Nanowrimo Spotlight: Allison W.—Author and Stigma Fighter

October 22, 2015

Good afternoon, and welcome back to my ongoing Nanowrimo Spotlight series. Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to fellow Municipal Liaison Allison; you can find Allison on Twitter as @AlliW_writes and also on Facebook. So here’s Allison:

I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo for a few years now (since 2012), but I’m super excited to be a Municipal Liaison for my region this year. The first year I actually won was 2013 — it was finally the kick in the pants I needed to finish a project.

What are you writing about this year?
I’m writing a sequel to my second novel, Waiting for You. This year’s project is titled Forget Me Not. It focuses on my female lead, Kylie Lewis, and her search for her father. I had gotten about 20,000 words during Camp NaNo this past summer, but I think I’m going to scratch what I had written and start over.

What is your favorite movie – you have to pick just one!
Ugh, tough question! After some careful thought, I’d have to say To Kill a Mockingbird (also one of my favorite books). I love Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.

What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
Stick with it! Don’t worry if what you’ve written is the greatest — just write! You can always go back after November and edit.

Sneaky Ninja question! What fictional character are you most like?
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Nano Spotlight: Cliff Anello from atlasArisen

October 29, 2013

Good morning, friends and followers. I don’t have long before I need to catch the bus to work, so let’s meet Cliff!

Cliff’s Nano Experience, in his own words:
This is my fourth NaNoWriMo. My favorite NaNo memory comes from my first NaNo, which I didn’t win, but I did have a friend who won. She self-published her novel on CreateSpace, and when I got my copy, it was inspiring. She had written a novel, and here it was, in paper form, in my hands, and if she could do it, so could I.

What are you writing about this year?
This year, my novel is going to be titled How to Cope with Being a Loser. I don’t know what it will be about yet, but the title came to me, and it was too good not to use. It’ll probably be horror, with deep religious and philosophical undercurrents.

Who’s the best character in your NaNo novel?
“Best” implies a value judgment, so I can’t really say which character will be the “best,” but the most interesting character will definitely be the narrator. Growing up, I struggled a lot with things like bipolar disorder, and there were times when I would “hulk out” and punch my furniture until my knuckles bled, and I’m very close to somebody with nightmare disorder and early onset schizophrenia. My narrators always reflect this experience. It’s a lot more fun for me to write, and it gives me a lot of leeway to experiment with the unconventional.

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