded samples of the book. I am thrilled.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
If it's non-fiction, teaching others who might have a better life as a result of what I've shared gives me enormous joy. In fiction, I get a charge out of imagining what might happen next.
Published 2014-05-19.
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Books by This Author

Live Well Within Your Means: Women, Money and God
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 80,220. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / retirement planning
If you are tired of fretting and obsessing over money, and want to manage your finances well, "Live WellWithin Your Means: Women, Money and God will help you escape the chaos. You will establish a peaceful, prosperous life for you and your loved ones. By the end of this book, if you use the practical tools and non-religious spiritual support, you will change your life.