Interview with Aly Crane

What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction. I like comics as well. X-Men are probably my favorite. My favorite genre is historial urban fantasy (Aliens in Cardiff? In 1865?)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Paperwhite.
Describe your desk
Messy. My main desktop is Windows, but I have a MacBook Air that goes basically everywhere with me. I also write on iPad. My weapon of choice is a ballpoint pen and a spiral notebook if I need to get serious, distraction-free writing done.
When did you first start writing?
When I figured out how to hold a pencil. I've always wanted to tell stories.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There's an almost overwhelming sense of freedom that comes from telling the stories that I want to tell.
Who are your favorite authors?
Catherine Jinks, Eoin Colfer, Lemony Snicket, Libba Bray, Markus Zusak, Scott Westerfeld, Neal Shusterman.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote and actually showed to anyone was written in about 7th grade. It was about an uroboros with the power to derive the value of infinity. It lived inside a computer. The story ended with a joke about how dividing by zero is impossible.
How do you approach cover design?
As though it is a wounded animal.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A small, semi-rural town in Ohio. I've been partially surrounded by woods and a creek for most of my life. I was born on the Space Coast in Florida, though, and I think that somehow subconsciously influenced my love of sci-fi.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I could tell you, but I'd have to make you sign a confidentiality agreement.
Published 2014-07-04.
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