The Author Spotlight series featured on this blog showcases writers and their work. Writing can be a fulfilling but lonely journey - so why not have some fun and make a few friends along the way? Let’s get to know Allison Ince:
What inspired you to start writing?
I was inspired to write the Takeaways because of authors in the past who have changed the world for the better. However, when I was a child, science fiction and fantasy movies inspired me to want to be an author.
What are common traps/mistakes for aspiring writers?
My advice for aspiring writers would be, when getting published, make sure to check the publishing company on BBB. Also be prepared to edit even after the publishing editors have made corrections on your book. Take your time with your edits. I revise and edit a book about ten times before I send it for publishing consideration. After my book is accepted for publication, I edit the book at least 8 more times. After editing that much, I suggest cutting yourself off and let the book go. I usually put the book in God's hands, and tell myself "you've edited enough."
Finally, save your book (as well as the multiple edits of your book) on two or more memory sticks or external drives. Don't trust clouds.
What is something you loved but had to edit out of this book that was like sawing off a limb (isn’t writing fun)?
This is going to sound silly, but when I first wrote my entire series, every chapter had a quote under it as an epigraph. Every chapter! The epigraphs were from song lyrics and old books and poems. They meant a lot to me, and I felt they added to the meaning and theme of the book series. I had a friend who advised me to take them out, saying they were boring and got in the way. I deleted them all, and it broke my heart. Although, I did keep the originals on a memory stick for nostalgia.
Tell us a little bit about your story and what inspired you to write "The Takeaways".
I started writing at a the age of nine, mainly short ghost stories and poems. In middle school I wrote fanfiction. The summer of my eighth grade year, I rededicated my life to the Lord and felt led to write books that showed the glory and love of God. I started the book series in ninth grade and ended it in 2011 with the seventh book. The book series follows a group of teens as they are kidnapped by Secret Societies. Each book ended up focusing on certain themes ranging from the Christian faith to modern day slavery.
My inspiration came from various people and things. Each book actually has an inspiration. The whole series was inspired by Christians who have endured persecution, and those that are not afraid to speak the truth. The last three books are inspired by the survivors of modern day slavery.
If you had to describe the main character in three words, what would those three words be?
Three words I would use to describe the characters are long-suffering, bold, and hunted.
How can we purchase your book?
The first three books of The Takeaways Series are on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Dayspring. They can be bought as paperback or ebook. The first book is Nightmares and Memories. The second book is The Voices of the Numbered. The third book will be out in November and is titled The Hunted of the Haunted.
The Takeaways - Nightmares and Memories: When Memories Are Nightmares - Amazon
The Voices of the Numbered: The Takeaways - Amazon