Interview with Alaina Stanford

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that had an impact was the original copy of Beowulf. It was in my Honors English class, in it's original, albeit translated format. I was mesmerized. The raw creativity, the passion and the idea that some anciet writer managed to pass the story down verbially until someone could scribble it down on parchment was inspiring.
What do you read for pleasure?
Terry Brooks is a favorite author of mine. I love his books and am still making my way through them. Tolkien is also a favorite, I could read those books, over and over again.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
When did you first start writing?
My first memory of writing was at 6 years old penning a short story for the local newspaper. I recall writing mysteries in junior high and haven't stopped writing since. I write books like I read them. Once I'm finshed with a book, I HAVE to start another one or I'll go stir crazy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have a new Paranormal Series out. The Archangel Series, The Power of His Touch, Book 2 was released in January. I'm currently working on The Echo of Her Presence, Book 3 which is about a female archangel, Ariel who was wounded in the Great War and has maintained a low profile since then. This story begins with her first single mission since the Great War. Ariel's primary gift is control of natural resources. She travels to Texas to end a devastating drought and meets a stubborn, handsome Texas Rancher. It's hate at first sight but in order to maintain her identity she finds herself stranded on his ranch until the time comes when she can slip away unnoticed and unmissed.

As she works with nature to bring rain to Texas she learns the many layers of the ranchers life and discovers his soft side. As they grow close Ariel discovers a demon plot that could kill millions and destroy the underground Texas oil fields. Is Ariel ready to take on a demon horde on her own? Will she risk it or reach out to the others for help?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is a stress relief for me. It allows me to escape from the day to day obsticales in life. It also brings me to another world where I have complete control. I create as many heroes and villans as I wish,. They fight the battles that I create. I feel as if my characters are like my children. I share their joys and sorrows, their struggles and triumphs. I miss them terribly when the book is done, that's why Hypnotic Journey may never end. I love those characters!
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything is this industry. If you don't listen to your fans and respond to their feedback you will fail. I cherish anyone who is willing to read my books and take all feedback seriously. Many self published authors can't afford professional editing services so we struggle with our content. I have devoted myself to producing high quality manuscripts and with the support of my family and fans I have now reached a level where I can afford professional editing and it's awesome! Thank you fans for all you do!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time in a Contact Center from 4 a.m. until 1p.m, then pick my daughter up after school. I am the mother of 7 fantastic children and 6 incredible grandchildren! I have a wonderful husband, whom I adore. I love going to movies with my family and spending time with my friends. Go Cardinals!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Honestly, I love to surf the free e-books section. I also search for my nearest competitors and the authors at the top of my genres. I read the descriptions and glance at the reviews before I decide to purchase a book. I look for romance, excitement, adventure and originality. I don't want to read the same story over and over again, just written in a new way.
What is your writing process?
I'll toss a book around in my mind for a few weeks before I begin to outline. After a brief outline, I will do a detailed outline by chapter then I will start writing. The book may or may not go according to the outline but it helps me stay on target and gauge how the book is flowing.
How do you approach cover design?
I will actually search for photos on several sites at various times while I write. I like to find photographs that inspire my backgrounds and character details. When I run across pics I like I will bookmark the page or purchase the pic. I have a great cover designer in Jack Martin with Gossamer Publishing that will take a few pics I feel best describe my book and work his magic.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Anything by Terry Brooks and Tolkien they invoke the imagination and center around family and friendship.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter has been my most responsive marketing tool. I've made friends with a lot of other authors there and we help push each others books. Self Publishers Showcase and Authors Marketing Club are two great low cost tools that have been very supportive and helpful.
Describe your desk
A recliner with a lap desk. lol
What are you working on next?
After The Echo of Her Presence, Archangel Book 3 is complete I will be working on The Widow's Rule, Book 5 of the Rule Series. Whitney adopted her sister's 3 orphaned children two years ago. When her husband Mason was killed in an active shooter incident at his office Whitney suddenly found herself alone, alone and pregnant with her first child.

Walking across the stage at her college graduation was bittersweet. Mason supported her through college and during the adoption but didn't live to see the end result. With the help of her friends she sets up a small law practice with a nursery in the backroom and starts a new life. Determined her children lack for nothing she enrolls them her daughter in dance lessons and the boys in Karate. When the kind and gentle Karate instructor takes a special interest in the boys Whitney is surprised to find herself attracted to the tall handsome stranger. Forcing her feelings deep inside, Whitney refuses to love again.

When Whitney declines to take on a disreputable client accidents begin to happen. When she still refuses to take on the client, things begin to escalate out of control. Whitney realizes the one man who can protect her is also the one who could break her heart.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Brooks and J.R.R. Tolkien
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was six years old and wrote a story about two children searching for a lost puppy in the forest. It was published in the local news paper. My career changing event occurred as a stay at home mom. I wrote a story that was intended to evolve similar to a video game adventure that's when Hypnotic Journey was born.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in central Illinois. I call it corn country because we were surrounded by corn fields. A small town environment felt safe and loving. It gave me the freedom to allow my imagination to soar.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Until a fellow indie author pointed out that this was even possible I had never considered publishing my books. The publishing industry is a hard road to travel and full of rejections so I didn't even bother. With her encouragement i dove head first into indie publishing and I have learned so much about the industry and myself I wish I had tried it ten years ago.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a weath of information and such a great support to all of us in the indie industry. The contant updates from the blog have been a great way to keep in touch with the goings on in this chaotic time of constant change. Thank you Smashwords for everything you do!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am a morning person. I jump out of bed each morning ready to face the world. The joy that fills my life centers on my family and my writing. I could not exist without those things.
Published 2015-12-17.
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Books by This Author

Virtuous Trickery, A Historical Romance, Royal Duty Series
Series: Royal Duty. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,050. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Renaissance, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
Gabrielle's shy sister is suddenly betrothed to a heathen prince from the far north. A Viking! Francesca would not survive the journey north much less the frozen wilderness of her new home. The only way Gabrielle can save her delicate sister is to take her place. Together the twins create a web of deceit that quickly spins out of control leaving a trail of death in its wake.
Order of Succession, Royal Duty
Series: Royal Duty. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,630. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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The planet of Chelyana is a tropical paradise. Eighty-five percent of its surface is covered in water spotted with islands offering sandy beaches, lush foliage, and luxury resorts. Basically, it's a party planet.Chelyana is a friend to all who enter. But the Vulmax aren't looking for friendship. They're looking for a new home.
The Price of Magic, Hypnotic Journey Book 6
Series: Hypnotic Journey, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,350. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Despite the twin's half-human blood, they would easily live a thousand years just like their mother, Nicole. But their father, Jack was mortal. He'd be lucky to reach eighty. Nicole's heart aches for him. Then, it starts to burn. Burn like the Sword of Eternal Fire. The only talisman in existence that can extend its owner's life. There was only one problem, No one returned from a quest for t
The Defiance of His Conviction, Archangel Book 4
Series: Archangel. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,480. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Sixteen-year-old mortal, Cody was raised by archangels. It never occurred to him to question if that's where he belonged.
Unrequited Love, A Woman's Way Short Story 1
Series: A Woman's Way. Price: Free! Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Lana didn't know how she felt about Paul until her husband saw it in her eyes.
The Echo of Her Presence, Archangel Book 3
Series: Archangel. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,160. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Ariel carried the ultimate burden of failure on her shoulders. She'd fallen victim to the oldest trick in the book. Angel's aren't supposed to fail, angels aren't suppose to fall in love. Her failure concerned both.
The Power of His Touch, Archangel Book 2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,180. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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Rafi doesn't hunt demons. He hunts their master. Rafi discovers a demon plot to release a pandemic in a large metropolitan city. Disguised as an agent of the World Health Organization as the pandemic spreads, Rafi searches for the source but is distracted by a beautiful young biochemist.
Necromancer's Whisper, Hypnotic Journey Book 5
Series: Hypnotic Journey, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,630. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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Our hero's enter a human realm where magic is forbidden under penalty of death. Cabal and Nicole must hide their elven heritage and Sarah discovers magic is not only forbidden in the human realm, it doesn't exist. It doesn't exist for everyone except the Necromancer, who has taken Jack prisoner.
The Light of His Sword
Series: Archangel, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 49,040. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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When Alyssa was a child, she decided not to believe in demons. If you don't believe, then they can't be real, right? But the demons don't care what you believe.
A Sequence of Darkness
Series: Hypnotic Journey, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,030. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Hopper and Sarah take Cabal to stop the Elves from invading the Troll Tunnels. The team heads into the bowels of the earth to rescue Hopper’s newborn son and Gravid’s daughter, kidnapped by Renegade Trolls. Tom battles his wraith memories and Hopper fights to control his jealously of Sarah and Cabals growing relationship. Traveling the Netherworld comes at a great cost. Who will pay the price?
Vengeance's Fire
Series: Treborel, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,630. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Kendra had not seen Cap in 6 months. As Kendra prepares to travel deep into the mountains with a group of Empathic Students Cap suddenly appears. Their journey will lead them toward an evil more dangerous than either could ever imagine. A presence that could bring an end to the Empathic way of life.
Tempest Borne
Series: Treborel, Prelude. Price: Free! Words: 11,580. Language: American English. Published: December 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This prelude to the Treborel Scifi/Fantasy Series introduces Mikel who returns from a journey across the sea to announce his bethrothal only to discover his long time mistress Zannia is with his child. After Mikel refuses to be blackmailed Zannia disappeares into the war torn landscape of Latria determined to make Mikel suffer.
Forbidden Quest, 2nd Edition
Series: Hypnotic Journey, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 45,210. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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Wouldn't it be cool to suddenly have the battle skills of a seasoned warrior? Wouldn't that be even better if the battles felt real but there was no physical risk to you? Wouldn't it be perfect if the hypnotist in charge of your session was not insanely evil and using you as a weapon in a plot for revenge?
As Darkness Falls
Series: Hypnotic Journey, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,170. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Sarah still clings to Hopper's memory after impulsively leaving the one person behind in Fortress City who will never stop loving her. She's stolen away to the Woodland Elves to practice her magic. Cabal suddenly appears just as word arrives that their friends are in grave danger. Sarah and Cabal rush to their aid. Will Sarah's magic be strong enough...
When Magic Fails
Series: Hypnotic Journey, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,800. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
What good is magic if it can't heal a broken heart? After the tragedy of losing one of their own shortly after entering this new world, the remaining adventurers begin to create a new life in a world filled with Elves, magic, and Trolls. Suddenly the last surviving Elf Wizard vanishes in a violent storm, leaving an entire battalion of Elf Warriors dead. The adventurers now face a mysterious magic
Tempest Rise
Series: Treborel, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,340. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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He's a prince: boisterous, charismatic and daring. She's a modern surgeon: quiet, introspective and curious about his kingdoms alternative empathic healing. Their romance takes them into the heart of a continental conflict where Lysette becomes the target of the enemies psychopathic commander.