I was introduced to Ally K through the lovely Anky @ Anky’s Book Bubble late last year. Her debut novel Special Minds can be read for free on Inkitt. I have not read the book yet but Crystal and I are always happy to sit down and chat with an Indie author. So let’s give Ally a warm Ginger Mom welcome 🙂
Ally, welcome and thanks for chatting with us today!
Q1 – What made you want to become an author?
I’ve always been more of a creative person, and I have been experimenting with my stories since I was eight years old. It was always in me, I guess.
Q2 – Was there a specific inspiration for Special Minds or did the idea “just come to you”?
Well, it did kind of “come to me”. I thought of the main scene of Special Minds when I woke up with the worst headache I ever had. That’s how I thought of the mind split, which later on became the main idea of Special Minds.
Q3 – What would you say has been the hardest thing about writing this book?
Definitely managing my time. I’ve always been bad at tracking time.
Q4 – How long does the entire process take you – from idea to publication?
My debut novel took me two years to write. I self-published it, but recently made it available for free. I live in Kazakhstan and the self-publishing part didn’t really work that well because of it.
Q5 – When self-publishing, do you hire a professional editor or prefer to do it yourself / with beta readers?
I did everything myself. I’m a student, so there’s no budget at the time, but I hope that if and when I get traditionally published, I can have Special Minds properly edited.
Q6 – Do you write freehand or digital?
Digital always comes first for me. I used to copy everything afterwards into a “diary”, but then there wasn’t time for that anymore. Now it’s only digital.
Q7 – Plotter or Pantser?
It always depends on the story. In some I’m a plotter, in some a pantser. Depends on how much of the whole idea I know myself.
Q8 – Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo?
I did try NaNoWriMo in November, but due to critical lack of time I didn’t get far. I managed to write a minimum of 1,000 words a day for the first five days, then 3,000 words a week later, then I just got stuck at work and university.
Q9 – What is your favorite part about being an author?
My favorite part is that I am “almighty” as an author. I create my own universes, worlds, creatures and characters. It’s all me and I can do anything when I write. That’s the best thing.
Ally, thank you for taking the time to chat with us and we wish you all the best with your future writing endeavors 🙂