1. What is your short story about?
City of Alice is a cautionary tale of a British teenager who wakes up in Los Angeles, finding herself broke, homeless and pursuing an acting career in the midst of ending an abusive relationship. A modern take on Alice in Wonderland, explore this semi-autobiographical tale and follow Alice down the rabbit hole through the labyrinth of LA.
2. What genre(s) would you say this story is in?
“City of Alice” is a Young Adult book with mature subject matter. It is a gritty tale of a young girl struggling to make it in acting while trying to become an adult. It is also semi-autobiographical yet based upon the Alice in Wonderland books.
3. How would you describe this story in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
I really love “Raising Arizona,” “Brazil” and “The Shining.” I think that shows my fairly eclectic tastes.
5. Do you remember the time in your life when you realized that you wanted to write?
My mother bought a ‘cutting edge’ typewriter to study for secretarial work. I took it into my bedroom when I was eight and she never got it back.
6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
I love the work of HP Lovecraft, George Orwell, Natsuo Karino, Milan Kundera and Chuck Palanuik. Again, that’s several different genres: horror, classics, feminist Japanese literature, european philosophy and minimalist modern insanity. I brilliantly love them all.
7. What is your favorite meal?
I love Indian food. It reminds me of years of living abroad, appreciating the fine dining experience and the culture.
8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
Once again, HP Lovecraft, George Orwell, Natsuo Karino, Milan Kundera and Chuck Palanuik.
I’d love to visit a graveyard with Lovecraft, grab a drink with Orwell, have dinner with Karino, travel over eastern europe with Kundera and go to a dark night club with Palanuik.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I run a theatre company for school kids performing assemblies. I also have a Patreon page with all my character readings that promote literacy for all ages. http://www.patreon.com/feylandproductions
10. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
As Edgar Allan Poe says in my Patreon production of Tea with Edgar Allan Poe “Read. Read all you can.” If you want to write memoirs: read memoirs, YA books, read YA. You can’t be a writer if you don’t read. Don’t be so attached to your material. Hire a good editor. Don’t expect that your first draft is publishable. Every work of art goes through an editing process. Embrace it and trust your editor. Also, don’t just have your friends read it. They will tell you to keep every word. Join a writer’s group with peers that are at your level or better than you. Have book clubs read your work and take good notes.
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