- I adore writing dialogue. It’s descriptive narrative I struggle with. How much to put in? Have I left out something crucial? I do listen to a lot of radio comedy, which has probably helped with dialogue writing. I like being able to come back with a good rejoinder for one of my characters. That, for me, brings a scene to life almost more than anything else.
- I try to keep a good pace going in the plot. I don’t want there to be any boring bits! I want my books to have a good story which grips people. I wish there was an easier way of finding a reputable agent/publisher though. It takes such a long time. You can grow old waiting for someone to take you on!
- I like to know my characters’ main trait before I start writing. In Eileen’s case it is awkwardness taken to the nth degree. She lands others and herself right in it. Plenty of stories there I hope!
- I also like to know what my major characters want and to ensure there are plenty of clashes. No clash = no story.
- I also like to give my main villain a really powerful motive for their actions. Anything less is unconvincing. And it has to be a motive anyone can identify with - a kind of I can understand where this character is coming from approach.
- I like to get a short story out and then immediately start work on another one. It means I always have something on the go and something out there, which hopefully will be accepted!
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.