Interview with Allison J. Kennedy

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the serene, ethereal forests of Oregon. There has always been something about that place that has drawn out the creativity in me. Each time I visit, it's even more special than before. I often place my characters in those woods as I write their stories.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could read! I wrote my first story in a notebook. I still have it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had a dream when I was in my teens that I just couldn't get out of my head. It involved a massive battle, and there was a heavy feeling to it aside from just the fight that took place. I was another person in that dream, and I knew I was being driven toward a greater purpose. I wrote my first outline a month later, and it's been ten years in the making. Even when other stories have been pressing on my mind, that one has always begged to be released. So here it is. :)
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the sequel for Othrinia's Rain. It's called Veodue's Fire, and it's part 3 of the Rain Trilogy. I also have another book in the works called The Choice, and it'll be geared toward a Young Adult audience.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a professional photographer, and I also dabble in graphic design. And I'm sort of a cat lady. A hot one, though. ;)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep! It was in a notebook when I was 12. It revolved around a true story about a camping trip I had been on a week prior. I embellished it with a bear attack. Actually, it was quite gory for a 12-year-old's mind.
What is your writing process?
Write first, ask questions later. Revise, revise, polish. Laugh, cry, and beam with joy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading obsessively was Hero of Lesser Causes, by Julie Johnston. I was enthralled by its story of triumph. It was what inspired me to write, and I've never lost that passion.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own, actually!
Describe your desk
Really wanna know?

Currently it houses my wallet, a guitar capo, an Ace bandage and legal papers. This implies that I spend too much money, I play guitar when I'm stuck, and I write so much that I get tendonitis in my hands and my arm muscles start to fall off.

Not really. Well, the first two are true.
Published 2013-08-31.
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