Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we?!
Greetings! I am J. A. Alvara, an up and coming young adult novelist going anywhere the winds or the dusty trails take me. I stick to fantasy, but I can’t control what my mind concocts, so maybe down the line there will be stories that bend in other ways. Spend a little too much time watching cartoons and anime and playing video games, but they do help with creating new and unique characters and interesting plots.
What prompted you to pursue a career as a writer?
Dreams and nightmares. I don’t how to explain it well, but I had the same reoccurring dream every day for roughly two months. It never advanced until I gave in and everything I remember on paper. The next night I dreamt the same dream, but it continued past where it always ended. Wrote down the next scene until I said, “I’m going to make this a book.” Eventually I did and enter my debut novel.
Do you have any special writing habits?
Setting writing goals are important if any writer wants to get anything done. I tend to at least reach 500 words a day or somewhere around that ballpark. Another habit is that I storyboard or imagine my ideas like a cartoon or a movie. I’ve always been a visual learner, so unless there’s an image of a character, I imagine how they look and how they would interact in situations to understand their personalities.
When you write a new book, do you already have the whole story in mind or do you elaborate it along the way?
I would say it’s a little bit of both. The outline for a story is there, but it changes frequently. Main plots are written first and scenes are planned around them that will eventually lead up to those focus points, but even those can change. Overall, most scenes are improvised.
In your opinion what is the best book you have written? What’s your favourite book ever?
I doubt I’ve written my best book yet, but anything I write will always be special to me even they’re terrible. I don’t think I have a favorite book. At the very least I can’t think of one. If I had to give an answer, “Wacky Wednesday” by Dr. Seuss was my favorite childhood book.
How do you feel after writing a book?
A mixture of pride and emptiness. Proud that I laid the ideas in my head on paper, but empty now that they left and there’s nothing floating around.
Tell us about your latest book and please put the link so our readers can find it.
My debut novel “Title: Storybook” follows the journey of Aliya Remva into a newly changed decaying world where the hero stories she’s read come true, but are still false. Where heroes are feared and hunted even more than the new monsters that roam. Where the stories never mention the tolls all heroes must endure to save a dying land. She’ll learn that hero stories, were never meant for children. You can check out the preview and purchase the book on Amazon!
Do you have a new release? When? We want details.
Nothing yet, sorry! Currently working on the second book of the “Title: Storybook” series. Hoping to get it out sometime in January and I will get it out in January!
Where can we find you on socials? Do you have your own group and want to share it with us?
You can find me on Twitter at J. A. Alvara @TitleOk! Feel free to reach out or just say hi!