Monday, 6 April 2015

Supervision Blog Tour: Interview with Alison Stine PLUS Giveaway @AlisonStine

Today we're joining the SUPERVISION blog tour by chatting with author Alison Stine. Make yourself comfy and get to know all about Alison and her book.

Hi, Alison! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I live in the foothills of Appalachia. I was trained as a ballerina, like some of the characters in SUPERVISION. For most of my adult life, I’ve worked as an English teacher or professor, primarily at the college level, but right now I’m working as a freelance writer/reporter for various magazines. I love graffiti (I did my PhD dissertation on street art) and I have a haunted piano.

Oooh, spooky! Tell our readers a bit about SUPERVISION.

SUPERVISION is about a girl named Esme Wong (Ez) who gets in big trouble in NYC. In all the classic books I loved as a child, girls were sent away to distant relatives—so Ez, as punishment, is sent to her grandmother’s house in a small, Appalachian town. She makes new friends right away. But something is wrong with her friends. Something is wrong with the town. And something is very off with her own family.

Intriguing! How did the idea of the story come to you?

I was living in NYC at the time, working as an adjunct professor at several different colleges far away from each other, so I spent a lot of time in my car and on the subway. Trains would stop for seemingly no reason all the time, and I kept hearing over and over on the address system: “This train is being held by Supervision.” I used to notice a lot of interesting graffiti, including something like “Acid Loves You” inside the tunnels. I wished I could explore them. And then one night I thought I saw an arm outside the train door.

Yikes! Are you a plotter or a pantser?

With the first novel I tried to write years ago, I made a 50 page outline. I had hundreds of index cards, page after page of notes—and it was paralyzing. I make some notes now, but for the most part, I just go. I plot and organize and straighten up after the initial draft. I am a big believer in the National Novel Writing Month method: to get a very fast, very messy first draft out and then go back. I love editing—that’s actually the thrilling part for me.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

I’m the kind of person that can be fascinated by an empty room. I have many ideas, so sometimes it’s hard to know what to focus on, what to work on first.

What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

I am fueled by coffee and chocolate.

Me too! I sense millions of heads nodding in agreement as well. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

I wish I could let go. I’m a thinker and worrier by nature.

What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

Probably what I’m googling right now: Appalachian Hoodoo.

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...

Miserable! I am happiest with a story in my head at all times.

I like that answer! Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

What a lovely idea! Mostly I want to thank bloggers and book lovers and reviewers like YOU. You do so much to promote new books and help writers. Readers wouldn’t discover new stories without you, and writers wouldn’t have a place to share their work. Thank you for all that you do.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, Alison!

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Giselle said...

Thanks for hosting today, ladies! :)

Dorothy Dreyer said...

You're welcome!