Interview with Alana Munro

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I was about 8 years old. I used to ask my Mum to give me a subject - any subject - and I'd write. She said write about a trip to the zoo. She gave me some great ideas.
What is your writing process?
I write down every idea I have for weeks regarding one book idea. I keep a journal open and just keep adding to it. After months have went by I go back and have a look. If it looks like I have enough passion for a project I go for it. I only ever write about things that interest me personally and things I actually understand from my own personal experiences. I do plenty research. I study the book genres market. Is my book idea going to work? Then I just get busy on my lap top.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading books, drinking red wine, making lovely meals for my family, trying to get to the bottom of my washing pile (I never do as I have four kids!), marketing my works, catching up with friends, spending time with my family. I'm a simple creature. I enjoy the simple pleasures.
How do you approach cover design?
I always, always will hire a professional. A beautiful cover is absolutely essential to author success.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
A fabulous cover helps. But, what has really worked has always been my ability to connect and support other authors. I've built a network of awesome authors thanks to my blog and social media connections. Authors are incredibly receptive, open people in general. We understand the concept of helping each other. Authors who are completely on their own and refuse to help other authors will really struggle. It's such a lonely job, we must reach out to other authors and offer our hand!
Describe your desk
Dusty, messy...but creative!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a poor ex-mining town brimming with unemployment, drugs and grimness. Did it influence me? Yes, it has made me who I am. Nothing scares me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a bit of a control freak. I wanted power over my own words. I was also inspired by the flexibility it gave me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The reflection. The ability to express who I am. It's like therapy. It's a gift!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My four adorable kids. They are the most important thing. Love and family is everything. Their love nourishes me and keep me writing.
Published 2016-01-17.
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