Interview with Ally Stevens

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Paperwhite. My lovely husband bought one for me as a birthday gift to replace my aging Kindle and I adore it. I spend far too much money on books!
When did you first start writing?
I must've been quite young... nine or ten maybe. It was after I watched 'The Sound of Music' for the first time and got hooked. I used to write on my typewriter, creating different situations for the children in the film. That was definitely my first foray into writing. It was quite a few years later that I started writing seriously... and even then it was only for fun really, as a hobby.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Seeing other people do it very successfully. I thought 'if they can do it why not me'. Also the old saying about not regretting anything in life. I would have regretted not giving it a go at least.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the words in my head come to life on the page. Sometimes I read back and think, 'Wow, did I write that? It's not half bad.' For me there has always been joy in the written word, whether it's been written by me or someone else.
What are you working on next?
I always have several stories on the go at once. I write very much depending on my mood so I skip around different stories. Unconventional I know, and the reason why it often takes me so long to finish a book. But it works for me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow... so many! I love romance, hence why I write in that genre. Sylvia Day, Aleatha Romig, Samantha Young, A Meredith Walters, to name but a few. But I also love adventure, crime and mystery.... so Colin Dexter, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, Dan Brown and Andy McDermott are other big favourites.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually going to work! Or maybe feeding the cat after he's spent the past hour pawing at my face! I love sunny days, especially cool sunny days - they always make me want to get out of bed. The trouble is I tend to read in bed so I usually stay there for as long as I possibly can!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was for a fan website dedicated to someone famous - so a fanfiction if you like. I wrote down a dream I had and turned it into a story.
What is your writing process?
I'm not sure I have one really. It's very unorthodox I guess. I have several stories on the go at once and I kind of dip in and out of each one depending on my mood. I can't write from beginning to end - I've tried and ended up with writers block. I usually write whatever comes into my head... little bits and pieces that I eventually put together to make a complete story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read from a very young age so there are several children's books I remember reading. i think the first adult book I really remember was Pride and Prejudice. It was the first time I really fell in love with a lead character (who can resist Mr Darcy), and definitely the first time I ever read a book more than once. It cemented my love of romance... especially domineering male characters who have to learn a lesson (or several) to get the girl.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually spend long periods of time on stock photo sites, such istock, or shutterstock, even before I've finished the story. Sometimes a visual is essential when writing. I like to know what my characters look like before I can write them. Once I've got the right pictures, I use Adobe Photoshop Elements to create the actual cover. Luckily I had a good friend teach me how to use it many years ago, so I've got a basic understanding of what I'm doing.
Published 2014-08-21.
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