Interview with Alison Mello
About The Author
Alison Mello is a wife and stay at home mom to a wonderful little boy. She lives with her amazing family in Massachusetts. She loves playing soccer, basketball and football with her son.
After having her son, Alison started reading again and fell in love with Contemporary Romance. Reading made her happy and gave her something to do when she had downtime. As she started to read more, she started to noticed things she really enjoyed in a book and things she didn’t. She began to have ideas for writing one of her own. One day she literally woke up and started writing. She realized that if there was ever a time for her to write, it was now. She had a part time job to give her something to do. The hours at work were slow and she was bored with what she was doing, so while her son was off enjoying his friends over summer vacation she got started.
Alison finished the first book in two weeks and decided that she really enjoyed writing, so she kept going. She already had ideas in mind for books two and three, so she kept writing. That is how the Learning to Love Series was born. Somewhere along the line, one of my Beta readers convinced me that Michael, a character from Finding Love, needed his own story. That is when Alison added the fourth and final book. Alison hopes you enjoy her books as much as she enjoyed writing them.
She’s so glad she started this writing journey and hopes you will stay with her for the ride. Chasing Dreams is scheduled to release in April and the first two books of the Love Conquers Life series will be out this summer!
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Do you have any guilty pleasures you are willing to share with us?
I’m a total chocoholic. I could eat it morning noon and night, but it has to be either white chocolate or dark chocolate
How do you relax?
A glass of wine, Moscato is my favorite.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
I’m not sure I would trade places with anyone. It may sound corny but I love my life and my family. Not sure I would trade for anything.
Are you a person that makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
That’s funny! I hate making my bed but I make my son do it every morning. I tell him it’s because I want him to get used to doing it so he won’t leave it unmade as an adult. I love being a parent.
Something you hate?
I can’t stand when people mumble. Either speak up so everyone can hear you or say nothing.
Do you have a favourite quote or saying?
Go big or go home
Were you good at English and creative writing in school?
Ha, no not at all. I didn’t even know I wanted to be a writer until I was an adult.
What made you sit down and actually start writing a book?
I had read a few different series and was bummed when I realized when the book ended so did the couple. I wanted a series where the couples live’s intertwined, so I wrote the Learning To Love series. In this series when book one ends that couple story doesn’t end it continues into the next book even though the next story is a new couple.
Do you work to an outline or plot, or do you just prefer to see where an idea takes you?
I worked on an outline for two books and I never stuck to it so I stopped. I love sitting down to write and simply see where my characters take me.
Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Yes, I think it’s huge. I have picked up a book because I loved the cover. I never read what it was about I just jumped in and I’ve had some I loved and some I didn’t, but either way I read them because the cover pulled me in.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Reviews are a huge debate in the author world and here’s my thought on them. I typically won’t decide on a book based on reviews. As far as my own books go I encourage people to write reviews and I read them all. I don’t get upset by bad reviews because plain and simple, I can’t please everyone! However, I wish that more people would write constructive reviews. There are so many people that will rate a book one or two stars and just put something like, it was okay. Well why was okay, what didn’t you like about it. I feel like I as an author cannot grow from a review like that, so write a review but be constructive.
Are you working on anything new at the moment? If so are you able to tell us anything about it?
I’m working on two WIPs one will turn Chasing Dreams into a Stand Alone series. However sticking to true Alison style you will hear more about Logan and Sky in this book. I’m also working on a southern military love story that’s yet to be named, but I’ll keep you all posted on that.
What does your writing process look like?
I think my process is a bit different than some authors. I have an amazing beta team and unlike most authors, I send my writing out to my betas about half way through and they read it as I’m writing it. I find it helps me a lot especially since I don’t plot the book out. They love that they get to see the book develop and we often talk scenes through.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? If so what is it?
I would never write any of the dark stuff. I’ve read some of it and it’s not that I don’t like reading it. I just don’t have it in me.
What is one of the most surprising things you have learned whilst writing?
Promoting yourself is so much work. I never realized how much time and effort I would put into getting my name out.
Do you have any words of wisdom for any aspiring writers reading this interview?
If you have a story in your head just go for it. I was not English major. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer. I had a story in mind so I sat down one morning, having no idea what I was doing but I went for it anyway. I wrote my first book in two weeks and a few months later I was published.
The other recommendation I have, investigate publishers before you sign with one just because they accepted your book. They are all different!
Thank you so much for participating in this interview Alison 🙂