I would like to present an interview with Author A.J. Alldis!
- What genre are your books? I write mostly dark fantasy but have dabbled in horror and contemporary YA.
- What draws you to this genre? Not everything in life has a happy ending. I like telling stories from a darker point of view to reflect this.
- What project are you working on at the moment? I’m currently working on two projects: a dark fantasy novel and a zombie novella.
- What’s it about? The novel is about an indebted thief forced to infiltrate a mysterious village and steal a powerful relic in order to repay his debt. The zombie novella is about a man travelling through a zombie-infested Florida in order to deliver a love letter he found in a dead man’s hand.
- Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special? Del Kanadis is the main character in the novel. He’s a cocky, selfish thief that thinks of nothing but himself and his quest for freedom. He has a talent for getting other people to do his dirty work and rarely gets blood on his own hands.
- Have you written anything else? I’ve written some horror and contemporary YA short stories that I’m currently shopping around.
- What are your ambitions for your writing career? I’d loved to be traditionally published one day, but really, just to write stories people enjoy reading is good enough for now.
- Which writers inspire you? John Green is one of my favourite authors. I love his narrative style and it’s really helped help me hone my own narrative voice.
- When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write? I don’t think I ever really decided to become a writer. I’ve just always loved writing stories, even from a very young age. My father writes fantasy as well so it’s probably genetic.
- Do you have a special time or place to write? I prefer to write in the mornings before the day has fully drained my creative juices. I can write a night with the aid of copious amounts of coffee.
- Where do you get your inspiration? Life. There are so many things in everyday life that spark ideas for new and exciting stories. Everywhere you look you’ll see potential novels-to-be.
- Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you? I sketch out a rough outline of the scenes I’d like to see in the story, but I write each scene organically, changing paths if the story should dictate something better or more logical.
- Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it? I often get writer’s block. I overcome it by writing something new or reading until the muse returns. It usually doesn’t last more than a day before I get the writing bug back.
- What is the hardest thing for you about writing? Writing. I mean, actually forcing myself to stick to my routine and write every day if I can. Life has a habit of trying to squelch that plan on the daily basis.
- How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route? I do not have any completed books to market at this time. I am nearly finished my first novel which I plan to submit to various fantasy agents upon completion.
- How much research do you do? Depends on what I’m writing. The majority of what I write is fantasy which I feels gives a lot of freedom to make up your own rules. For instance, Del Kanadis has a gun that shoots elemental energy out of finely cut crystal; no research required. Other times, like how long a horse can actually carry a rider without rest, needs a certain amount of accuracy.
- Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? I write mostly on my laptop, but break out my tablet or phone if I need to get something down while I’m away from the computer. In the car, I use a hands-free dictation app. Safety first.
- What are some of your favorite books/authors? My favourite author is John Green. I love his style and even though he writes YA and I am nowhere near a YA, his stories resonate with me. Favourite books are LOTR, Hunger Games, Jurassic Park and The Fault in Our Stars.
- Are you currently reading any books? Currently reading John Green’s Looking For Alaska.
- How can readers discover more about you and your work? Readers can follow @alldis on Twitter, or friend me on Facebook. There’s only two Adam Alldis’s on Facebook and I’m the one from Canada.
Website: alldis.ca (under construction)
Facebook: Adam Alldis (Canada)