- The worse the news gets, the more you want to retreat into your imaginary world. The lovely thing is you have at least one to choose from - and you get to set the rules!
- Your characters seem more real to you than figures in the news.
- You prefer your characters, even your villains, to certain figures in the news.
- You get through mind numbing amounts of coffee or tea. It is necessary to help you write but the downside is if either substance were alcoholic, this would mean you would easily see non-writers under the proverbial table.
- You analyse any little scrap of story you come across for what makes it work, what you liked about the characters etc. You just can't help yourself.
- When discussing plots (TV, film etc) with non-writing friends and family, you give your theories as to what the writer did when and based that on your own experience of what you do when you write. (The nicer friends and family stifle their yawns at this point).
- Books/stories are like currency to you. You can never have too much.
- Decorating your home means putting up more book shelves. When your shelf fitter of choice suggests it might be a better idea if you get rid of some of your older books and clear room that way, you give them such a look that in a magical world a pile of ashes at your feet would be the result.
- You anguish over how many edits are needed.
- You swear like a trooper when you run out of paper, ink/toner cartridges or realise you've missed a story competition deadline.
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.