Interview with Whitten Allison

What's the story behind your latest book?
A girl named Emily Blaine, is kidnapped from a burning orphanage by a strange man. She is taken to a mansion where the man reveals that her reason for being there is because he loves her. But is that really all there is to his motive? Emily must search for answers in the mansion full of changing walls and roaming dolls and monsters to find her true reason for being there, all while endearing herself to her charming yet dangerous captor.
What are you working on next?
I am planning on finishing the "Loving Emily Blaine" series before going to anything else.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want the ability to entertain people without someone looking over my shoulder and stifling my creativity or censoring me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating things that evoke emotions in the readers of my work. If I can make someone think and feel with my work everything is worth it. Of course I want people to enjoy it as well. What point is there in an emotional reaction without having fun with a story?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play video games and watch movies and cartoons with my family mostly. I'm usually planning out how a story will go while doing these things though.
Who are your favorite authors?
Piers Anthony and H.P. Lovecraft come to mind without looking at my favorite books for a reminder on who wrote them.
What is your writing process?
A lot of procrastination and self deprecation until I start working, then it's smooth sailing unless my mind starts getting farther into the story than my fingers can type.
When did you first start writing?
I would say around 8 or 9 years of age.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up really early. My surroundings never mattered to me. I would say that this is the reason that I've been obsessed with details. I enjoy breaking down actions, objects, and people to analyze how everything is just words waiting to be spoken or written. To be honest, since I've been like this for as long as I remember, I don't think I'm properly equipped to tell how this has influenced my writing. That's for the fans to think upon.
How do you approach cover design?
I ask my best friend to do it. If you want to get in touch with him just send me a message.
Published 2015-04-21.
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