Tell me a little about yourself, personally.
I’m a debut author, with a long-held love for writing. My career has taken her in several directions as a registered nurse and professor before she settled into the comfortable chair and cozy sweater that is writing. I live in a small town in South-Western Ontario, Canada, with my husband and daughter. I have also recently begun homeschooling my daughter, which has been quite a journey! I love video games, reading, being outside (when it’s not winter), and traveling.
What is the name of the book or books you have published?
The Secrets They keep is my debut novel. It’s a contemporary fiction adventure with a strong female lead.
Where can they be found?
The Secrets They Keep is available in hardcover and ebook on:
Do you have any current WIPs?
I’m currently in the editing phase of my second book, the sequel to The Secrets They Keep. I’m working with my wonderful critique partners, hoping to get it to my editor mid-2020.
How are they going?
It’s going really well! It isn’t going as fast as I’d planned, but since pulling my daughter from school, my free time has significantly decreased. I love this book, though, so I’m finding ways to squeeze in editing time, here and there.
What got you into writing?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’ve loved writing since I was about ten, and I realized I could create worlds and adventures in my head, put them to paper, and revisit them again and again. It’s become a kind of therapy for me in recent years. It allows me to escape my pain and stress like nothing else.
What keeps you focused?
I feel like having limited time actually makes me more focused. I don’t have time to
procrastinate. So, usually, I get to my computer and use that precious time to dig into my imagination and let it tell me a story.
What gives you inspiration?
I’ve always had a vivid imagination. I come up with ideas all the time. Sometimes it’s a song, or an overheard conversation, or just daydreaming.
How do you battle writer’s block?
My writer’s block is usually just exhaustion. That can only be solved by a break. If I’m just not feeling motivated, I switch gears. If I’m editing, I move to a section that needs rewriting, or I work on the book blurb, blog post, etc. I actually have a blog post about this very topic, here.
Did you decide on traditional or self-publishing?
I’m team self-publishing, with no shade at all to the traditional publishers. It’s just a better fit for me. I hate the stigma around self-publishing, but I love the freedom and creative control more, so *shrug*.
What made you make that choice?
Another topic that I have a blog post about :D I enjoy the control over my book contents, cover, title, etc. I also really hate the high price of traditionally published ebooks. I totally get that so many people need to get paid to make a traditionally published book happen, but it’s a goal of mine to make my book accessible to everyone. I mean, help with marketing would be great, but at this point in my career, Self-publishing is for me.
How does it feel to be considered an author?
It’s a hard feeling to accept. When I became a nurse, I graduated, started working in a hospital, and was referred to as a nurse. Because of that, I felt like a nurse. Being an author, it was different. I didn’t really feel it in the same way. It’s also hard because a lot of people don’t really see it as a job. It’s seen as a hobby. Luckily, I have the most amazingly supportive husband and group of friends on Twitter.
What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?
I use Twitter most frequently: https://twitter.com/AuthorAlisonH
I also have Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authoralison/
And a blog: https://alisonhaines.ca/