Dragon Soul Press is proud to announce Author V.P. Allasander is joining the ranks with dark, twisted fairytales! Enjoy an interview with the author himself.
Q: If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you choose?
I think I would love to live in New Orleans because my favorite series that I am writing now (except for the high fantasy ones) is set in Louisiana. And, ever since The Originals took off on CW, I am just in love with the French Quarter. And I do love witches and voodoo. So, yes, I would love to live there and write books one day.
Q: What has influenced you the most as a writer?
I think it is mostly reading books that made me want to tell stories. I started reading at a very young age, you see, and I picked up a lot of fantasy and mystery thrillers to read. It was when I was in the eighth grade that my English teacher had me write a short story for some competition and ever since then, I have felt the urge to write stories. I started off with short stories and then started writing fanfiction. Even now, reading books makes me want to write better stories. Apart from that, watching TV shows and observing people and the events around me has also influenced me in some respects.
Q: What is your favorite genre to read, and why?
Speculative Fiction, hands down. I prefer the fantasy side of speculative fiction (urban, high, dark, epic), but I also sometimes read post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, and dystopian. I also read a lot of horror. Since I read in this genre avidly, these are also the genres I write in.
Q: How many drafts do your books generally go through before publication?
As many drafts as are needed. However, I’ve been writing for a long time, and if my writing in the first draft is really good, it will have fewer subsequent drafts. The thing with me is I distill unnecessary plot sequences during the outlining phase itself. So, when I write, I have almost structurally edited it. Of course, my beta readers and editors may also suggest what to remove later on.
Q: What is your favorite word, and why?
Adamantine would be my favorite word. It is a synonym to ‘adamant’, but it does sound more beautiful than it. Also because that word is quite close to adamantium (read: Wolverine), though it has really no relation to it. Just because it is closer to the word in Wolverine, I love it.
Q: What is your writing Kryptonite?
Reading badly written books. It does affect my writing juju and I really get the worst story on paper or a good story badly executed, just because badly written books destroyed my mood.
Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I really cannot count. A lot of books just lie there on my PC. However, I am going to start publishing in 2019, so you can expect a marathon.
Q: If you didn’t write, what would you do instead?
Frankly speaking, I do not know what I would do if I didn’t know how to write. But if pushed hard, I would probably be in the branding segment or retail.
Q: What is your favorite childhood book?
I will definitely say anything by Enid Blyton, Franklin Dixon, and Carolyn Keene, but if you are seeking something that really influenced me, it has to be Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien.
Q: Where can readers learn more about you?
You can connect with me on my personal Facebook profile, Twitter, or Instagram. You can also email me. I do reply to all. As an author, I want to be accessible. And I love conversing with readers, being one myself. If you are in my city, you are also welcome to meet me personally or in the umpteen numbers of book club meetings and literature festivals I help organize.