Author Interview – Alisse Lee Goldenburg
Alisse Lee Goldenberg is an author of Horror and Young Adult fantasy fiction. She has her Bachelors of Education and a Fine Arts degree, and has studied fantasy and folk lore since she was a child. Alisse lives in Toronto with her husband Brian, their triplets Joseph, Phillip, and Hailey, and their rambunctious Goldendoodle Sebastian.
Now Down To The Questions:
1. When did you first begin writing seriously? I have been writing for years. I first began to take it seriously when I took a Writer’s Craft class in high school. I was seventeen years old, and my teacher told me that I should really try and do something with my writing. From that point, I began to look at what I wrote and how I wrote with a much more critical eye. But my desire to write stories, and to be creative in that way, I would say truly began when I was a child. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories, and creating my own characters.
2. Is there a particular author who inspired you? I have been inspired by different authors at different ages of my life. When I was much younger, I absolutely adored O.R. Melling. Her Chronicles of Faerie novels showed me how folklore could be used to craft an amazing story. When I was a teenager, I fell in love with Tamora Pierce and her Song of the Lioness quartet. She taught me that a female protagonist could be kick ass, and strong, but still find a way to retain her femininity. Now, I am greatly inspired by Charles De Lint and Mary Doria Russell. They have such a talent for creating fully formed, wonderful characters who have a three dimensional life of their own, and you could truly see yourself meeting them, and having real conversations with them. It’s just fantastic!
3. Are you a plotter or pantser? I am definitely a plotter. Before I even start a book, I need to know exactly where I’m going to wind up, otherwise I may feel overwhelmed by how much I need to get done, and how it’s going to go. That said, I definitely may change my destination if things aren’t working out.
4. Why did you choose Pandamoon as your publisher? I know that they are a brand new publisher, but I wanted to take a chance on them. Being able to talk with Zara, who is running things, was wonderful. When she explained to me her plans for Sitnalta from the editing, to the design, to the marketing, I really saw that I was placing my book in good hands, and I immediately felt comfortable with things there. It just felt like a perfect fit.
5. What is a typical writing day for you? I wish I had a typical day! I have triplets, and they are going to be three this coming February. My typical day is whenever I find a quiet moment. Most of my writing gets done when they’re asleep at night, or when they’re at preschool in the morning.
6. Who is your favorite character in this novel? I go through phases. When I first wrote the novel, it was Sitnalta. Later on, during editing, I liked Najort. Now, I think it’s Gerald. I don’t really know for sure. Can I say they’re all my favorites? I feel mean trying to pick just one!
7. What are your plans for future novels and will they be in the same genre? I have written a sequel to my YA Fantasy novel The Strings of the Violin called The Dybbuk’s Mirror that I’m hoping to see out soon. I am working on a third part to that series right now as well as a sequel to Sitnalta and I have an outline to the prequel done as well. Strangely enough, I have a title to the prequel, but not the sequel. For now it’s called The City of Arches, thought that’s subject to change, and probably will a million times.
8. What advice would you give to anyone thinking of writing a novel? Just do it. If you have an idea, write it down and don’t stop.
9. What is the hardest part about writing for you? It’s probably getting started, and finding the time to continue. I have a ton of ideas, but actually putting pen to paper, and finding the time to do so is harder than it seems!
10. How can my readers find out more about you and your books? I have a website and a blog at www.alisseleegoldenberg.com as well as a Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alisse-Lee-Goldenberg/254397934598975 I am also on Twitter @AliLGoldenberg
Her Book, Sitnalta:
Everyone in the land loves Princess Sitnalta of Colonodona. Everyone except her father, the monstrous King Supmylo, whose thirst for revenge and hideous cravings, have nearly destroyed the once peaceful kingdom. He cares only for power—the more the better—and he despises Sitnalta because she wasn’t born a boy. He wanted an heir, a prince, to grow his kingdom and fulfill his own father’s legacy. But now, his only choice is to join with a neighboring kingdom, and at the tender age of 15, Sitnalta is to be married to another king who is at least as old as her own father.
But Sitnalta has other ideas. Before her father can come for her, she sneaks out of her bedroom window, scales the castle walls, and enters the magical forest that surrounds her kingdom. There she meets Najort, a kind-hearted troll, who was tasked by a wizard decades earlier to protect a valuable secret—with his life, if necessary.
But King Supmylo has vowed that nothing will stop him from returning his daughter to Colonodona, and forcing her to go through with the royal wedding. With the help of friends from both kingdoms, Sitnalta and Najort flee ahead of the rabid king. For if they are captured, Supmylo will become so invincible, no one could stand against him
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