HELLO FRIENDS! Today I’m pleased to share an interview with Allie–aspiring writer, fellow pantser, a romantic I hope won’t toy with my heart when we eventually get to see her writing!
Read below to hear more about where her writing journey began and how Jane Austen played a role in it.
1. What is the first thing you remember writing?
When I was ten, I discovered my love for procedural television shows. As an outlet for my feelings and wanting to explore the characters that I became close to, I begun writing fanfiction and interacted with storylines through role playing blogs. Those platforms allowed me to build and listen to characters, learn how stories worked, and how to find my voice.
2. What is your favorite thing to write about?
My favorite thing to write is always the romance. I’m such a softy at heart. Give me breathless moments. Give me things that make your heart jump with anticipation and butterflies in your stomach. I love all things love.
3. Tell me one of your writing goals.
I think with all writers who pour their hearts into their craft, the goal of becoming published and having our books on readers’ shelves is always an outstanding goal. A closer achieving goal for me, as a writer, is to honor my characters and the story they are telling me to write.
4. Have any particular writers inspired you?
As a child, Jane Austen’s romances really inspired me. P&P was really the first lengthy chapter book I ever read, and I remember being very young and thinking that if I ever wrote a love story, I would want it to be timeless and classic.
Emily Dickinson inspired me to write without fear, to speak and live on the edge and to display the contents of my heart.
Most recently, Hafsah Faizal, author of We Hunt The Flame. She inspires me to be authentic to myself, show up fully, and write about what is in my heart, not what I think others want to read. She has taught me that the true measure of any story is about heart. That as a writer, you should always strive to create captivating characters who truly care for one another. It can be tough, but being resilient and sticking to how you tell your story will really allow it to shine through.
5. Tell us about a favorite character you’ve created.
Oh-what a tough question!
I’ll have to go with my character from last years’ NaNoWriMo project: As Above, So Below. She is not my MC, but I do love her dearly. Her name is Giala and she ended up becoming a badass who was willing to go through all the terrible things I threw her way and came out on the other side with grace and resilience.
6. Do you have any writing advice to share with us?
Always “do it afraid.” Do things with your writing that you never thought you would. Stretch your limits. Never feel like you’re reaching the end. Your words are powerful. They contain a magic that only you can conjure. So, keep writing, keep going, even when you’re ready to stop.
7. What’s the last book you read?
The last book I read was “The Beautiful” by Renee Aideh. I’ve always loved her writing and found it was the perfect book for Halloween! Vampires, New Orleans, and a secret society? All the things I love. I gave it 5 big stars!
Allie Macedo (Lanning) is an aspiring author from the great state of Iowa. To the outside world, she is a Customer Service Representative who also volunteers her time as Communications Director for her local LGBTQ+ Pride Organization.
Writing, reading, and talking about her obsessions has been a major role in her life from the very beginning. She has a passion for creating and meeting others through the things she loves. This has allowed her to experience much more of the world than she can being stuck in the fields of Iowa.
She’s currently working on her NaNoWriMo project that she planned at the last moment. Because she’s also a pantser, and once you meet her, you’ll get it.
THANK YOU so much for joining us, Allie! I can’t wait to see where your writing journey takes you.
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