When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?
I’ve been writing for sixteen years, and I think the hope of becoming an author has been there for over a decade—but it didn’t become something I knew I was going to seriously pursue until I was in my early twenties.
What inspired The Reluctant Godfather?
It’s a terribly uninteresting answer but . . . nothing in particular! Oddly enough, the whole book sprang into my mind nearly fully formed. I had just returned from a vacation, and my mind is often relaxed and distrated at that point and sometimes get the creative juices flowing. There really wasn’t a particular thing that inspired the book – it just dropped into my lap.
Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?
Like an old Walt Disney movie, I wrote The Reluctant Godfather with the goal for it to be appropriate for everyone. I’ve been so gratified to see the wide divergence of reader feedback—I’ve had adults (both men and women) enjoy it, teenagers, children, families. It’s been a gift to see so many different people enjoy it. As far as what I want people to gain from it—I want people to enjoy themselves. I hope my book is a small dose of gentle escapism that can infuse a little pleasure and magic into someone’s afternoon and maybe stir their heart.
Where can we connect with you and read your other books?
You can connect with me at my author website www.allisonteboauthor.com, at my blog www.allisonswell.com, on Facebook, Goodreads, or Twitter. And please doconnect with me, because I am a hardcore extrovert!
What tips do you have for young aspiring writers ?
My top tip—cultivate an objective and stringent eye. Pull stories apart and study them. Analyze character arcs, themes, plots—everything. I learned so much by tearing something apart and holding it up to intensive study and then carefully digesting every story I ever read or watched. Become a detective and learn what makes a good story or character—than practice, practice, practice. No one is great right off the bat. Learn from the masters and emulate them—training in their footsteps. Read about the craft. Get involved with other writers for feedback and expect critiquing. Learn to recognize your strengths and weakness and emphasis the one to your advantage while you work hard at the other.