Alane Adams grew up in an old Quaker town called Whittier in Southern California. After spending the next few decades helping to build one of the largest recycling companies on the West Coast, Alane left the family business behind to pursue her writing career. Before launching into writing full-time, Alane began teaching full-time at a local university. Finally, the Legends of Orkney series was born when her then 12-year-old son challenged Alane to write a book he could read. She hasn’t stopped writing since that day.
1. How do you get inspiration ?
Inspiration flows when you open yourself to channeling it. All it takes is the desire to create something and a willingness to invest the time and tap into that imagination that is responsible for the raw output.
2.What first inspired you to write ?
I have always aspired to be an author, but a few years ago, my 12 year old son asked me to write him something he could read and that was the trigger to give me the courage to write the Legends of Orkney series.
3.How do people react when you tell them you’re an author ?
Most people say “I’ve always wanted to write a book!”.
4.Which authors inspire you ?
I am in awe of the world building that Sarah J. Maas does in her books. She has this power to create relationships that make the reader feel so deeply. I am also a big fan of Leigh Bardugo and her Grisha world.
5.What is the best book you have read recently ?
A Court of Mist and Fury nearly wrecked me! And then Empire of Storms???? When Celeana is in that box…..
6.What did you research for your series ?
My series are mythology based so I spent a lot of time reading up on mythology searching for kernels of inspiration. For example, in The Red Sun, I wrote a scene where Sam is facing a giant squid, and I thought, wouldn’t it be nice if he had a magical spear, and then I remembered reading about the Gungnir spear that always comes when you call it. I went back and inserted it into the story and it became a key piece in the book.
7.What inspired you to write fantasy ?
It’s what I like to read.
8.Where did the idea of your upcoming book came from ?
The third book in the series The Raven God is probably the most fun one in the trilogy! I wanted to feature Loki in a way that made us look deeper into what made up his relationship with Odin and also bring resolution to the character’s journeys.
9.Do you read all of your book reviews and how do you react to them ?
I try to avoid reading them! I really appreciate people who take the time to write them and they are absolutely essential for Amazon placement. But words can so easily shape your outlook and sense of confidence either positive or negative. I rely more on the feedback I get from my Instagram followers and the kids I interact with face to face at schools I visit.
10.What other authors are you friends with and how did that help you with your writing ?
Authors are pretty solitary people! I don’t have many author friends but after attending Book Expo I was able to connect with a few other authors from my publishing firm. It’s nice to share your experiences and help others on their journey.
11.What is your best memory as a writer ?
Seeing the look on my son’s face when he read the home-made copy of The Red Sun for the first time. Second best would be winning my first award.
12.What are your favorite under appreciated novels ?
Hmm…that’s a tough one! I read so much popular YA/MG that I can’t think of one!
13.Do you believe in writer’s block ?
Absolutely not! There is only lack of preparation and fear. For example, if you don’t know anything about mythology but decide to write a book that’s closely tied, how would you think of words if you had no inventory of ideas and a sense of the world? Fear of not measuring up is one of the biggest blocks to writers-they get in their own head and start thinking that what they are writing isn’t any good—which it might not be but it can’t get better unless it is first written. Creating and editing are two different skills.
14.Do you have anything to say to your readers ?
Read everything you can. It’s good to diversify your taste in books to discover new ideas and ways of thinking.
15.Anything else you want to say about the new book ?
The Raven God is a fast fun ride that is filled with magical flying ships, a fearsome army of red giants, and plenty of mayhem and magical mishaps to entertain the most discerning reader!
16.Can you describe your upcoming book in three words ?
A funrollercoasterrideof adventure!
17.What is one of your favorite quotes ?
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Thank you so much to the wonderful Alane Adams for helping me with this interview. It was so much fun finding about about the process of writing the Legends of Orkney series and about Alane . If you want to check her out and her books , use the links down below :