Q&A with Goodreads!

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

I honestly don't know! Unlike the others, where some random act sparked an idea, this one came to me like a dream. All the pieces seemed to fit. The more I explored the primary themes, the more it came together. Let's just say this one was divinely inspired.

What are you currently working on?

 I'm actually taking a break to promote the books. My  website has a section that lists future titles/concepts that are in "my queue." I try to do at least two books per year. I've accomplished that. Who knows? I may get another spark and be off on another adventure. 

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

 Just write. Find time, whether its five minutes or five hours-write. This is how you hone your skills. Even if you don't sell a single book, you must embrace your craft. Strengthen the areas of weakness and celebrate your strengths. But more important, be prepared to listen so that you can find your own voice.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Creating a familiar world with relatable characters that share a common emotional space with the reader. Even in the most escapist genres, we should see our truths and our struggles. Writers can provide this.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

 I focus on the emotional space I'm trying to capture and step away from the actual writing. I listen to music that best captures the mood or sentiment and I let the characters or scenario form until I'm ready to write again. Once that happens, I'm back to the writing.

Chevelle Allen is the pen name of an exciting new author whose professional background includes writing for Emmy Award winning programming. Unleashing her alter ego, Chevelle creates vivid characters and compelling narratives that leave you engaged, blushing and begging for more!

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