1) Who are your top five favorite authors? 1. Elizabeth Gilbert. I adored Eat, Pray, Love. 2. J.R. Ward. 3. Heather Graham 4. Sharon Sala 5. Patricia Cornwell
2) What is the worst book you ever read and why? 50 Shades of Grey. I know it’s a best seller, and I know people raved over it, but I just didn’t get it. Give me a gritty story about real people with real problems. Not a young girl who attracts a rich weirdo.
3) If you could go back and tell your pre-writing self anything, what would it be? Be patient with yourself and learn the process. You can’t just write any old thing and throw it out there in the world.
4) What’s your ultimate writing goal? I want to write full-time. I want to get up every morning with the sunrise with a cup of coffee and plan what I’m going to write about that day.
5) Do you do research for your characters or settings? Give us an example. Most of my books have been based on South Louisiana, the place I live and adore. For my Fleur de Lis series, Bon Chance is on the coast. I’ve made a few trips down to the beach for “research” purposes.
6) Do you believe writing is a gift or a learned skill? I think it’s both. I think you have to have a passion for the written word. I think you have to be able to “hear” the stories in your head and be able to write them down. But, you also have to learn how to tell the stories in a way that makes sense to the reader.
7) What did you edit out of your most recent book? In Running on Empty, Grace is a tough chick. She’s a singer in a rock band. She wears black, has a smart mouth, and rides a Harley. I actually ended up toning her down just a bit. She was a bit too foul mouthed and inappropriate. Lol.
8) Do you read your book reviews? Why or why not? When Tangled up in You came out, I read and stressed over every single review. I was convinced that if someone didn’t like my book, I was going to just die. Lol. Well, I did get a couple of bad reviews, and guess what? I’m still here. I do read them still, and if there’s merit to it, I take the words into consideration as I keep writing. I do scroll through the good ones sometimes when I’m feeling discouraged.
9) What was the hardest scene you every wrote and why? There are two actually and they’re both in the book I have coming out next month, Running on Empty. In this book, Grace was slipped a date rape drug by a band member. Traumatized, she comes back home to her family and friends. One scene is when she has to go back to her room in New Orleans to get her things and she sees the bed. I’m not going to tell you what happens, but the scene still gets to me even after reading and editing it many times. The other scene is when she finally confronts what’s happened to her and has to deal with it. Her friends are there for her, and the tough rocker finally has to let go and be vulnerable.
10) Do you write to music? If so, what do you listen to? I have to have music when I write! I usually put Pandora on and earbuds in. I usually listen to hard rock, like Staind and Breaking Benjamin. I find I write faster with the quicker tempo. If love songs are on, I write slower.
11) What is your best writing advice for beginners? Write. Write. Write. And keep writing. Get your work out there, and get good feedback from people who know what they’re doing.
My name is Alisha Vincent. I write under the pen name A.L. Vincent I am a teacher/writer who lives in the heart of Cajun Country. Born in Oklahoma, I became fascinated with South Louisiana after reading Interview With the Vampire. Finally, I became a Cajun transplant in 2001. When not getting lost in a story line, I can be found cooking or enjoying live local music. I have one son, and a furball of a dog aptly named Furby. My first novel, Tangled up in You was published by Limitless Publishing in October of 2015. The prequel, Catch and Release was released November of last year. Running on Empty comes out next month!