Author Interview – James Ally – Gate D5

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Author Interview – James Ally – Gate D5

Tell me a bit about who you are.

I am a sensitive romantic who loves walks in the park where I take my cat Luna. She is a star and people come up to say hello to her.

In real life I’m shy, but in my writing I talk about difficult and important things.

I have always wanted to write and at first it came out in verse, but then the stories I wanted to write became the focus.

I am an economist who became interested in financial accounting in high school and I am the best at what I do.

When did you first WANT to write a book?

I have many stores imprisoned in the past, unable to decide which to release. When someone important came into my life, when I was at the airport, I took out the notepad I travel with and began to write a story would not be imprisoned.

When did you take a step to start writing?

It’s hard tot know exactly but I think it was when I was a child. I remember it was at night and I couldn’t fall asleep so I grabbed a notebook and wrote down what I was seeing in my mind.

How long did it take you to complete your first book from the first idea to release?

It was a long process that started with a story that only a small circle of my friends read but which deserved more  attention, and so my work on the novel began.

What made you want to write this book?

The universe itself asked for this book when I was going through a difficult time in my life.

What were your biggest challenges with writing it?

The emotions that flowed out of me as if I was reliving it all over again. Sometimes I had to take breaks, because coming back to the memories was not easy.

Who or what inspired you when creating your Protagonist?

This story had to be told by someone who had experienced it all or it would have been deprived of the truth of the emotions as we peep into the life of the main character. We experience his pain and suffering, but also the laughter and love that comes over him.

Who or what inspired you when creating your Antagonist?

I drew inspiration for the story from my own life and the Antagonist is my husband. Not because he is a bad character, he just can’t cope with his emotions and love.

What is the main conflict of your book?

Tom discovers Chris’s infidelity and is faced with a big choice: give him a chance or walk away from his husband. Marriage was something important but he felt trapped by emotions which he could not get out of, and then Lucas appears in Tom’s path.

Did you plot your book in advance, or fly by the seat of your pants and write freely?

I didn’t plan anything I just wrote. After the first draft I start planning what I should change or add.

Did you get support with editing, and how much editing did your book need?

Sometimes we are so locked up in our own novel that we don’t see what’s important in it so a fresh set of eyes matters.

What is the first piece of writing advice you would give to anyone inspired to write a story?

The words will come to you and  guide you along the right path.

Can you give me a hint about any further books you’re planning to write?

Readers have been sending me messages with the same unmet desire but I would spoil the surprise I had prepared in the second part of my book GATE D5 if I revealed it.

And, finally, are your proud of your accomplishment? Was it worth the effort?

When I finished my novel doubt came, but I made a promise that I had to keep.

Pop all your book, website and social media links here so the readers can find you:

www.jamesally.com

https://www.instagram.com/author.james.ally

 

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