Interview with Alicia Chumney

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Normally my cat meowing to be let or or back in. But every day I get to make something either using words or a variety of crafting tools. Then once I've made something I get to read.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Crafting. Crochet. Making literary themed jewelry. Teasing my cat. Reading. Mostly reading and creating.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'll find a book I liked and see if there are any recommended suggestions. I'll look at some of them. I'll look at recommended suggestions for the recommended suggestions. I'll select a genre and browse through that.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was horrible. I was in the seventh grade and my English teacher had given us a writing assignment. We then had to read it to the rest of the class. Mine was about a dog catcher that was looking for dogs that were mysteriously vanishing throughout a town. Then I wrote something else. And then something else and haven't stopped since then.
What is your writing process?
I'll get an idea. Write it down. Create characters. Listen to music. If a scene pops into my head I'll write it down, even if I don't end up using it. I'll write until I can't write anymore because it feels like the story is finished.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story I ever read. I was little and it would have been at the children's area of the public library. But I have been a lifelong reader and that it all because of my mom taking me to the library every week ever since I learned how to read.
How do you approach cover design?
I wait until the main idea of the story is formed and then I'll look at photos at the sites that tend to have good photography. Then I'll play around with the image, or several images, until I find the right cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Anne of Green Gables Books 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8. I've always loved Anne and her family.
Pride and Prejudice - the social commentary and Austen's wit.
Twelfth Night - I like the complexity of the situations in the story.
Old Magic - Marianne Curley.
Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost everything. Young Adult. Romance. Children's classics. Classics. Drama. Fairy tales. Whatever catches my attention and my mood at the time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Kindle Fire HD
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter. Crossing my fingers and hoping for the best (Sometimes doing nothing has better results for some strange reason.)
Describe your desk
Cluttered with crafting/creating stuff for my online shop.

Where do I write? Where ever the words come. My bed with my laptop. A table with a notebook. A local park. Notebooks. Laptop. Pens. Pencils. Colored pencils. I've even used a ticket book from when I worked in a restaurant once.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in West Tennessee and a lot of my characters live in or around places I've been, taught, subbed at, visited, etc.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to tackle this 'challenge' with my own two hands, with my own control.
Published 2017-01-22.
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