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Interview with Alyssa DiSanza

A little something about Alyssa:

Alyssa DiSanza is a teenager in high school from Wickliffe, Ohio, a small suburb of Cleveland. Alyssa lives at home with her family and cat, Jack. She started writing at thirteen and now it has become a passion for her. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s usually hanging out with a few friends, painting, or listening to music. Alyssa hopes that through her writing, she'll be able to help people escape reality and dive into the wonderful world of fiction.

Questions and Answers:

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I first realized I wanted to be a writer when I was twelve. I would write fictional stories in google docs, but I never gave much thought to it until December 2019.

2. How long does it take you to write a book?

It depends on the type of book I’m writing. But usually six months to a year.

3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I don’t work, but I consider school my work. I’m pretty stressed and that’s where my writer’s block starts. Whenever a new school year starts, I’m always stressed and unmotivated.

4. What would you say is your unique writing quirk?

My unique writing quirk is writing long sentences when describing actions and stuff like that.

5. Whether it be traditional, self, or storybook apps. How do you find the publishing process?

I find it a bit stressful, but also fun and exciting because you’re about to publish a book YOU wrote!

6. How much of your writing process involves research in your subject matter or plot?

I'd say a good majority of it, especially if I'm writing about a character that has a mental illness. Or if the story is based somewhere that I'm not familiar with.

7. When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I finished writing Her Secret, a book that I consider my first May 11, 2020.

8. What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I like to read, listen to music, paint, or watching Netflix and YouTube. In the summer I like to swim also.

9. What does your family think of your writing?

They think it’s amazing that I found something I’m passionate about at a young age.

10.What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books (characters, location, plot)?

I found that I like to create damaged characters. Also, the settings in my books are usually somewhere in small towns. But I’m trying to change that up a little.

11.What is it you particularly like about the genre you write?

When I write romance, I like that I can make it about usually any type of characters and that it can happen in any time period or place. The same goes for fantasy, supernatural, and thriller.

12.Do you have any suggestions to help others become writers?

If so, what are they? Don’t rush yourself or your books! Take your time. It’s okay to take breaks to refresh and motivate yourself.

13.Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Sometimes! I have a lot of silent readers, but some of them comment and say things based on what’s happening in the book.

14.Do you like to create books for your target audience?

No, not really. I usually write for myself. But I do try to write stuff that they’ll enjoy.

15.What do you think makes a good story?

Writing from your heart. Don’t be fake about it.

16.How do you handle writer’s block and what do you tell other aspiring authors who may be fighting or fearful about hitting that wall?

I hardly handle writer’s block as it is. But I found that reading, listening to music, painting, doing something new, watching anything on your phone or tv, clearing your head, going to a new environment, and doing things that are creative other than writing help!

Final thoughts:

Alyssa is another young author with tons of talent and potential. She is brave and seemingly unafraid to go beyond the scope of her age. I think that stems from a supportive family and the presence of mind to know what she wants out of her life. I applaud her.

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