Interview with Allie Burke

Published 2013-09-15.
When did you first start writing?
Why do these things always have to begin with an embarrassing story? I started writing because of Twilight. A friend gave me the first book, and I was so apprehensive. Vampires? Really? I was stuck on Koontz thrillers at the time. But she practically made me, so I did. And read the rest of the series in a weekend. It was so... gorgeous, and mysterious, and fun, to put yourself in a place like Forks, Washington through literature. But it was missing something. I couldn't quite relate all the way. I kept going back to the bookstore looking for that book like Twilight that would provide that fulfillment, but I never found it. So I wrote the book I genuinely wanted to read. And Violet Midnight was born. I had never planned to write anything beyond that or even publish it, but I enjoyed it too much not to share. And when I read an article by Tymothy Longoria that introduced me to the world of writing and ultimately to the world of myself, I just kept on writing and never stopped.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Oh for all what is holy in this world. What is the story behind my latest book. My whole life's story? Someone who used to be very close to me was diagnosed with a mental illness. It rocked me for a very long time, until this person (or who I used to know her as) disappeared from my life completely. I researched my heart out about every significant detail on mental illness, and thought I was a know it all. That is until I embraced a friendship with someone who introduced me to an entirely alternate world within my own that I never knew existed. Through human connection I learned mental illness is not an illness but a condition. What I have learned about people, about existence in my life is more than I could have ever expected or hoped for. Which is unfortunate for book writing, because it has been nearly two years since I have published anything, which is kind of unheard of in the indie world. But I do believe in quality over quantity, so it is what it is. It'll be ready when it's ready.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The community. I have never experienced a support system so strong, nor met people so genuine when it comes to something, and someone, they love.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bleeding. Every writer says that and every person that is not a writer (or a reader) looks at us like we've lost it when we say that. But it's true. I think if you could imagine an intensely pained individual slicing open their arm, looking up to the sky and smiling until their eyes roll back into their head, until they can breathe again, and then until they can't breathe anymore... that's what writing is like.
What do your fans mean to you?
Do I have fans? Lol. I prefer to call them readers, but whatever. My fans mean the world to me. Several in particular, but I don't know how much they'd appreciate me calling them out. Being recognized as having accomplished something, created something, that affects the heart or the soul of an individual... I don't know if it gets any better than that.
Who are your favorite authors?
Maggie Stiefvater. Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Marni Mann. Sarah Addison Allen. Those are the ones that stand out at the moment.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Violet Midnight was the first thing I ever wrote.
What is your writing process?
Bleed. Haven't we gone through this? Lol.
Describe your desk
My desk is anywhere I happen to be. My car, or my coffee shop mostly.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
People? Love? Human connection? That one, I think. The prospect of learning something new about someone or about everyone and the prospect of being touched. A hug, a tap on the shoulder, a brush of fingertips. I live for connection. If I am not to connect with people, to leave the house and focus on myself alone, then I might as well not get out of bed. Ever.
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Books by This Author

Broken Voices
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Coming of age
No human can save another; we can only save ourselves. Poetically composed, Bestselling Author of The Enchanters series gives a glimpse into the post-apocalyptic war that is THE ENDERS, and the two people most unwilling to fight it. All proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society. Nowhere Train, book one of THE ENDERS, coming Spring 2015.
The Sandman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
The Sandman... a short diary of self-destruction A short story to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.