About Alissa Callen:
When Alissa Callen isn’t writing she plays traffic controller to four children, three dogs, two horses and one renegade cow who really does believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. After a childhood spent chasing sheep on the family farm, Alissa has always been drawn to remote areas and small towns, even when residing overseas. Once a teacher and a counselor, she remains interested in the life journeys that people take and her books are characteristically heart-warming, emotional and character driven. She currently lives in rural Australia.
What inspires you to write?
I’m a country girl and have always lived in remote or regional areas so it was natural my imagination played itself out against a country backdrop. I love writing stories that encapsulate the rural way of life and that pay homage to the resilience of small town communities. I live on a farm, and near a small town, so inspiration surrounds me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a hybrid-plotter. I plot in broad brush strokes and then pantser my way through filling in the finer details. A title always comes first. For some reason I can’t seem to settle on a plot if I don’t have a title to pin the story on.
I write in a home office and generally have my iTunes playlist humming away. Sometimes it can take a while to get into the ‘zone’ so that’s where being slightly addicted to Google helps – there will be something on Pinterest or You Tube that will give my sleepy muse a nudge.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m very visual so make lots of visits to Pinterest.
What advice would you give other writers?
To keep reading as well as writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My choice to be published traditionally is a reflection of the genre I write in. In Australia rural fiction is a very strong print market. But the world is a worldwide marketplace and so eBooks are also important. My main eBook publisher, the Tule Publishing Group, provides the best of both worlds – help from a publisher along with the creative freedom and control of self publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The publishing landscape is always changing. After the swing towards eBooks perhaps the pendulum is now swinging a little way back toward print.
What genres do you write?: contemporary romance, western
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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