Interview with Author P.I. Alltraine by Aoife Marie Sheridan

1.     How did you start your writing career?

When I was younger and they asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I never said ‘writer’. Writing has always been something that I’ve done naturally. I was the editor in chief of the school paper so I edited and wrote news articles, I wrote and performed school plays, I entered poetry writing competitions, I wrote the speeches I delivered in oratorical competitions, declamation, debates, etc. At the time, I thought I was doing so many different things, but looking back, everything that I chose to do involved writing. However, I wrote a novel not necessarily intending to publish it or make a career out of writing. I wrote it because there was a story I needed to tell.


2.     Tell us about a favorite character from your series.

There are so many characters I love, and some I can’t stand (imagine the challenge of writing those ones), but my favourite has to be Evan. He doesn’t actually appear until halfway through the book, and he’s only in a few scenes, but I think he has such impact, such presence. I loved writing him! I can’t wait to see how the readers react to him.


3.     Who is your favorite author?

This is always the most difficult question to answer, because there’s just too many! If I have to choose though, it’s got to be John Milton and Virginia Woolfe and James Joyce and Chinua Achebe and… (it’s impossible to pick just one).


4.     When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

My brain doesn’t start working until after midnight. When I can, I right ‘til sunrise. When I was writing ‘Heartbound,’ I had no deadlines, so I had no set hours per day. There were times when I would write a sentence and stop, then other times I’d write for hours.



5.     What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

The characters are alive! I know that makes me sound insane, so I should really try to explain. Before I wrote the scenes, I usually knew what would generally happen, but the details came from the characters. There were times when I didn’t know a character would do something until I was literally typing that bit. One example was the scene with Dru in the Forest. There’s a point when he walked up to a tree and reached out. It’s a mad experience, because whilst I was typing the scene, I was thinking – ‘what are you doing Dru?’ I definitely didn’t expect what happened next.



6.     Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Usually – no. I write better in silence. Sometimes, though, I’d come across a song that would just inspire me to write a scene. In which case, the same song would be on repeat until said scene was done.



7.     What books have most influenced your life?

I can think of a several, but I’d go with ‘Paradise Lost’ by John Milton. It transformed the way I viewed characterization. I was raised Roman Catholic, so seeing the sublimity and the epic heroism in a figure that I grew up seeing as a one-dimensional villain is very enlightening. 



8.     What are you passionate about these days?

Writing will always be a passion. There’s such delight in creating a whole world. 

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