Interview with A. J. Bell

What is your writing process?
I am an all over the place writer. I do not have a set process, I sort of work by what inspires me at the moment. Write down a scene or part of it and then build bridges to connect one scene to another. For example, with The Everlands Chronicles, the first thing I wrote was the ending of the story, from there everything else came to pass!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the very first one for I was very young, but I remember the first poem I read that had a great impact on me and had a lot to do with inspiring me to write The Everlands Chronicles. It was in Spanish, it was called :Romance de la doncella guerrera by an Unknown author. It captivated me, I wanted to know more, I wanted to read more. They were very simple words, like everything I write, but they carry a feeling of danger and adventure and a hint of romance, and these elements combined can be found in each of my stories.
How do you approach cover design?
I like vibrant colors and uniqueness. I try to incorporate new elements hand drawn and designed instead of stock pictures, i remember the horrors I felt when i saw a book cover used by two different authors for two different novels. I didn't want that.
I happen to be surrounded by highly talented people that can translate a concept in my head into something worth staring at for hours
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Lord of The Rings, the Hobbit book, the Harry Potter books, Dracula and "my books" ( I know, these are more than five but work with me)
I love the beautiful and enchanting way these books carry me to a world of magic with out of this world elements. Places where everything is pretty much possible and good eventually conquers evil, despite of all the pain one goes through.
I am in love with fantasy, adventure and a hint romance (not overload chick flick stuff) so any book that can offer me that, is a page turner kind of book for me.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy and poetry. And often go in wild goose chases in the internet following foot notes and links and just reading random things for the sake of writing, so I hope NSA understand the things in my browser are for writing research purposes.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
At the moment, my Note 3. I love that phone. I use it to write and to read alike, just love it.
Describe your desk
This is actually funny. I do not have a desk that I use for writing purposes. As a mother of three young kids, I "write on the go"
I always carry pen and paper and my smart phone with me. I rather type on my phone as it syncs with my writing software and I don't have the need to type later. Not to mention the ability to dictate a phone when I have an idea and I am driving it's amazing.
I write in the middle of the night as well as in the middle of the day. Writing on the go gives me the opportunity to take my kids to the park and type a few lines while watching them play. If I had to sit down in front of a desk to write, I would never have the time to do it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Mexico, but I don't think it was the fact of where I grew that made the difference but who I was surrounded by as I grew up that matters. My mother loved stories and romance and fantasy. She instill that passion for words in me. However, a lot of my experiences growing up are indeed included in my stories, just because they were colorful and nigh incredible that I decided to share them, but it is up to the reader to figure them out.
When did you first start writing?
i started to write poetry in middle school, the heavier on the poetry in high school along with my first short stories. However my very first novel was written when I was 30 years old, so not that long ago, once I wrote the first one, i had to do the second and the third and so on.
My editing process is much slower than my writing is!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Everlands Chronicles to me is a self-discovery quest, yes, there is love, war and lots of sword fighting, but in the end, Elle is just trying to find out who she is.
One night I was just asleep and then I had a dream, Elle was there surrounded by many men in armor, her name was not Elle then, it was Kaylan, but eventually the name Elle came to me and Kaylan did not longer sounded good. For many nights I had that dream, then I thought, maybe I should write it, and voila! Four months later I had "The Everlands Chronicles - The Truth" first draft completed and had started to write volume two in the Series "The Everlands Chronicles - The Knowledge"
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Let's get cheesy here. I am following a dream, a dream to be a published author. I do not look for fame but for the opportunity to share my stories with the world. Plain and simple.
Published 2015-07-26.
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