Denise Alicea

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: December 05, 2011

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Consoling Angel | Young Adult Time Travel | 11/22/2011

Mira did not know what she had in store the day she fell asleep while wanting to escape her current situation. Overcoming a death from someone so close and burying herself in school and an internship has kept her somewhat awake and alive. An admiration for the actor, James Dean was all that kept the memory of her father alive. If she couldn't be with her father, she could at least remember what they shared an admiration for together. She always wanted to meet James Dean. she didn't know it would come true. Be careful what you wish for. It may just come true.

What main genre do you write in?

Young Adult

Please tell us your latest news!

Consoling Angel is my first book. So I am very excited to share it with the world.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Wow, I have many favorite authors. If I have to name one then it would Morgan Llywelyn. Although some of her work is historical and some is fantasy, it just takes you back in time. We get a feeling for what people have gone through and sometimes we take an extraordinary journey with our hero or heroine. She has a way with words that are just magical.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I started to write poetry when I fifteen years old. This was all due to a family member sending me a poem that she had written and sparked a fire that has never gone out. I began to write my heart out and went from writing poetry to my own stories.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Find a great writing chapter or group. The more supporters you have the better. Going to write alone is never fun. Search on the internet and research your genre and read a lot. It will help you down the line when you market.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?

I would have to say that I love pens and journals. I have a small collection that I use over and over again so I write things down. Moleskin products are my favorite.

Please describe your writing environment.

My writing environment varies. I am mainly on my laptop that varies in the place where I can sit. It's either in my bedroom or with me during my lunch breaks at work. So it's a portable environment and a great one. I also use an iPad when I can to write as well.

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

The most challenging part of writing is editing and writer's block. Editing is a hard process and I find myself a bit frustrated at times. So I find that I need to take a break and when I do that I tend to feel better. I do many things, I take a break, read something else, or watch television.

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

I have many supporters, most whom I've met through RWA chapters. My main chapter whom I've severed in many capacity, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. The chapter is a great one and is very supportive. Miriam, Rebecca, Eliza, and Kerri, you guys have been so great. Also a special best friend, Marc who has been such a inspiration and a help. Love all of you and thank you for your support!

Do you like to mix genres?

Yes, mixing genres is always fun. I find that the more you mix the more opportunity for a better set of characters and plot. As an example, I did a young adult short story with time travel. Who wouldn't want to go back in time to meet someone they adore or admire?

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

Since I am a blogger and run a book blog myself, I am reading a ton of books at the time. At the moment I am reading Maggie Stiefvater's new book, The Scorpio Races. I love her work so I am enjoying the new world that she is bringing forth.

Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!

It was "The Email". The email came from me writing an email to the owner of DCL telling her it was nice to meet her. From there I happen to mention that I had a short story. From there she email me and told me that she'd love to see it and to email it to her head editor. Two weeks later, I got the email and although I was really sick was ecstatic!

What inspires your writing?

Everything inspires my writing. The people around me inspire me, art and history. So my inspiration is drawn from several places.

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

Yes, I have a beautiful black and white American short hair named Looney. She has been with me for a long time and she always inspires me to write fun and lovable characters.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

I would have to say that I would love to have dinner with Howard Carter. He was such an extraordinary character in history with such passion and drive. I would love to hear the stories he'd have to tell about Egypt and about his life in general.

Thank you to Night Owl Reviews for this opportunity.

To Writers everywhere- Never give up on your dreams!

Denise Alicea