It’s a December Author Spotlight Flood! Clearing out my backlog and getting these authors into the spotlight.
- a USA Today Bestselling Author of young adult fairytales and fantasy
Readers, thanks for checking out another Author Spotlight Interview. Let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
Alice Ivinya lives in Bristol, England. She is wife to Sam, mummy to their toddler, and owns the best dog in the world, Summer. She has loved fantasy all her life and her favourite authors are Brandon Sanderson and Holly Black. When she’s not off galavanting in other worlds, she loves walking the dog and spending time with her church family.
Alice hopes to change the world for the better, one word at a time.
Alice, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most author spotlight interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
I would have a pet dragon because then all my worries would vanish. I could fly, scare away anyone I didn’t like and the possibilities for income are endless. Plus, I would never feel cold. Bonus, if they could shift into a person and blend in!
Pet, protector, and transportation! The best combo!
What do you write? And how did you get started?
I write young adult fairytales and fantasy, with some more new adult books coming soon! I’ve written fantasy ever since I can remember and wrote my first full-length book at eleven years old about an incompetent magician’s apprentice who found out he was really a prince. I’ve not stopped since.
I have also always loved fairytales, especially the darker Grimm ones. I like it when purity and innocence clash with real darkness and danger! I try and have some of those contrasts in my writing.
Oooh! Some of my favorite genres.
What do you like to read?
I read many genres, but mostly secondary-world fantasy. I read a lot of epic fantasy as well as young adult and fantasy romances. Pretty much everything by Brandon Sanderson gets devoured by me!
Totally my jam, as well!
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you
The right playlist can help you write
I can’t listen to music when I write most of the time! I need silence! I’m also rubbish at character sheets. My characters feel like they come ready-made in my head!
I get it! While I can write with music, and often do, I cannot edit with it. My brain gets too loud!
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice they can pry out of your cold, dead hands
Write more books.
Nothing has improved my craft, my process, and my understanding more! I feel like I keep getting better as I learn about story structure and avoid making the same mistakes. It also means I can reflect on my reviews to see what worked and what people disliked.
Ahh, the old rule of practice makes perfect… as long as you examine what went right and what went wrong. Doing the same thing over and over again wrong will just create really bad habits.
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
Feathers of Snow
In Brianna’s new world of ice and snow, the coldest things by far are the eyes of her betrothed…
Brianna bears a deadly secret: she’s not the princess she is pretending to be. If the prince finds out, her life will be forfeit and her country plunged into war.
But there is more to the icy prince than meets the eye, and Brianna slowly unravels the secrets of his dark past while surviving in a strange culture.
However, her goodness and wit will only get her so far. Terrifying beasts stalk the border and a murderer is at work in the town. They know the truth of Brianna’s identity and will stop at nothing to destroy all she has fought for.
Being deaf meant life was hard for Adelaide in thirteenth-century Germany. However, it also saved her from the Pied Piper’s music. When the children were stolen, she was left behind.
Now she and her blind friend must risk everything to free the children trapped in an eternal dance. But to rescue them she must face the Heartless Queen, who will do anything to keep them and survive her twisted games.
Adelaide finds she has no choice but to trust the man she should hate and hope he is not playing games of his own.
If she fails, the children will be lost forever.
Slipper in the Snow – A Holiday Short Story Series
Burge has always been famous for its spectacular Christmas Eve ball, and this year everyone knows it will be exceptional. The King lies on his deathbed, and Prince Simeon is looking for a wife. Princesses and ladies alike are flocking from around the world seeking his hand, but the only person he has eyes for is the mysterious stranger who appears from nowhere with a terrible secret.
Avan’s land is dying.
A washerwoman whose future is bleak, Avan faces starvation. When the capital takes those in her village with tribal magic, she leaves with them, hoping for a better life. Or at least a constant supply of food.
Saving her country, gaining the heart of a prince, and then getting captured by savages wasn’t exactly what she’d had in mind.
But the real threats come from unexpected places and soon everyone she loves is at risk. She must untangle decades of corruption and rid the country of its most powerful leaders or watch her village starve.