Name Alishia aka A.D. Duling (I’ll let you guess my middle:0)
Where are you from: Jacksonville, FL ya’ll
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect: High school education, then at 18 I joined the U.S. Army. I trained as a 91B Field Medic & 91Q Pharmacy Tech. I was active duty for 3 years and then dropped down into the reserves. In 2004 I was honorably discharged from the army and continue with my full time job as M.O.M. (mom of many). I have six wonderful kids. Three boys 4-13yrs. and 3 girls 5-12yrs. I have 1 husband (counts as 2 kids…shh! I didn’t say that), 3 dogs, 2 kitty cats, 2 turtles and 5 Guinea Pigs (don’t ask) I have tried many of things, failed on many, succeeded on many. I am currently a self-published (Indie) author of five ebooks on Amazon. I am still writing and three more books will be added to my number this year. I call myself a Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance YA Author. I also have a book out in the Children’s Fantasy Genre. I am easy going, clumsy, but have quick reflexes. I talk fast and a lot and can be very forgetful. I am a obsessive with vacuuming and love to mow the lawn. I’m a kid at heart and a daydreamer. I am considered the faithful kind and am LDS (The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints). Am I crazy? Perhaps a little, but I call that being artistic.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news? I recently completed the sequel (The Other Vampire)l to my Kindle ebook- One Of Them. Now the editing begins…. I also am about finished with another book (this one snuck up on me) called Stalking Claire Stevens.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing? I love reading (write more these days) and was considered a dedicated bookworm. Five years ago, I had an idea for my Anna Kippling Series. It started with a girl, a key and a door to another world. I know, probably not so original, but I am just loving Anna’s adventure!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer? I read somewhere (sorry cannot remember who) that if you think, drink, eat and dream of writing and then you go and keep on doing so…well then… you can call yourself a writer. (this is not word for word:0) I love creating stories and continue to do so. July 2011 I put out my debut novel. This month hits my first year as an official writer:0)
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book? The idea of that girl, the key and the door to another world. I sat down at my computer and started. I continued with the story, determined to at least finish it. I think my inspiration was that tiny belief that I could write a book. When I finished, it had turned into a series. I didn’t plan it to be that way and boy was that pretty ambitious, but I stuck with it. I believe in finishing what you started and never wondering what if. I will be completing the fourth book to the series this year. I plan to self-publish The Battle(Anna Kippling Series) in winter/spring 2013
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Third POV, but my Stalking Claire Stevens is actually written in 1st, I’m actually liking it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title? I actually start most of my stories with the title. For Anna, it came pretty easy when I created my character’s name. The Key came from the concept. The following book titles in the series were planned out before they were written.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Anna Kippling- never doubt yourself. Never doubt your greatest potential. Molly Woodhaven- Showing respect
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic? My character’s emotions are very realistic. For Anna, her world is not so much. For One of Them- Evie is your average teenager. Now the werewolves, shifters and vampires…not so much (even though we hope:0) Molly- your average kid, but her adventure… well she’s imaginative!
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Tiny bits. Inspiration comes from shares from the kids and their friends. Names are very much taken from people I know. Almost every one of my Children’s names have been used in my books. If you haven’t seen them yet, you will. (I have a few WIP in line) Braden my black smith in The Stones (#3 Anna Kippling Series) with the very cool birds in armor was inspiration from my 13 yr old’s friend. Can you guess his name?
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? Danielle Steel made me a romantic. Caroline Keene/Caroline B. Cooney- made me a sleuth and conspirator. Dean Koontz just made me scared. Oh !!There are too many! (I read alot from the authors stated, so I’ll stick with those)
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Caroline Keene started me out, so she is first. Recent writer would be Emlyn Chand (Farsighted Series on Amazon and Novel Publicity’s head lady)
Fiona: What book are you reading now? Just started Lauren K. Pomeroy’s- Alexander: Sacrifice. Instinct. Rebirth
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Emlyn Chand, Nicole Storey, H.P. Mallory, Eric Hendershot to name a few…too many. Indie authors are bringing it!
Fiona: What are your current projects? Stalking Claire STevens (finishing it up) The Battle- Anna Kippling Series, I shall be starting soon.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Just one?! Ok, that’s so hard! To all my friends…sorry! I will say my friend Angela. She was the first to read my book and always sat quietly and way too nicely listening to me ramble on about them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career? Of course, I live and breath writing.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Yes. Get it properly edited. All of them. Many of us indie authors put our work out their without this. It’s not that we don’t care and yes many say and I agree, we cannot afford not to get our work professionally edited, but really…I just can’t afford to right now. I enjoy writing my books and want to share it with others. I do not take my writing lightly and have done my ultimate best at formatting, editing, and design of my book covers. I am constantly and consistently working on improving myself until I can afford to do it right. Till then, my ebooks remain realistically priced and I am appreciative of every review and purchase.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Started like a seed and slowly grew. Reading is the start. You love the worlds your authors take you into and the adventures they take you on. So then as you read, read and then read some more, that seed grows, matures and then one day…you write.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us? Sure! I have it on Watt pad, so here is a linkhttp://www.wattpad.com/5440131-stalking-claire-stevens-blurb
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Sentence structure. I admit, I did not go to college and this will hurt you, but I strive to better myself and have made vast improvements. As I would never want to be an advocate of not going to college, I do want others to know you still can do it. It’s so much harder, but it is possible. And there is night school, you don’t have to go for the degree,but there are courses in this particular study.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Dean Koontz– Wow! What an imagination and he just draws you in! His descriptions, layout and how he tells the tale is intriguing as well as addicting. That is major talented!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Not yet…right now I am first a mother and wife. Second, I’m still new to the industry:0)
Fiona: Who designed the covers? Myself. They are not super steller, but I am pretty proud of myself.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book? With the Anna Kippling Series…remembering the links and connections. The more the story is spread out, the more difficult it is in making sure everything is consistent and nothing is left hanging. I use lots of notebooks and sticky notes…I have a synopsis (story map) to guide me and then I also write out my story in the notebook when I stop typing for the day. This enables me to stay on tract when I return to it. ( With kids, sometimes I can go a few days before I get back to my WIP).
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learned how creative I actually was. I have a huge imagination, afterall I am a dreamer. As I continue to write, it has also increased my awareness of details, character development and developing my story. I feel I am learning to tell the tale better.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers? Never give up. If you are contemplating on writing a book, write it. Don’t think, just sit down and write it. Do not doubt yourself, but also be realistic. The story you wrote may be the greatest thing to you, but it just may not be to others. Don’t quit, write another story. If still not, then write another. (Think of STeven King’s experience). Someone once said the bestsellers are really books of chance. It happened to be the” it” book, Now I am not saying the author isn’t talented, but a percentage of that is what the readers are into at the moment. This doesn’t mean go and write something to cater to them either. Author Jeff Goins said something like this: Write because you love to write, not because you want to make money. Get that out of your head. Realistically Indie authors have slim odds on getting rich from our works…also just write because that is what you are; a writer and because you love doing it.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thanks for taking a chance on me. Please take a chance on other Indie authors…there are really amazing ones out there.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ? Pretty much what I have wanted to do, I have already tried. Painting, I paint Folk Art….google me, you’ll laugh. Being a mother of course, but did that. I love being married and love family. I would say the only thing I haven’t done and would love to do is open my own resturant. I love food:0)
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it? I have both. Here are the links and other ways to connect with me.