Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Alyx: My names Alyxandrya Prynce. I’m in my early thirties.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Alyx: All over the U.S. However, my life began in Dayton, Ohio. I’m currently in Raeford, North Carolina. It’s not far from Raleigh, way out in the sticks.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Alyx: I’m currently finishing up my Bachelor’s in Creative Writing, English, Fiction Writing, and Screenwriting. My husband and I are laying down roots, both in school, while raising our many pets. We are hopeful on starting a human family soon.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Alyx:I finished writing my first novel. It’s getting close to being published. I’m hoping it’ll be done before my birthday, end of May. The novel is called Saving Face. It’s a New Adult Romantic Thriller, describing the triumphs of a young woman and how she overcomes them; based on real events. Also, I started my YouTube Channel. I’ll be reading teasers of my books.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Alyx: Well, in school we are forced to write. My teachers would leave comments asking me to finish the stories or write them a sequel for extra credit. I never did. Now I wish I would have for the experience.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Alyx: Honestly, recently. It was a fun hobby that I didn’t really plan to go anywhere. After following other career goals and experiencing everything I’ve gone through… it dawned on me that writing is the career I want. I’m not myself unless I’m writing.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Alyx: The reason I started writing was – well- on a dare. My friend Zach, who recently passed away, dared me to do something I’ve never done. Not only did I write, I wrote a children’s book. Once the illustrations are done, I’ll be releasing that. That was maybe 12 years ago the dare happened. It really stirred something inside of me that I loved. I haven’t been able to stop since.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Alyx: Actually, my first book is called Litter Bug. It’s about a boy who is exactly that, a litter bug. It’s a comical little story that teaches lessons about friendship, making friends, cleaning the environment, finding happiness, getting married, and a little about death.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Alyx: I’m a variety author. All of what I do is challenging. Being a writer is a difficult task. I spend more time developing my characters than I do writing the stories. This book I’m about to release, Saving Face, was quite difficult. It’s a New Adult Romantic Thriller based on real events. The person it is based on wanted to be kept anonymous. My biggest challenge was alterations to keep it from coming back to them. I’m not completely sure what my style is. I’ve always been told I’m a bold writer.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Alyx: The story is somewhere between 50-70% based on someone’s life. I can’t say which percentage it’s closer to. All I can say is that their life didn’t end the way the book does.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Alyx: I would love to travel! It would eliminate Google searches of places and all the research once I have found the perfect place. I don’t typically use real city names in my books. However, I might base a fictional city on one I find that fits the visuals in my head.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Alyx: I have a variety of different artist I choose. Saving Face’s cover is by www.creativeparamita.com. They did an excellent job bringing the cover to life for me.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Alyx: People aren’t always what they seem to be. They might surprise you in ways you never expect. You don’t know the problems people face. Sometimes they take the pain and roll with it. Other times, they take it and ruin people’s lives to make themselves feel better. I guess you have to decide if you’re dealing with a hero or a natural born villain.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Alyx: Surprisingly enough, I’m horrible with names. Plus, I have brain damage that affects my memory and impairs my vision. I can’t always read, sometimes I have to listen to books on audio. I can’t remember who I like.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Alyx: The fans! I had a blog way back when blogs were first becoming popular. I was writing a novel and posting chapters for people to read. It went really well. I had half a million followers and publishers offering me contracts. The blog went under and the site went bankrupt. I have fans that stuck with me. They encourage me and inspire me every day. Without the fans, I wouldn’t be turning my writing into a career.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Alyx: I most certainly do!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Alyx: Heck no! I love the way it turned out. The only thing I wish was that I wrote it sooner!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Alyx: With enough coffee and quiet time it only takes weeks to write a novel! I’m not sure I’ll ever have that much quiet again. I’m in no way complaining. I love my life!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Alyx: I’ll actually be writing a screenplay for the book. It likely will be turned into a movie. The lead? Gosh. Honestly, I hope someone just starting out in their career. One who knows how to act but needs a strong role to prove their abilities.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Alyx: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Also, don’t force your writing. If you’re not feeling a scene or the summary of your story, don’t write it. Change the scene, adjust the summary. Do what you can to make your story flow. Get lost in your work. Lose track of time. Forget what time it is or what day it is. Let your soul free. Put your emotions deep within your work. Shed tears because the scene you wrote was so powerful you couldn’t hold back. Feel anger when your villain does something horrible to the hero. Writing is my passion. Make it yours!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Alyx: I’m a variety author. I write a lot of things. I don’t expect everything I write to sit perfectly with all my readers. If you don’t like the character’s or the type of book it is, just skip it. Wait for my next book to come out. I write about anything and everything. If I don’t know how someone is feeling, I find out. I have been a ghost writer for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight stories. I haven’t experienced a lot of what I write about when it comes to body parts and the obstacles life tosses out through ignorance. What I have experienced is the deep connection the characters have. That’s what I want my readers to experience. Love is blind. I don’t need to experience the exact things that happen in order to see the love the characters share. I don’t want to be close-minded to what I don’t know. I’m a writer. My job is to build a story as I see fit and just let it play out. It’s like an actor taking a role. They try to get in the same mind set. If I’m an actress taking a role as a soccer player, I’m going to learn about soccer. I’m going to get in the mindset of a soccer player and find out what they go through. I want to be in their head and learn what they know. Only then can I play the role I have been hired for. It’s the same for writing.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Alyx: I have more than 5,000 books on my Kindle. My current thing is reading new authors. I am trying to stay within the Romance genre. I occasionally slide into erotica. I’m not reading anything at the moment. I’m too busy, which stinks. My husband bought me George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, better known as Game of Thrones. It’s sitting on my nightstand, waiting for me.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Alyx: It was a children’s book with a lot of pictures in it. I could probably point it out if I saw it again. As for the title… I don’t have a clue.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Dry, dark humor. Slapstick. My husband will say he waits, in movies, for the worst possible death scene because he awaits my deep laugh. I truly believe World War Z is a wonderful comedy. I can list off a lot of actors that really make me cry-laughing. The list is super long. I’ll list a few: Christopher Walken, Will Ferrell, Nicholas Cage, Stephanie Beatriz, and Kristen Bell.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Alyx: Carrie Fisher. Hands down. Why? Because she’s Carrie Fisher!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Alyx: I’m sure I do… *scratches head.* My husband says I have too many interests and a lot of talent. I’m really good at a lot of things, so it’s hard to focus on one thing. I took up drawing a few months ago. I did a realism drawing using a mechanical pencil. The drawing is of Nicholas Cage. Nobody can believe I picked up the pencil on my desk, grabbed a blank sheet of printer paper and started drawing. That’s exactly what happened. I have the different stages on my Instagram. Really, I think my hobby is learning and trying new things.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Alyx: Christmas Movies. The super corny kind. The cornier the better. Corn it up and I’m all over it. I also LOVE anything comical. Tack in some romance and I’m set.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Alyx: I love food. Most food. I’m not really into raw food or anything too weird like snakes or crocodiles. I love Hot Pink. My favorite music is Alternative Rock, Metal, and Hard Rock, but I’ll listen to anything.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Alyx: It would depend on the reason of why I can’t write. If something happened to my hands, I can’t do word-working or crafts. If it’s simply because the career didn’t work-out, I’ll have all the time in the world to build what I want and do all the crafts I can get my hands on. I’ll also have more time to bother the crap out of my husband. He’d love that!
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Alyx: With my family. I’d want every last breath spent spending my last seconds with my husband and our big fur family. Plus everyone else in the family that can make it to us in time.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Alyx: Here lays a wonderful woman, who was also a major a**hole. May she forever rest in peace, though I shall wait for her to mess with me in my dreams.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Alyx: I sure do! AlyxPrynce.com I also have a Newsletter that can be found on the site, for things I don’t list. The direct link is http://eepurl.com/bXZa-r.
Facebook Author Page: facebook.com/AlyxandryaPrynce