Interview with Aly Sanger

When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I was 13. I started with poetry, journaling, and even completed a fiction story about vampires. Sadly, that story never made it anywhere, but I still hold onto it as a reminder of how far I've come. Twelve years later I'm still writing and am just as passionate about it now as I was then.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having the ability to connect with others. I love that when I write something it either helps someone reach a goal or provides entertainment.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on two new books. One is a book on decluttering, which will go hand in hand with my most recent work (30 Day Challenge), the other is a fantasy story about dragons, witches, & goblins, oh my!
Who are your favorite authors?
My inspiration growing up was Amelia Atwater-Rhodes who published her first book when she was 13. Reading her stories when I was young is what motivated and inspired me to become a writer.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Twisting into pretzel like maneuvers while meditating and being a couch potato. In other words, I enjoy doing yoga and then relaxing with a good movie. :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the time I stick with the authors I've grown up with and have enjoyed reading, and then occasionally I'll check out the "Recommendations" by friends and websites.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was 13 and it was about vampires and humans. It actually had a pretty good storyline but the execution was horrible. I've considered picking it back up and re-writing it, but vampires have become such a common component in stories nowadays.
What is your writing process?
Truthfully, I procrastinate, a LOT! And then I just force myself to sit down and do it. I like to use mind maps and jot down all of my chapters and what I want to see happen in those chapters. It helps me to organize my thoughts.
How do you approach cover design?
Usually I hire someone I trust to do them for me. I'm just not as creative when it comes to putting together an image, and I am a bit helpless when it comes to photoshop. But give me microsoft word and I'll whip something out in no time!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone actually. It's so convenient to have, and all of the popular reading platforms are available as apps. I can then pick right back up on my Nook or computer when I get tired of reading on a small screen.
Describe your desk
Surprisingly well organized. I try to keep clutter to a minimum on my desk as I've found I get very distracted when I have "toys" to play with. It's usually better to just work on an empty surface, and I try to avoid looking out the window unless I need a mental break.
Published 2013-11-06.
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Books by This Author

Minimalism Is Simple - 30 Day Challenge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,330. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Introducing a minimizing and simplifying challenge – are you ready? The goal is not just to help you lose the clutter, but to create lifestyle changes that will last. Consider this a 30 day transformation to get you ongoing results months and years down the road.