Interview with Alison Insco

When did you first start writing?
As far as I can remember, I started writing in the third grade. I was given an assignment to write a short book, complete with a wallpaper and cardboard cover. I wrote about the town I had just moved from, and about my experiences with moving. My teacher raved about my story, and invited me to read it to the school via the PA system in the office. From that point on, I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am inherently terrible at selling myself. I could never come up with a decent query letter that left me feeling confident enough to send it to a traditional publisher. As a result, I started looking into self-publishing, and eventually took the leap.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is my happy place. I can disappear within the words, and immerse myself in a world of my own design. I am the one with the power, the one in control. But, most of all, I am the Creator, imagining whole lives and translating them onto the screen for others to read about.
What are you working on next?
I am currently tackling a novel about mental illness, which is a subject close to my heart. This particular project is one that has been in the works for fifteen years off and on, though mostly off.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. They are little balls of amazing wrapped up in a bundle of angst and love. I have a teen and a tween, and every day is lived for them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There's such a thing as "not writing"? I kid, I kid. Usually when I am not creating something new, I am editing something old. When I am doing neither, it generally means I'm cooking or out of the house taking care of appointments. And of course, there's always those hours when the daystar has gone to bed when my body chooses to recuperate and regenerate.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of police dramas, thrillers, and young adult fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPhone. I have a Kobo, but I find that, with a lessened capability to concentrate, the smaller screen of my phone is easier for me to read as there are no huge walls of text to contend with.
Who are your favorite authors?
Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, and many others.
What is your writing process?
I'm not sure that I would call it a process, really. When the mood strikes, I sit at the keyboard and write until the inspiration passes. There was also that summer where I wrote a novel entirely longhand, just to see how long it would take me. I am a "pantser", in that I fly by the seat of my pants most of the time. Pre-planning tends to feel forced and fake when I go that route.
Published 2014-09-15.
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Books by This Author

Edge of Consciousness
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,260. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
When a rash of strange dreams invade the sleep of the Bishop family and their close friend Naomi, Elise Bishop seeks answers. What she finds is Merridell, a land with old-world charm and untold magic, accessible only while in slumber. They are called to fight the malevolent Ashwah, to free the people of Merridell from its terrible grip. This will be the battle of the ages.
Secrets and Lies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,820. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
When Alex finds herself cast aside by her "something else", she finds solace in Joey, a stranger who happens to be in the right place at the right time. Mari returns several months later, and the lies pile upon each other higher and higher until the truth is indistinguishable from the fabrications. Can Alex forgive Mari and recover a friendship? When the truth finally does come out, it may be too.
Save The Last Dance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,910. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
A camping trip ends on a sour note, putting the future of Beth and Aaron’s relationship in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Megan harbours a secret that threatens the security of her own relationship with Bryce. As the school dance approaches, the weekend takes over the thoughts of the six teens,.forcing them to focus on the actions of a so-called friend. The resulting decisions could change their lives.
Ray of Light
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,690. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Anna escaped an abusive marriage while pregnant and moved across the country away from all she had ever known. Six years later, strange phone calls begin coming in. Anna and her new husband strive to ignore the calls, but when her ex-husband's voice comes across the line, they become impossible to ignore.
Lullaby
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,000. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Tessa Winters finds herself held captive by a mysterious man in a rubber suit. What will happen to her? Will she find her way out?