Interview with Alison MacDonald

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I believe the greatest joy of writing is getting the idea you know will be amazing. Regardless of the outcome, that idea drives the chance for a great story.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are part of me, connected to me in a spritual way. What I write in my books are parts of me buried deep inside, and I feel connected to people who relate to those feelings. You mean a lot to me.
What are you working on next?
As of right now I'm working on the second book in the resistants series. I plan on another series soon. You can't hold back great ideas!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Veronica Roth and Rick Riordan (or uncle rick as we call him). They have written the books that have showed me the way. Thank you.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time doing sports. I do basketball, track, softball, cross country, and I'm just starting lacrosse. When I'm not doing sports I'm doing homework or baking for my bakery; Grace and Ali's Cafe.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh goodness. I've written many stories that I would never publish, but there are many. I've written about dragons, laws that children are forbidden, cats, orcas.... You get the picture. This series is my first big step.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is to get an idea, make a loose plot diagram, rough draft, edit, and final draft. It's a process that could use work, but I like it!
How do you approach a cover design?
I prefer to DIY my covers, so they aren't perfect, but I try to get it to match my story theme. The cover isn't just a picture, it's a clue.
Where can we find you?
Check me out on Instagram: @g.and.a_onlinecafe or find my blog: "The resistants" on Tumblr.
What is something you learned from your characters?
I learned that I have to never give up. Just because I'm trapped and alone, it doesn't mean I should stop trying. Never give up.
Published 2016-03-02.
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