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Indie Author Spotlight: Alison Saul author of "A Shot at Desire"

A bit about you:

1. Where are you from? Does that have any impact on your writing?

a. I am from all over the place. I grew up in the mid-west, but was born on the East

coast, and I have lived all over the world since. Having all of these different

experiences should influence my writing.

2. How old were you when you first started writing your own stories?

a. I have written for school and college projects, but this is the first for recreation,

so 30.

3. Do you enjoy reading? If so, who would you say is your favorite author?

a. I love to read. I do not have a favorite author I just like a good story. I have read

Tolkien, Martin, King, Stoker, Keneally, Patterson, Gaiman, Gardner, Collins,

Meyer, Paolini, are just a few names on my shelves. However, I have been

reading more romance novels as of late.

4. Did you always want to be an author?

a. No. I had no idea I was going to publish a book until last year.

5. Do you have any hobbies?

a. Yes, other than reading I like to paint miniatures for D&D.

6. How many unfinished novel ideas do you have lying around?

a. 4: A fantasy, displaced gods, a necromancer, and a catch the spy.

7. Are you more of a morning person or a Night owl?

a. Much to my husband’s distain, I am a morning person. Sleeping in is 0630.

8. If you could change any one thing about our world today, what would it be?

a. There are too many to list here.

A bit about your writing:

1. How do you go about writing? Are you a planner or do you just write?

a. For A Shot at Desire, I just wrote. But for the others I am working on I have small

outlines, like the big plot mapped out.

2. How do you come up with your characters? Are any of them inspired by people in

your life?

a. I got these characters from characters created at a game night for one of the

tabletop games we were playing.

3. Are you a full-time or a part-time writer? How do you think that affects your


a. I wrote this book as a hobby, and never planned on getting it off my computer.

Honestly, I don’t know if I will publish again.

4. Knowing this is your first published book, could you tell us a little about the

journey from beginning to end? How do you feel now that it’s finally out there?

a. I wrote the hotel meeting first, because it was never meant to go farther than

that, however, the people closest to me asked ok what next? So, I just kept

adding and 300 pages later I went wow, I actually finished. Right now, I am

fighting on whether I should or should not take it down. My greatest pride and

greatest pain.

5. What do you find to be the most difficult part about writing? The easiest?

a. The most difficult would be getting started and sticking with it. I am going to

college, and I move a lot. I have to squeeze writing in between regular life stuff.

The easiest part is coming up with ideas.

6. What comes first, plot or characters?

a. Both at the same time, as I said we were at game night, so I took the characters

and the adventures they went on and added my own twist to them.

7. Do you prefer writing and planning all digitally or do you keep some notes and

drafts on paper?

a. With dyslexia and poor spelling, I would never have had the confidence to

actually get this story out of my head without a computer.

About A Shot at Desire:

1. Do you have a favorite character? Scene?

a. I love Zuko and Selene. My favorite scene is the motorcycle ride. It would be the

first time they could be themselves around each other.

2. If you could be any of the fantasy races from your world what would you be?

a. That is easy, an Elf. It was my first D&D character. However, as I get older

maybe an Orc would be a better choice.

3. Were there any parts of the novel you found challenging to write?

a. Yep, the sex scene. Couldn’t tell?

4. You delivered us with three different endings to choose from. Was it simply

because you couldn't decide how it should end? Or was there another reason?

a. No. My ending is how the book is written and that was always going to be the

ending. However, my beta readers had such an emotional reaction that I started

thinking about different outcomes or how things would have played out if they

were different. Once I had them written out, I decided to let the readers decide

which one the liked best. And no, I will probably not do it again.


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