Q&A with Goodreads!

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

Asira Reckoning is the second book in the Asira Saga. the entire thing started with Asira Awakens. This was truly a muse-driven project! I can only say the idea for the first book hit me like a bolt and for a while I couldn’t stop writing. But I wanted to get the details right. I wanted to make sure I was being respectful to the belief systems I drew inspiration from to create this work. I had to freshen up my French as well! Asira’s Reckoning continues the story and introduces a villain that really challenged me on several levels.

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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