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Melissa Alburney's Interview

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Melissa Alburney opens up about 'The Fairytale Mirror' as well as her MANY unfinished novels.


Submitted:Feb 29, 2012    Reads: 60    Comments: 6    Likes: 0   


Q: Where are you from?
A: I am from Utah In the United States of America! But I've lived overseas in China and lived on the West Coast for 14 years too…

Q: What is some of your latest news for writing?
A: Well, The Fairytale Mirror is out! (finally) and I'm writing a one shot fan fiction for Ryder's Happily Ever/Never After contest. It's about a character I made up for Once Upon a Time called Golden Rose. That's out now.

Q: When and why did you start writing?
A: I started writing when I was 9. I had just started reading my first book ever (Harry Potter!) And I fell in love with the idea that you could create your own world, basically. So I decided to try it. My first ever book was 22 pages and it was a LOTR fan fiction for my Dad's birthday (he's a big Ringer Fan). I actually found the copy I gave him and realize I was awful! But it was a good first start! Since then I have turned that 22 page book into a four book saga (all fan fiction of course!) and still write it today.

Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: Hmmm, tricky question. I think it was when I first published an expert of my LOTR saga in our school magazine. I got a lot of reviews (negative and positive) and that summer I was determined to become a better writer. That was also the summer I found booksie.

Q: What inspired you to write 'Fairy Tale Mirror"?
A: Haha, a dream! XD I know that sounds weird or very Stephanie Meyer, but a lot of my novels came from dreams I've had. I have a very active imagination, especially when I sleep. Unfortunately, I can't tell you all of it because it would spoil my story, but the beginning of my novel (if you've read it) starts out with the party and the finding of the mirror. That all came from my dream. I wished on the mirror and became a princess!

Q: How would you describe your writing style?
A: I would describe my writing style as…hmm, that's hard. I'm still discovering my style because I write a lot of different things. I don't use the same style of writing when I write a romance as I would when I write a sci-fi or fantasy. But one thing that is always consistent is that I always get into the mind of my characters. I think like they would, and react as they would. When you read, you're not reading about Melissa Alburney, you're reading about Dianna Beauregard

Q: How did you come up with the title for 'Fairy Tale Mirror'?
A: That's an easy one.; I was scouring the internet for images for my book when I found the one you see as the cover. Instantly I thought, 'that looks like a mirror out of a fairytale'. And so, The Fairytale Mirror was born.

Q: Is there a certain message in 'The Fairytale Mirror' that you want your readers to know or understand?"
A: Yes. A motto, which sits on my profile is one that I live by faithfully; don't dream your life, live your dream. For so long I lived in my own world, ignoring the outside and escaping to my books. The world is full of so much adventure and possibility. Don't waste away living on what if's and buts; get out there! I've had the opportunity to visit distant lands and faraway places and believe me; the world is bigger than your own backyard. Also, don't be afraid. Sometimes your dreams seem too far-fetched or something unreachable. Not only are you your biggest obstacle, but you are your own greatest champion. Never waste a moment wondering if you should do something. Just do it. Unless you're thinking about death, then by all means please don't.

Q: How big of a part did reality play in 'Fairytale Mirror'?
A: Oh yeah. Dianna's world parallels her own experiences, as you'll find out. For the moment, the Mirror World is her reality. It's the one she's escaping to. But you and her will later find out that the Mirror World is not all it appears to be.

Q: What books, that you've read, have influenced your writing the most?
A: Oh wow! There are so many! Ok, I'll narrow it down. The LOTR series, the HP series, a lot of classic romances such as Pride and Prejudice, and the Grimm Brothers has been a big one lately. There have also been a lot of modern day series like Once A Witch, Pretty Little Liars, and I'd have to say--a lot of work I've read on booksie.

Q: Are you reading any books right now?
A: Yep! I'm reading The Pledge, the Hunger Games (3rd time!), Ruthless (from PLL) and a couple of LDS novels.

Q: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A: Yes! She's not on Booksie, but she's on Wattpad. Her name is Lani_Lenore. She writes amazing Dark Fairytale novels. I loved her Neverland one and her Cinderella one. Both were amazing! I highly recommend her.

Q: What are your current projects?
A: The Fairytale Mirror, Golden Rose, and I am outlining the Covert Affairs of Emily Foeslin for when I finish TFM.

Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: More of a side job. I plan on becoming a nurse, by when I become a mom (my ultimate goal in life) I won't be able to balance a demanding job like nursing and raising 4 or 5 kids. So writing will then be my job.

Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything thin 'The Fairytale Mirror'?
A: So far, nothing XD Mostly because I'm not done with it but when I do finish it I'll let you know!

Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Yes. I'm always getting distracted and can't seem to finish a novel! Which was why I had to the 'Choose Your Story' contest because I was having a hard time keeping my focus on just one of them. I counted my novels the other day, 60 on going novels! And I'm always thinking about 10 of them a day!

Q: Who is your favorite author on Booksie and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: Oh boy…nobody hate on me! I love you all!!! I'll just name a few. I love lunalovegood114. I've been reading her stuff for a loooooooong time (even before I joined Booksie) and it just keeps getting better and better. Violet, you're amazing! I also love vanessaxoxo novels. They're just so original! I can totally see Fake Fiancé as a movie too. :P A recent author I discovered was ButterflyStings. She's writing this amazing novel called Hidden Fire and I'm in love with it! But she writes really short chapters so I'm always itching for more!

Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: I'd have to say it was coming up with which fairytales I wanted to use. I wanted unique ones with different endings. But I'm not telling you which ones I'm doing! You'll have to wait for the rest!

Q: Did you learn anything from writing 'The Fairytale Mirror'?
A: I did actually. I learned that no matter how much your life sucks, your life could still be worse. I've gone through bad bouts throughout my life and thought 'wow, I have a crappy life'. Like Dianna, whose life really does suck, her life could sill be worse. So, always look on the bright side of things, even when everything around you seems to be going wrong.

Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: I sure do! I've been thinking about what I wanted to tell you guys and I've come up with one thing: always follow your dreams. I wouldn't be here today if I hadn't followed my dreams of wanting to become a writer/author. I know that our dreams are the most important thing to us, and sometimes we're afraid to follow them. But I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that when we do, we often find things we were missing.

Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: I love you all! You're my Booksie family! I love coming here and seeing messages or comments full of love and compliments. I hope you all know how much I appreciate you guys! Even though we may not know each other out in the real world. Booksie is definitely my fairytale escape.





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