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Author Interview: J. K. Allen

The next author I’d like to introduce you to is J. K. Allen. J.K. Allen received her BA in Creative Writing and English from Michigan State University. She did her senior thesis in poetry under the tutelage of Diane Wakoski, but has been focused primarily on fiction as of late. Common writing themes that can be found in her work address identity and the type of strength that can be found in ordinary people. Julia is currently working on a Mirrors and Thorns CoverYoung Adult fiction novel and can be found at local cafes in her hometown when writing, and painting, drawing, or reading when not. She is the lead poetry editor for Catterfly Publishing, an artist and illustrator for OWS Creative Studios, and a lead team member for OWS University.

What should we know about you?

I’ve been writing literally since I learned how to write. I’ve always been drawn to it and studied it in school to turn it into my career.

Music and writing, how does it work for you?

I used to have to listen to music all the time, but as I get older, I find I’m more comfortable with silence. It’s soothing for me. Songs with lyrics can be distracting, so I usually write in the quiet.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Jane Austen, I love her characters, how real and complex they are, and how she shows the drama of everyday life. J.K. Rowling for her amazing story worlds and wonderful characters. Tolkien for the same reasons as Rowling and how he constructs such an intricate story world. There’s so many more I could go on about, but I’ll stop there.

Inspirations and ideas—where do you find them?

I get inspiration from reading and looking over different writing prompts. I find a lot of them on Pinterest and use them for my shorts. Other ideas can come from reading articles on history or from a TV show or movie. They really are everywhere. I’m trying to get better at looking for them.

What’s your favorite part about writing? Least favorite?mistakes-1756958_1920

My favorite part about writing is doing the actual writing. I like getting the first draft out and flowing onto the paper. My least favorite part is revising and editing. I’ve done so much of it this last year that I’m really burned out on it. It takes a lot of motivation to get back to it.

What is the one piece of advice you would want all aspiring authors to know?

Write first, edit later. You can’t get through to the end of the story if you’re wasting hours perfecting each sentence in Chapter 1. Plus during the revision process, you cut a lot of scenes and sentences and then you’ve wasted all that time perfecting things you ultimately lose altogether from your story. Don’t worry about that nagging voice in your head that says something isn’t good enough. Rough drafts are supposed to be just that, rough. Get the words out and onto the page. Editing comes later.

Anything else you want to share with us?

Yes! I exist on the internet and you can find me!

Follow my blog for writing tips.

Check out my former column at Our Write Side for more writing tips.

Find me on Facebook for weekly prompts and on Twitter for a little bit of everything.

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