Are your books autobiographical?
No. While I do insert bits and pieces of experiences into my writing, the stories in my novels are completely fictional.
Do you use a Pen Name?
I’ve considered using a Pen Name and haven’t ruled out using one in the future, however, at this time the only name I am using is my own. I’ve spent years building up my personal brand as Allie Potts. I might as well continue to leverage it.
Why did you decide to write a book?
I am a voracious reader. If I had nothing else to do, I could easily spend nearly the entire day absorbed by a good story. When I was much younger, I couldn’t understand why others didn’t feel the same way. My kid sister, in particular, hated to read, and her stance baffled me. I theorized that it must be simply that she hadn’t found her ideal genre yet, so I took a stab at writing a story just for her in the hopes that she would learn to enjoy reading as much as I did.
I unfortunately never completed that particular project. School assignments got in the way and too much time passed, but the idea of actually writing something that could be published and shared never completely left me.
Fast forward to the more recent –My husband had taken the plunge into entrepreneurship and whether or not he succeeded or failed, at least he had tried to live his own dream. Seeing him grow as a person as a result, I decided to stop dreaming and put ink to paper if for no other reason than to prove to myself that I could do the same.
Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?
The basic plot points might be different, but I write with a similar tone across my work, so I don’t see too much difficulty switching from one to another. I also only work on one project at a time which also helps me keep my focus. I do, however, suspect I would have more difficulty switching to a genre such as action thriller where there is a greater stylistic difference.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by anyone who is able to create something out of nothing more than a raw idea. Additionally, I look to my children for inspiration.
How do you find the time to write?
What works best for me is short bursts of 300 or so words at a time rather than blocking off several hours. This gives me the greatest amount of flexibility and helps my writing remain a joy rather than a burden.
What is one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Don’t worry about making every line quote-worthy. I was constantly hit with writer’s block when I tried doing that. Focus your work on the story, getting it on paper from start to finish and don’t stop until you are done. Worry about the turn of phrase later.