Interview with Alison Caiola!
Hannah is back yet again with another author interview! Oh, happy day! This time, I am interviewing the lovely and magnificent Alison Caiola! Just yesterday we finished up a giveaway for her novel The Seeds of a Daisy. Now it's interview time!:D
Alison is a P.R. Exec in Hollywood, as well as a producer and writer, and even the occasional director, and she has been for many years. Let's see what she has to tell us about that:)
1) How long have you been in the show business?
Ever since the late 1980's I've been involved in show business, working at studios, writing screenplays, TV shows and as a public relations executive. My son JD Daniels has been an actor since he was a child so I was also involved with him in his acting career as well.
2) Was Seeds of a Daisy a one-time thing or do you plan to publish more of your writing?
I am currently writing the sequel The Seeds of a Lily and will also start the prequel The Seeds of a Rose. I also have other ideas for novels that are not in this "Seeds" series. I am also writing and producing a new TV series entitled The Tyme Chronicles.
3) Which of your characters would you say you relate to most?
Initially I related more to Daisy and her personality. But there are circumstances in both Lily and Daisy's lives that were inspired by real life events. Everyone asks me, so I will tell you, the incident during the Hollywood party absolutely DID happen to me.
4) What do you do when you aren't writing or producing?
I currently live amongst vineyards on the North Folk of Long Island, so I enjoy going into vineyards, tasting wine and listening to music.
I also love being on the water, sailing or motor boating, it doesn't matter. Put me on a lake, a bay, or the ocean and I'm happy. I love to travel, but since I am working on the TV series and have been on a book signing tour, I haven't been able to travel as much as I would like. I adore spending time with my wonderful friends and family in NY and California. If you put us in a room, there's always going to be lots of laughter.
I am also a wedding officiant and I custom create wedding ceremonies for couples and perform their weddings. It is so enjoyable and wonderful to be part of one of the most important days in a couple's life together. Since I am a writer I custom craft the ceremony so that it is really unique to each couple.
5) Have you always been interested in writing?
Since I was a young girl I've been a voracious reader. It was always my dream to be a writer. I started writing when I was in high school and have been writing ever since.
6) If you continue to write novels, do you think you would branch out into different genres or styles of writing?
I find that I gravitate to writing women's fiction and chick lit, however my TV series The Tyme Chronicles, is an action-adventure with storylines that have to do with organized crime and terrorism. I am amazed how much I enjoy writing that genre. Of course I infuse the action adventure with buddy movie humor, family drama, and romance.
I think in the future, along with my women's fiction, I am going to jump into the mystery and adventure genres.
7) What was your main inspiration for creating characters like Lily and Daisy?
All the years I spent working in Hollywood, also my son was an actor, as was my boyfriend of many years, so I was able to have a behind the scenes vantage point to what goes on in the industry. I always knew that I would write a story with an entertainment industry backdrop. When my mother became ill, I went home to take care of her. I spent a year with her, much of that time in hospitals and dealing with doctors and nurses. So after she passed away, I decided that I would add a medical component to the story.
8) What is your usual process for creating a story? Do you have any special tricks for writer's block?
I start writing the story in my head. I think of the story when I'm driving, in the shower, anytime of the day that I have some quiet moments. After I have the story in my head, I sit down and actually start writing.
I always know what the beginning, middle, and end will be. The exciting part is when I'm in front of the computer and ideas sometimes flow at lightning speed and circumstances and incidents are created that I never even thought of before.
I've never had writer's block per se, but there was a time that I stopped writing The Seeds of a Daisy for eight months. It was involving Daisy's condition that I found particularly painful to write. But I did go back to it, and muscled through the pain. It was cathartic and I must say, I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
9) Do you have any particular books or authors that inspire you?
There have been so many authors that have inspired me through the years. I was an English major in college so many of them are historic, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Yeats, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Modern writers that are inspirational are Anita Diamant, Amy Tan, and Nora Ephron to name a few.
10) What do you do to relax?
I love to watch movies, TV, and Netflix. On winter days I love watching marathon TV shows from the first episode to the last. I adore sailing, boating, going to vineyards, spending quality time with my friends and family. I also try to find time to meditate, but sometimes it's difficult.
11) Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
Yes, of course, besides my TV/Web series The Tyme Chronicles, I am currently writing The Seeds of a Rose, all about Daisy and her childhood and coming of age story. I'm also writing The Seeds of a Lily, which picks up where The Seeds of a Daisy ended. We get to see Lily grow and change AND get into more escapades, romantic, funny, and dramatic. Many of the characters from the first book will return. Expect some exciting twists and turns.
12) Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I do hope they enjoy my stories and characters. It's important to me that my characters are multi-dimensional. For example, Lily is likable, but like all of us, is broken at times. We are not whole all the time. We all have problems that we work through and circumstances that make life sometimes wonderful and sometimes unbearable. Even in the saddest, most trying time, you can find humor.
Thank you so much, Alison! It's great of you to stop by answer a few questions:)
If you'd like to pick up a copy of The Seeds of a Daisy, Alison has provided links, which I've placed further down in the post. Doooo iiiittt....
The Seeds of a Daisy is available at:
CreateSpace | Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Official Website