Featured Authors Talk About It
ATAI: Tell us a little about you.
Ivy: I’m Ivy. I work full-time as a paralegal and write in the hours in between. I have four dogs and always need to restrain myself to not adopt anymore. I love pasta, it’s the one thing I can (and probably do) overeat. I love hiking and high heels. I know those two things don’t go together, but if you look in my closet, you’ll see hiking shoes and heels that range five to six inches. (I’m kind of short) I’m a big whiskey girl. Oh, and I am not good at these things if you can’t tell, haha!
ATAI: How long have you been writing?
Ivy: I’ve been writing since I was thirteen. I picked up a pencil and wrote my first hundred-page story, front and back in a notebook. It was the first time I realized I could not only lose myself in other people’s words, but my own words, too.
ATAI: What was your most recent release?
Ivy: My most recent release is called Belle’s Goodbye. It’s not your typical romance book with a happily-ever-after. It touches on sensitive subjects and isn’t a HEA. But, this story came to me so forcefully, that I stopped writing something else to write this.
ATAI: What do you love most about writing?
Ivy: I love writing. I never had any intention of sharing my stories, but got a much-needed nudge to do so and now I am. I have so many stories to tell and honestly, I just love having the opportunity to share them with people. If my stories touch someone, that’s even better.
ATAI: What do you find most challenging?
Ivy: Reading reviews. I have to not read them sometimes. I tend to leave a piece of myself in every book I write. My last two books were more personal and I am still working on not taking things personally, haha.
ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?
Ivy: I get my ideas from everywhere. I can be sitting and randomly just come up with an idea. Or they can come from trips, for example, I’m working on one book that came from a trip I made to a casino. I went and I just saw the whole plot unfold in my head.
ATAI: What is your writing process?
Ivy: It varies from book to book. Generally, I have the whole plot worked out in my head, before I ever start writing. As I start to write, I can see, in my head, if the plot changes. I usually won’t plot out anything by hand. If I do, it’s always handwritten.
ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?
Ivy: ALWAYS! The characters always know what they want to say, how they want to say and when they want to say it.
ATAI: What are you working on next?
Ivy: I’m currently working on Becoming Us. Becoming Us, is the second and final book, and is the follow-up to Lost in Me, Found in You. I’m also working on a standalone with a working title, that’s subject to change and a follow-up to Cutting Through the Darkness.
ATAI: Where can people find you online?
Ivy: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorivylove
Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/794429494008173/
Amazon Author Page: http://goo.gl/RV0yAL
ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.
Ivy: Thank you so much for having me! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me <3
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