Too Far Gone by Alyssa Fisher. A story about three teens who are destined to stop the apocalypse and save the world. -
What first motivated you to write a book?
I’ve loved reading my entire life and that love of reading turned into a love of writing. I’ve always especially had an interest in the paranormal. A lot of research into mythological creatures gave me ideas of different characters and situations. This, in turn, motivated me to write about these characters and tell their stories. I love being able to introduce these characters to the rest of the world and share their journeys.
What did you find to be the biggest challenge about the writing process?
To me, the biggest challenge about the writing process was forcing myself to write. There were many days where I was just too busy or not in the mood to write and even more days where I consistently thought to myself “This is awful, why am I even continuing?” The hardest part was pushing myself through that and forcing myself to write, even just a little bit a day. And eventually, things started taking shape. Without pushing myself, this book would never have been completed.
If you could offer an aspiring author any piece of advice, what would it be?
One piece of advice that I would offer to an aspiring author is to just keep writing. Even if you think that what you’ve written isn’t good enough, just keep going. Write everyday, even if it’s just a little bit. One paragraph, one sentence, even just one word.
Tell us a little bit about your book…who should read it and why.
My book is about three teenagers: Brady, Riley, and Gabriel who are demon hunters. Together, these three must fight demonic forces that are taking over in order to stop the apocalypse. Anyone who is a fan of young-adult books, the paranormal and mythological, or just a fan of reading in general should read this book. It’s a fun and entertaining book that everyone should be able to enjoy with some mythological aspect as well.
Why did you chose to write in this genre?
I chose to write in the young-adult genre because I think it’s interesting how major events (such as an upcoming apocalypse) can shape and change what the character will be like in the years where most people discover who they are. I love finding out how major events can change the future path of a character and how they learn to deal with these events. I wrote in the paranormal genre because I’ve already been interested in the paranormal and mythological. I’ve researched into a lot of mythological creatures and find the subject fascinating.
Has writing and completing a book been the experience you thought it would be? Why or why not?
Writing and completing a book was much harder of an experience than I thought it would be. When I first starting writing I had no idea how difficult it could be. I sat down with the idea that I would just write and the perfect words would come to me. Instead, there were many days where I sat staring at the computer screen, desperately trying to come up with what would happen next to my characters. Later, editing the book was even more difficult as I parted with words that I loved that just couldn’t make the cut. At the end of it all though, there was a huge sense of satisfaction in my work and relief that it was finally finished which made everything worth it.
Will you write another book?
I will definitely write another book. I have a few books in mind for a continuation in the world I made with this book. I also have other ideas in mind with different characters and different worlds that I want to write about as well.
Is there anyone you would like to thank who helped or supported you?
I’d like to thank my family for always supporting me. It was my parents who got me interested in reading and later into writing. My mother specifically pushed me to continue writing as it was something that I loved to do. Without that belief in me, I’m not sure I would’ve ever finished anything.