Today, we have author Ali Luke of Aliventures telling us all about her writing journey, her favorites and more.
Personality Type (Myers-Briggs):
I have so many favourites, but one I’ve loved for many years is The Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit. You’re never too old for children’s books! J
Again, so many! Long-standing favourites are C.S. Lewis, Joanne Harris, Margaret Atwood, and Celia Friedman. Recently, I’ve been really enjoying Sophie Hannah’s psychological crime novels.
Don’t know, never cared!
Winter (my birthday’s in December).
City of Your Dreams:
I love Cambridge, where I lived as a child and where I went to university.
Favorite TV Show/ Movie:
All-time favourite TV show is Firefly. I’ve enjoyed pretty much all the Marvel movies.
Favorite YouTuber/ Channel:
I don’t watch much on YouTube!
Most underrated book, in your opinion:
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. Not underrated really so much as unknown (outside of academia!) It’s one of the earlist novels in English and I studied it as an undergraduate.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Definitely a morning person.
When did you know that you wanted to become an author?
By the time I was a teenager, quite possibly before. I spent my 14th birthday money on Nigel Watt’s Write a Novel (and Get it Published).
When did you start the blog? How has the journey been so far?
I started Aliventures in mid-2009 (though I had a couple of blogs before that too). There have definitely been a few rough patches along the way, but I’ve absolutely loved writing there and building up a community around the blog.
What advice would you give aspiring non-fiction writers?
Get a bit of experience (perhaps writing a blog post or a bit of web copy for a charity) and then start putting yourself out there and looking for paid work.
If you’re thinking of writing a non-fiction book and you’ve not had any experience previously, I’d definitely suggest trying your hand at a few articles or blog posts first.
Is this any different from the advice you’d give fiction writers?
I think fiction writers should launch write in! If you want to write fiction, then do – it’s a long path to success but I have yet to find anything as intrinsically rewarding and fulfilling as writing fiction!
What is the best book marketing advice you’ve ever gotten?
Pay for professional editing and cover design. A lot of people gave me this advice (and I’ve passed it on in turn). It really does make a huge difference.
How long did it take to go from an aspiring author to earning a full-time income from writing? Any tips for those that are in the process?
It’s hard to say how long, exactly: I guess I wanted to be an author when I was 13, and I started making a living writing when I was 23, so 10 years!
I still don’t make much money from fiction – but I love all the non-fiction I do, plus my work with other writers.
What was the turning point in your journey as a self-published author? When did you know that whatever you were doing was starting to work?
There have been several turning points, but a big one was quitting my day job back in 2008.
Thank you so much for doing this interview with us. Do you have any projects in the pipeline? When can we expect to hear more from you?
I’ve always got several projects on the go! I’ve just completed a redesign of my site www.writershuddle.com
(a community/teaching site for writers) and I’m working a stand-alone novella, which will be free, and the third book in my Lycopolis trilogy.
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