Writer Interview: Allie May talks about her experience with Hypergraphia
I’m pleased to introduce another guest writer on the blog today, Allie May! Allie writes Young Adult Fantasy, and currently prepping to finish her latest novel this November for NaNoWriMo. She has a blog called Hypergraphia – The Overwhelming Urge to Write, where you can read about her fascinating journey as a writer who deals with the exact opposite of writer’s block.
Tell us about yourself. What got you interested in writing?
Well, I’m a super geek with a mild Dr. Pepper addiction and a high sugar tolerance. I love superheroes, Star Wars, Disney, my dog, and my husband.
I started reading at four years old, and my mom says I’ve never been without a book since. I love words and the way they elicit emotion and memories. Books have always been a huge part of my life. Which is why when I started struggling with depression, I turned to books. Then, my Hypergraphia (the overwhelming urge or compulsion to write, also the name of my blog, Twitter, and Facebook page) developed and I started a dream journal. The only problem with my dream journal was that as a vivid dreamer I could control my dreams so I ended up basically turning one dream into a novel that I shared with my friends. My English teacher caught me writing during class but instead of punishing me, she encouraged me and told me I should be a writer. And since then I have always been writing novels, usually based off dreams.
What kind of stories do you like to write?
Fantasy, action, and adventure that explore character depth. I love to create the impossible and make the imaginary real. It’s my escape. Everyone needs a little magic to help swallow reality.
What are you working on right now?
My current project is titled Powerful. I’m planning to finish it for NaNoWriMo. I’m really excited about it, and I’ve received a lot of positive feedback so far. Here’s the blurb:
When Princess Kylanore was seven, her parents were taken away by the Council of Four for attempting to overthrow the Four Kingdoms. As Crown Princess, she is sent to attend school under the Council’s watchful eye to ensure she is fit to take the throne when the time comes where she risks discovery of her extra powers and uncovers secrets buried throughout the Four Kingdoms. When Eli returns, she has to make a choice. Will she keep quiet to protect herself, or will she leave behind her comfortable life to join Eli on his renegade attempt at justice?
What is it like, writing a novel? What are the biggest challenges, and what are the most rewarding aspects?
It’s really daunting when you look at page and word counts. But it’s also very thrilling to see what you can accomplish. I think the biggest challenge for me is focusing. My mind likes to do multiple things at a time, which can sometimes mean watching TV, reading a book, and writing at the same time. But I’m not actually being productive. It takes a lot of discipline for me to actually get writing done. But it’s so rewarding for me to get feedback and see others loving my characters and their adventures as much as I do. It encourages me to focus on my writing.
Are you planning on self-publishing, or going with a traditional publisher? And why?
I’m definitely planning to at least try with traditional publishing, but I’m not opposed to self-publishing. Self-publishing is nice because you have control over everything, but it also sounds like a lot of work to me and I’d rather spend that time writing.
What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about writing a book?
Write what you want to. There’s an audience for everything. But edit before you publish because nothing is tackier than reading a book with mistakes.
What are your future plans?
After finishing Powerful, I’m going to return to my fairy tale retelling trilogy. I started it last year, but halfway through I realized the plot was lacking so I put it aside with a bunch of ideas on what to change. Now I’m sorting through those ideas and mapping out each story.
Connect with Allie May:
Twitter : https://www.twitter.com/alliemayauthor