Friday, May 5, 2017

Interview with Allie May

This month's interview is with Allie May, writer and blogger!

Kristen - Where is your favorite place to write?

Allie May - My recliner used to be the best place to sit and write. I love writing with my feet up, and the chair was so comfortable. But it’s currently in storage. When I’m at work, I’m stuck at a desk and it’s not comfortable at all. Now I have a chair support for my bed that I use when I write on my days off work.

Kristen - Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Allie May - Absolutely. For example, if a book has a shirtless guy on it, then I won’t buy it. I’m also tired of the girls in awkward positions trying to look natural on covers.

Here’s what I want my book cover to look like. It looks kind of like a textbook which I think makes it stand out more on the shelf. But ultimately the publisher gets to decide what it looks like.

Kristen - I also think knowing your audience plays into it. I feel like I'm attracted to certain kinds of covers, and that it's a great first impression aspect that authors and publishers can use to say "my book is the kind of book people who enjoy x type of fiction will love". 

And I'm so with you on the shirtless men photos! Or the headless people, where they just took a picture from the neck down. Those aren't deal breakers, but I spend too much time wondering where their heads went.

Does your book use any references to mythology or real-world folklore, or does it contain its own folklore?

Allie May - One of my favorite parts of Powerful is the mythology that I was able to create for each kingdom. They each have their own creation myths that I based off real world religions. One is a monotheistic religion with a prophet that I based off Islam. One is a polytheistic religion that I based off Indian and Japanese religions. One is kind of a Native American inspired religion where the elements themselves are gods. It was probably my favorite thing to write out of the whole book.

Kristen - What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

Allie May - I’m not really marketing books right now, since I don’t have anything published yet, but I do spend a lot of time marketing myself. I make sure to use social media once a day, and I try to come up with funny and entertaining things to post that will make readers like me when I do have something to offer. For example, I’ve started putting funny quotes that I say onto photos and sharing them.

Kristen - Even marketing yourself can take a lot of effort. So it's great that you've started now and are trying to show future readers who you are as a person. 

What’s your views on social media for marketing, and which of them have worked best for you?

Allie May - I love using social media to market. I’m a total introvert, and I hate talking about myself, but social media has really been a great way for me to connect with other writers and readers. I love Facebook because it’s easy and I already know how to do it, but I’ve also *reluctantly* started to see the value in Twitter.

Kristen - It's a lot of time to build connections, so it's great that you're enjoying the process and getting out there and meeting people. Everything's easier if you find pleasure in it. 

Thank you for letting me interview you, and I can't wait to see Powerful published!

I am Allie May, fantasy author and mother of the world’s cutest dog. I run the blog, Hypergraphia. Hypergraphia means the overwhelming and uncontrollable impulse to write, and I combat it by writing fantasy novels and blogging twice a week. When I’m not writing or working, I’m usually at Disneyland. I’m currently editing my novel, Powerful, while working on another novel that I started when I was twelve called A Fairy’s Tale. On the weekends, you might catch a glimpse of me in the shadows as a lightsaber-wielding superhero. Maybe.

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