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Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Serials and Scenarios - Violette Between - Alison Strobel

“Violette Between” is the new Alison Strobel release. Since I haven’t read it, and I hate neglecting to give you something to chew on, I’ve asked Alison some questions.

Check out her answers, personality, book and website.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1578567947

http://alisonstrobel.com/


Which compliment related to your writing has meant the most and why?

When I first submitted my manuscript to the folks at Waterbrook, one of them said something about me being a Christian counterpart to Douglas Coupland. They had no way of knowing, of course, that Douglas Coupland is one of my top 5 favorite authors ever! So when I heard that, I really swooned. :)

What criticism has cut the deepest and why?

Luckily my books have been pretty well received and there hasn't been a lot of criticism--at least not any that was any big deal. However,Publishers Weekly said (in their opening sentence, too, which I didn't think was a very kind way to start!) that "Worlds Collide" was "overly long." If only they'd seen the original, which was 20,000 words (nearly 100 pages!) thicker! I went through that thing countless times, looking for stuff I could remove, and I felt in the end that it all had to be there. So to have someone tell me that some of it was superfluous--well, that really ticked me off.

How does something worm its way into your heart? Through tears, truth,humor – other?

Through beauty. Beautiful things get to me--they either break my heart (even if they're good!) or they move me deeply.

What makes you feel most alive?

When I'm speaking to a group, like teaching or presenting. I love public speaking. :)

What would you write if there were no rules or barriers?

If by barriers you mean things like my own inability to do them, I'd say write profound yet accessible fiction that moves people to reevaluate their view of the world and God. I don't want to just entertain; I don't want to write fluff. I want my books to move people and really affect them.

Take this recipe and write a scene - unidentifiable antique, the scent of pipe tobacco and the drizzle of rain.

The tap of rain on the row house's dingy windowpanes echoed the drum of the professor's fingers on his desk. His eyes were locked on thec urious object, yet his gaze seemed empty, as though his mind's eye were staring at something entirely different. The small box which had contained the object now lay forgotten on top of a pile of fading magazines, one of many such piles that cluttered the warped wood floor and made the spacious Victorian flat feel as cramped as the servant's quarters. The tick of the grandfather clock in the corner was lost under the sound of Glasgow's winter rain, and when it chimed the hour the professor jumped from his reverie. Shaking his head at the time lost in thought, he pulled his favorite pipe from the top drawer of the massive cherry desk and packed it with his most fragrant tobacco.Only the pungent scent of the smoke would be able to clear his head enough for him to focus properly.

2 comments:

Janet Rubin said...

Great interview, Kelly. I love your unique questions. Alison, I want to be someone who loves public speaking. I think I'm on my way- have made long strides from terror-stricken upon having to making an announcement at church to teaching my first Bible study yesterday (without heart palpatations OR knocking knees!)
Hey, Kelly, stop by my blog sometime:)

Alison Strobel Morrow said...

Hey Kelly! Thanks so much for posting for Violette's blog tour. I loved your questions!

And Janet, good for you--it's funny, because I get nervous when the crowd is small--I'd rather be in front of 50 than 5. :) And when I used to teach, I was terrified of stuff like "Back to School Night" where the parents come in and we explain what they should expect from the coming school year. No problem with the kids, but their parents...I dreaded it! Weird, huh? Anyway, good for you for practicing; I hope it gets easier (and more enjoyable)!

-Alison
blog.alisonstrobel.com